Michigan consumers susceptible to holiday scams

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

With the holiday giving season approaching, a new survey from the AARP Fraud Watch Network found that 66 percent of Michigan consumers failed a quiz about how to stay safe from common holiday scams, and many are regularly engaging in risky behaviors which could leave them at risk of being victimized by con artists. A report, “Beware the Grinch: Consumers at Risk of Being Scammed During the Holidays,” http://www.aarp.org/MIHolidayScamSurvey details AARP’s polling of Michigan residents regarding the most common holiday …

‘Salute to Caregivers’ offers advice, resources

Posted on 11/6/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Understand your resources. Seek help. Keep a budget. Look at the realities early on. Listen to a lot of music. A panel of caregiving experts at AARP Michigan’s “A Salute to Caregivers” event on Nov. 6 in Southfield offered these and other pieces of advice. The panel was moderated by AARP Senior Vice President Edna Kane-Williams and included Paul Bridgewater, President and CEO of Detroit Area Agency on Aging; Dr. Eric Ayers, a physician from Detroit Medical Center; Dr. Marilyn French, …

Belleville woman to receive ‘Portrait of Care’

Posted on 11/5/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 40 million Americans – about 2 million from Michigan – who help older parents, spouses, and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be. The unpaid care they provide – managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks and more – is valued at about $15.5 billion in Michigan alone. Mary Clark from Belleville is one of these unsung heroes. She says: …

Caregiving: It’s Tougher Than Expected

Posted on 11/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Sheila O’Brien Schimpf What surprised Diane Vondrak Bright about caring for her parents was the difference between her expectations and what actually happened. “You become more accepting of the idea you can’t do everything,” said Bright, 61, of Troy. “Ideally, they would have been in their own home or mine. That just didn’t happen.” Bright is an occupational therapist who designs accessible homes that help people stay there as long as they can. She also serves on the AARP …

AARP praises Social Security, Medicare fixes

Posted on 10/28/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Washington, DC— AARP released the following statement from CEO Jo Ann Jenkins praising Congressional leaders and urging members of the House and Senate to support the bipartisan budget agreement that would reduce skyrocketing Medicare Part B premiums and alleviate the challenges faced by the Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund:  “AARP applauds today’s bipartisan agreement by Congressional leaders and urges members of Congress to support this legislation that would help to ensure millions of American families no longer face looming …

AARP offers Medicare guide for caregivers

Posted on 10/23/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

If you are caring for family or friends with Medicare, it’s important that you know about this health insurance program. Getting to know how Medicare works and how to find information when you need it can help you and those you care for make informed medical health care coverage decisions. Read about it in AARP’s Medicare Guide for Family Caregivers: Medicare Guide for Family Caregivers Medicare open enrollment period runs now through Dec. 7.