AARP applauds withdrawal of health care bill

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Washington, DC — In a statement today, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond applauded the withdrawal of the House health care legislation that would have harmed millions of older Americans and their families:  “The leadership’s decision to withdraw the bill from consideration proves that the voices of Americans are very powerful. This harmful legislation would have added an Age Tax on older Americans and put vulnerable populations at risk.  “Instead of this harmful bill, we encourage Congress to focus on …

AARP volunteer wins state traffic safety honor

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AARP Volunteer Robert Smith of Franklin was honored during the Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission (GTSAC) annual awards presentation at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on March 22 in East Lansing for his dedication to the AARP Driver Safety Program. Smith received the Richard H. Austin Long-Term Traffic Safety Award, which is presented to individuals or organizations who have made significant long-term contributions to the field of public safety. He was presented the award by Michigan Secretary of State …

Survey: Older voters oppose parts of health care bill

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Chicago, IL—AARP has released the findings of a survey that said a majority of voters ages 50 plus – including most Trump supporters – oppose specific provisions of the bill that make health care more expensive for older Americans. The survey asked about multiple elements of the health care reform bill and also found that an overwhelming majority want action to lower drug costs. “Older Americans want affordable health care – including less expensive prescription drugs and continued protections for …

Help for Caregivers: Series Offered in Jackson

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Caregivers, a silent army of unsung heroes, need information, emotional support and access to resources. That’s why AARP Michigan will offer a series of free programs on caregiving in Jackson from April to October. Caregiver College will launch April 25 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Gene Davis & Sons, 3575 Francis St., Jackson, with a session on “Preparing for Caregiving.” These other sessions will be offered at the same time and place: “Assessing Recipients’ and Caregivers’ Needs and Preferences,” on May 30. …

American Health Care Act is a bad deal for Michigan

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Skyrocketing health care premiums, cuts in Medicare benefits, elimination of the Healthy Michigan program, reductions in money available for in-home services – these are among concerns older Michiganders shared in personal stories today at a news conference hosted by AARP Michigan about how the proposed American Health Care Act  may impact their lives. The plan, which would be a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, may come to a vote in Congress as soon as this week. Chris Tarpoff of …

Ex-Scam Artist Shares His Exploits, Expertise in Metro Detroit

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Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity gets stolen. That’s why AARP launched the Fraud Watch Network – to arm people of all ages with the tools they need to spot and avoid scams. Frank Abagnale knows all the scams from the inside. Between the ages of 16 and 21, Abagnale successfully posed as an airplane pilot, an attorney, a doctor and cashed millions in fraudulent checks. His exploits were depicted in the movie ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio. …

AARP Opposes Special Interest Health Care Bill

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Washington, DC — AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond announced today AARP’s opposition to the House plan that would make harmful changes to our current health care system such as shortening the life of Medicare, hiking costs for those who can least afford higher insurance premiums, risking seniors’ ability to live independently, and giving tax breaks to big drug companies and health insurance companies: “AARP opposes this legislation as introduced that would weaken Medicare, leaving the door open to a …

Ann Arbor man gets lifesaving advice from AARP article

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Quite a testimonial from Michigan in this month’s AARP Bulletin: Last August, David Reid, 68, of Ann Arbor, Mich., experienced what seemed like reflux. He took antacids, but they didn’t help. Then the veteran of a triple bypass remembered an AARP article about surviving a heart attack and its warning about crucial mistakes: assuming indigestion, taking antacids, waiting, denying. The article also urged calling 911 instead of driving to the hospital. Reid took the advice – a good thing, as …

‘Real Possibilities’ TV: Experts explore financial freedom

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What is financial freedom? Everybody wants it. But how can you get it? Learn all about financial freedom issues from a panel hosted by AARP Michigan on the second episode of “Real Possibilities.” The half-hour TV show features moderator Paula D. Cunningham, State Director of AARP Michigan, leading a panel of experts including: AARP National President Eric Schneidewind; Small Business Association of Michigan CEO Rob Fowler; AARP Michigan President and Michigan Business Network CEO Chris Holman; and AARP Michigan Manager of Advocacy …

Survey identifies common traits in victims of investment fraud

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – With Americans losing tens of billions of dollars annually to investment fraud schemes, what mindsets and behaviors are common among those who fall victim?  A new survey by the AARP Fraud Watch Network finds that the most susceptible typically exhibit an unusually high degree of confidence in unregulated investments and tend to trade more actively than the general investor population.  More of the investment scam victims also reported that they value wealth accumulation as a significant measure …