Veterans: Getting Your Benefits?

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

Local Resources 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 …

Silver Key Coalition wins Gools Award

Posted on 10/28/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Local Resources The Silver Key Coalition, an organization formed a year ago to advocate for a remedy to Michigan’s chronic wait list problem for senior in-home services, has been named the winner of the 2014 Stephen J. Gools Award for Social Change sponsored by AARP Michigan.  The award is given annually to the individual, couple, group or non-profit organization that has significantly contributed to positive social change. The award is named for former AARP Michigan State Director Stephen Gools, who passed away …

Disaster recovery centers open in SE Michigan

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

Local Resources 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 …

Resources for Detroit water assistance listed

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

Local Resources 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 …

Highland Park joins Age-Friendly Cities Network

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

Local Resources 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 …

Where to Get a Checkup for Your Car

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources AARP Michigan is sponsoring CarFit sessions to help motorists adjust their vehicles for safe driving. Technicians lead participants through a 12-point checklist that covers everything from adjusting mirrors and steering wheels to determining if pedal extensions could help with braking. To register for CarFit sessions in Grand Rapids on July 15 or in Kalamazoo on Sept. 29, call 877-926-8300 toll-free or email To find other CarFit events, go to