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— WASHINGTON, DC – AARP has released the 2016 Longevity Economy report, an in-depth look at how our nation’s population of 111 million 50-plus consumers impacts the economy. According to the report, the 50-plus age groups generates $7.6 trillion in economic activity (a $500 million increase from 2013), including $5 trillion in consumer spending by people 50-plus. This increase reflects the shifting demographic and spending patterns of this group due to longer life spans and prolonged employment. The 50-plus cohort represents a …

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— Paula D. Cunningham, AARP Michigan State Director and a pioneer in business and education in the Lansing community, will receive the Trailblazer Award from the Michigan Congressional Black Caucus on Friday, Sept.16, at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C. Cunningham is among a group of distinguished Michigan business and political leaders to be honored during the Congressional Black Caucus 46th Annual Legislative Conference in the nation’s capital. “The Michigan Congressional Black Caucus Host Committee is pleased to …

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— Caregiving may be one of the most important roles you will ever take on in your life. You may have become a caregiver suddenly or perhaps your role has evolved over time. No matter where you are in the continuum of caregiving—starting to plan, helping to coordinate a big move, or taking care of a family member in your home—having resources at your fingertips will make the process easier. With many organizations offering different types of help and services, it …

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— AARP National President Eric Schneidewind has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, according to Greater Lansing Business Monthly. Best Lawyers is one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. Schneidewind has practiced energy law in Varnum Lansing law office for the past …

Grandparents Day 2014

— Celebrate the important role grandparents play in families at the AARP Michigan Grandparents Day event on Sunday, Sept. 11. The free event will run from 1-5 p.m. at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History at 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit. “Grandparents Day is a unique opportunity for grandparents and parents to bring their children to a fulfilling event that allows them to learn and play together in a safe and fun environment,” said Lisa Whitmore Davis, AARP Michigan …

Dorothy Chilkott relies on rides from her grandson, Sebastian Chilkott, to get around Auburn Hills. Photo By Laura McDermott

— By Melissa Preddy When Auburn Hills officials asked how the city could become more age-friendly, residents chimed in with hundreds of suggestions, from the easy to the audacious. From cable-car gondolas soaring above the streets to an easier-to-read font on the city’s website, community members’ wish lists have contributed to a 35-page action plan that is the basis of Auburn Hills’ quest to be designated one of the state’s first “age-friendy communities” under criteria developed by AARP and the World …

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— Joys and Challenges Facing Military Caregivers featuring MG Antonio M. Taguba, USA (Ret.) and Meg Kabat, Department of Veterans Affairs Thursday, September 8th 2pm ET/1pm CT REGISTER HERE After his parents became ill, Major General Antonio “Tony” Taguba and his siblings found themselves unprepared to care for them. Faced with tough decisions about health and finances, they found a way to care for their parents the best they could. Join Major General Taguba and Meg Kabat, National Director, Caregiver Support …

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. There are plenty of slots available. 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 …

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— Unstuck! Lightening the Heart of the Family Caregiver With Humor featuring Peter Rosenberger Thursday, August 25th  7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT Listen up family caregivers: humor is an expression of a healthy heart — not a defense mechanism! After more than 30 years as a family caregiver for his wife, Gracie, including 78 operations, 60 doctors in 12 hospitals and $9 million in medical bills, Peter Rosenberger has learned: it’s OK to laugh! Join him for this free online event …

Day of Service Lansing 2015

—   Healing a Nation with a Day of Giving For 15 years, AARP staff and volunteers in every state across the country have responded to the tragic events of September 11, 2001 by volunteering in our communities–at elementary schools, senior centers, and food banks. See also: 9/11 Day of Observance In Michigan, we’ve planted gardens at elementary schools, hosted food drives and assisted with meal preparation in several communities across the state, and helped homebound seniors with chores at their …