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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 2021. 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.


July

Wednesday, July 7 - The Caregiving 5 Wishes.
Martha York with Region II Area Agency on Aging joins us to discuss the importance of creating a living will and advanced care planning. We'll feature the Five Wishes document and offer tips to help you begin this important family discussion.

Date: Wednesday, July 7
Time: 10:00 am
Be sure to register with this link.

Thursday, July 8 - Exercise, Diabetes and Beyond.
We've all heard advice that we should exercise more but do you know how significant those benefits are for controlling Diabetes? More than weight control or muscle strengthening, exercise can help control blood sugar levels. Join us for this final session in our Diabetes series to learn exercise strategies and hear how it dramatically changed one Diabetic’s life.
Date: Thursday, July 8
Time: 1:00 pm
Register to participate!

Thursday, July 15 - Inside Dementia Minds.
What does it feel like to have dementia? Hear from people currently living with dementia who will share their experiences and tips for living well with dementia. What adjustments have they had to make? What does "brain fog" feel like? How can we fight back against stigma?

Date: Thursday, July 15
Time: 12:00 pm
Use this link to register!

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Saturday, July 17 - Virtual Rhythm Circle.
Join us for a fun, interactive session where you’ll learn some music history while making music yourself. Bring a noisemaker and join "Bujo" Kevin Jones who will lead us in a virtual rhythm circle. All ages are welcome!

Date: Saturday, July 17
Time: 11:00 am
Don't forget to register!


Wednesday, July 21 - The Buzz About CBD Oils.
CBD Oil is the trendy cannabis compound getting a big buzz in society. But the health benefits and regulations remain murky and confusing. Some states still restrict or ban CBD products and there’s little regulation around this. It's increasingly available at retailers and online but is CBD oil safe? Does it really help with pain and improve chronic conditions? Find out what all the buzz is about and if CBD oil is right for you.
Date: Wednesday, July 21
Time: 10:00 am
Be sure to register with this link.

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Thursday, July 22 - Planting Your Fall Garden.
Vegetable gardening is not just a spring and summer activity; many vegetables that can be planted in the early fall to keep you harvesting before winter sets in. Learn more about these options and other tips, tricks and tools to extend the growing season.
Date: Thursday, July 22
Time: 11:00 am
Register to participate here!

Tuesday, July 27 - Medicare Scams
Learn how to protect yourself from scammers seeking to get your Medicare number.

Date: Tuesday, July 27
Time: 11:00 am
Be sure to register with this link.



August

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Saturday, August 21 - Virtual Rhythm Circle.
Join us for a fun, interactive session where you’ll learn some music history while making music yourself. No instrument? No problem! A cardboard box, large bowl, pot or pan and a pair of spoons will work. "Bujo" Kevin Jones, a percussionist, band leader, producer and educator will lead us in this virtual rhythm circle. All ages are encouraged to attend. Join the fun!
Date: Saturday, August 21
Time: 11:00 am
Registration link coming soon! Be sure to check this page again later.


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Previously Recorded Events

AARP on Tap: Perfect Pairings.
Find the perfect beer pairings for a great steak or vegetarian dish at AARP on Tap. We learned how to enhance your meal with the right craft beer and ended the session with some sure-fire tips for creating a successful pairing menu at your next dinner party! Watch the program, original recorded on Tuesday, June 22 with this link.

Pancakes with Papa.
Grandparents play an integral role in the lives of their grandchildren. In honor of Father’s Day, we were treated to a special peek behind the curtain as 5-year-old Bryce makes pancakes with “Papa”, his grandfather. Tune in to learn about how they’ve used technology to stay connected during the pandemic, and how “Papa,” a teacher, mixes in a little math and science as they create lifelong memories while cooking. This program originally broadcasted on June 20 and is still available for viewing with this link!

Rhythms of Life: Virtual Rhythm Circle.
Kevin "Bujo" Jones led us in a fun, interactive rhythm circle! We learned some music history along with sounds and rhythms. Did you miss it? You can still watch the program which originally aired on June 19 with this link.

Diabetes: Skills for Making Long Term Changes.
Diabetes can be a psychologically demanding, long-term condition. Learn how you can develop the behavioral skills that will lead to positive outcomes on your journey. This is the fourth event in a 5-part series. This session originally aired on June 17 and is available on demand with this link.

Learn a Latte: A Presentation to Put You to Sleep.
We know sleep is crucial to good health. So why is our health getting worse as we age? Learn how sleep can help us feel younger and think clearly - and how we can get the best sleep possible as we age. This program was originally recorded on June 16 and is available with this link.

A Tour of Dow Gardens
On June 9th, Carolynn Paten of Dow Gardens led us in a 60 minute discussion of the history of the property, events and opportunities, and the nation’s longest ADA-accessible Canopy Walk. Dow Gardens is a dazzling 110-acre oasis in the middle of Midland, Michigan. Tune in to learn more about Dow Gardens and plan your visit with this link!


Virtual Wine Tasting
It isn't too late to watch our virtual wine tasting event! Originally airing on June 8, Head Winemaker Lee Lutes from Black Star Farm Wines and Winemaker Nancie Oxley from St. Julian Winery led us in a tasting of red and white wines from each of the wineries. You may purchase the wines for the tasting directly from the winery, or with the wine finder websites. Click here to learn about the potential health benefits of wine and watch the event with this link!

Thursday, June 3 - Nutrition and Diabetes.
The foods you eat have an enormous impact on how diabetes affects your body. In this session, we'll feature strategies on how to eat smarter, become healthier, and stave off the ravages this disease can cause. This is the third program in a five-part series.
Date: Thursday, June 3
Time: 1:00 pm
Don't forget to register!

Learn a Latte: Elder Abuse - Recognizing Signs and Getting Help.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. We discussed the types of elder abuse and neglect, and how you can determine if someone may be a victim. We also talked about the community programs available to help, highlighting the Safe Haven Program through the Area Agency on Aging. This program originally aired on June 2nd. Watch with this link.


Getting Ready to Ride: Biking 102.
Are you ready to dust off your bike, or in the market
for new wheels? Join us for a second episode in this two-part series to learn how to select the right bike, identify necessary safety equipment, learn practical riding tips and Michigan laws related to biking. This program originally aired on May 25 and is still available with this link!

Virtual Rhythm Circle.
We hosted a fun, interactive session where you’ll learn some music history while making music yourself. "Bujo" Kevin Jones, a percussionist, band leader, producer and educator provided some background and led us in a virtual rhythm circle. Watch the session here, which previously aired on May 22nd.

Type 2 Diabetes: Now What?
In Part II of this five-part series, Dr. Surae Eaton joins us to explore what a diabetes diagnosis means, how the disease can affect the entire body, ways to avoid the damage and resources to help on your journey. This event originally aired on May 20 and remains available with this link!


The Doctor is On: Virtual Medical Visits.
Accessing medical appointments through telehealth doesn't have to be intimidating or confusing. Find out how to best use telehealth and get the most out of your virtual medical visits. This program was originally recorded on May 19 and is still available for viewing. Just click here!

Getting Ready to Ride: Biking 101.
Erin Sloan-Turner, Education Director with the League of Michigan Bicyclists joined us for the first in a two-part, interactive series to learn how to select the right bike, identify necessary safety equipment, practical riding tips, and understand Michigan laws related to bicycling. We also discussed safety tips and how drivers and bicyclists can share the road safely. This event originally aired on May 18 and is still available for viewing with this link!









Ready, Set, Go - Design Your 2021 Action Plan! Session III
READY, SET, GO – This three part series is designed to help you develop a 2021 Personal Action Plan - whether that may include returning to work, starting a business, living healthy, etc. In Session III, we'll learn the best ways to stay on track with our personal plan, and learn self-care tips to practice on their personal action journey. This program aired on May 13. Watch now with this link.

Prediabetes. Is this YOU?
Did you know that one in three Americans have prediabetes? Do you know what the risks are? This workshop featured Dr. Aajay Shah who helped identify if you may be at risk and how you can prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes. This program is the first of a 5-part series and first aired on May 6. Watch the program with this link.

Learn a Latte: Get Up and Move It!
Let's Move-It! In this program, we talked about the benefits of physical activity and how exercise can prevent falls, contributes to a healthy brain and improves emotional balance. The program originally aired on May 5 and is still available for viewing here.


Sky Blossom: Resources for Veterans and Caregivers in Michigan.
What benefits and resources are available to support veterans and their caregivers? A guest panel joined us to discuss just this - the resources available in Michigan, and how you can access them. We also talked about the film documentary, Sky Blossom: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation. This program aired live on May 4 and is still available for viewing with this link!

Virtual Rhythm Circle
We hosted a fun, interactive session where you’ll learn some music history while making music yourself. "Bujo" Kevin Jones, a percussionist, band leader, producer and educator provided some background and led us in a virtual rhythm circle. Watch the session here, which previously aired on April 24th.

Learn a Latte: Make Your Money Grow.
What’s in your financial plan? Unsure if it’s helping you gain the fullest potential to meet your investment goals through swings of the market? Make use of four strategies that will help you create a plan to help your money work for you and grow further. This program originally aired on April 21 and is available for viewing here.

Gotta Go Right Now!
Do you suffer from incontinence or pelvic pain? If so, it's time to talk about the health of your pelvic floor. Learn how you can strengthen your pelvic floor and prevent common problems, like pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, low back pain, and sacral dysfunction with this program. This event originally aired on April 15.











Ready, Set, Go - Design Your 2021 Action Plan! Session II
READY, SET, GO – This three part series is designed to help you develop a 2021 Personal Action Plan - whether that may include returning to work, starting a business, living healthy, etc. In Session II, you'll develop goals and timelines to help put your personal vision into action! Click here to watch the program, which originally broadcast on April 8.


Learn a Latte: Medicare Basics - What is MMAP?
Medicare and Medicaid. What's the difference between the two? Tune in to learn about these programs, as well as when and how to sign up for the benefits that are most useful to you. This program was previously recorded on April 7 and is still available for viewing with this link.


Planning for Your Spring and Summer Garden.
Get your garden ready for the growing season! Learn more about garden prep, plant selection and important factors to consider when planting. In this session, we focused mainly on annual vegetable and flower gardens.
Watch the program with this link, it originally aired on Thursday, April 1.

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