— A powerhouse coalition has unveiled a new plan to match older worker talent with Michigan job openings. AARP Michigan, Michigan Economic Development Corp, Michigan Works!, and local chambers of commerce announced Experience for Hire, which is launching in four counties this summer – Wayne, Macomb, Ingham and Jackson. Michigan employers report finding qualified applicants to fill job openings is their biggest challenge to business growth. Workers age 50 and older, who have unique skill sets, intend to stay in the workforce …

— Improving access to health care, keeping utilities affordable and supporting veterans are among AARP Michigan’s top state legislative priorities. AARP Michigan advocates on policy issues that matter the most to Michigan residents age 50 and over and their families. AARP staff and volunteers work on both state and federal legislative issues. In our state legislative advocacy efforts, AARP relies on more than 200 AARP Michigan volunteers, a state office headquartered in Lansing, and our 1.4 million Michigan members. Each year, …

— The City of Grand Rapids is building a master plan to become a Livable Community through AARP’s Network of Age Friendly Communities. This fall, AARP Michigan and the City of Grand Rapids are hosting “Community Conversations” to find out what you’d like to see in your neighborhood to make it age friendly for people of ALL ages. Several of these events were held earlier this month. Please join us for any of these remaining Community Conversations: Garfield Park Community Gym, …

— Taking care of a loved one isn’t always a walk in the park. Family caregiving means juggling a lot of kinds of help—personal, financial, medical, and more. Now you can talk to others dealing with the same issues. Register today to ask questions and learn about the issues important to you. What You Need to Know About Medicare and Social Security When Caring for a Loved One Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, 7:00-7:30 pm ET Learn Medicare basics such as eligibility, enrollment and what’s …

— WASHINGTON, DC—Two Michigan projects are among 89 winners in the first-ever AARP Community Challenge, which aims to create change and improve quality of life in communities across the nation for people of all ages. The winning projects range from low-cost, short-term actions such as the creation of temporary park spaces and murals to more sizable efforts such as the development of intergenerational playgrounds. In Michigan: Under the transportation options category, the City of Bessemer was a winner for its artistic …

— Join Marco as he talks about his mother and caregiving in the Latino community Join television personality, public speaker, and activist Marco Antonio Regil for a special Caregiving Q&A on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm ET, as he shares his experience and answers questions about caring for a loved one. When Marco was just 18, his mother suffered injuries in a car accident that left her bedridden for a year. As he took care of her, she became …

— By Melissa Preddy Crazy hearts, wild and free, we’re gonna live forever, you and me… The synthesized beat of an up-tempo dance tune blared from loudspeakers near the shore of Lake St. Clair, where dozens of volunteers earnestly followed choreographer Jason Tiede through moves like “Wave!” “Point!” “Back over!” and “Freestyle!” A sense of urgency pervaded the peppy practice session in Harrison Township. The troupers, in shorts, T-shirts and Capri pants, had about four hours to perfect their routine and …

— Undrinkable​ During the fall of 2015, whether you lived in Michigan or thousands of miles away, it was hard to open a newspaper or turn on the TV without hearing about the water crisis in Flint. The devastating story gripped the headlines, and as government officials passed the blame and pointed fingers, real people were suffering. Video: AARP helps out in Flint: https://vimeo.com/aarpbroadcast/review/228121542/04ec4b8b08 Residents showed up to water crisis forums with samples of the frighteningly brown and murky water flowing …

— Join us for free webinars and connect with top employers looking to hire experienced workers You have valuable experience. So why not connect with the hiring employers who value experienced workers like you? Sign up today for the LIVE Online Career Fair on Thursday, September 14 at 6:00 pm ET, and get ready to reintroduce yourself to new employers and refresh your job skills. This nationwide online event helps you do things like:  Click on the Interactive Online Career Fair Map …

— Join us on September 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm ET for Part 1 of AARP’s Interactive Social Security Webinar as we explore each of the five most asked about (and often misunderstood) Social Security topics—including applying for benefits, survivor benefits, spousal benefits, the earnings limit, and benefits for married couples. Plus, you can ask specific questions for the experts to answer using our interactive Q&A tool. We’ll also introduce you to AARP’s easy-to-use online tools, including our Benefits Calculator and a …