AARP MI volunteer collaborates on prize video

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AARP Create the Good won bronze in the 2017 Spring Digital Health Awards (Digital Health Media/Video category) for its video encouraging healthcare professionals to volunteer their skills. The video drives viewers to a special campaign page on CTG.org geared toward this audience.  It was produced, pro bono, by PixelDust, in collaboration with CTG lead Carole Ricks and CTG Ambassador and AARP Michigan volunteer Randee Bloom. Bloom is a Registered Nurse and former hospital administrator who has an MBA and a …

Stay cool, save energy

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  DTE Energy offers ways for you to stay cool while also saving energy and money: Run your ceiling fan to create a cool breeze If you raise your thermostat by only two degrees and use your ceiling fan, you can lower cooling costs by up to 14 percent. Remember fans cool you, not the room, so when you leave the room, make sure to turn off the fan. Need a ceiling fan? The simple choice is ENERGY STAR – a …

Fore! Sign up for AARP Michigan Charity Golf Classic

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If you don’t think fun when you think AARP, you don’t know aarp. Sign up for the AARP Michigan Charity Golf Classic that tees off at 9:30 a.m. August 23 at Hawk Hollow Golf Course on Chandler Road. Proceeds from the outing will benefit Tuesday Toolmen, a skilled group of volunteers that provides free home safety repairs and modifications to help low-income seniors, veterans and others. The day’s activities also include a putting contest, hole-in-one prize, long drive competition and …

AARP, DNR team up to offer hiking, biking, paddling

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AARP Michigan has entered an exciting, new partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to offer free classes and hiking, biking and paddling outings focused on outdoor recreation, safety … and fun. Events in July, August and September include: A guided hike on the Lansing River Trail. Learn about good form walking, the diverse trail system and urban wildlife. The hike will be offered July 8, Aug.12 and Sept. 9 from 10-11 a.m. Meet at Crego Park, 1600 Fidelity …

Go to Detroit River Days. Stay for the Block Party

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For the first time ever, AARP will be bringing its Block Party to the 2017 GM River Days in Detroit June 23-25, featuring radio personality Donnie Simpson, a virtual reality experience, special prizes, and other activities for the entire family. The AARP Block Party is a travelling exhibit that engages attendees with interactive experiences that relate to AARP’s programs and mission. Visitors who stop by the AARP block party can experience virtual reality and receive a free AARP-branded Google Cardboard …

Poll: Michiganders oppose American Health Care Act by 19-point margin

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Michiganders oppose the American Health Care Act — passed last month by the U.S. House — by a 19-point margin, according to a statewide EPIC/MRA poll. The survey, conducted May 20-24, shows 50 percent opposed and 31 percent in favor of the health care legislation, which would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The 600-sample poll indicated 19 percent are undecided or refused to respond. The AHCA was opposed by every age group, with the strongest opposition …

New partnership matches older workers with jobs

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A powerhouse coalition unveiled a new plan May 31 to match older worker talent with Michigan job openings during a panel presentation at the Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference. AARP Michigan, Michigan Economic Development Corp, Michigan Works!, and local chambers of commerce announced Experience for Hire, which will launch in four counties this summer – Wayne, Macomb, Ingham and Jackson. Michigan employers report finding qualified applicants to fill job openings is their biggest challenge to business growth. Workers age …

Ex-scammer shares his playbook in Michigan

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Former scam artist Frank Abagnale spent May 16 in Michigan sharing his unique expertise in a teletown hall, during media interviews and at a two-hour event attended by hundreds at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. Abagnale, whose exploits were made famous in the movie “Catch Me If You Can” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, spoke during his Michigan tour about his checkered past and how to avoid becoming a victim of scams and fraud. Here are some highlights: “Before I was old …

AARP remains steadfastly opposed to health bill

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WASHINGTON, DC — AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond reiterated AARP’s opposition to the health bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives that would harm American families who count on access to affordable health care:  “AARP is deeply disappointed in today’s vote by the House to pass this deeply flawed health bill. The bill will put an Age Tax on us as we age, harming millions of American families  with health insurance, forcing many to lose coverage or pay …

Volunteers reach thousands in Flint

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AARP Michigan volunteers and staff have reached out to nearly 4,000 Flint residents this spring to let them know they need to sign consent forms in order to get their lead-tainted water service lines replaced. More than 50 red-shirted volunteers canvassed Flint neighborhoods on Saturday with an assist from members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity of mid-Michigan and Triumph Church, which served as home base for the volunteers. So far this spring, 3,866 Flint residents have been reached door-to-door or …