Disaster loan deadline for August flooding is Dec. 15

Posted on 12/2/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)  and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are in the Detroit area assisting survivors in their recovery efforts from the flooding in August.   The deadline to receive assistance to December 15, 2014.  The SBA Disaster Loan program is an important step in the recovery process and is available to businesses of all sizes, homeowners and renters that were affected by the flooding in August.  Homeowners and renters who are denied for an SBA Disaster Loan then will …

Legislative Agenda: Caregiving, Guardianship

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family AARP Michigan has a robust legislative agenda lined up for the session that begins Jan. 14. A top priority is passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which would better equip family caregivers to safely help their loved ones with medical tasks at home following a hospital stay. AARP advocates also will push for Michigan to become the 41st state to adopt the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act to cut red tape for families when …

Journey from stay-at-home mom to AARP

Posted on 11/20/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family From West Michigan Woman Magazine Jennifer Feuerstein is AARP Michigan’s new associate state director, a position she earned in January 2014. At first glance, she’s a professional, put-together, successful career woman, but there’s much more to her story. In fall 2008, Feuerstein took a leap of faith. A stay-at-home mom with three kids, she filed for divorce from her alcoholic husband to remove herself and her children from an unhealthy environment. At the time, she wasn’t working outside the home; …

Share your caregiver stories

Posted on 11/19/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family Every day, a silent army of Americans performs a great labor of love: caring for aging parents, spouses, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, friends… so they can remain in their homes. We are on duty 24/7, and often we can’t even take a break. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. We are the unsung heroes. Here are our stories, including many from Michigan, which is home to more than 2 million caregivers. We hope you will share your stories …

Heart-ing Family Caregivers Across Michigan

Posted on 11/5/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family Christine Caswell of Lansing cared for her handicapped parents while attending law school in her mid-40’s. Her father took a nasty fall and ended up in a nursing home. She took care of her mother in her mother’s home, in her own home and in hospice. Her mom died the day Christine received her new law license number.  “I am so grateful for having gone through that process with my mom, but I am still so frustrated we had so …

Veterans: Getting Your Benefits?

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Rick Haglund Military service veterans are entitled to an array of benefits that many of Michigan’s more than 660,000 veterans might not know exist. That’s why AARP Michigan and the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency are teaming up to publicize the assistance available to veterans and their families. “All these benefits could really help our members,” said Melissa Seifert, AARP Michigan associate state director for government affairs. “Hopefully we can be one of those doors to get information.” Among benefits …