— [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 …

— 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 …

— AARP Michigan is working to empower you in the fight against fraud. Every 2 seconds, a con artist steals someone’s identity. In the last year alone, Americans lost $16 billion of their hard-earned dollars to fraud, identity theft and scams. Every year, thousands of Americans are impacted by fraud and scams – it’s time to fight back and beat con artists at their own game. Upcoming Events Fraud Watch Network workshops We’ll explain what identity theft is, help you avoid becoming a …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about …

— In keeping with a nationwide AARP campaign, the AARP state office is urging Michiganders to “Be the Difference. Vote.” Michigan is one of 36 states in which the governor’s seat is up for grabs. Voters will go to the polls Aug. 7 to cast ballots in the primary election for that race, as well as congressional and legislative offices. A photo ID is required at the polls, and if you arrive without one, you must sign an affidavit before voting. …

— AARP Michigan invites members to stay in touch for the latest information about advocacy on behalf of members, opportunities to get involved and fun activities close to home. Learn the latest about the AARP Michigan state office’s efforts to help working people save for retirement and protect consumers from fraud. Enjoy local AARP discounts, and be the first to sign up for special events.  Sign up or stay in touch with the following: For the latest information, news and events …

— Despite continued suburban sprawl, communities across the nation are taking steps to become better places to live and age in, according to data analyzed from the newly updated AARP Livability Index. More communities are enacting policies to improve livability with notable increases in housing trust funds that set aside revenue for a variety of affordable housing strategies—now in over 200 counties. Along with overall livability trends, AARP identifies the top ten large, mid-size and small cities. Michigan cities did not …