‘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: …

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 …