Social Security COLA provides some relief

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-10-13T10:07:34+00:00">October 13, 2017</time> by AARP Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC—ARP 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 2018: “Today’s 2 percent COLA announcement gives some relief to Social Security beneficiaries and their families who depend on their earned, modest benefits. Since 2011, beneficiaries have received little to no increase – never more than 1.7 percent. For the tens of millions of families who depend on Social Security for all or most of their …

Older Americans spared harmful impact of Graham-Cassidy health care bill

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-09-26T16:40:47+00:00">September 26, 2017</time> by AARP Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC—AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond today issued the following statement in response to the decision not to vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill. “The Senate leadership’s decision to not bring the Graham-Cassidy bill up for a vote shows that the voices of the American people are very powerful. The bill would have increased costs, reduced coverage, and expanded the ranks of the uninsured by millions.  “Instead of this harmful bill, we strongly urge Congress to find bipartisan …

New partnership matches older workers with jobs

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-09-22T14:22:00+00:00">September 22, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-22T15:37:15+00:00">September 22, 2017</time> by AARP Michigan

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 …

Take a look at the latest AARP Michigan state legislative agenda

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-09-20T11:47:46+00:00">September 20, 2017</time> by AARP Michigan

Improving access to health care, keeping utilities affordable and supporting veterans are among AARP Michigan’s top state legislative priorities. AARP Michigan advocates on policy issues that matter the most to Michigan residents age 50 and over and their families. AARP staff and volunteers work on both state and federal legislative issues. In our state legislative advocacy efforts, AARP relies on more than 200 AARP Michigan volunteers, a state office headquartered in Lansing, and our 1.4 million Michigan members. Each year, …

Grand Rapids: What makes an age-friendly community?

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-09-18T15:05:47+00:00">September 18, 2017</time> by AARP Michigan

The City of Grand Rapids is building a master plan to become a Livable Community through AARP’s Network of Age Friendly Communities. This fall, AARP Michigan and the City of Grand Rapids are hosting “Community Conversations” to find out what you’d like to see in your neighborhood to make it age friendly for people of ALL ages. Several of these events were held earlier this month. Please join us for any of these remaining Community Conversations: Garfield Park Community Gym, …

Wayne, Bessemer named AARP Community Challenge winners

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-09-08T16:35:40+00:00">September 8, 2017</time> by AARP Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC—Two Michigan projects are among 89 winners in the first-ever AARP Community Challenge, which aims to create change and improve quality of life in communities across the nation for people of all ages. The winning projects range from low-cost, short-term actions such as the creation of temporary park spaces and murals to more sizable efforts such as the development of intergenerational playgrounds. In Michigan: Under the transportation options category, the City of Bessemer was a winner for its artistic …

The Flint story: Suffering, heart break, finding a way to help

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-08-31T09:20:26+00:00">August 31, 2017</time> by AARP Michigan

Undrinkable​ During the fall of 2015, whether you lived in Michigan or thousands of miles away, it was hard to open a newspaper or turn on the TV without hearing about the water crisis in Flint. The devastating story gripped the headlines, and as government officials passed the blame and pointed fingers, real people were suffering. Video: AARP helps out in Flint: https://vimeo.com/aarpbroadcast/review/228121542/04ec4b8b08 Residents showed up to water crisis forums with samples of the frighteningly brown and murky water flowing …

AARP Michigan flash mob video celebrates ‘Disrupt Aging’

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-07-28T11:40:12+00:00">July 28, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-07-28T12:01:12+00:00">July 28, 2017</time> by

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’

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-07-28T10:41:41+00:00">July 28, 2017</time> by

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

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-07-26T09:38:42+00:00">July 26, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-09-06T09:22:27+00:00">September 6, 2017</time> by AARP Michigan

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 …