Journey from stay-at-home mom to AARP

Posted on 11/20/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family | Michigan | Money & Work From West Michigan Woman Magazine Jennifer Feuerstein is AARP Michigan’s new associate state director, a position she earned in January 2014. At first glance, she’s a professional, put-together, successful career woman, but there’s much more to her story. In fall 2008, Feuerstein took a leap of faith. A stay-at-home mom with three kids, she filed for divorce from her alcoholic husband to remove herself and her children from an unhealthy environment. At the time, she wasn’t working outside the home; …

Share your caregiver stories

Posted on 11/19/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Home & Family | Michigan Every day, a silent army of Americans performs a great labor of love: caring for aging parents, spouses, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, friends… so they can remain in their homes. We are on duty 24/7, and often we can’t even take a break. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. We are the unsung heroes. Here are our stories, including many from Michigan, which is home to more than 2 million caregivers. We hope you will share your stories …

Thousands of Michigan veterans hungry for benefit information

Posted on 11/13/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Events | Michigan | Money & Work Thousands of Michigan veterans listened in on an AARP tele-town hall that provided details about a wide range of veterans’ benefits.  The hour-long call featured expert information from Robert Price, a retired Army veteran and acting director for targeted outreach with the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.  Listen to the Veterans Tele-Town Hall here (Firefox, Google Chrome or other updated browser version required): https://soundcloud.com/markhornbeck/michigan-veterans-teletown-hall-nov-2014    Participants had myriad questions about the complex web of veterans’ benefits and how the rules and …

Heart-ing Family Caregivers Across Michigan

Posted on 11/5/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Home & Family | Michigan Christine Caswell of Lansing cared for her handicapped parents while attending law school in her mid-40’s. Her father took a nasty fall and ended up in a nursing home. She took care of her mother in her mother’s home, in her own home and in hospice. Her mom died the day Christine received her new law license number.  “I am so grateful for having gone through that process with my mom, but I am still so frustrated we had so …

Have you voted yet today?

Posted on 11/4/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Michigan Have you voted today? Help us inspire others to go to the polls by sending us a selfie sporting your “I Voted” sticker to post in our Election Day Album. Check it out here: Election Day Selfies  Remember, polls are open until 8 p.m. At stake in this year’s election are statewide races for Governor, U.S. Senate, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Michigan Supreme Court and Education Board seats. Also, all 14 U.S. House seats, and 148 seats in the State Legislature …

Veterans: Getting Your Benefits?

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Home & Family | Local Resources | Michigan By Rick Haglund Military service veterans are entitled to an array of benefits that many of Michigan’s more than 660,000 veterans might not know exist. That’s why AARP Michigan and the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency are teaming up to publicize the assistance available to veterans and their families. “All these benefits could really help our members,” said Melissa Seifert, AARP Michigan associate state director for government affairs. “Hopefully we can be one of those doors to get information.” Among benefits …