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 apalmer@aarp.org. To find other CarFit events, go to car-fit.org.

AARP, Michigan Humane Society offer pet adoption discounts

Posted on 04/22/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Local Resources Call it companionship at a discount. AARP Michigan and the Michigan Humane Society have launched a new partnership to offer substantial savings on pet adoption fees – ranging from $55 to $190 — to AARP members. AARP members can simply present their membership card at any Michigan Humane Society adoption location to receive the discount for qualifying dogs and cats. Those who want to sign up on the spot for AARP membership to get the discount can do so by …

Grand Rapids Experience Corps gets an ‘A’

Posted on 12/20/2013 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Local Resources                                                                                                     GRAND RAPIDS – Teachers in Grand Rapids, as well as a number of other communities across the country, gave high marks to reading tutors who provide additional student support in the classroom, according to a survey by AARP Experience Corps.  In Grand Rapids, 94 percent of teachers surveyed said that their students’ reading and literacy performance improved under the guidance of AARP Experience Corps tutors during the 2012-2013 school year.  Though Experience Corps tutors focus on improving reading literacy, …