Golf Outing

— Join us for the Inaugural AARP Michigan Charity Golf Classic on Thursday, September 15 for a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start at Hawk Hollow Golf Course in Bath Township. Proceeds will benefit the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition Tuesday Toolmen program. Tuesday Toolmen provides free fixes to homes of veterans and low-income older adults, allowing them to remain in their homes safely. Registration is open at www.golfoutingpro.com/event/aarpgolfclassic Or contact Karen Kafantaris at kkafantaris@aarp.org for information and registration. Fore!  

Caregivers logo 3

— About 1.3 million Michiganders care for older parents or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and now the State of Michigan has taken action to make life a little bit easier for them. A new law — the Michigan CARE Act, which takes effect July 12 — makes sure caregivers are recognized when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. Learn more about the CARE …

DTE Cooling Tips 2016

— DTE Energy offers ways to stay cool and save money this summer: 1. Set your programmable thermostat at 78 degrees or higher – the recommended setting for summer. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs. Add insulation to your home to improve comfort and efficiency Homeowners typically save up to $200 a year in heating and cooling costs by air sealing their homes and adding insulation. Using your …

Target, Conque & Focus_Steve Debenport

— If you’re a 50+ job seeker, what’s the first thing you should do? Don’t miss our interactive webinar “Target, Conquer & Focus: Getting Back to Work” Tuesday, June 14th at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT!  Holly Brack — National Program Coordinator at AARP Foundation with over 20 years of experience teaching job search skills — will help you learn how to target your job search, conquer the job application, focus on yourself and stay strong. She’ll be joined by Back to …

Lobby Day 2016

— Lead volunteer and staff from Michigan headed to Washington this week to advocate on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of Family Caregiving and Social Security. AARP Michigan State President Chris Holman, State Director Paula Cunningham and Advocacy Manager Lisa Dedden Cooper will make several congressional visits on Capitol Hill. While meeting with members of Congress, Team Michigan will carry crucial asks: AARP Michigan advocates will ask members of Congress to support two pieces …

Flint Water Crisis Listening Session June 2016

— Adults 50 and older said during a listening session Saturday that they are the forgotten victims in the Flint water crisis. During a wide-ranging, two-hour discussion at Hasselbring Community Center hosted by AARP Michigan and the Valley Area Agency on Aging, the Flint seniors said the focus of the city’s recovery from toxic lead exposure is squarely on children, where it should be. But older residents, who are also suffering the effects of the water contamination, have been largely ignored, …

Paula D. Cunningham

— AARP Michigan will lead a collaborative effort to assess and address the impact of the Flint water crisis on older adults. Joining forces with AARP States and Community Engagement, AARP Foundation, the Valley Area Agency on Aging, the Council of Michigan Community Foundations and others, AARP Michigan will host two listening sessions in Flint on June 4 and June 5, followed by a survey of up to 800 city residents age 60 and older. “While the efforts and attention in …

AARP’s new president, Eric Schneidewind, was president of AARP Michigan from 2006 to 2012. Photo By Stephen Voss

— By Melissa Preddy A uniter, not a divider. That’s the word around Michigan about AARP’s new president, Eric Schneidewind, who succeeds outgoing president Jeannine English this month. Amid a divisive political and social climate, longtime associates expect that Schneidewind, 71, will take the national reins with a steady hand and quiet talent for breaking gridlock and getting things done. “He brings people together,” said Mary Ablan, executive director since 1985 of the Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan. She’s …

Gerry and Barbara at Capitol

—   From AARP Michigan GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (WOTV)-  It’s graduation season and millions of parents are facing the prospect of an empty nest for the first time. After years of focusing on their children — helping them take their first steps, teaching them to drive and obsessing about where they will attend college — the time has now come and many parents feel lost when their kids leave home. It is a complex time for everyone involved. The good news …

— Music could be the best-kept secret for family caregivers and the people they love! Research shows tangible benefits of music for the health, quality of life and stress level for both the caregiver and the person for whom they care. Join SingFit Co-Founder Andy Tubman, a music therapist who is an expert on music and the brain, for a free interactive webinar presented by AARP titled, “Turn Up the Volume and Turn Down the Stress: How Music Can Help Family Caregivers.” …