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 Outdated barriers that prohibit APRNs from treating patients in certain circumstances would be removed, improving access to care — especially in rural and urban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 …

AARP Michigan sets state legislative agenda

Posted on 09/3/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy AARP Michigan advocates on policy issues that matter the most to Michigan residents aged 50 and over, and their families: financial security; affordable, quality health care; and age-friendly communities in which to live. In our state legislative advocacy efforts, AARP relies on more than 200 AARP Michigan volunteers, a state office with 12 staff members headquartered in Lansing, and our 1.4 million Michigan members. Read about our legislative agenda details here: LegislativeAgenda2014 9 3 14

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 …