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Aging and Adult Services Agency, Commission on Aging Honor Senior Citizens of the Year

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan 2015 Senior Citizens of the Year, Joe Evans of Jackson and Julian Lauren of Detroit, were honored today at the Michigan State Capitol during Older Michiganians Day for their outstanding community service work.

Each year the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Aging and Adult Services Agency (AASA) and the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging accept nominations from across the state and select two older adults to honor them for their outstanding volunteerism in two categories – Community Leadership and Service to Others.

Joe Evans, nominated by the Jackson County Advisory Council, was recognized for his exceptional work in the category of Community Leadership. Evans, age 76, has been a member of the Jackson County Advisory Council and the TRIAD of Jackson County for more than 10 years. He has been a member of the Jackson County Traffic Safety Commission for the past five years, serving as chair for the past four years. He also has served as an AARP volunteer and has volunteered at the Jackson Department on Aging for more than 14 years.

Julian Lauren, who was selected in the category of Service to Others, passed away on May 3 before the recognition event. Today, he was honored and remembered by more than 30 friends and neighbors during the ceremony for his tremendous volunteer work. Lauren volunteered at the senior housing community where he lived, at his church, and in his community for more than a decade. He was a passionate and effective mediator and advocate for older adults, and was well-known for never saying “no” to a person in need. Lauren was nominated by LeadingAge Michigan. He was 67 years old.

"Today is about honoring Joe Evans and Julian Lauren for their outstanding service to others and their invaluable contributions to their friends, neighbors and community,” said AASA Executive Director Kari Sederburg.

Nominations for the Senior Citizen of the Year are accepted from businesses, community service and faith-based organizations, associations, fraternal organizations, and other public and private entities who value the contributions of older adults. Individuals age 60 or older are eligible for nomination for uncompensated work performed in the community. Each winner receives a congratulatory letter from Governor Rick Snyder and a $1,000 check from Consumers Energy, which is an award partner.

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Contact: Phil Lewis, lewisp3@michigan.gov