AARP Michigan flash mob video celebrates ‘Disrupt Aging’

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We love to talk about “disrupt aging” at AARP. What does that mean? It’s a call to shape the future of aging by challenging outdated beliefs about what it means to age and sparking new solutions so we can all choose how we live as we age. We need to change the conversation about age and aging in this country. Aging is about growth (not decline). It creates new opportunities (not just challenges). Older people are contributors (not burdens). And …

Senate vote ‘a victory for Americans age 50-plus’

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WASHINGTON, DC—Reacting to today’s defeat of the Senate’s ‘skinny’ repeal bill, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released the following statement: “Today’s vote is a victory for Americans age 50-plus.  The ‘skinny’ bill the Senate defeated would have dramatically increased health care costs, caused millions to lose their health coverage, and destabilized the insurance market.   “We thank Senators Collins, McCain, and Murkowski, as well as Senate Democrats and Independents, who heard the voices of all those who called, emailed, rallied …

Celebrate Grandparents Day Sept. 10 in Lansing

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Join AARP Michigan and the City of Lansing on Sunday, Sept. 10 for Grandparents Day, a national holiday that celebrates the special bond between grandchildren and grandparents. Free, fun-filled activities for all ages will take place from Noon to 4 p.m. at Museum Drive and along the Lansing River Trail. Over 30 participating organizations are bringing fun and interactive activities to this family event, including: Learning to make balloon animals; Playing with parachutes; Experiencing a Zumba or Pound class; Making music …

AARP opposes ‘harmful changes’ in budget bill

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WASHINGTON, DC—As the US House Budget Committee plans to markup the budget bill, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released the following statement in opposition to House Republicans’ Budget Blueprint:    “AARP urges Congress to reject harmful changes that would have a negative impact on health security and the vital programs that serve older Americans.  AARP urges you to oppose efforts to cut Medicaid and turn Medicare into a voucher-type program that would shift costs and risks to older Americans. We …

New partnership matches older workers with jobs

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A powerhouse coalition has unveiled a new plan to match older worker talent with Michigan job openings. AARP Michigan, Michigan Economic Development Corp, Michigan Works!, and local chambers of commerce announced Experience for Hire, which is launching 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 50 and older, who have unique skill sets, intend to stay in the workforce …

Summer Shred Events slated for Metro Detroit

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  Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity gets stolen. So if you don’t think it can happen to you, you’re wrong. Identity thieves routinely search through dumpsters and trash cans, looking to find confidential information. As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Michigan is sponsoring five free “Shred Fest” events in Metro Detroit in July, August and September. This is an opportunity to destroy sensitive documents before the thieves can get them …

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 …