Have No Fear: Tax Help Is Here

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources By Melissa Preddy Don Tinson was leafing through a magazine one evening when he spotted a tiny ad seeking volunteers for AARP’s tax preparation service. The retired automotive engineer thought it sounded like a good cause and signed up. Now, 11 years later, Tinson is a technology specialist for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, which last year helped 70,000 Michigan residents prepare their income tax returns at no charge. This month, Tinson and a statewide network of more than 1,000 …

Disaster loan deadline for August flooding is Dec. 15

Posted on 12/2/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Local Resources The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)  and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are in the Detroit area assisting survivors in their recovery efforts from the flooding in August.   The deadline to receive assistance to December 15, 2014.  The SBA Disaster Loan program is an important step in the recovery process and is available to businesses of all sizes, homeowners and renters that were affected by the flooding in August.  Homeowners and renters who are denied for an SBA Disaster Loan then will …

DTE offers home heating tips for winter

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Local Resources Heating tips from DTE: Last winter’s colder weather resulted in the average customer using 20.5% more natural gas than during the warmer winter of 2012-13. As you prepare for this winter, keep in mind there are two variables that contribute to your bill: the amount of natural gas you use to heat your home and extreme weather conditions, which impact your energy use. For heating tips, go to: dteenergy.com/winter To view energy usage video, click here

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 …