Veterans: Beware Scams that Target You!

Posted on 05/13/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Fraud | veterans Dear Veterans: You have done so much to serve us, let us serve you! AARP Michigan will run a regular feature on this web page about programs, services and benefits available to veterans. The first in the series will address: Scams That Target Veterans  Benefit schemes: There are dishonest advisors who promise veterans that they can get additional VA benefits if they invest in certain products, or offer cash now if the veteran turns over future benefits. The Federal Trade …

Annie Mae Holt: Close the Loophole!

Posted on 05/8/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Finances 50+ | Money & Work AARP volunteer activist Annie Mae Holt of Detroit authored the following opinion piece on raising standards for financial advisers to retirees: Under current law, it is not required that financial advisers act in your best interest. In one instance, I did not discover until it was too late that “Mr. Q”, my financial planner/plan provider, had advised me to reinvest, to perhaps, his advantage. The cost to me was a $10,000 rollover penalty.  The benefits of this reinvestment resulted in …

Planning event for LGBTQ families slated in East Lansing

Posted on 05/8/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Events | Home & Family | Local Resources The Road Ahead: A Conversation on Advance Directives and Planning for LGBTQ Families in Michigan will be offered Tuesday evening in East Lansing. Attendees can learn about marriage update, current Michigan laws, wills, health care and power of attorneys. AARP Michigan is a sponsor of the free event, which will be 6-8 p.m. May 12 at Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbott Rd., East Lansing.

How to Share Your Caregiving Story

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving The AARP state offices in Michigan and Ohio are encouraging members who care for an aging parent or other loved one to share their stories with millions of other people who perform the same important work and may need advice or a sympathetic ear. AARP will share these stories with lawmakers to encourage them to develop resources to relieve the burden on family caregivers, who are the backbone of the nation’s long-term care system. Michigan has more than 2.1 million …

Encore Entrepreneurs get business startup advice, resources

Posted on 04/30/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Community | Local Resources | Money & Work About 50 older adults interested in starting their own business attended an Encore Entrepreneur Workshop in Lansing on April 29. The workshop, sponsored by AARP Michigan and the U.S. Small Business Administration, featured expert advice on writing a business plan, developing a marketing strategy, securing financing and other topics. Speakers included experts from the SBA, AARP Michigan, Small Business Development Center, SCORE, Lansing Economic Area Partnership, Michigan Women’s Foundation and FranNet. The session concluded with success stories about business startups from two Michigan …

AARP volunteers hit Capitol Hill, deliver petitions

Posted on 04/28/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Finances 50+ WASHINGTON, DC—AARP Michigan State President Thomas Kimble of Clarkston was among volunteers and staff who dropped off petitions containing more than 26,000 signatures at the U.S. Department of Labor this week in support of a conflict of interest standard, following the release of a proposed rule earlier this month.  The petition delivery kicked off several days of action in Washington that included visits to U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) and Michigan members of the U.S. House …