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  From AARP Michigan GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (WOTV)-  It’s graduation season and millions of parents are facing the prospect of an empty nest for the first time. After years of focusing on their children — helping them take their first steps, teaching them to drive and obsessing about where they will attend college — the time has now come and many parents feel lost when their kids leave home. It is a complex time for everyone involved. The good news …

Music could be the best-kept secret for family caregivers and the people they love! Research shows tangible benefits of music for the health, quality of life and stress level for both the caregiver and the person for whom they care. Join SingFit Co-Founder Andy Tubman, a music therapist who is an expert on music and the brain, for a free interactive webinar presented by AARP titled, “Turn Up the Volume and Turn Down the Stress: How Music Can Help Family Caregivers.” …

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From finding a job to making the most of your work day, AARP will present free a webinar titled Trade Your Dress Shoes for Slippers: The Inside Scoop on Being a Teleworker,”  Tuesday May 10th. Sharon Emek, Founder and CEO of Work At Home Vintage Experts (WAHVE) and former professor at Rutgers, will give you tips on teleworking, help you avoid work-from-home scams and find reputable employers who are hiring teleworkers. She’ll be joined by AARP North Carolina volunteer Stan C. Kimer …

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(LANSING, MI) — AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Michigan Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50-and-older Michiganders who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP Michigan is excited to shine a light on those who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said Karen Kafantaris, AARP Michigan Associate State Director for Community Outreach. Nominations will be evaluated by …

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AARP Michigan is teaming up with the city of Grand Rapids to foster the health and happiness of its aging population. “Demographics are shifting in Grand Rapids and other Michigan cities,” said Karen Kafantaris, associate state director for community outreach. “It’s important that communities prepare to accommodate people of all ages.” A recent meeting focused on actions that city officials and community organizations can take to better support residents who want to remain in their homes and neighborhoods as they …

Walk of Ages April  2016

Nearly 300 people attended AARP Michigan’s Inaugural “Walk of Ages” event on April 15, featuring a visit from body-building septuagenarian Ernestine Shepherd, a panel discussion on health, self, and wealth and a walk along the Red Cedar River. Ms. Shepherd, who at age 79 is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Oldest Female Body Builder, recounted the inspirational story of her transformation from an out-of-shape middle-aged woman to a health and fitness diva extraordinaire. “I have …

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By Lisa Whitmore Davis, AARP Michigan If you aren’t currently a caregiver, chances are you either have been or will be one. In Michigan, there are about 2 million caregivers at any given point during the calendar year. They perform a great labor of love 1.4 billion hours a year and provide unpaid care worth more than $15 billion. This silent army of unsung heroes needs information, emotional support and access to resources. In recognition of this, AARP Michigan offers …

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Gov. Rick Snyder signed the Michigan CARE Act on April 13, providing help to an unpaid silent army about 2 million strong who make it possible for older Michiganders to live independently at home. The Michigan Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which takes effect in 90 days, will support and equip family caregivers with the basic information and training they need when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The governor signed the bill in …

Ernestine Shepherd

Ernestine Shepherd, a phenomenal 79-year-old body builder and world record holder, will lead AARP Michigan’s inaugural “Walk of Ages” event on the campus of Michigan State University on Friday, April 15. The day’s activities, expected to draw hundreds, will begin at the Kellogg Center at 11 a.m. with a program focused on health, self and wealth. There will be a panel discussion and question-and-answer session on a variety of topics including nutrition, brain health, financial security and exercise. Sheri Jones, …

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Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service LANSING, Mich. – Some say, “The best is yet to be,” when it comes to aging – a mantra that is possible for Michiganders who focus on healthy lifestyle choices. And 79-year-old Ernestine Shepherd is a perfect example. Shepherd is recognized by Guinness World Records as the World’s Oldest Female Body Builder, and will be at Michigan State University next week to talk about nutrition, exercise, and brain health. Mark Hornbeck, communications director for AARP …