Why preparing for an emergency at any age makes sense

Posted on 08/18/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family By Kimberly Phillips, Stakeholder Relations Specialist, FEMA As we grow older, the one thing we understand is the benefits of being prepared. Think about it…we spend most of our lives preparing to do something. During our youthful days we prepare to go back to school, prepare to enter the workforce, prepare for having a family, etc. As we grow older our preparedness goals change, but are still ever present. Now, we’re preparing for life after kids, retirement, traveling… and the …

Resources for Detroit water assistance listed

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

Home & Family For those possibly facing water shutoffs in Detroit, here’s a rundown on resources for assistance: Cobo Water Fair   Learn about water assistance options, how to save water and make payment arrangements to avoid a shut-off during a Water Fair at Cobo Hall on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fair is presented by Council President Brenda Jones and Mayor Mike Duggan. Free parking available at Ford Underground and Millenium Parking Garage. To sign up for a payment …

‘Comedy Cop’ tells his fascinating Life Reimagined story

Posted on 08/6/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family Dwayne Gill is Michigan’s own Life Reimagined story. The irrepressible 50-year-old Detroit native is a Michigan State Police officer who is nearing retirement. But like a growing number of new retirees, he doesn’t intend to fade quietly into the sunset. He has a fascinating plan for his “what’s next.” Known around the state as “The Comedy Cop,” Gill doubles as a stand-up comic, who has opened for such entertainers as Aretha Franklin and Tim Allen. When he hangs up his gun …

Highland Park joins Age-Friendly Cities Network

Posted on 07/23/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family Highland Park on Tuesday became the second Michigan city to join the World Health Organization (WHO) of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities and the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.  The Highland Park City Council received a certificate from AARP State Director Jacqueline Morrison at its Tuesday meeting.  Joining the network means Highland Park is committing to improve elements in the community that enhance independent living with a goal of having older citizens take a more active role.  It is a five-year …

‘Why I Love My Grandparents’ Essay Contest entry deadline is Aug. 1

Posted on 06/30/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family AARP Michigan’s fifth annual “Why I Love My Grandparents” Essay Contest for school-age students is under way.  Essays must be submitted by August 1, 2014. The contest is open to Michigan elementary through high school students ages 6 through 18 and essays can be about one or more grandparents, living or deceased. The Grand Prize winner will receive an Apple iPad. Second Prize is a Nook electronic reader and Third Prize is a Kindle Fire e-reader. Medals also will be awarded to …

Guardianship law saves money, time, heartache

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

Home & Family 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 …