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

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

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 …

Scorecard: Michigan has work to do to serve older residents

Posted on 06/20/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Press Michigan still needs tomake substantial improvements when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, especially when it comes to support for family caregivers. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation.  Raising Expectations 2014: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers – an update of the …

Report: Pedestrians at risk on Metro Detroit streets

Posted on 05/21/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Press Metro Detroit is among the most dangerous communities in the nation for pedestrians, ranking 11th most dangerous out of the 51 largest metro areas, a new report released by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, said.  Over the decade from 2003 – 2012, 713 Metro Detroit area residents were killed while walking. The report, Dangerous by Design 2014 ranks America’s major metropolitan areas according to a Pedestrian Danger Index that assesses how safe pedestrians are …

Supreme Court decision may save consumers money on drugs

Posted on 06/18/2013 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Press AARP is hopeful a U.S. Supreme Court decision today will end pay-for-delay prescription drug agreements that cost consumers and taxpayers billions of dollars a year in Michigan and across the nation. Pay-for-delay agreements involve brand name and generic drug manufacturers entering into arrangements that pay the generic drug manufacturer to delay bringing its lower-priced alternative to market. This practice not only denies consumers access to lower-cost treatment options as soon as possible, but also prevents competition, said Joyce Rogers, AARP …

AARP supports new Medicaid expansion bill ‘in concept’

Posted on 06/11/2013 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Press   AARP Michigan State Director Jacqueline Morrison made this statement today on the substitute for House Bill 4174, the Medicaid expansion legislation:  “We very much appreciate the significant progress that has been made on the Medicaid expansion bill. After an initial review, AARP supports the legislation in concept. We will watch closely as the bill moves through the process and look forward to working with the Legislature to ensure that 470,000 Michiganians without health insurance get the quality coverage they …

AARP launches Life Reimagined

Posted on 05/28/2013 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Press  Life Reimagined, launched today by AARP, is a first-of-its-kind series of online and offline experiences that guide people through life transitions by helping them discover new possibilities and connect with a community of people pursuing similar passions and goals.   With people living longer and redefining traditional notions of aging and retirement, a new life stage has emerged. Today, many people in their 50s, 60s and beyond are choosing to add these years in the middle versus tacking them on later …