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 …

Veterans pack the house at AARP outreach event in Escanaba

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-07-14T15:05:31+00:00">July 14, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-07-19T16:39:09+00:00">July 19, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

Donna Cavill of Escanaba served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years, part of that in the Desert Storm combat phase of the Gulf War. As if the intensity and danger that come with combat service are not enough, Cavill recalled how she was treated as a second class citizen in Saudi Arabia because she is a woman. “Women weren’t even allowed to drive,” she said, shaking her head. It’s for military veterans like Donna who put their lives …

Join Grandparents Day celebration in Lansing

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-07-02T16:28:16+00:00">July 2, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-07-10T10:35:34+00:00">July 10, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

AARP Michigan, the City of Lansing, and WKAR will host a Grandparents Day event, a national holiday that celebrates the special bond between grandchildren and grandparents, on Sunday, Sept. 9 in Lansing. Free activities for all ages will take place from 1-4 p.m. at the Don Johnson Field House, 220 N. Pennsylvania Ave. at Lansing Eastern High School. Over 35 participating organizations are bringing fun and interactive activities to this family event, including: Dance instruction and performances; Zumba, yoga; Balloon animal …

Learn about veterans benefits at two Upper Peninsula events

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-07-02T10:04:07+00:00">July 2, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-07-02T10:17:34+00:00">July 2, 2018</time> by AARP Michigan

Please join AARP Michigan as we honor and support veterans, military and their families by connecting them to benefits and resources at two free events in the Upper Peninsula on July 12 and 13. At these events, AARP Michigan will host the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency to pass along information to veterans  about benefits earned through their service. There will be representatives from a variety of veterans service providers through the local Veteran Community Action Team to talk about benefits and answer …