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 …

Lisa Whitmore Davis 2015

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 will …

CARE Act signing 2

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, …

Ernestine Shepherd

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 …

Take a Stand art

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a new AARP survey released today, 8 in 10 say that taking a stand on Social Security is a basic threshold for Presidential leadership. The survey of likely voters age 50+ also shows nearly 40% are dissatisfied with their retirement savings and nearly half of voters worry they won’t be able to achieve their financial goals over the next five years (49%).  4 in 10 (40%) still don’t know for certain which party’s presidential candidate they’ll …

Nancy LeaMond

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond praised the announcement of a final rule by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that updates requirements for providing financial advice to individual retirement plan savers. Americans saving for retirement currently lose an estimated 6 to 17 billion dollars per year due to bad investment advice. Many advisers already abide by the higher standard. “Today marks a tremendous victory for consumers. The new rules ensure that anyone who is saving …

Lansing Age-Friendly forum March 2016

AARP Michigan and the City of Lansing invite area residents to participate in a community conversation about making Lansing the best place it can be for all ages. The event will be at the Allen Neighborhood Center, 1629 E. Kalamazoo St., from 9 am. to 12 noon on Wednesday, April 13. “We are looking for input from Lansing residents about what they need and want in order to remain in and connected to the community in the years ahead,” said …

Billie Stewart, of Detroit, was swindled 20 years ago. She works with students at Laurus Academy. Photo by Sean Work.

By Melissa Preddy Detective Alan Clemens has heard many variations on consumer scams, but one recent twist caught his eye: would-be robbers pretending to work with legitimate crews from utility companies. “A woman reported that a stranger came to her door, pointed to a Detroit Edison crew down the street and needed to come into her house and shut off the water,” said Clemens, of the Livonia Police Department in suburban Detroit. “Fortunately, she recognized it as a scam and …

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  Legislation supporting Michigan’s 2 million family caregivers won bipartisan passage in the state House today and heads to the governor’s desk. The House voted 70-38 in favor of Senate Bill 352, the Michigan Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act that would 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 Senate concurred in minor amendments immediately afterward. The Senate unanimously passed …