— AARP and POLITICO Magazine teamed up to launch“The Deciders” six months ago, to explore the power of 50-and-older voters in the 2018 election year. The series, through polling, interviews and images, examined the issues important to the 50+ voters in swing states. The final installment analyzes how Democrats won over older voters, who had cast ballots for Republicans in past years, and flipped the U.S. House. How they did it is the story of the 2018 election. Read all about it here: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/11/13/2018-election-analysis-democrats-republicans-politics-222412   …

— With holiday season upon us, scammers have plenty of inroads to steal our money and even the gifts we send. Here are some way to protect yourself: When shopping online, use well-known sites and type in the web address yourself, instead of clicking on a link. Buy gift cards online from the retailer or from the cashier, to avoid compromised cards that may be sitting on gift card racks. Require a delivery signature for packages to avoid the possibility of …

—                           Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.  Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm. An estimated 66% of the people expected to vote in Michigan on November 6 will be voters age 50 and over.  Are you ready? Here are 7 tips to keep in mind as you prepare to cast your ballot: 1. Remember to mark your ballot individually for each candidate you want to …

— By Melissa Preddy Residents near Reed City are so desperate for internet access that the town library has to rotate dozens of patrons per day on and off its 13 computers. “People also sit in our parking lot at all hours trying to use our Wi-Fi,” said library director Tom Burnosky. “Our system is maxed out.” Reed City is in one of the state’s most underserved areas for household high-speed broadband access, according to an August report unveiled by Gov. …

— AARP Michigan has launched an exciting and informative local weekly TV show entitled “Real Possibilities.” The half-hour program airs every Tuesday at 9 a.m. on ABC 53 in the mid-Michigan area. “Real Possibilities” focuses on empowering older adults to choose how they live as they age. The first eight shows address voter engagement, Good Form Walking, work and jobs, age-friendly cities, fraud watch, caregiving, discounts and genealogy. The newest episode takes a look at “Disrupting Disparities: A Continuum of Care …

— A campaign to energize the African American faith-based community to turn out at the polls in the Lansing area Nov. 6 has been launched by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and AARP Michigan, in partnership with the Skinner Leadership Institute. The 2018 Turnout Sunday Campaign, especially targeted to voters 50 and older, will reach congregations at 10 Lansing area churches on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. Churchgoers will hear about the importance of the 2018 Midterm Elections, what to expect …

— AARP’s FREE Online Q&A Has Answers 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7 p.m. ET If you need health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the 2019 enrollment period, you need to register for AARP’s online Q&A. Attending this free, two-part event will help clear up questions you might have about the government-run website that provides insurance options for those who don’t get …

— It was one of those times while working at AARP that made me feel we really had a chance to make a difference. Everyone who has been here any length of time knows what I’m talking about. AARP Michigan and a host of partners put nine months into a study of disparities in the state’s health care system. Our findings and calls to action were released in a report on Oct. 2 at an event attended by more than 200 …

—   Michigan’s rambling health care system is rife with disparities related to race, geography and income that create uneven access to care, treatment and wellness, according to a new AARP report released today. “Disrupting Disparities: A Continuum of Care for Michiganders 50 and Older,” a nine-month, in-depth study of health care in the state, proposes a range of remedies including creation of a coordinated care network, maintaining Healthy Michigan Medicaid expansion, extending broadband technology to all corners of the state, …

— This Q&A Webinar Offers Tips Anyone Can Use 10 Retirement Planning Quick Tips Online Q&A PART 1: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7 p.m. ET If you feel like it’s too late to save anything for retirement, AARP has some reassuring news for you: It’s not. Even if you’re behind schedule on retirement planning, there are still ways to grow your nest egg. A first step is to stop putting it off …