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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the lives of Michiganders, AARP will do our part to prevent the spread of this virus and continue to host quality programming and virtual events well into 2022. We closely monitor for COVID-19 developments and are taking the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health agencies.

Take a look below at our virtual event offerings and opportunities - and be sure to watch for updates! Previously recorded events are still available for viewing and may be found below.


January

Tuesday, January 25 - Disrupt Aging Book Club.
Join the Disrupt Aging Book Club in 2022 as we discuss a variety of genres on topics of interest to all. Come for the great conversation and book selections and leave with new friends and experiences. The January book selection is The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel.

The Book Of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel is a powerful World War II story that illustrates the history of the many forgers who created false documents and helped thousands of children to escape Nazi-occupied France in the 1940s. Eva and her mother are forced to flee Paris when her father, a Polish-born Jew is arrested.
Date: Tuesday, January 25
Time: 10:30 am
Please register to participate. RSVP here.

Tuesday, January 25 - AARP on Tap: Women of Craft Beer.
Learn about the history of women in brewing and their innovations, and discover how women are making a comeback in the craft beer industry. You'll have a whole new appreciation for the women of craft beer.

Date: Tuesday, January 25
Time: 6:00 pm
Be sure to register with this link.

Wednesday, January 26 - Employment vs. Entrepreneurship @ Age 50+.
Pondering what works best after age 50, a new job or starting your own business? Join AARP Michigan and a panel of thought leaders who will discuss employment and entrepreneurial options for older adults.
Date: Wednesday, January 26
Time: 11:00 am
To join the discussion, RSVP here.



February

Wednesday, February 2 - Learn a Latte: Heart Health.
February is American Heart Month. Join us to hear tips about lifestyle habits that support cardiovascular health and prevent heart disease. This session will be interactive and questions are encouraged.

Date: Wednesday, February 2
Time: 10:00 am
Don't forget to RSVP with this link.

Tuesday, February 8 - Virtual Museum Tours.
Did you know many of the world's leading museums have been making their collections and exhibits available to view virtually? We will explore how to access some of these virtual galleries, as well as digital tools that help bring art, architecture, and history to life. In this lecture, we will demonstrate how to use the virtual tour tools at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Date: Tuesday, February 8
Time: 1:00 pm
Be sure to join us and RSVP with this link!

Wednesday, February 16 - Learn a Latte: Finding Affordable Rx Drugs.
The rising cost of prescription drugs is a tough pill to swallow. Learn about solutions AARP is championing to cut out-of-pocket costs, such as importing Rx drugs and negotiating prices to stop drug companies from price gouging.
Date: Wednesday, February 16
Time: 10:00 am
Register to join the conversation using this link.

Saturday, February 19 - Rhythms of Life: Virtual Rhythm Circle.
Did you know music is good for your health? Percussionist Kevin "Bujo" Jones leads our virtual rhythm circle, introducing us to percussion, rhythms and the benefits of music. Join us for this fun, healthy, and interactive rhythm circle!
No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome.
Date: Saturday, February 19
Time: 10:00 am EST
Bring your drum and join the fun with this link!

Tuesday, February 22 - Disrupt Aging Book Club.
Join the Disrupt Aging Book Club in 2022 as we discuss the lighter side of life and topics related to aging. Come for the great conversation and book selections and leave with new friends and experiences. The February book selection is A Beginners Guide to Murder by Rosalind Stopps.


Date: Tuesday, February 22
Time: 10:30 am EST
To participate, be sure to register with this link.

Wednesday, February 23 - AARP Ride@50+℠ Program.
Join us to learn about the AARP Ride@50+℠ Program. It is a simple solution for transportation in Washtenaw County where you can schedule and pay for rides with a taxi service, rideshare and paratransit in one place. The AARP Ride@50+℠ Program allows you the freedom and independence to schedule rides to where you want to go and at the time that works for you or your loved one.
Date: Wednesday, February 23
Time: 11:00 am EST
Be sure to register here to receive the event link.

Monday, Febuary 28 - Black History Month: The Role of Black Farmers in Michigan and Across the Country.
Black farmers have been farming in Michigan since the 1800s and across the United States for over four centuries. For this program, we'll feature Michigan-based farmers still active in agriculture. Join us to learn about their role in getting food to the table and their support for food co-ops and community gardens.
Date: Monday, February 28
Time: 11:00 am EST
Please be sure to register with this link.



March

Wednesday, March 2 - Learn a Latte: Relearning How to Sleep.
Do you feel like you can never get enough sleep? You're not alone; more than 35% of adults across the country report the same struggle. In this episode of Learn a Latte, we'll discuss the importance of sleep for maintaining good health and how to establish healthier sleep habits. Daylight Saving time ends soon - you won't want to miss this conversation.
Date: Wednesday, March 2
Time: 10:00 am EST
Please register with this link to join the conversation.

Thursday, March 3 - Time to Talk About Money.
Money conversations are rarely easy. Join us as we explore how to talk with loved ones about financial management, assistance and support with your loved ones. We'll also discuss how to properly manage another person's finances. Come with questions!
Date: Thursday, March 3
Time: 11:00 am
Register to join the conversation here.

Tuesday, March 8 - Mindfulness Apps.
Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present and aware. You can practice mindfulness through simple activities. This program introduces mindfulness and its physical and mental benefits, such as reducing anxiety, improving memory, and lowering blood pressure. We'll also discuss popular apps that teach breathing and meditation techniques, as well as new technology like wearable breath monitors and smart yoga mats.
Date: Tuesday, March 8
Time: 11:00 am
Be sure to register here!

Wednesday, March 16 - Learn a Latte: Learn to Listen with Empathy.
Do you hear what’s not being said? Learn the subtle skills needed to be an empathetic listener like how to read nonverbal cues, give and receive feedback, express feelings and deal with silent moments. You’ll walk away a better listener.
Date: Wednesday, March 16
Time: 10:00 am
Register for this episode of Learn a Latte here.


Thursday, March 17 - Arthritis 101.
More than 58 million Americans are diagnosed with arthritis but what are the symptoms and signs? Join us for a presentation on the most common types of arthritis, how arthritis is diagnosed and the different options for treatment.



Date: Thursday, March 17
Time: 11:00 am,
Don't forget to register with this link!




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Previously Recorded Events

Moving into 2022: Stay Fit and Active
Whether you believe in keeping a New Year's resolution or not, the start of a new year is always an opportune time for a new beginning and to instill a new habit or two that will lead to a healthier, more fulfilling life. Jill Marlan with Peak Performance Therapy shares a few tips and exercise suggestions so you have everything you need to reach your fitness goals, stay healthy, and be organized throughout the coming year. This program aired live on January 20 and is available on-demand here.

Learn a Latte: From a Full House to an Empty Nest
Transitioning from a full house to an empty nest can be more difficult than you think. Hear from Author Terri Deboer discussed how to successfully navigate this challenging season and adjust to a quieter life once kids fly the coop. The program originally aired on January 19 and is still available for viewing with this link!

Rhythms of Life: Virtual Rhythm Circle
Did you know music is good for your health? Percussionist Kevin "Bujo" Jones leads our virtual rhythm circle, introducing us to percussion, rhythms and the benefits of music. This fun, healthy, and interactive rhythm circle, first featured on January 15 is still available on-demand with this link!

New Year, New You!
Have you made resolutions to exercise before and they didn’t stick? A certified fitness instructor provided us with strategies to keep those resolutions! Regular exercise is one way to help manage other health conditions which can lead to Chronic Kidney Disease. If you’d like to follow along with some healthy movement, dress comfortably and watch the event previously recorded on January 9, using this link. This event was brought to you by AARP Michigan and the Lansing/East Lansing Chapter of the Links.

Learn a Latte: Winter Safety Tips for Older Adults
When the temperature drops, older adults are at higher risk for illness and injury. We heard some tips to help keep older adults safer inside and out. This program originally aired on January 5 and is available on-demand with this link.


Saturday, December 18 - Rhythms of Life: Virtual Rhythm Circle
According to a recent report by the Global Council on Brain Health, music stimulates areas of the brain responsible for memory, movement, and mood. “Bujo” Kevin Jones will lead us in a fun, interactive rhythm circle to help us work out! Bring a noisemaker and join us. All ages are welcome!
Date: Saturday, December 18
Time: 11:00 am
Be sure to register with this link!


Wednesday, December 15 - Learn a Latte: Writing Your Own Legacy through Stories.
Writing your life story may seem daunting but it doesn’t have to be. Writing your significant experiences one short story at a time is fun and easy. Learn how to get started, keep going and organize your stories for the family to enjoy.
Date: Wednesday, December 15
Time: 10:00 am
Be sure to register with this link.

Tuesday, December 14 - Stir It Up! Cooking for the Heart.
Find joy in cooking for yourself again! We will demonstrate simple, low-cost recipes that will help anyone get back on track with their health goals. Learn a new cooking technique and how to use similar ingredients over multiple recipes to make cooking easy and fun!
*Please note - This event was originally scheduled for November 11.
Date: Tuesday, December 14
Time: 12:00 pm
Don't forget to register with this link!

Healthy Cooking for the Holidays
It’s no secret that healthy eating is good for you. Join us to hear from a nutritionist about how to manage a healthy diet, and watch as a chef prepares a healthy dish. Ingredients will be provided in advance so you can prepare your dish at home. Learn how to make healthy substitutions to reduce your risk of other health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension which can lead to Chronic Kidney Disease. This free virtual event is brought to you by AARP Michigan and the Lansing/East Lansing Chapter of the Links, Inc. This program originally aired on December 12 and is available on-demand with this link.

Healthy Holiday Cooking Demonstration
Eating healthier for the holidays never tasted so good, or was so good for you! Learn how to make two delicious Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) recipes for your holiday table. Chef Kayla Grantham prepared decadent Baked Potato Soup with Coconut Bacon and creamy Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding. The recipes are available here. This program originally aired on December 9 and is available for viewing with this link.


Learn a Latte: Assistive Technology Gift Ideas - Just in Time for the Holidays!
The holidays are right around the corner. In this episode of Learn a Latte featured on December 1, we offer suggestions for great gift ideas for your loved ones. Learn more about these assistive technologies and where you can find them with this link.


Rhythms of Life: Virtual Rhythm Circle
Music stimulates many areas of the brain, including those responsible for memory, movement, and mood, according to a new report by the Global Council on Brain Health. “Bujo” Kevin Jones led us in a fun, interactive rhythm circle to help us work out! This program, originally recorded on November 20, is still available for viewing with this link!


Causes of and Solutions to Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain presents itself in many different ways and can physically limit your life. Physical Therapist Matt McFadden joined us to discuss the causes of shoulder pain and how you can restore your mobility. This program was originally recorded live on November 18 and is available for on-demand viewing with this link.

Learn a Latte: Be Heard When it Comes to Your Health
Today's healthcare system can be quite daunting. What questions should you be asking to understand an illness? What resources do you need for recovery? How do you name an advocate or Durable Power of Attorney? Learn how to be your own best advocate or an advocate for others with this program, which originally aired on November 17.

Disrupt Aging, Part III: How AARP Members are Disrupting Aging
Join us for an empowering session for ideas and tips about how you can live your best life as you age. For Part III, we featured a panel discussion with AARP members who shared stories about how they Disrupt Aging. This program aired on November 16. Tune in with this link.

Learn a Latte: Caring for the Caregiver
As National Caregiver Month begins, we focused on how to support family caregivers for the difficult work they do each and every day. For resources and information to support family caregivers, watch this episode of Learn a Latte, originally recorded on November 3.


Disrupt Aging, Part II: Empowering People to Live Their Best Life at Any Age!
A panel of esteemed guests shared their stories about how they are living their best lives, and offered tips for making the most of life at any age - from youth through maturity.
You can still tune in for this episode of Disrupt Aging, originally airing on October 27th with this link.

HomeFit
The AARP HomeFit program is intended to help individuals safely remain in their own home as they age. This program leads participants through the process of thinking about each area of their current home in terms of whether it will meet their changing needs as they age. It is designed to help individuals plan for independence, choice, and dignity as they age. Watch the program, which originally aired on October 21.

Learn a Latte - Mastering Difficult Conversations: Tools For Talking When the Stakes are High
Discover 3 tools to take back to your workplace or other environments to get conversations off to a positive start and create allies instead of enemies. Learn an easy structure to follow and identify the right words to master difficult conversations. Watch the program, which debuted on October 20 with this link.

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