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 …

Disaster recovery centers open in SE Michigan

Posted on 10/21/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family From Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) WARREN, Mich. – Four disaster recovery centers have opened to assist residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties who suffered damages and losses in the August 11-13 severe storms and flooding.  Disaster recovery centers offer long-term opportunities for disaster survivors to reach out to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Small Business Administration and other organizations. The four centers are one-stop shops where disaster survivors can register for assistance, discuss types of disaster …

‘Finding Calm as a Caregiver’ program offered in Grand Rapids

Posted on 10/21/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family “Finding Calm as a Caregiver,” a program addressing the challenges and joys of caregiving, will be offered by the Caregiver Resource Network from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7 at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids. The session — led by April Hadley, an instructor at the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness — offers information on stress relief, Family Caregiver University, resources for caregivers, taking care of yourself and other topics. Door prizes and refreshments are included. Register by …