LANSING — Gov. Whitmer submitted an application on Oct. 7 to make Michigan the first state in the Midwest to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States. The network is the U.S. affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, which began in 2006 to help communities prepare for rapidly aging populations. In response, state Rep. Kyra Bolden (D-Southfield) and state Sen. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) issued the following statement:

“Michiganders of all ages deserve to have successful, happy and healthy lives in our state, and joining the network serves as an important first step toward making this a reality for seniors in our communities. We are grateful to have state leaders like Gov. Whitmer who recognize the importance of supporting and meeting everyone’s needs, in order to continue making Michigan a more age-friendly place to call home. We look forward to continuing to work with our colleagues in the Legislature, and all over the state, to build upon this great opportunity.”