Journey from stay-at-home mom to AARP

Posted on 11/20/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Money & Work From West Michigan Woman Magazine Jennifer Feuerstein is AARP Michigan’s new associate state director, a position she earned in January 2014. At first glance, she’s a professional, put-together, successful career woman, but there’s much more to her story. In fall 2008, Feuerstein took a leap of faith. A stay-at-home mom with three kids, she filed for divorce from her alcoholic husband to remove herself and her children from an unhealthy environment. At the time, she wasn’t working outside the home; …

Thousands of Michigan veterans hungry for benefit information

Posted on 11/13/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Money & Work Thousands of Michigan veterans listened in on an AARP tele-town hall that provided details about a wide range of veterans’ benefits.  The hour-long call featured expert information from Robert Price, a retired Army veteran and acting director for targeted outreach with the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.  Listen to the Veterans Tele-Town Hall here (Firefox, Google Chrome or other updated browser version required): https://soundcloud.com/markhornbeck/michigan-veterans-teletown-hall-nov-2014    Participants had myriad questions about the complex web of veterans’ benefits and how the rules and …

Michigan retirement benefit tax summarized

Posted on 10/16/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Money & Work   There were a host of state income tax changes for Michigan seniors that started in  2012, including new taxes on retirement benefits. AARP Michigan opposed the pension tax because we believe it is a hardship for many seniors on fixed incomes and we thought it was unfair to assess a new levy on pensions after retirement decisions were made based on the tax-free status. Beginning on January 1, 2012, pension and retirement benefits became subject to Michigan income tax for many recipients. Michigan law now …

‘Reimagine Work’ in Grand Rapids brings changing workplace into focus

Posted on 10/2/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Money & Work Hear from industry leaders on how to seize opportunities that keep you in a job and help continue to enhance your professional success at “Reimagine Work” from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Western Michigan University Conference Center, 200 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids. Keynote speaker will be Jean Chatzky, financial editor of NBC’s Today Show. She will be joined by a panel of business people. The discussion will focus on this question: Your next 20 years of …

State to host Reinventing Retirement events on Oct. 20

Posted on 09/30/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Money & Work From Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services LANSING – This fall Michigan residents will have better tools and information to help plan for retirement, thanks to numerous financial, insurance, community and non-profit organizations coming together to help launch Reinventing Mi Retirement. AARP Michigan is a gold sponsor. “The response we received from our sponsors and supporters to make Reinventing Mi Retirement a reality was phenomenal,” said Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) Director Ann Flood. “I can’t …

Double Up Food Bucks program stretches food dollars in 3 Michigan cities

Posted on 09/29/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Money & Work AARP Foundation is teaming up with Fair Food Network to spread the word about Fair Food Network’s statewide SNAP incentive program, Double Up Food Bucks. Through a volunteer effort in grocery stores in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Battle Creek, we aim to increase participation in Double Up—especially among older adults.  Through volunteer outreach and nutrition education in in grocery stores, AARP Foundation volunteers will encourage older adults who use the Bridge card to enroll in Double Up Food bucks. This …