How livable is your community? Find your hometown in updated AARP Index

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-06-21T10:45:56+00:00">June 21, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

Despite continued suburban sprawl, communities across the nation are taking steps to become better places to live and age in, according to data analyzed from the newly updated AARP Livability Index. More communities are enacting policies to improve livability with notable increases in housing trust funds that set aside revenue for a variety of affordable housing strategies—now in over 200 counties. Along with overall livability trends, AARP identifies the top ten large, mid-size and small cities. Michigan cities did not …

Poll: Financial security, health care important to decisive 50-plus voters

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-06-20T11:00:00+00:00">June 20, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC – In a newly released AARP-Politico poll, Florida voters age 50 and over do not feel better off financially despite a growing economy. The poll also found that Social Security and health care will be very important to 50-plus voters when they cast ballots for Congress in the mid-term elections, and they are deeply concerned about the future of Medicare.   “Candidates who ignore the issues that matter to voters age 50 and up do so at their own …

State budget adds spending for aging in place

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-06-13T11:49:25+00:00">June 13, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

Older adults in Michigan looking to age in place were winners in the state budget passed Tuesday by lawmakers. Some of the AARP Michigan-backed increases in spending in the state Department of Health and Human Services budget to help older adults in Michigan live independently won passage in the Legislature. The Fiscal Year 2019 budget adds $41.4 million, including $14.7 million General Fund money, to the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). This spending increase adds 950 enrollees …

AARP response to Social Security, Medicare reports

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-06-06T10:07:05+00:00">June 6, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

Washington, DC — AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins made a statement in response to the Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ reports released Tuesday: “Social Security and Medicare remain critical to the income and health security of all Americans, and today’s reports again show that while the programs remain strong, there are challenges ahead for the long term. We need to work together in a bipartisan manner to strengthen these vital social insurance programs to ensure they can meet their benefit …

Michigan must prepare for life-changing technology advances

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-06-01T07:57:30+00:00">June 1, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

MACKINAC ISLAND — Michigan has a ways to go to position itself as a leader in advancing quality-of -life technologies, such as autonomous vehicles, telehealth and broadband reach, according to a distinguished panel at the Mackinac Policy Conference Thursday. The hour-long AARP Michigan session was entitled “The Future is Now: Are You Ready?” “These technologies are shaping our present and can transform our future,” said Paula D. Cunningham, AARP Michigan State Director, who moderated the panel. The prospect of autonomous …

‘Daddy’s Boys’ performances coming June 30 to Detroit

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-05-30T10:08:56+00:00">May 30, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

“Daddy’s Boys” — a free, AARP-sponsored theatrical performance centered on men’s health and financial security — is coming June 30 to the Detroit Institute of Arts-Film Theater, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit. GDavis Productions has created a thought-provoking stage play that depicts the struggle of black men as fathers, as businessmen, and as ordinary men facing health challenges from the vantage point of three generations. Playwright Garrett Davis, who also created award-winning plays “Mama’s Girls” and “Forget Me Not,” continues to …

Older job seekers meet prospective employers at Interview Day

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-05-16T12:07:16+00:00">May 16, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

Nearly 100 older job seekers were matched with 20 employers interested in hiring experienced workers at AARP Michigan Experience for Hire Interview Day on May 10 in Detroit. The event bustled with a flurry of activity as job seekers lined up for one-on-one interviews in the gymnasium at the Northwest Activities Center. Some were hired on the spot. The day’s highlights  were captured perfectly in this WDIV-TV report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14in7e-swSw Interview Day was a collaboration of AARP Michigan, SEMCA and Detroit Employment …

AARP launches voter engagement campaign

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-05-02T09:12:42+00:00">May 2, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

AARP has launched “Be The Difference. Vote™,” a comprehensive voter engagement campaign to support Americans age 50-plus as they vote in the 2018 midterm elections. The campaign will provide information on where politicians stand on the issues and help these decisive voters hold politicians accountable for their positions this November. AARP’s effort will seek to get the largest possible turnout of 50-plus voters at the polls in the general election in November. It will also work to ensure issues of …

AARP Michigan seeks Andrus Award nominations

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-05-01T08:59:42+00:00">May 1, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

LANSING — AARP Michigan is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Michigan Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50-and-older Michiganders who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP Michigan is excited to shine a light on volunteers who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said AARP Michigan State Director Paula D. Cunningham. The award is named for AARP Founder Ethel …

Black History Month Town Hall in Detroit Explores Financial Security on April 24

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-04-12T05:00:00+00:00">April 12, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-04-13T11:27:57+00:00">April 13, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

The last in a series of AARP Black History Month National Town Halls exploring issues of importance to the African American community will come to Detroit on April 24. The free public event – to be held at Wayne State University’s Eugene Applebaum College Auditorium, 259 Mack Ave., Detroit, from 6 to 9 p.m. – will examine financial security issues during Money Smart Week, the week of April 23rd. There will be a reception from 5-6 p.m. The gathering also …