— AARP Michigan is helping Flint rebuild from the water crisis. AARP volunteers last fall visited more than 500 homes in city neighborhoods to get consent forms signed so water service lines can be replaced. Red-garbed AARP volunteers and staff will pick up where they left off in Flint starting today, and into May. The goal this year is to knock on doors at 6,000 homes. “We are back in Flint neighborhoods going door to door to collect consent forms that must …

— They came for sandwiches, potato salad and iced tea, and they came away with a better understanding of AARP Michigan’s legislative agenda for this year. The 2017 AARP Michigan Legislative Luncheon at the colorful Mackinac Room in the Anderson House Office Building on April 18 drew lawmakers and aides from both parties, representing 47 legislative districts. About 90 branded volunteers were on hand for State Lobby Day to help with the festivities and meet with the legislators. Some sat and talked …

— From ensuring health care access and affordable utilities to fighting fraud and supporting veterans, AARP Michigan advocates on policy issues that matter the most to Michigan residents age 50 and over and their families. AARP staff and volunteers work on both state and federal legislative issues. In our state legislative advocacy efforts, AARP relies on more than 200 AARP Michigan volunteers, a state office headquartered in Lansing, and our 1.4 million Michigan members. Each year, AARP Michigan publishes its State …

— Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity gets stolen. So if you don’t think it can happen to you, you’re wrong. Identity thieves routinely search through dumpsters and trash cans, looking to find confidential information. As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Michigan is sponsoring these two free “Shred Fest” events this spring: Grand Rapids April 29, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Western District Members Credit Union, 201 36th St., Grand Rapids No …

— The Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program – a free, comprehensive health care coverage counseling and advocacy service offered statewide — is the winner of the 2017 Stephen J. Gools Award for Social Change. MMAP, with its hundreds-strong corps of staff and trained volunteer counselors, impacts every Michigan county. In 2015 alone they served well over 100,000 beneficiaries, banking over $90 million saved back to the pockets of seniors and persons with disabilities. The Gools Award is given annually to the individual, …

— By Melissa Preddy The goal seems modest: Find new members and at least one AARP volunteer for each of the 15 counties in Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula. But Sally and Jimmy Bruce, two avid volunteers in Escanaba, know that finding 15 willing helpers presents quite a challenge. For more than a decade, they have been the UP’s only state-designated AARP volunteers. They’ve started putting out the word and are up to four volunteers in Escanaba and one in Iron Mountain, …

— Washington, DC — In a statement today, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond applauded the withdrawal of the House health care legislation that would have harmed millions of older Americans and their families:  “The leadership’s decision to withdraw the bill from consideration proves that the voices of Americans are very powerful. This harmful legislation would have added an Age Tax on older Americans and put vulnerable populations at risk.  “Instead of this harmful bill, we encourage Congress to focus on …

— Learn how to start or grow your small business from fellow entrepreneurs. Live SBA Entrepreneur webinar takes place on Tuesday, April 18th at 7 p.m. ET Looking to turn your unique talents, hobbies or skills into a small business? Or if you’ve already started a business, are you searching for ideas to keep your dreams of success on track? Register for the AARP webinar, From Passion to Profit, and learn from our panel of innovative and inspiring entrepreneurs as they share …

— AARP Volunteer Robert Smith of Franklin was honored during the Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission (GTSAC) annual awards presentation at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on March 22 in East Lansing for his dedication to the AARP Driver Safety Program. Smith received the Richard H. Austin Long-Term Traffic Safety Award, which is presented to individuals or organizations who have made significant long-term contributions to the field of public safety. He was presented the award by Michigan Secretary of State …

— Distracted Driving 101: It May Save Your Life Making a call on your phone. Changing the radio station. Turning to talk to kids in the back seat. These are minor tasks, but distracted driving can lead to the same devastating results as driving under the influence. Are your habits—or those of your loved one—putting you at risk? Now you can do something about it. Register now for the AARP webinar, Distracted Driving 101 on April 25, 2017 at 7 p.m. ET, …