Volunteers take a course in ‘Life Reimagined’

Posted on 07/2/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Michigan | Volunteering The AARP Michigan State Office hosted 16 volunteers for Life Reimagined Guide training on June 17-18. The volunteers spent two days experiencing a Life Checkup and learning about this new AARP initiative. The Guides are now ready to lead Life Checkups throughout the state to help Michiganders take the journey of self-discovery and to decide their “what’s next” moment. “The trainees were fully engaged during the session and left energized and excited about the life-changing potential of Life Reimagined Checkups …

Where to Get a Checkup for Your Car

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events | Local Resources | Michigan 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.

‘Why I Love My Grandparents’ Essay Contest entry deadline is Aug. 1

Posted on 06/30/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family | Michigan | Press AARP Michigan’s fifth annual “Why I Love My Grandparents” Essay Contest for school-age students is under way.  Essays must be submitted by August 1, 2014. The contest is open to Michigan elementary through high school students ages 6 through 18 and essays can be about one or more grandparents, living or deceased. The Grand Prize winner will receive an Apple iPad. Second Prize is a Nook electronic reader and Third Prize is a Kindle Fire e-reader. Medals also will be awarded to …

Guardianship law saves money, time, heartache

Posted on 06/25/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Home & Family | Michigan By Lisa Dedden Cooper, AARP Michigan Manager of Advocacy Legislation has been introduced in Michigan that would allow this state to join 38 other states  in adopting the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA). Senate Bills 465 and 466 were introduced last fall by State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker and were referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where they are currently awaiting a hearing.  AARP Michigan supports this legislation because adopting the UAGPPJA will save money, time and heartache for Michigan …

Health Decisions Tour stops draw crowds, comments

Posted on 06/23/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Michigan The first two stops on the AARP Michigan Health Decisions T0ur drew 132 interested health care consumers and led to lively discussion in Lansing and Grand Rapids. The tour provides information on navigating health reform, Medicare, long-term care and caregiving issues and solutions. The session in Lansing on May 27 attracted 57 people, and the event in Grand Rapids on June 16 drew 75. Following are written comments from attendees at the Lansing area session: “I would have stayed all …

Sederburg praises AARP long-term care Scorecard

Posted on 06/23/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Michigan The Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) Director Kari Sederburg issued the following statement on the AARP 2014 State Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard results for the state of Michigan:    “I want to thank AARP for its great work and thoughtful assessment of Michigan’s long-term care supports and services system.  “While the scorecard does not include many of the positive steps Michigan has taken the past few years to increase access to and improve the quality of supports …