AARP College and Shining Star Gala draw 100 Michigan volunteers

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-04-17T13:29:02-04:00">April 17, 2019</time> by AARP Michigan

A hundred AARP Michigan volunteers gathered at AARP College/Shining Star Gala in Ypsilanti April 18-19 for a unique learning and networking opportunity, along with some fun and entertainment. The conference at Eagle Crest Resort lived up to its “Past, Present and Future” theme, as the participants heard from everyone from AARP Founder Ethel Percy Andrus to Dr. Huei Peng, an expert on driverless cars. “It was an eventful two days, packed with experiences relevant to our mission, important information and …

Experienced workers, employers with jobs find each other at hiring event

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-03-28T16:07:41-04:00">March 28, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-03-29T08:15:14-04:00">March 29, 2019</time> by AARP Michigan

Since Christine Pawlak retired last April, she has learned she left the workforce a little too early. “I still have energy, and something to contribute,” the 67-year-old Holland woman said. “And it wouldn’t be bad to make a little extra money.” She got weary of sending out resumes and receiving no replies, so she stopped by AARP Michigan Experience for Hire in Grand Rapids on March 27 to meet with several employers who indicated they’re open to hiring older adults. …

New task force to focus on elder abuse

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-03-25T16:57:47-04:00">March 25, 2019</time> by AARP Michigan

LANSING, MI — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Monday the formation of the Michigan Elder Abuse Task Force. She joined with Supreme Court Justices Richard Bernstein and Megan Cavanagh, Midland County Prosecutor J. Dee Brooks, state legislators Rep. Brian Elder and Sen. Paul Wojno, and 72-year-old Macomb County financial fraud victim Dennis Burgio in the announcement. “More than 73,000 older adults in Michigan are victims of elder abuse,” Nessel said. “They experience physical abuse, financial exploitation, emotional abuse, or …

Love, Family, Prizes: ‘Why I Love My Grandparents’ Essay Contest Launches

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-03-20T08:56:09-04:00">March 20, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-03-20T11:53:33-04:00">March 20, 2019</time> by AARP Michigan

AARP Michigan will celebrate the special family bond between grandparents and grandchildren with a “Why I Love My Grandparents” essay contest for students in the Mid-Michigan area. Students from elementary, middle and high schools in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties can enter one essay written in their own words about a grandparent or grandparents, living or deceased. The three top overall winners will receive cash prizes, and the top three winners in each age category will receive a plaque. All students …

On the menu: lunch, chatter… and even a Governor!

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-03-14T15:30:23-04:00">March 14, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-03-15T15:19:32-04:00">March 15, 2019</time> by AARP Michigan

Okay. Maybe they came for the Shish Kebabs and cookies, but they stayed for the lively conversation with AARP Michigan volunteers. The tally shows 71 state legislative districts were represented March 12 at the AARP Michigan Legislative Luncheon in the north wing of the State Capitol. That includes 56 House Districts and 15 Senate Districts, 37 Republican and 34 Democratic offices. And for the first time, a Governor stopped by. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer breezed in, accompanied by staff. She chatted with volunteers, embraced …

Have a look at AARP Michigan’s legislative agenda for this year

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-03-11T17:14:20-04:00">March 11, 2019</time> by AARP Michigan

What ranks high on AARP Michigan’s state legislative agenda for 2019? The very same issues that are important to the state’s older adults. The association’s advocacy efforts will focus on everything from making prescription drugs more affordable and expanding access to broadband high-speed internet, to gaining tax relief for family caregivers and increasing state spending for services that enable more seniors to age in their homes and communities. “AARP Michigan advocates on policy issues that matter the most to Michigan residents age …

Governor proposes state pension tax repeal

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-03-05T16:37:40-04:00">March 5, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-03-11T15:07:38-04:00">March 11, 2019</time> by AARP Michigan

  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called for repealing the state pension tax in her 2019-20 state budget proposal unveiled today (March 5). The governor, who campaigned last year on repealing the pension tax, said the change would affect some 400,000 Michigan taxpayers who would receive an average tax break of about $800. The plan must be approved by the state House and Senate to become law. The pension tax went on the books in January, 2012. Public and private pensioners born Jan. 1, 1946 …

AARP on ‘Drug Pricing in America’ hearing

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-02-26T15:47:19-04:00">February 26, 2019</time> by AARP Michigan

  Today, AARP released the following statement from Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond. The statement is in response to seven drug company executives’ testimonies given at the Senate Finance Committee hearing, “Drug Pricing in America: A Prescription for Change, Part II.”  “The pharmaceutical industry refused today to take responsibility for out of control drug prices and the harm it is causing older Americans, patients, and family caregivers. Americans continue to pay the highest brand-name drug prices …

Sex at 50+ event slated for Feb. 23

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2019-01-29T09:44:45-04:00">January 29, 2019</time> by AARP Michigan

It’s almost time to talk about sex. AARP Michigan will host its third annual Sex at 50+ event on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 5-9 p.m. at the Silver Garden Events Center, 24350 Southfield Rd. in Southfield. This popular, interactive event examines how people 50 and older approach life, love and dating while exploring health and social perspectives. Health experts from DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital will lead a panel discussion on the physical aspects of love and sex for older men and …

AARP Michigan End of Session Report shows wins, challenges

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2019-01-08T17:04:36-04:00">January 8, 2019</time><time class="updated" datetime="2019-01-09T10:29:28-04:00">January 9, 2019</time> by AARP Michigan

AARP Michigan posted several substantial victories on its legislative agenda during the recently concluded 2017-18 session of the Michigan Legislature. But the record also shows that much work remains to be done. At the close of each two-year state legislative session, AARP Michigan publishes an End of Session Report that summarizes organization-supported bills that won passage. The document also provides a rundown on the status of  bills backed by AARP that did not pass during the session. The report shows legislation was enacted that will:   …