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, …

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

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 …