Future retirees were losers in first presidential debate

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Hempstead, NY — “Americans who are working hard and paying into Social Security were the real losers at tonight’s debate,” AARP Senior Vice President, Campaigns, John Hishta said. “In this issueless campaign, the debate was the best chance for voters to get real answers on how the presidential candidates would keep Social Security strong for future generations.  If our leaders don’t commit to act, future retirees could lose up to $10,000 per year. “The failure of Mr. Holt to ask …

Longevity Report: 50 and older have major impact on economy

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WASHINGTON, DC – AARP has released the 2016 Longevity Economy report, an in-depth look at how our nation’s population of 111 million 50-plus consumers impacts the economy. According to the report, the 50-plus age groups generates $7.6 trillion in economic activity (a $500 million increase from 2013), including $5 trillion in consumer spending by people 50-plus. This increase reflects the shifting demographic and spending patterns of this group due to longer life spans and prolonged employment. The 50-plus cohort represents a …

Paula Cunningham honored by Congressional Black Caucus

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Paula D. Cunningham, AARP Michigan State Director and a pioneer in business and education in the Lansing community, will receive the Trailblazer Award from the Michigan Congressional Black Caucus on Friday, Sept.16, at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C. Cunningham is among a group of distinguished Michigan business and political leaders to be honored during the Congressional Black Caucus 46th Annual Legislative Conference in the nation’s capital. “The Michigan Congressional Black Caucus Host Committee is pleased to …

Michigan Caregiver Resource Guide available here

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Caregiving may be one of the most important roles you will ever take on in your life. You may have become a caregiver suddenly or perhaps your role has evolved over time. No matter where you are in the continuum of caregiving—starting to plan, helping to coordinate a big move, or taking care of a family member in your home—having resources at your fingertips will make the process easier. With many organizations offering different types of help and services, it …

AARP President Schneidewind chosen as a ‘Best Lawyer in America’

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AARP National President Eric Schneidewind has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, according to Greater Lansing Business Monthly. Best Lawyers is one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. Schneidewind has practiced energy law in Varnum Lansing law office for the past …

Celebrate Grandparents Day at Charles Wright Museum

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Celebrate the important role grandparents play in families at the AARP Michigan Grandparents Day event on Sunday, Sept. 11. The free event will run from 1-5 p.m. at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History at 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit. “Grandparents Day is a unique opportunity for grandparents and parents to bring their children to a fulfilling event that allows them to learn and play together in a safe and fun environment,” said Lisa Whitmore Davis, AARP Michigan …

AARP golf outing benefits Tuesday Toolmen

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Join us for the Inaugural AARP Michigan Charity Golf Classic on Thursday, September 15 for a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start at Hawk Hollow Golf Course in Bath Township. There are plenty of slots available. Proceeds will benefit the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition Tuesday Toolmen program. Tuesday Toolmen provides free fixes to homes of veterans and low-income older adults, allowing them to remain in their homes safely. Registration is open at www.golfoutingpro.com/event/aarpgolfclassic Or contact Karen Kafantaris at kkafantaris@aarp.org for information and …

Give back on Sept. 12 Day of Service

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  Healing a Nation with a Day of Giving For 15 years, AARP staff and volunteers in every state across the country have responded to the tragic events of September 11, 2001 by volunteering in our communities–at elementary schools, senior centers, and food banks. See also: 9/11 Day of Observance In Michigan, we’ve planted gardens at elementary schools, hosted food drives and assisted with meal preparation in several communities across the state, and helped homebound seniors with chores at their …

Karen Kafantaris wins Elder Law honor

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Karen Kafantaris of AARP Michigan is among the 2016 recipients of the Elder Law of Michigan Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Awards. The award honors those who share the mission of Elder Law of Michigan to advocate for, educate, and assist those in need, with a focus on older adults and persons with disabilities. Kafantaris, AARP Michigan Associate State Director for Community Outreach, has been with AARP Michigan since 2001. Elder Law of Michigan summarized her accomplishments as follows: …

Veterans’ benefits focus of events in Detroit, Lansing, Flint, Traverse City

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Join AARP Michigan as we honor and support those who have served by helping Michigan veterans and their families access benefits and resources during events at four locations in late August and September. AARP Michigan and the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency are working to help more Michigan veterans connect with the benefits they have earned through their services. There will be a representative from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency to talk about benefits and answer questions at these free events: …