FEMA: Stay safe during bitter cold, snowy weather

Posted on 01/5/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Michigan From FEMA CHICAGO – Dangerously low temperatures and accumulating snow are in the forecast for much of the Midwest and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants individuals and families to be safe when faced with the hazards of cold temperatures and winter weather. “Subfreezing temperatures and wind chills can be dangerous and even life-threatening for people who don’t take the proper precautions,” said Andrew Velasquez III, FEMA Regional Administrator. “It is important for everyone …

Have No Fear: Tax Help Is Here

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources | Michigan | Money & Work | Volunteering By Melissa Preddy Don Tinson was leafing through a magazine one evening when he spotted a tiny ad seeking volunteers for AARP’s tax preparation service. The retired automotive engineer thought it sounded like a good cause and signed up. Now, 11 years later, Tinson is a technology specialist for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, which last year helped 70,000 Michigan residents prepare their income tax returns at no charge. This month, Tinson and a statewide network of more than 1,000 …

AARP urges House to pass nurses’ scope of practice bill this year

Posted on 12/9/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Michigan AARP Michigan has sent the following letter to state legislators seeking support for House passage of Senate Bill 2 before the Legislature adjourns for the year: Dear Representative,  I am writing on behalf of AARP Michigan to urge you to support Senate Bill 2,which would allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to use a greater scope of their extensive training to treat Michigan patients. AARP supports SB 2 because it will increase consumers’ access to health care and reduce unnecessary …

AARP backs bill that maintains state income tax benefits for surviving spouse

Posted on 12/4/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Michigan An AARP-backed bill that would maintain a state income tax break for a surviving spouse who benefited from the tax status of an older spouse won unanimous passage in the House Tax Policy Committee Wednesday.  The recently enacted tax on pension income allows for an exemption for state residents age 67 and older. A younger spouse also benefits from that tax status four couples who file a joint state income tax return.  House Bill 4301, sponsored by Rep. Jim Townsend, …

Disaster loan deadline for August flooding is Dec. 15

Posted on 12/2/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family | Local Resources | Michigan The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)  and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are in the Detroit area assisting survivors in their recovery efforts from the flooding in August.   The deadline to receive assistance to December 15, 2014.  The SBA Disaster Loan program is an important step in the recovery process and is available to businesses of all sizes, homeowners and renters that were affected by the flooding in August.  Homeowners and renters who are denied for an SBA Disaster Loan then will …

DTE offers home heating tips for winter

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Local Resources | Michigan | Money & Work Heating tips from DTE: Last winter’s colder weather resulted in the average customer using 20.5% more natural gas than during the warmer winter of 2012-13. As you prepare for this winter, keep in mind there are two variables that contribute to your bill: the amount of natural gas you use to heat your home and extreme weather conditions, which impact your energy use. For heating tips, go to: dteenergy.com/winter To view energy usage video, click here