— 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 …

— WASHINGTON, DC – In a newly released AARP-Politico poll, Florida voters age 50 and over do not feel better off financially despite a growing economy. The poll also found that Social Security and health care will be very important to 50-plus voters when they cast ballots for Congress in the mid-term elections, and they are deeply concerned about the future of Medicare.   “Candidates who ignore the issues that matter to voters age 50 and up do so at their own …

— Older adults in Michigan looking to age in place were winners in the state budget passed Tuesday by lawmakers. Some of the AARP Michigan-backed increases in spending in the state Department of Health and Human Services budget to help older adults in Michigan live independently won passage in the Legislature. The Fiscal Year 2019 budget adds $41.4 million, including $14.7 million General Fund money, to the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). This spending increase adds 950 enrollees …

— Washington, DC — AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins made a statement in response to the Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ reports released Tuesday: “Social Security and Medicare remain critical to the income and health security of all Americans, and today’s reports again show that while the programs remain strong, there are challenges ahead for the long term. We need to work together in a bipartisan manner to strengthen these vital social insurance programs to ensure they can meet their benefit …