Give back on Sept. 12 Day of Service

Posted on by AARP Michigan

  Healing a Nation with a Day of Giving For 15 years, AARP staff and volunteers in every state across the country have responded to the tragic events of September 11, 2001 by volunteering in our communities–at elementary schools, senior centers, and food banks. See also: 9/11 Day of Observance In Michigan, we’ve planted gardens at elementary schools, hosted food drives and assisted with meal preparation in several communities across the state, and helped homebound seniors with chores at their …

Karen Kafantaris wins Elder Law honor

Posted on by AARP Michigan

Karen Kafantaris of AARP Michigan is among the 2016 recipients of the Elder Law of Michigan Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Awards. The award honors those who share the mission of Elder Law of Michigan to advocate for, educate, and assist those in need, with a focus on older adults and persons with disabilities. Kafantaris, AARP Michigan Associate State Director for Community Outreach, has been with AARP Michigan since 2001. Elder Law of Michigan summarized her accomplishments as follows: …

Veterans’ benefits focus of events in Detroit, Lansing, Flint, Traverse City

Posted on by AARP Michigan

Join AARP Michigan as we honor and support those who have served by helping Michigan veterans and their families access benefits and resources during events at four locations in late August and September. AARP Michigan and the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency are working to help more Michigan veterans connect with the benefits they have earned through their services. There will be a representative from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency to talk about benefits and answer questions at these free events: …

Fraud Watch: A cautionary tale from Ann Arbor

Posted on by AARP Michigan

By Jean Doss Yesterday morning, my mom experienced the following attempted fraud. She has given me permission to share, and I would recommend everyone share this with older family members. My mother is ‘of a certain age,’ has her wits about her, and has lived in the same home in Ann Arbor for 55 years, with the same phone number. My brother and sister-in-law and their two kids also live in Ann Arbor. Their oldest, a son, is 18, and home …

Shred Instead in Metro Detroit

Posted on by AARP Michigan

  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 several free “Shred Fest” events, including five in Metro Detroit in August and September. This is an opportunity to destroy sensitive documents before the thieves can get …

Eric Schneidewind chats about his new national role

Posted on by AARP Michigan

Eric Schneidewind of Lansing, former AARP Michigan State President, stopped in for an interview about his new position as national AARP’s lead volunteer on Michigan’s Big Show with Michael Patrick Shiels this week. Schneidewind, who stepped into his role as national AARP President in June, said he loves public service and public policy, and he gets plenty of opportunities to work on both as the head of the AARP Board of Directors. “It’s a chance to deal with a lot …

Public Wi-Fi poses security risks

Posted on by AARP Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new survey from AARP says busy consumers relying on the convenience of public wireless networks to keep up-to-date on email, social networks, shopping and even their finances often put their sensitive personal information at risk. The AARP Fraud Watch Network today launches a “Watch Your Wi-Fi” campaign to educate Americans about Wi-Fi hazards and how they can protect themselves.  As part of the campaign, AARP has also begun encouraging businesses that maintain free wireless networks for their customers …

See AARP Michigan’s updated State Legislative Agenda

Posted on by AARP Michigan

Each year, AARP Michigan publishes its annual State Legislative Agenda, which it shares with Michigan’s State Representatives, State Senators, the Governor, AARP members, volunteers and the public. This year’s agenda focuses on a variety of topics and issues, including caregiving, veterans’ support, work and save programs, access to health care, age-friendly communities and much more. Take a look at the updated version of the 2016 AARP Michigan State Legislative Agenda here: AARPMI2016.UpdatedLegisAgenda.6.30Full  

Flint doctor wins Gools Award for Social Change

Posted on by AARP Michigan

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Flint pediatrician who relentlessly called attention to lead poisoning issues in the Flint water supply, has been named the winner of the 2016 Stephen J. Gools Award for Social Change sponsored by AARP Michigan. The award is given annually to the individual, couple, group or non-profit organization that has significantly contributed to positive social change. The honor is named for former AARP Michigan State Director Stephen Gools, who passed away in 2011 after a career of …

CARE Act empowers families

Posted on by 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 …