‘A Taste of AARP’ comes to Marquette

Posted on 10/22/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Events | Michigan | Volunteering AARP Michigan will present “A Taste of AARP” at the Holiday Inn of Marquette, 1951 U.S. 41 West, from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 10.  The free event — hosted by AARP Michigan Executive Council Members Jimmy and Sally Bruce of Escanaba — will feature a local wine-tasting, cooking demonstrations and a presentation about volunteer opportunities and what AARP is doing in Michigan, the Upper Peninsula and Marquette County. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited and registration is preferred. Please …

Disaster recovery centers open in SE Michigan

Posted on 10/21/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family | Local Resources | Michigan From Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) WARREN, Mich. – Four disaster recovery centers have opened to assist residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties who suffered damages and losses in the August 11-13 severe storms and flooding.  Disaster recovery centers offer long-term opportunities for disaster survivors to reach out to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Small Business Administration and other organizations. The four centers are one-stop shops where disaster survivors can register for assistance, discuss types of disaster …

‘Super Volunteer’ wins Andrus Award

Posted on 10/21/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Michigan | Volunteering Jackie Knapp of Kalamazoo is a committed volunteer activist who helps feed the hungry, raises money for veterans’ programs, and teaches Sunday school at her church. Now she is the 2014 winner of the Andrus Award for Community Service, AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award. Tagged a “super volunteer” by nominators, Knapp will be honored on Nov. 1 during AARP Michigan’s volunteer recognition ceremony in Grand Rapids.  The AARP Andrus Award for Community Service recognizes members and volunteers who …

‘Finding Calm as a Caregiver’ program offered in Grand Rapids

Posted on 10/21/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Home & Family | Michigan “Finding Calm as a Caregiver,” a program addressing the challenges and joys of caregiving, will be offered by the Caregiver Resource Network from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7 at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids. The session — led by April Hadley, an instructor at the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness — offers information on stress relief, Family Caregiver University, resources for caregivers, taking care of yourself and other topics. Door prizes and refreshments are included. Register by …

Michigan retirement benefit tax summarized

Posted on 10/16/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Michigan | Money & Work   There were a host of state income tax changes for Michigan seniors that started in  2012, including new taxes on retirement benefits. AARP Michigan opposed the pension tax because we believe it is a hardship for many seniors on fixed incomes and we thought it was unfair to assess a new levy on pensions after retirement decisions were made based on the tax-free status. Beginning on January 1, 2012, pension and retirement benefits became subject to Michigan income tax for many recipients. Michigan law now …

View Age-Friendly Communities Conference here

Posted on 10/14/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family | Michigan  The Age-Friendly Communities Conference hosted by AARP Michigan is now available for online viewing. The informative one-day conference, held in February 2013 in Ann Arbor, explored what communities must do to prepare for the growing population of older adults. The conference featured national experts who addressed the demographic shift occurring in communities and why it’s in a community’s economic interest to attract and retain boomers and older adults. About 200 mayors, city planners and managers, real estate developers, public health …