— AARP Foundation this year is again providing free tax assistance and preparation, especially for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the Tax-Aide program. In Michigan, about 1,000 Tax-Aide volunteers help more than 70,000 people each year at over 100 sites across the state. The service starts Feb. 1. The service is free but appointments are required. To find a Tax-Aide site near you, go to this link: https://secure.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free …

— Are you looking for a part-time job? AARP can connect you with employers who are looking for workers aged 50+. Register today for our free Online Career Fair: Spotlight on Part-Time Work, Thursday, January 26th. It’s a live, online event starting at 11 a.m. ET where you can upload a résumé, chat with hiring employers, and get tips to help you find a part-time job! You’ll have access to interactive webinar hosted by hiring employers and be able to play online games that …

— AARP Michigan and the older Michiganders the organization represents had a great year in the State Legislature. Together, we successfully advocated for bills that provide help for caregivers, improve health care access and better enable state residents to remain in their homes as long as possible, among other accomplishments. Read all about this success story in the 2015-2016 Michigan Legislative End of Session Report. Click here to read the full wrap up: aarp-mi-statelegisreport-2015-16 All year long, AARP Michigan staff and …

— Join AARP on Thursday, January 26 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET for AARP’s free Online Career Fair: Spotlight on Part-Time Work. This live event is a great way for job seekers to: Re-charge their job search Connect with local and national employers and volunteer organizations, such as Lord & Taylor, Jackson Hewitt and Goodwill Industries Chat with recruiters, submit résumés, view job openings, and tap into on-site educational resources Get timely job search advice during four live webinars …

— By Melissa Preddy Entrepreneur Danielle Smith wants to offer a retirement savings plan to her staff of five, but so far costs and logistics have been prohibitive. “I’ve been talking with a financial adviser about how to manage it,” said Smith, 35, who in 2013 founded Detroit Maid, a cleaning service in southeast Michigan. Her cleaners range from their 20s to their 40s, and most are women, who typically lag in saving for their older years. “My mission is to …

—  Legislation allowing state-regulated nurses with advanced degrees — known as advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) — to prescribe drugs and make house calls  passed the Senate and moved to the Governor. AARP Michigan has been working for three years  on a measure to expand APRN responsibilities. The law will enhance health care access for Michiganders across the state. HB 5400, which passed early Thursday 101-7,  would also let APRNs, who may be nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists, to dispense complimentary starter doses …

— Telehealth gained a foothold in Michigan during the lame duck session of the Legislature. A bill that defines telehealth in statute and ensures that safeguards are in place for patients’ safety and privacy won unanimous passage in the House on Dec. 1 and in the Senate on Dec. 6. Senate Bill 753 is headed to the governor’s office for his signature. Due to technological advances, the use of electronic information systems and telecommunications in the delivery of health care is …

— When temperatures start to fall in Michigan, one thing is certain: you’ll start to use more natural gas to heat your home, which can lead to higher energy bills. Colder weather conditions lead to higher natural gas consumption, but there are ways you can save. For tips on how to reduce your heating bill, click here.

— From MLive LANSING, MI — Close to 500 police and firefighters gathered at the capitol Tuesday morning in what started out as a protest and turned into a celebration when lawmakers punted most of the package they were opposing into 2017. “This isn’t over, but this is for now a huge victory,” Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union President Mark Docherty told the crowd. Police and fire unions rallied members for the event after lawmakers started to consider a series of …

— The Michigan House is considering bills on Tuesday that would erode retirees’ benefits. Please contact your State Representative to urge a NO vote! A 13-bill package was introduced in the Michigan House late last week which would create the Local Unit of Government Retirement Act. House Bills 6074-6086 would cap a local government’s contribution for retiree health benefits for existing employees and retirees at 80% of the benefit cost. The package would also eliminate retiree health benefits for local government …