Dolsen honored as senior advocate

dolsen2ST. JOSEPH - Bob Dolsen, the former executive director of the Region IV Area Agency on Aging, has gained a statewide honor for his work to improve health conditions for older people.

The Michigan Society of Gerontology at a ceremony this month in East Lansing gave him its V.K. Volk award.

Dolsen, a St. Joseph resident, has testified at the national and state level numerous times and is particularly known for his advocacy work on behalf of people needing long-term services and support.

Since his retirement in 2000, he has been awarded the Friend of Public Health Award from the Berrien County Health Department and the Claude Pepper Award for excellence in advocacy from the Senior Advisory Council of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.


This award is named for an organizer of Michigan's first county health department and President of MSG, 1964-1965. It is presented to an individual who has made a medically related contribution to the field of gerontology, outstanding contributions to health issues related to aging, or significant efforts to improve health conditions for older persons.