View Age-Friendly Communities Conference here

Posted on 10/14/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family  The Age-Friendly Communities Conference hosted by AARP Michigan is now available for online viewing. The informative one-day conference, held in February 2013 in Ann Arbor, explored what communities must do to prepare for the growing population of older adults. The conference featured national experts who addressed the demographic shift occurring in communities and why it’s in a community’s economic interest to attract and retain boomers and older adults. About 200 mayors, city planners and managers, real estate developers, public health …

‘Aging in Place’ Gets a Funding Boost

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family More Michiganders may have an opportunity to age in place since lawmakers approved an 8.7 percent increase in funding for MI Choice, the state’s Medicaid program for home- and community-based services. These services help people continue to live at home rather than move into nursing homes or other institutional settings. A 2009 AARP study showed a majority of Americans (89 percent) want to stay in their own homes as they age. The new state budget, which took effect Oct. 1, …

Double Up Food Bucks program stretches food dollars in 3 Michigan cities

Posted on 09/29/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family AARP Foundation is teaming up with Fair Food Network to spread the word about Fair Food Network’s statewide SNAP incentive program, Double Up Food Bucks. Through a volunteer effort in grocery stores in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Battle Creek, we aim to increase participation in Double Up—especially among older adults.  Through volunteer outreach and nutrition education in in grocery stores, AARP Foundation volunteers will encourage older adults who use the Bridge card to enroll in Double Up Food bucks. This …

Uniform Guardianship Law averts legal tangles

Posted on 09/26/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family Lisa Dedden Cooper, Manager of Advocacy for AARP Michigan, made these comments to the member of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 23: “AARP supports the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA) because when more than one state is involved in a guardianship matter, families can get caught up in jurisdictional tangles that can cost a lot of money, delay good care, and aggravate disputes. See infographic here: Guardianship Infographic “Passage of Senate Bills 465 and 466 …

‘Grandparents’ Essay Contest winners announced

Posted on 09/16/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family Two Flint area students and a Perry student captured top honors in AARP Michigan’s 5th annual “Why I Love My Grandparents” Essay Contest. Jikira Robbins from Carman-Ainsworth Middle School won the overall Grand Prize, Claudia Ross of Perry High School took second place and Ny’asia Johnson of Southwestern Classical Academy in Flint won third place. Robbins, a 13-year-old eighth-grader, won an Apple iPad for her essay about grandparents who “played an important part” in raising her and her sisters. Read …

10 tips from caregivers to caregivers

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

Home & Family 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: …