AARP seeks Tax-Aide volunteers in 36 Michigan counties

Posted on 08/27/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Michigan | Money & Work LANSING, MI —AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, is seeking volunteer tax-preparers in 36 counties across Michigan to help residents who need assistance preparing and filing their 2014 returns.  The time commitment is about 10 hours for training and several hours each week from February 1 to April 15 doing counseling and tax return preparation. The volunteer prepares tax forms, answers questions and explains the return to the taxpayer, who is responsible for …

10 tips from caregivers to caregivers

Posted on 08/27/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Home & Family | Michigan Posted by Elaine Ryan As I cared for my parents, helping them to live independently at home as they aged, I learned to listen to the learnings of other family caregivers. Just a few weeks ago, I shared 5 Tips for Caregivers  and asked others for their views on our @AARPAdvocates Facebook  page. The comments from fellow caregivers came flooding in. While I wish I could share them all, here are 10 tips from caregivers to caregivers: 1. Be patient. Nan: …

Grand Rapids Veteran Expo offers transition help, career services

Posted on 08/20/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Events | Michigan From Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency LANSING, Mich. – Veterans from across West Michigan can find out what their military service has earned them and what a grateful community has to offer them at the 2014 Grand Rapids Veteran Expo, Sept. 5-6 at the DeltaPlex Arena. AARP Michigan will participate in the event. “Whether you hung up your uniform five months ago, five years ago or fifty years ago, there’s something here for you,” said Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff …

AARP Michigan seeks nominations for Gools Award for Social Change

Posted on 08/18/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Michigan | Volunteering AARP Michigan is accepting nominations for the fourth annual Stephen J. Gools Award for Social Change. The award honors the life of Steve Gools, former state director of AARP Michigan, who passed away in 2011. Gools was a man who cared deeply about and had a strong passion for improving the lives of others – especially those who were unable to do so alone. “Steve was dedicated to helping those who could not help themselves,” said Jacqueline Morrison, state director …

Why preparing for an emergency at any age makes sense

Posted on 08/18/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family | Michigan By Kimberly Phillips, Stakeholder Relations Specialist, FEMA As we grow older, the one thing we understand is the benefits of being prepared. Think about it…we spend most of our lives preparing to do something. During our youthful days we prepare to go back to school, prepare to enter the workforce, prepare for having a family, etc. As we grow older our preparedness goals change, but are still ever present. Now, we’re preparing for life after kids, retirement, traveling… and the …

Older voters worry about retirement security

Posted on 08/13/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Michigan | Press AARP Michigan has released a new election year poll showing that 50+ voters in November elections worry a secure retirement could be out of reach for them. Voters also want to see candidates who focus on improving their financial security, as they believe incomes have not kept up with their cost of living, especially health costs, taxes and retirement security. The poll also shows U.S. Senate candidates Gary Peters (D) and Terri Lynn Land (R) tied among likely Michigan voters …