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CARE Act empowers families

Posted on 06/30/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mhornbeck/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Michigan |

The eightWest daily talk show for women on WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids featured a segment June 29 on the CARE Act, a new law that helps family caregivers when their loved ones are admitted to the hospital. Entitled “CARE Act empowers families,” the show features interviews with Melissa Seifert, AARP Michigan Associate State Director for Governmental Affairs and Jennifer Munoz, AARP Michigan Associate State Director for Community Outreach. See the eightWest segment here: http://woodtv.com/2016/06/29/care-act-empowers-families/  The CARE Act, championed by AARP …

AARP golf outing benefits Tuesday Toolmen

Posted on 06/22/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mhornbeck/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Michigan |

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. 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 registration. Fore!  

Help for Family Caregivers is Here!

Posted on 06/22/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mhornbeck/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Michigan |

About 1.3 million Michiganders care for older parents or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and now the State of Michigan has taken action to make life a little bit easier for them. A new law — the Michigan CARE Act, which takes effect July 12 — makes sure caregivers are recognized when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. Learn more about the CARE …

How to keep cool, save money

Posted on 06/16/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mhornbeck/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Michigan |

DTE Energy offers ways to stay cool and save money this summer: 1. Set your programmable thermostat at 78 degrees or higher – the recommended setting for summer. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs. Add insulation to your home to improve comfort and efficiency Homeowners typically save up to $200 a year in heating and cooling costs by air sealing their homes and adding insulation. Using your …

Team Michigan heads to Capitol Hill

Posted on 06/8/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mhornbeck/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Michigan |

Lead volunteer and staff from Michigan headed to Washington this week to advocate on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of Family Caregiving and Social Security. AARP Michigan State President Chris Holman, State Director Paula Cunningham and Advocacy Manager Lisa Dedden Cooper will make several congressional visits on Capitol Hill. While meeting with members of Congress, Team Michigan will carry crucial asks: AARP Michigan advocates will ask members of Congress to support two pieces …

Older adults in Flint say they’re left out of water crisis response

Posted on 06/5/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mhornbeck/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Michigan |

Adults 50 and older said during a listening session Saturday that they are the forgotten victims in the Flint water crisis. During a wide-ranging, two-hour discussion at Hasselbring Community Center hosted by AARP Michigan and the Valley Area Agency on Aging, the Flint seniors said the focus of the city’s recovery from toxic lead exposure is squarely on children, where it should be. But older residents, who are also suffering the effects of the water contamination, have been largely ignored, …

AARP to assess Flint water crisis impact on older adults

Posted on 06/1/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mhornbeck/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Michigan |

AARP Michigan will lead a collaborative effort to assess and address the impact of the Flint water crisis on older adults. Joining forces with AARP States and Community Engagement, AARP Foundation, the Valley Area Agency on Aging, the Council of Michigan Community Foundations and others, AARP Michigan will host two listening sessions in Flint on June 4 and June 5, followed by a survey of up to 800 city residents age 60 and older. “While the efforts and attention in …

Empty nesting offers opportunities

Posted on 05/17/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mhornbeck/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Michigan |

  From AARP Michigan GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (WOTV)-  It’s graduation season and millions of parents are facing the prospect of an empty nest for the first time. After years of focusing on their children — helping them take their first steps, teaching them to drive and obsessing about where they will attend college — the time has now come and many parents feel lost when their kids leave home. It is a complex time for everyone involved. The good news …

AARP seeks community service award nominees

Posted on 05/5/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mhornbeck/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Michigan |

(LANSING, MI) — AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Michigan Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50-and-older Michiganders who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP Michigan is excited to shine a light on those who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said Karen Kafantaris, AARP Michigan Associate State Director for Community Outreach. Nominations will be evaluated by …

AARP Michigan ‘Walk of Ages’ draws 300

Posted on 04/20/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mhornbeck/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Michigan |

Nearly 300 people attended AARP Michigan’s Inaugural “Walk of Ages” event on April 15, featuring a visit from body-building septuagenarian Ernestine Shepherd, a panel discussion on health, self, and wealth and a walk along the Red Cedar River. Ms. Shepherd, who at age 79 is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Oldest Female Body Builder, recounted the inspirational story of her transformation from an out-of-shape middle-aged woman to a health and fitness diva extraordinaire. “I have …