AARP Michigan Statement on Key Votes by Senator Peters and Senator Stabenow on Medicare ‘Seniors’ Amendment’

Posted on 04/15/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing Last night the U.S. Senate voted on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 (H.R. 2) that permanently replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula used to calculate reimbursements to physicians under Medicare. The Senate also voted on the Cardin-Vitter “Seniors’ Amendment” which was a Key Vote for AARP.  AARP applauds the momentous bipartisan Senate vote on MACRA to repeal and replace the flawed SGR formula with an improved payment system. AARP has long advocated for a …

AARP Praises Major Step Toward Closing Loophole on Behalf of Investors

Posted on 04/15/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Finances 50+ WASHINGTON, DC—AARP along with members of the Save Our Retirement coalition praised the latest major step taken on a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that would update requirements for those who give financial advice to individual retirement plan savers. DOL released the text of the rule and opened a public comment period for Americans to comment on a rule that would help those saving for retirement who lose an estimated 17 billion dollars per year due …

AARP MI offers Caregiver Resource Workshops in Detroit

Posted on 04/9/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Caregiving AARP Michigan will offer a four-part Caregiving Resource Workshop over the next four months in Detroit. The free series will include nutrition and exercise demonstrations; interactive presentations on how to manage your money, relieve stress and protect your health as a caregiver; information on local resources available to support caregivers; and opportunities for positive and supportive social interaction with other caregivers. “Caregivers are a silent army that performs a great labor of love. But they need information, emotional support and …

Fraud Watch Network helps protect Michigan families

Posted on 04/9/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Fraud Identity theft, debt collection scams, mobile phone cramming and a host of other types of fraud are pervasive these days across the state and nation. Every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen and a con artist takes over their life. Scammers use the internet, telephones, mail, email and other means to separate people from their nest eggs. According to the Federal Trade Commission, there were 14,284 debt collection con complaints, 10,357 mobile phone services scam reports and 10,338 identity theft …

Caregiving Classes Provide Support

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | Home & Family By Melissa Preddy As a loving daughter, Mary Clark had always planned to be at the bedside of her mother, Billie, through the trials of sickness and aging. What she hadn’t anticipated was becoming a human resource manager, dispute mediator, traffic cop, practical nurse, benefits administrator and financier, all rolled into one. But that’s how much her role as chief caregiving coordinator expanded for more than three years, throughout her mom’s final days with dementia and other ailments. Assembling a …

Life Reimagined Checkup helps adults plan ‘what’s next’

Posted on 03/26/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family A couple dozen older adults came to the Meridian Senior Center on March 26 for tips on how to figure out what they really want to do in life. The Life Reimagined Checkup, led by AARP Michigan’s Kimberley Bishop, provided tools and support to help people reflect, evaluate priorities and define their next steps. Life Reimagined offers a fresh, personalized, authentic and thought-provoking approach to navigating the next phase of life. The checkup exercise uses a journal to help people take time to explore …