— Skyrocketing health care premiums, cuts in Medicare benefits, elimination of the Healthy Michigan program, reductions in money available for in-home services – these are among concerns older Michiganders shared in personal stories today at a news conference hosted by AARP Michigan about how the proposed American Health Care Act  may impact their lives. The plan, which would be a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, may come to a vote in Congress as soon as this week. Chris Tarpoff of …

— What is financial freedom? Everybody wants it. But how can you get it? Learn all about financial freedom issues from a panel hosted by AARP Michigan on the second episode of “Real Possibilities.” The half-hour TV show features moderator Paula D. Cunningham, State Director of AARP Michigan, leading a panel of experts including: AARP National President Eric Schneidewind; Small Business Association of Michigan CEO Rob Fowler; AARP Michigan President and Michigan Business Network CEO Chris Holman; and AARP Michigan Manager of Advocacy …

— AARP Michigan is helping Flint rebuild from the water crisis. AARP volunteers have visited more than 500 homes in city neighborhoods to get consent forms signed so water service lines can be replaced. Those who have had their lines replaced should keep in mind these next steps: Remember to flush your pipes for 15 minutes afterwards to remove any residue or sediment. Remove the faucet aerator before you flush your pipes, and then replace it. Also, turn off your filter while you …

— AARP Michigan has joined the Flint Water Crisis response team as a trusted resource to assist residents with the lead pipe replacement and to act as an information clearinghouse for older adults in the city. Volunteers for the non-profit organization, with 1.4 million members in the state, will go door-to-door to help residents on the pipe replacement schedule complete consent forms. Homeowners and residents must give their permission to have lead service lines replaced between the street and the house …

— 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 …

— Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Flint pediatrician who relentlessly called attention to lead poisoning issues in the Flint water supply, has been named the winner of the 2016 Stephen J. Gools Award for Social Change sponsored by AARP Michigan. The award is given annually to the individual, couple, group or non-profit organization that has significantly contributed to positive social change. The honor is named for former AARP Michigan State Director Stephen Gools, who passed away in 2011 after a career of …

— 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 …

— Nearly 300 people attended AARP Michigan’s Inaugural “Walk of Ages” event on April 15, featuring a visit from body-building septuagenarian Ernestine Shepherd, a panel discussion on health, self, and wealth and a walk along the Red Cedar River. Ms. Shepherd, who at age 79 is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Oldest Female Body Builder, recounted the inspirational story of her transformation from an out-of-shape middle-aged woman to a health and fitness diva extraordinaire. “I have …

— Gov. Rick Snyder signed the Michigan CARE Act on April 13, providing help to an unpaid silent army about 2 million strong who make it possible for older Michiganders to live independently at home. The Michigan Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which takes effect in 90 days, will support and equip family caregivers with the basic information and training they need when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The governor signed the bill in …

—   Legislation supporting Michigan’s 2 million family caregivers won bipartisan passage in the state House today and heads to the governor’s desk. The House voted 70-38 in favor of Senate Bill 352, the Michigan Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act that would support and equip family caregivers with the basic information and training they need when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The Senate concurred in minor amendments immediately afterward. The Senate unanimously passed …