— From the Michigan Public Service Commission There are new protections from utility shutoffs for households with someone who needs life-sustaining medical care. Updated utility billing rules approved recently by the Michigan Public Service Commission add gas and electric shut-off protections for critical care customers who have difficulty paying their utility bills. Utilities also are prohibited from remotely disconnecting households that have a critical care customer, under the revamped Consumer Standards and Billing Practices for Electric and Natural Gas Service rules. …

—   Dear Experienced Worker: Are you currently interested in full-time (or part-time) work in the mid-Michigan area? Experience for Hire is a program spearheaded by AARP Michigan in collaboration with the organizations listed below. This program matches Michigan job openings with the skill sets of workers who are 50-and-older. Experience for Hire provides a great opportunity for you to find employment that requires your specific skill sets. Vetted job seekers and employers will be brought together at a free hiring event on: January 24, 2018 – …

— Experience for Hire Experience for Hire is a collaborative project intended to rethink hiring in Michigan by connecting employers with experienced, qualified job seekers age 50 and over who are seeking full or part-time opportunities to put their valuable skills to work. This project is in a pilot phase and currently includes Ingham, Jackson, Macomb, and Wayne counties. Are you an employer seeking older workers?  Share your available job openings HERE. Are you an individual seeking employment?  Click HERE to search job postings. …

— Join two live webinars to find out how to identify and react to changes in your loved one’s behavior AARP Family Caregiving Online Learning Series Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs More Care Tuesday, January 23, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …

— Join our online event for free job searching tips, tools resources, interactive videos, recruiter chats and more. AARP’s Online Career Fair: Spotlight on Part-Time Work & Skills Thursday, January 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET You can find jobs that don’t require 40-plus hours a week in just about every industry and company. But why choose part-time work? You may miss the office camaraderie after stopping full-time work. Or you may want some extra income to travel or fund …

— By Sheila O. Schimpf Online is where almost everybody wants to be these days. But in Michigan, not everybody can get there. Last year, more than 380,000 state households were not wired to have high-speed internet access, known as broadband. “Absolutely we need more broadband,” said Eric Frederick, a vice president at Connected Nation and Connect Michigan, nonprofits that advocate for broadband expansion. Those lacking high-speed access are “mostly in rural areas, outside of small towns,” he said. The Legislature …

— WASHINGTON, DC—AARP sent a letter to all members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives raising its concerns with significant shortcomings in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as well as highlighting some important provisions for older Americans.  The full text of the letter to the Congressional Leadership is below:     December 18, 2017  Dear Senator/Representative:  On behalf of our members and all Americans age 50 and older, AARP is writing to express our views on the Tax …

— AARP is proud to announce our fourth annual bipartisan class of Capitol Caregivers, state leaders who fought to increase support for family caregivers and their loved ones, said Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President. AARP’s 2017 class of Capitol Caregivers recognizes 91 state legislators, five governors, one lieutenant governor, and one justice from more than 30 states. Among those honored are Michigan lawmakers Sen. James Marleau, R-Lake Orion and Rep. Ed Canfield, R-Sebewaing. Marleau chairs the Senate Appropriations Health and …

— 2018 Cuts to Medicare Would Reduce Access to Health Care   WASHINGTON, DC — AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins sent a letter to Congressional leadership yesterday urging Congress to prevent $25 billion in automatic cuts to Medicare in 2018 that would result from the enactment of H.R. 1 and its $1.5 trillion deficit increase since it “would have an immediate and lasting impact, including fewer providers participating in Medicare and reduced access to care for Medicare beneficiaries.” Read the full text …