Grand Rapids Experience Corps gets an 'A'

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, …

Have a Grand Time Encouraging Kids to Explore

Have a Grand Time Encouraging Kids to Explore

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources AARP members who take a grandchild to explore the Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing this month can get in free. The museum features interactive exhibits that engage the five senses while encouraging kids to experiment with light, color, music, and electricity and magnetism. Visitors learn about engineering by building structures and about chemistry by participating in slime workshops. The center has attracted nearly 3 million visitors over the past 40 years. “This is a chance for young and old …

Grand Rapids makes AARP Magazine's Top 10 Places to Live

Grand Rapids makes AARP Magazine’s Top 10 Places to Live

Posted on 10/9/2013 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Local Resources From MLive GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Wallet-friendly entertainment events such as ArtPrize and an affordable housing market helped Grand Rapids make it onto the AARP Magazine’s 2013 list of “Best Places to Live.” The 10-city list, announced on Tuesday, Oct. 8, looked for communities in which retirees could live comfortably for $30,000 a year, said Gabrielle Redford, an editor with the magazine. Free events like ArtPrize and low-cost tickets to sporting events like the Grand Rapids Griffins games helped put Grand Rapids …

AARP Michigan invites Grand Rapids to open house Friday

AARP Michigan invites Grand Rapids to open house Friday

Posted on 09/24/2013 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Local Resources AARP Michigan invites the Grand Rapids area community to an open house on Friday, Sept. 27 from 4-6 p.m. at the Cultural Center, 2250 E. Paris Ave. SE. Learn about how AARP empowers you to pursue your goals and dreams; fights on issues that matter to you and your family; connects you to people with shared interests; saves you and your family money; and makes things better for society. The event is open to all, but show a membership card …

Carol Wilson

Creating an Age-Friendly Community

Posted on 08/29/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources By Melissa Preddy Raising six children in a 100-year-old frame house, Carole Wilson always had a ready-made army of lawn mowers and handymen. But now, when the Auburn Hills resident and empty-nester needs a small home repair, she gets help from volunteers through the city’s Senior Home Assistance Repair Program (SHARP). “It keeps things from falling into disrepair,” said Wilson, 76, a part-time computer instructor who’s lived in the city for more than 50 years. “They’ve moved my window A/C, …

Jackson convenience stores stock up for healthy eating

Jackson convenience stores stock up for healthy eating

Posted on 04/23/2013 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Local Resources Call it a kickoff to healthy eating and better living for residents in the City of Jackson.  Three locally owned neighborhood convenience stores in South Central Jackson will begin promoting the availability of more healthy, fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables at a launch event on Thursday, April 25 from 3-5 p.m.  Greenwood Food Market, Keyes Party Store (formerly, The Log Cabin) and Stop One will offer and prominently display the produce, some of it locally grown, as part of the …