Volunteers Give Back in Many Ways

Posted on 09/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Volunteering By Sheila O. Schimpf When Annie Mae Holt retired as a Detroit public school teacher in 2011, she had business cards printed that said “Retired with a purpose.” That purpose is to improve lives. She started volunteering at the AARP information center in Midtown Detroit the month she retired. She became the volunteer who would take on any task. “I really, really have a passion for the work AARP does as an advocate for seniors,” she said. She tells people …

Lansing joins AARP Age-Friendly Communities Network

Posted on 08/27/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Livable Communities   The City of Lansing officially joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities Thursday, an important step in preparing to accommodate a rapidly aging population. Mayor Virg Bernero and AARP Michigan State Director Paula Cunningham took part in a news conference at the Alfreda Schmidt Community Center, flanked by AARP volunteers and staff from the city and AARP. Entering the network is a signal that Lansing will become a great place for all ages by adopting such features as safe, …

Grand Rapids class teaches healthy eating

Posted on 08/20/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Health & Wellbeing A six-week class sponsored by Senior Neighbors and AARP Michigan will help older adults make nutritional choices to support improved heart and bone health, as well as general health and mobility. Participants will learn about healthy eating choices, physical activity, and work toward developing healthier habits and behaviors. Two facilitators with support from a dietitian and nutritionist will lead the program. There is no charge to participate in this series. Classes will be held in Grand Rapids on the following …

Survey: Americans of all ages love Social Security

Posted on 08/13/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Finances 50+ Washington, DC – Americans of all ages continue to have strong feelings of support for Social Security, according to results of an AARP survey released this week as we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Social Security on August 14, 2015. The national survey of adults found several key themes. Social Security remains a core part of retirement security, and remains popular across generations and political ideologies. Americans want to live independently, but face challenges around saving for retirement that underscore the importance …

Two-day folk music event comes to Jackson

Posted on 08/11/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Community | Events FolkGalore Festival 2015, a two-day music event in Jackson, will rock downtown on Aug. 28-29. Nine folk acts from around the country will grace the stage at Michigan Theatre and Weatherwax Hall over the two days. AARP Michigan is a sponsor of the event. “Today’s AARP members know more than ever about where the good times are and the best life is waiting. That includes rocking it out in every direction, like at this year’s Jackson FolkGalore Festival — America’s first …

Lansing event was a walk in the ‘parklet’

Posted on 08/6/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Community | Events | Livable Communities AARP Michigan took part in a two-day “livable communities” event on Capital Avenue in downtown Lansing on July 28-29. The intent was to demonstrate the benefits of a friendlier pedestrian environment and encourage greater use of public space. AARP was among 20 organizations to transform a downtown parking space into a “parklet,” with fun, creative and engaging activities. The centerpiece of the AARP Michigan space was a listening board, where people posted sticky notes on how to make Lansing a …