Fight Fraud — Shred Instead!

Posted on 07/24/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Events Every two seconds another American becomes a victim of identity fraud.  More than $20 billion was stolen from 13 million identity theft victims in 2012, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.  That’s why AARP Michigan is inviting area residents to bring old documents containing personal information – including papers with social security numbers, bank statements, tax records, ATM receipts, credit card statements and other documents — to our shredding truck for disposal on Aug. 1-2 in Detroit.  “People need …

Where to Get a Checkup for Your Car

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events AARP Michigan is sponsoring CarFit sessions to help motorists adjust their vehicles for safe driving. Technicians lead participants through a 12-point checklist that covers everything from adjusting mirrors and steering wheels to determining if pedal extensions could help with braking. To register for CarFit sessions in Grand Rapids on July 15 or in Kalamazoo on Sept. 29, call 877-926-8300 toll-free or email To find other CarFit events, go to

Kids’ Essay Contest Binds Generations

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events By Melissa Preddy Danny Bartolotta is a teen with a strong vision for his life—completing high school this year, entering college in the fall, followed by law school and opening a firm with his best friend. The 17-year-old from Romeo said the loving support of his grandparents Bev and Don Fraser, including their advice—repeated early and often—to “don’t follow the crowd,” helped him establish the confidence and discipline he needed to excel in school and activities. Last year he got …

AARP, SBA offer help for encore entrepreneurs

Posted on 03/19/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Events                                                                                                      AARP and the U.S. Small     Business Administration will team up again this year to improve the chances for success of “encore entrepreneurs” – people 50 and older who are starting a business – at free workshops in Jackson, Traverse City, Grand Rapids and Lansing during April.  The joint venture will match older entrepreneurs with successful business owners and community leaders for assistance and advice about such things as creating a business plan, securing financing and effective marketing. The Michigan …

Join ‘Walk for Warmth’ in Jackson on Friday

Posted on 02/18/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Events Join the Walk for Warmth this Friday, Feb. 21 in Jackson to help raise money for and awareness about utility assistance, one of the most urgent unmet needs in Jackson County.   Funds will be raised to help eligible residents avoid utility shut-off and the fees associated with re-connection.   The Community Action Agency-sponsored Walk for Warmth begins at 12 noon at Consumers Energy Headquarters, One Energy Plaza, in downtown Jackson. All walkers are welcome. Registration begins at 11 a.m. …

See free screening of ‘The Butler’ Feb. 25 in Detroit

Posted on 02/6/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Events Join AARP Michigan for a Black History Month special event: A free screening of Lee Daniels’ The Butler on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Redford Theatre, 17360 Lasher Rd., Detroit. The movie tells the story of Cecil Gaines, who served eight presidents during his tenure as a butler in the White House, against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and other major events that affect this man’s life, family and American society. The presentation …