— Jackson Mayor Derek Dobies mentioned during his State of the City address on Feb. 20 that the city and AARP Michigan will partner in the months ahead to make Jackson an age-friendly city. Among more than two dozen programs and initiatives highlighted in his speech, Dobies said Jackson is working with AARP to make Jackson attractive and accessible to people of all ages. “We will also work with local and state leaders at AARP to make  Jackson certified as an …

— Grand Rapids is poised to join AARP’s Age-Friendly Communities Network this year. Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, in her State of the City address on Feb. 15, outlined plans to make the state’s second largest city more accessible and accommodating to all ages, with a focus on transportation, housing and communications. The message was warmly received by the audience of 500 at the historic Clearwater Place event center. AARP Michigan and city officials have been working together for more than a year …

— AARP Michigan volunteers and staff shared sandwiches, veggies and policy talk with dozens of state lawmakers and their aides  at this year’s Legislative Luncheon and Lobby Day on Feb. 13 at the State Capitol Building. Between legislators and their staffs in attendance, 45 of Michigan’s 110 House districts were represented and 19 of the state’s 38 Senate districts were represented at AARP Michigan Lobby Day, including 45 lawmakers from both major parties. Legislators met with 34 red-clad volunteers, who specifically sought out elected officials …

— AARP Michigan will host an interactive event that will examine how people age 50 and older approach life, love and dating on Friday, Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Silver Garden Events Center, 24350 Southfield Rd., Southfield. Health experts from the DMC Grace-Sinai Hospital will present on the physical aspect of love and sex for older adults. Special guest will be Kenny Lattimore, AARP Ambassador and Grammy-nominated vocalist. This free evening event offers powerful presentations, music, food, facts and fun. The …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

— 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 …

— (Lansing, MI) — Beginning Feb. 1 and continuing through April 17, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program in Michigan and across the country. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers working at one site. Today, nearly 35,000 volunteers serve low- to moderate-income taxpayers …

— AARP Michigan applauds Gov. Rick Snyder for issuing an executive order this week creating a consortium to strengthen broadband access across the state. Expanding broadband is an important quality-of-life issue for older adults, especially those who live in rural areas where access is limited. The Michigan Consortium for Advanced Networks has been charged with identifying gaps in broadband service coverage and capacity and recommending solutions for the state to enhance connectivity. “Affordable and reliable high-speed Internet access can provide new …

— Access to health care, broadband and affordable utilities are among high-priority items in the 2018 AARP Michigan State Legislative Agenda. The list also includes fighting fraud, abuse and financial exploitation and supporting veterans and age-friendly communities. AARP Michigan advocates on policy issues that matter most to Michiganders 50 and older and their families. Each year, AARP Michigan publishes a state legislative agenda, which is shared with State Representatives and Senators, the Governor, AARP members and volunteers and the public. The 2018 …

— From the Michigan Public Service Commission There are new protections from utility shutoffs for households with someone who needs life-sustaining medical care. Updated utility billing rules approved recently by the Michigan Public Service Commission add gas and electric shut-off protections for critical care customers who have difficulty paying their utility bills. Utilities also are prohibited from remotely disconnecting households that have a critical care customer, under the revamped Consumer Standards and Billing Practices for Electric and Natural Gas Service rules. …