10 tips from caregivers to caregivers

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

Advocacy 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: …

Older voters worry about retirement security

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

Advocacy 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 …

AARP poll shows Senate race tight

Posted on 08/12/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy From MIRS If a new AARP poll foreshadows the results to come, the U.S. Senate race for Michigan could be tight when it comes to older voters. The newest poll, released this morning, had Democratic nominee Gary PETERS and Republican Terri Lynn LAND locked in a dead heat 36 percent tie among 801 likely 2014 voters age 50 and older. And the post-50 voting bloc is a fierce political power to contend with when it comes to general elections: they …

Proposal 1 on Aug. 5 ballot benefits Michigan seniors

Posted on 07/14/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy Message from Tom Kimble, AARP Michigan Volunteer President: AARP does not usually take a position on tax reform proposals on the ballot. But we believe Proposal 1 is important enough to our members and all Michiganders that we wanted to get involved this time. Proposal 1 benefits our 1.4 million members and all Michigan residents age 50 and older in two important ways:  First, the personal property tax reform benefits older adults who own small businesses, including the increasing number …

Guardianship law saves money, time, heartache

Posted on 06/25/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy By Lisa Dedden Cooper, AARP Michigan Manager of Advocacy Legislation has been introduced in Michigan that would allow this state to join 38 other states  in adopting the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA). Senate Bills 465 and 466 were introduced last fall by State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker and were referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where they are currently awaiting a hearing.  AARP Michigan supports this legislation because adopting the UAGPPJA will save money, time and heartache for Michigan …

Sederburg praises AARP long-term care Scorecard

Posted on 06/23/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy The Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) Director Kari Sederburg issued the following statement on the AARP 2014 State Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard results for the state of Michigan:    “I want to thank AARP for its great work and thoughtful assessment of Michigan’s long-term care supports and services system.  “While the scorecard does not include many of the positive steps Michigan has taken the past few years to increase access to and improve the quality of supports …