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See AARP Michigan’s updated State Legislative Agenda

Posted on 07/8/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | 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 07/7/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | 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 06/30/2016 by <a href="" 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:  The CARE Act, championed by AARP …

AARP golf outing benefits Tuesday Toolmen

Posted on 06/22/2016 by <a href="" 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 Or contact Karen Kafantaris at for information and registration. Fore!  

Help for Family Caregivers is Here!

Posted on 06/22/2016 by <a href="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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="" 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 …