— LANSING, MI — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Monday the formation of the Michigan Elder Abuse Task Force. She joined with Supreme Court Justices Richard Bernstein and Megan Cavanagh, Midland County Prosecutor J. Dee Brooks, state legislators Rep. Brian Elder and Sen. Paul Wojno, and 72-year-old Macomb County financial fraud victim Dennis Burgio in the announcement. “More than 73,000 older adults in Michigan are victims of elder abuse,” Nessel said. “They experience physical abuse, financial exploitation, emotional abuse, or …

— AARP Michigan will celebrate the special family bond between grandparents and grandchildren with a “Why I Love My Grandparents” essay contest for students in the Mid-Michigan area. Students from elementary, middle and high schools in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties can enter one essay written in their own words about a grandparent or grandparents, living or deceased. The three top overall winners will receive cash prizes, and the top three winners in each age category will receive a plaque. All students …

— Okay. Maybe they came for the Shish Kebabs and cookies, but they stayed for the lively conversation with AARP Michigan volunteers. The tally shows 71 state legislative districts were represented March 12 at the AARP Michigan Legislative Luncheon in the north wing of the State Capitol. That includes 56 House Districts and 15 Senate Districts, 37 Republican and 34 Democratic offices. And for the first time, a Governor stopped by. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer breezed in, accompanied by staff. She chatted with volunteers, embraced …

— What ranks high on AARP Michigan’s state legislative agenda for 2019? The very same issues that are important to the state’s older adults. The association’s advocacy efforts will focus on everything from making prescription drugs more affordable and expanding access to broadband high-speed internet, to gaining tax relief for family caregivers and increasing state spending for services that enable more seniors to age in their homes and communities. “AARP Michigan advocates on policy issues that matter the most to Michigan residents age …

—   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called for repealing the state pension tax in her 2019-20 state budget proposal unveiled today (March 5). The governor, who campaigned last year on repealing the pension tax, said the change would affect some 400,000 Michigan taxpayers who would receive an average tax break of about $800. The plan must be approved by the state House and Senate to become law. The pension tax went on the books in January, 2012. Public and private pensioners born Jan. 1, 1946 …

— Experience for Hire, AARP Michigan’s third hiring event, will be Wednesday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at West Michigan Works, 215 Straight Ave. NW in Grand Rapids. Job seekers are matched with local employers interested in hiring older workers. Some individuals get hired on the spot after initial interviews, and many other applicants are selected for appointments for second-round interviews. In the current environment of low unemployment rates, the event is designed to match up the increasing …

— Attend AARP’s Free Webinar to Find Out How Social Security – Your Questions Answered Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 7 p.m. ET You’ve earned your Social Security retirement benefits. Make sure you get everything you’ve got coming to you by attending the first in a series of free Social Security webinars from AARP. Register for this session to get straightforward answers to questions like: When should I claim my benefits to get a larger monthly check? Will working after retirement affect …

—   Today, AARP released the following statement from Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond. The statement is in response to seven drug company executives’ testimonies given at the Senate Finance Committee hearing, “Drug Pricing in America: A Prescription for Change, Part II.”  “The pharmaceutical industry refused today to take responsibility for out of control drug prices and the harm it is causing older Americans, patients, and family caregivers. Americans continue to pay the highest brand-name drug prices …

— Learn How to Leverage Your Skills and Experience at AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Age-Proof Your Career: A Two-Part Interactive Webinar Part 1: Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7 p.m. ET As an experienced worker, you have years of expertise and advanced skills to offer. Whether you’re looking for a new job, working to advance in your company or thinking about a career change, you want to increase your competitiveness with confidence. Sign …

—   Experience for Hire Matches Older Workers with Job Openings in Grand Rapids Are you looking for part-time or full-time work? Join AARP Michigan and West Michigan Works for a free hiring event in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Meet with managers looking for your skills and qualifications, and put your experience to work!   How does this hiring event differ from a job fair? All applicants who register for the Experience for Hire hiring event will submit a résumé. …