Disrupting health disparities can make a difference in people’s lives

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-10-08T11:45:32+00:00">October 8, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

It was one of those times while working at AARP that made me feel we really had a chance to make a difference. Everyone who has been here any length of time knows what I’m talking about. AARP Michigan and a host of partners put nine months into a study of disparities in the state’s health care system. Our findings and calls to action were released in a report on Oct. 2 at an event attended by more than 200 …

Michigan must take steps to close health disparities

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-10-03T08:51:49+00:00">October 3, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-10-05T10:53:11+00:00">October 5, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

  Michigan’s rambling health care system is rife with disparities related to race, geography and income that create uneven access to care, treatment and wellness, according to a new AARP report released today. “Disrupting Disparities: A Continuum of Care for Michiganders 50 and Older,” a nine-month, in-depth study of health care in the state, proposes a range of remedies including creation of a coordinated care network, maintaining Healthy Michigan Medicaid expansion, extending broadband technology to all corners of the state, …

AARP played no part in production or airing of political ad

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-09-26T14:14:41+00:00">September 26, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

AARP did not authorize the ad from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee being aired in the Metro Detroit TV market that attributes information used in the political commercial to AARP. Also, we did not participate in its production. AARP does not endorse candidates or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The ad refers to a health care proposal and mentions an 11th Congressional District candidate by name. We have a proud 32-year history of non-partisan voter engagement, providing voters with information …

Put Social Security at the forefront this election season

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-08-13T14:54:00+00:00">August 13, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

By Paula D. Cunningham AARP Michigan State President How to strengthen and preserve Social Security for future generations is one of the most important decisions facing federal policymakers. This campaign season, questions about Social Security’s fate belong on the forefront. Born in the depths of the Great Depression, Social Security is showing signs of financial distress. Sooner or later, our national leaders will need to step in to secure its long-term future. And whether you’re a potential beneficiary of Social …

Michigan sets primary turnout record. Thanks voters!

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-08-08T10:48:29+00:00">August 8, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

More than 2 million Michigan voters went to the polls on Tuesday, setting an all-time state record for turnout in a primary election. The electorate shattered the former high water mark of 1.7 million voter turnout in the 2002 primary, according to preliminary results. Wow! What an achievement! AARP Michigan would like to thank everyone who turned out to vote and also those who responded to our Be the Difference. Vote effort on social media, radio, TV and other media outlets. …

AARP Michigan TV show kicks off Tuesday

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-08-03T15:23:33+00:00">August 3, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

Real Possibilities, a new AARP Michigan TV show, will premiere on WLAJ-TV in the Lansing/Jackson area at 9 a.m. Tuesday, right after Good Morning America. The half-hour show will be available digitally in other markets across the state. The kickoff program will be about voter engagement. A guest panel delves into what issues will be hot in this year’s election season, who is expected to turn out at the polls and why it’s so important for you to vote. Be …

Passionate translator from Southfield needs your vote

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-08-01T16:21:50+00:00">August 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-08-02T08:36:00+00:00">August 2, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

A Southfield woman, who helps to open up the world for Chinese immigrant seniors, has been chosen as a finalist for AARP’s 2018 Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Hero Awards. Lisa Hou, a committed volunteer and program manager at Asian Center – Southeast Michigan in Southfield is among 10 nominees for the honor. Now it’s up to voters to decide who wins. Visit facebook.com/AARPAAPI to see the finalists’ stories and to cast your ballot. Voting ends on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. Hou …

How to stay cool and save money in hot weather

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-07-24T08:17:45+00:00">July 24, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-07-24T08:19:23+00:00">July 24, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

5 tips to stay cool and save money on hot weather days, from DTE Energy: 1) Install a programmable thermostat – Program your thermostat to work around your family’s summer schedule. A setting of 78 degrees is recommended in the summer. With proper use, programmable thermostats can save you about $180 annually in energy costs. 2) Close blinds and curtains on south- and west-facing windows – This easy step blocks out summer sunlight, making your home cooler. You can also …

Three Michigan cities win AARP Community Challenge Grants

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-07-18T10:23:21+00:00">July 18, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

[LANSING, MI]—AARP today announced the awardees for its 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant program, including three recipients right here in Michigan. A total of $1.3 million will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. Nearly 1,600 applications were received from non-profits and government entities for the program, now in its second year. The three Michigan winners are: Detroit: Eden Gardens Block …

Jackson, Grand Rapids join Age-Friendly Cities Network

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-07-18T08:54:57+00:00">July 18, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-07-19T08:25:23+00:00">July 19, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

The Jackson City Council voted unanimously Tuesday for a resolution to engage in the AARP/World Health Organization Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Network. AARP Michigan worked with Mayor Derek Dobies and the Council to adopt the resolution, which states that joining the network “is one of the most effective policy approaches for responding to demographic aging.” The Grand Rapids City Council has also unanimously approved a resolution to make  their city an Age Friendly Community.  On Tuesday, the Mayor’s Advisory council met for …