Michigan Senior Citizen of the Year honored at State Capitol

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

LANSING, Mich. – The 2019 Michigan Senior Citizen of the Year, Robert “Bob” Cooley, was honored today for his years of volunteer work at Older Michiganians Day in Lansing.


Cooley, currently a volunteer at the Cancer Center at Spectrum Health Lakeland, has helped and comforted countless members of his community, who are often going through the most challenging time of their lives. In addition to his volunteer service at the Cancer Center, he has also volunteered at the local public parks, women’s shelter, soup kitchen, and has volunteered his time to the Lions Club.

“Bob Cooley has clearly demonstrated that he has a true passion for giving back and for helping others in a time of need,” said Scott Wamsley, acting senior deputy director for the Aging & Adult Services Agency. “Our agency is honored to be here today with Bob to celebrate him, and to be able to help him tell his story. A story that will undoubtably inspire others, and will hopefully encourage people to serve others and seek out ways to make a positive difference in their community.”

Each year the Aging & Adult Services Agency (AASA), under the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging accept nominations from across the state and select an older adult to honor for their outstanding volunteerism and their contributions to their local community.

Individuals who are aged 60 years and older are eligible to be nominated for uncompensated work performed in the community. The winner receives a congratulatory letter from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and $1,000 from Consumers Energy, which is an award partner.

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Contact: Phil Lewis, AASA
517-284-0147 or lewisp3@michigan.gov