— 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 …

— AARP Michigan recognizes and supports our veterans AARP salutes and celebrates the service and sacrifices made by our veterans and active military personnel.  To show our appreciation, we host events and special promotions for veterans and their families throughout the year. Upcoming Events Join us as we honor and support veterans, military and their families by connecting them to benefits and resources. AARP Michigan will host the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency to learn about benefits veterans earned through their service.  …

— 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 …

— Our Two-Part Online Q&A Session Can Help You Stay Up-to-Date Staying Connected, Competitive and Current in Your Career Part 1: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET From job search to daily job requirements, technology now plays a role in virtually every career. Have your skills kept pace? Maybe you’re looking to change careers or advance in your current job. Or perhaps you haven’t had a job …

— MACKINAC ISLAND — Michigan has a ways to go to position itself as a leader in advancing quality-of -life technologies, such as autonomous vehicles, telehealth and broadband reach, according to a distinguished panel at the Mackinac Policy Conference Thursday. The hour-long AARP Michigan session was entitled “The Future is Now: Are You Ready?” “These technologies are shaping our present and can transform our future,” said Paula D. Cunningham, AARP Michigan State Director, who moderated the panel. The prospect of autonomous …

— By Melissa Preddy Annie Mae Holt has long been a citizen activist, from her days as a teenage civil rights demonstrator in Birmingham, Ala., to serving as a precinct delegate in Detroit to myriad volunteer efforts in retirement. So it’s no surprise that Holt, 71, will be among the AARP volunteers ramping up voter education efforts ahead of the Aug. 7 primary and Nov. 6 general election. She plans to lead seminars organized by staffers in the state office, giving …

— “Daddy’s Boys” — a free, AARP-sponsored theatrical performance centered on men’s health and financial security — is coming June 30 to the Detroit Institute of Arts-Film Theater, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit. GDavis Productions has created a thought-provoking stage play that depicts the struggle of black men as fathers, as businessmen, and as ordinary men facing health challenges from the vantage point of three generations. Playwright Garrett Davis, who also created award-winning plays “Mama’s Girls” and “Forget Me Not,” continues to …