Caregiving Classes Provide Support

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | Home & Family By Melissa Preddy As a loving daughter, Mary Clark had always planned to be at the bedside of her mother, Billie, through the trials of sickness and aging. What she hadn’t anticipated was becoming a human resource manager, dispute mediator, traffic cop, practical nurse, benefits administrator and financier, all rolled into one. But that’s how much her role as chief caregiving coordinator expanded for more than three years, throughout her mom’s final days with dementia and other ailments. Assembling a …

Life Reimagined Checkup helps adults plan ‘what’s next’

Posted on 03/26/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family A couple dozen older adults came to the Meridian Senior Center on March 26 for tips on how to figure out what they really want to do in life. The Life Reimagined Checkup, led by AARP Michigan’s Kimberley Bishop, provided tools and support to help people reflect, evaluate priorities and define their next steps. Life Reimagined offers a fresh, personalized, authentic and thought-provoking approach to navigating the next phase of life. The checkup exercise uses a journal to help people take time to explore …

Need help with utility bills? Grants increased by $22 million

Posted on 03/24/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Home & Family | Local Resources | Money & Work From Michigan Public Service Commission Low-income households struggling to pay utility bills may be able to get assistance through an additional $22 million in Michigan Energy Assistance Program grants to eight of the organizations previously awarded funds for 2015. As announced by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS), the additional grants bring the total awarded in Fiscal Year 2015 to $111.5 million. DHS on Feb. 18 announced it would make …

AARP MI offers free Caregiver Resource Workshops in Detroit

Posted on 03/19/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing   AARP Michigan will offer a four-part Caregiving Resource Workshop over the next four months in Detroit. The free series will include nutrition and exercise demonstrations; interactive presentations on how to manage your money, relieve stress and protect your health as a caregiver; information on local resources available to support caregivers; and opportunities for positive and supportive social interaction with other caregivers. “Caregivers are a silent army that performs a great labor of love. But they need information, emotional support …

AARP MI testifies in favor of nursing scope of practice bill

Posted on 03/18/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing AARP Michigan testified in Senate Health Policy Committee March 17 in favor of Senate Bill 68, a bill to enable advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to provide health care to the full extent of their education and training. AARP supports the legislation because it would improve access to health care and and reduce costs. Read the full testimony here: SB 68 testimony 3-17-15 AARP State President Thomas Kimble delivered testimony with the support of Melissa Seifert, AARP Michigan Associate State …

Starting a business? These workshops can help

Posted on 03/16/2015 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Finances 50+ | Money & Work | Uncategorized AARP and the U.S. Small Business Administration will join forces to improve the chances for success of “encore entrepreneurs” – people 50 and older who are starting a business – at free workshops in Metro Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing during April.  The joint venture will match older entrepreneurs with successful business owners and community leaders for assistance and advice about such things as creating a business plan, securing financing and effective marketing.  The Michigan workshops will be in: Grand …