House committee hears praise of CARE Act

Posted on 02/9/2016 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

The  Michigan  CARE Act — a bill that would support and equip family caregivers with the information and training they need when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home — had its hearing day in House committee Feb. 9. The House Health Policy Committee heard glowing praise on Senate Bill 352 from lawmakers, hospitals and other health care providers, Area Agencies on Aging and AARP Michigan. “Family caregivers are the first line of defense against …

Grand Rapids, AARP join to build age-friendly community

Posted on 02/3/2016 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

AARP Michigan and the City of Grand Rapids will host a community conversation on Feb. 16 to brainstorm on local efforts needed to make Grand Rapids a great place for all ages. The community conversation will focus on the actions local officials and community organizations need to take to best support residents who want to remain in their homes and neighborhoods as they age. Community leaders are working to prepare for an aging population and are partnering with AARP to …

Movies for Grownups: The Intern comes to Escanaba

Posted on 01/21/2016 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

The AARP ‘Movies for Grownups’ series will feature a free screening of The Intern on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at Willow Creek Cinemas, 2701 3rd Ave N, Escanaba. The critically acclaimed movie stars Robert DeNiro as Ben Whitaker, a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin …

Schneidewind testifies before Congress on SNAP

Posted on 01/13/2016 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

  AARP President-elect Eric Schneidewind of Lansing recently provided testimony before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition regarding SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) entitled, “The Past, Present, and Future of SNAP: Special Populations.” His testimony focused on the importance of SNAP in addressing hunger issues for older Americans. Schneidewind is former President of AARP Michigan. Read his testimony here:   AARP_testimony_on_SNAP_Nutrition 1-12-2016_Eric Schneidewind

AARP Michigan offers host of relevant programs

Posted on 01/6/2016 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

If you don’t know about our fraud watch, finances for the 50 and older, or Age-Friendly Communities programs, you don’t know “aarp.” AARP Michigan is about so much more than you might think. Here’s a sampling of presentations and events offered by AARP Michigan: Fraud Watch Network The Fraud Watch Network presentation provides current statistics on identity theft and fraud, identifies the frauds and scams that are trending in Michigan, and the approach scam artists to take to defraud their victims. Tips about …

Protecting Respite Care for Family Caregivers

Posted on 01/1/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Melissa Preddy When Sidney Jongsma, 64, developed early-onset Alzheimer’s disease eight years ago, his wife, Norma, became his round-the-clock caregiver. Her only break was an hour and a half on Saturdays, when a relative would take Sidney to lunch. “We are empty nesters, and I did it all myself,” said Norma Jongsma, 68, recalling the loneliness and exhaustion of dealing with her husband’s fading memory, hallucinations, outbursts and physical limitations. Finding help near their Zeeland home was a challenge, …