House passes bill to expand APRN practice

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From Gongwer A bill that would allow nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and clinical nurse specialists to prescribe a nonscheduled prescription drug, recommend physical therapy, recommend speech therapy and order restraints easily passed the House Tuesday with no discussion. By removing the scope of practice definition and a separate licensure of advanced practice registered nurses, a bill providing more autonomous authority for certain specialties that was controversial last term has easily moved through committee and now the full House. HB 5400  …

Family caregivers spend 20 percent of annual income on caregiving

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Washington, DC — Family caregivers spend an average of nearly 20 percent of their income providing care for a family member or other loved one, according to a new AARP Research Report, “Family Caregiving and Out-of-Pocket Costs: 2016 Report.” The report shows that family caregivers spend an average of $6,954 in out-of-pocket (OOP) costs related to caregiving, with Hispanic/Latino and low-income family caregivers spending an average of 44 percent of their total annual income. “This study spotlights the financial toll …

AARP Congratulates Election Winners

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Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP   AARP congratulates President-elect Donald Trump, all of the members of the new Congress and incoming state and local officials across the country. Now the real work begins. It’s time to put political partisanship and distrust behind us and come together. It’s time to bring civility and respectful public discourse back to our democracy. It’s time to remember that we can disagree and still find common ground around the big issues that matter so much …

AARP Michigan knocks on 500 doors in Flint

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AARP Michigan is helping Flint rebuild from the water crisis. AARP volunteers have visited more than 500 homes in city neighborhoods to get consent forms signed so water service lines can be replaced. Those who have had their lines replaced should keep in mind these next steps: Remember to flush your pipes for 15 minutes afterwards to remove any residue or sediment. Remove the faucet aerator before you flush your pipes, and then replace it. Also, turn off your filter while you …

AARP Michigan seeks outreach intern

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AARP is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization focused on helping people 50+  live their best lives. We are all about helping people of all ages pursue Real Possibilities   in their own homes and communities. That includes ensuring that our cities, towns and neighborhoods are both livable and age-friendly.  To learn more about AARP, visit www.aarp.org We are seeking a paid intern to support our Community Outreach Team in planning, coordinating and implementing education and outreach strategies in Michigan. We are …

Wash hands to halt spread of shigella bacteria

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Genesee County is seeing an increase in Shigella, bacteria that cause gastrointestinal illness which includes mild to severe diarrhea, the Genesee County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services report.  The uptick may be partly due to the reluctance of Flint area residents to use lead-contaminated water for washing or bathing, despite assurances from health officials that even unfiltered water is safe for these purposes. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported earlier this …

AARP Michigan to join water pipe replacement effort in Flint

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AARP Michigan has joined the Flint Water Crisis response team as a trusted resource to assist residents with the lead pipe replacement and to act as an information clearinghouse for older adults in the city. Volunteers for the non-profit organization, with 1.4 million members in the state, will go door-to-door to help residents on the pipe replacement schedule complete consent forms. Homeowners and residents must give their permission to have lead service lines replaced between the street and the house …

AARP issues statement on Social Security COLA

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WASHINGTON, DC — COAARP released the following statement from AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins in response to the announced cost of living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security beneficiaries in 2017: “As we head in to our final presidential debate, having largely ignored discussion of some major issues facing our nation, one issue that demands attention from the candidates and moderators is the future of Social Security. And with today’s small 0.3 percent COLA increase announcement for Social Security beneficiaries, candidates …

AARP Michigan volunteers train to help out in Flint

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AARP Michigan volunteers took a crash course in door-to-door canvassing today, as they prepare to help Flint residents fill out permission cards for tainted water service line replacement. A core of lead volunteers who will be on the ground in Flint neighborhoods heard from Genesee County Sheriff’s Department and Flint FAST Start Initiative officials,  and AARP volunteer leaders during a two-hour training session. They were warned of the dangers of working neighborhoods in an urban environment and do’s and don’ts …

Older adults in Flint need our help!

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AARP Michigan will help older adults in Flint affected by the Water Crisis and we need volunteers — people who want to help others throughout the community to be sure their water is safe. We will team up to go door to door and talk with residents about the replacement of the lead and galvanized water pipes connected to their homes, and to help them fill out consent forms for pipe-replacement work. Each member of our team will receive training, be …