FLINT, MI – The Valley Area Agency on Aging will kickoff the first of four events this summer through their Flint Senior Lives Matter initiative aimed at helping people 60 and older navigate through Flint’s water crisis.

“We recognized very early on that the seniors in this community were profoundly affected by the water crisis,” said Loraine Travis, program manager for the agency, also known as VAAA. “This is an opportunity to educate the seniors who are receiving Flint water.”

The first event kicks off today from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Hasselbring Senior Center located at 1002 W. Home Avenue in Flint.

Each Flint Seniors Lives Matter event will feature information and resource areas, updates on the water service line replacement process, presentations by local experts and cooking demonstrations.

VAAA provides answers, action and advocacy on care for seniors and disabled adults in Genesee, Lapeer and Shiawassee Counties. Travis said thanks to funding from the C.S. Mott Foundation, VAAA is able to hold the events throughout the summer.

“A lot of the seniors feel helpless with this situation,” Travis said. “The whole premise is to educate seniors.”

A number of presenters and vendors will available including Genesee Health Systems and United Way of Genesee. In addition, the first 200 participants will received a grocery store gift card, there will be information on dental care, in home stress counseling and a food giveaway from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan while supplies last.

For more information contact Pam Moore at the Valley Area Agency on Aging at (810) 239-7671.


The Valley Area Agency On Aging will hold four Flint Senior Lives Matter events throughout the summer. See dates, times and locations below.

Hasselbring Senior Center, 1002 W. Home Avenue
June 15, 2017
12:30 – 3 p.m.

Calvary Church, 2111 Flushing Road
July 21, 2017
12:30 – 3 p.m.

Brennan Senior Center, 1301 Pingree Avenue
August 23, 2017
12:30 – 3 p.m.

Asbury Church, 1653 Davison Road
September 28, 2017
12:30 – 3p.m.