— A hundred AARP Michigan volunteers gathered at AARP College/Shining Star Gala in Ypsilanti April 18-19 for a unique learning and networking opportunity, along with some fun and entertainment. The conference at Eagle Crest Resort lived up to its “Past, Present and Future” theme, as the participants heard from everyone from AARP Founder Ethel Percy Andrus to Dr. Huei Peng, an expert on driverless cars. “It was an eventful two days, packed with experiences relevant to our mission, important information and …

— Attend AARP’s free, two-part webinar to find out how. Tips for Working Caregivers from Working Caregivers Part 1: Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Are you trying to balance caring for an aging or disabled loved one while working full or part time? Get the tips, ideas and support you need at AARP’s free, two-part webinar. Register today to get answers from AARP experts, a working family caregiver like you …

— By Melissa Preddy When Ransom Street Big Band swings into “Jumpin’ at the Woodside” or “The Way You Look Tonight” at the benefit concert for the Greater Michigan chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, those in the audience thrill to beloved jazz standards. But familiar tunes also have the power to help people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. For performers and listeners alike, there’s a good chance that concerts are keeping their brains healthy, too. That’s the idea behind “Mind. Music. …

— Find out what you can already be doing to prepare at our free, two-part webinar. Retirement Planning: Top Tips to Get or Stay on Track Part 1: Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Are you making the right decisions today for a better retirement down the road? You can and AARP is here to help you get on track with your retirement plans. Simply register now for our free, two-part …

— Since Christine Pawlak retired last April, she has learned she left the workforce a little too early. “I still have energy, and something to contribute,” the 67-year-old Holland woman said. “And it wouldn’t be bad to make a little extra money.” She got weary of sending out resumes and receiving no replies, so she stopped by AARP Michigan Experience for Hire in Grand Rapids on March 27 to meet with several employers who indicated they’re open to hiring older adults. …

— It’s unfair that Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world. We must crack down on price gouging and the greedy practices that keep prices artificially high. It’s time our leaders stick up for people 50+ and their families.   AARP is committed to reducing out-of-control prescription drug prices and lowering costs for older Americans – and we need your help. How have you been affected by the rising cost of prescription drugs?  We want to hear from you! …

— 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 …