Silver Key Coalition wins Gools Award

Posted on 10/28/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy The Silver Key Coalition, an organization formed a year ago to advocate for a remedy to Michigan’s chronic wait list problem for senior in-home services, has been named the winner of the 2014 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 award is named for former AARP Michigan State Director Stephen Gools, who passed away …

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

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

Advocacy “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 …

Watch candidates for governor debate on Sunday

Posted on 10/8/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy Michigan gubernatorial candidates Rick Snyder and Mark Schauer will hold their first and only debate on Sunday at 6 p.m.   AARP Michigan is sponsoring this debate.  Tune in to find out where the candidates stand on the issues that matter to you and your family. The town hall forum will be broadcast on WTVS-Channel 56 in the Detroit area and also will be available on public television stations and some commercial stations across the state. Check your local listings. You …

Uniform Guardianship Law averts legal tangles

Posted on 09/26/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy Lisa Dedden Cooper, Manager of Advocacy for AARP Michigan, made these comments to the member of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 23: “AARP supports the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA) because when more than one state is involved in a guardianship matter, families can get caught up in jurisdictional tangles that can cost a lot of money, delay good care, and aggravate disputes. See infographic here: Guardianship Infographic “Passage of Senate Bills 465 and 466 …

Do you want to make a difference?

Posted on 09/17/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy AARP Michigan advocacy staff and volunteers work with members of Congress on issues such as safeguarding Social Security and Medicare. And they work with state legislators on a variety of issues, including: ensuring affordable utility rates, long-term services and caregiving, access to health care, and preventing elder abuse and exploitation.  See our legislative agenda here: LegislativeAgenda2014 9 3 14  Older adults who have a desire to help their state and community create a more secure future for those 50-plus might want …

Bill would increase access to health care

Posted on 09/10/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy AARP Michigan strongly supports Senate Bill 2, which would allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to use the full extent of their training and education to treat patients. We support this bill because it would increase consumers’ access to health care and reduce unnecessary health care costs. Outdated barriers that prohibit APRNs from treating patients in certain circumstances would be removed, improving access to care — especially in rural and urban underserved areas. The legislation has passed the Senate and is now being considered by …