AARP Michigan Virtual and In-Person Events

Posted on 06/01/22 by Careena Eggleston

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the lives of Michiganders, AARP will do our part to prevent the spread of this virus and continue to host quality programming and a variety of in-person and virtual events in 2022. We closely monitor for COVID-19 developments and are taking the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health agencies.

Take a look below at our event offerings and opportunities - and be sure to watch for updates! Previously recorded virtual events are still available for viewing and may be found below.

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July

AARP Sponsors Detroit Riverwalkers.
Detroit Riverwalkers is a walking program presented by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and sponsored by AARP. Older Adults, 50+, are invited to participate in this FREE program that encourages wellness through walking on the Detroit Riverwalk and fitness classes.
The program begins June 7 and is held weekly every Tuesday & Thursday through August 25.
Every Tuesday 8 AM - 10 AM will feature:

  • Health education
  • Fitness classes
  • Opportunities to speak with health experts
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Best kept AARP secrets
  • Surprises throughout the program
  • Walk the riverwalk at your own leisure

Every Thursday 8 AM - 10 AM will feature:

  • Walk the riverwalk at your own leisure
  • Fitness class at 9 AM

Dates: Every Tuesday and Thursday, from June 7 to August 25
Time: 8:00 am ET
Register and join AARP Detroit Riverwalkers with this link!


Tuesday, July 5 - Walk, Roll, & Stroll.
Join AARP and the City of Jackson, on the first and third Tuesdays in May, June and July, at Ella Sharp Park and Cascades Park for a 3-mile non-competitive walk, roll, or stroll for all ages and abilities.


Date: Tuesday, July 5
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Don't forget to pre-register with this link!


Wednesday, July 6 - Learn a Latte: Laughter is the Best Medicine.
Laughter is more than just a response to a funny joke or your favorite sitcom. Evidence shows that there are both short-term and long-term benefits to having a good laugh. We will discuss some of the health benefits as well as tools to incorporate more laughter into your life.
Date: Wednesday, July 6
Time: 10:00 am ET
Join us with this link!


Saturday, July 16 - Rhythms of Life: Virtual Rhythm Circle.
Music is good for your health! Percussionist Kevin “Bujo” Jones will lead us in a virtual rhythm circle featuring percussion, rhythms and the benefits of music. Join us for a healthy and interactive rhythm circle! No experience needed.

Date: Saturday, July 16
Time: 10:00 am ET
Be sure to register here!


Tuesday, July 19 - Walk, Roll, & Stroll.
Join AARP and the City of Jackson, on the first and third Tuesdays in May, June and July, at Ella Sharp Park and Cascades Park for a 3-mile non-competitive walk, roll, or stroll for all ages and abilities.


Date: Tuesday, July 19
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Be sure to pre-register with this link!


Wednesday, July 20 - Learn a Latte: Maintaining Your Balance.
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths for older adults. Learn how to stay balanced, reduce the fear of falling and increase activity by staying on your feet.


Date: Wednesday, July 20
Time: 10:00 am ET
Be sure to register with this link!


Thursday, July 21 - Pain in the Back?
Join Physical Therapist Jill Marlan and Dr. Clay Dorenkamp in finding a better understanding of the steps and treatment you can take to get back to the activities that you enjoy!

Date: Thursday, July 21
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Don't forget to register with this link!


Monday, July 25 - AARP Disrupt Aging Book Club: Rules for Visiting.
Join the Disrupt Aging Book Club in 2022 as we discuss the lighter side of life and topics related to aging. Come for the great conversation and book selections and leave with new friends and experiences. This month's book selection is Rules For Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane.

Date: Tuesday, July 25
Time: 10:30 am ET
Register to join the discussion here!


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Tuesday, July 26 - AARP's Best Kept Secrets: The Lighter Side of AARP.
Join us for AARP's Best Kept Secrets to get the inside scoop on the latest from AARP. This month, we'll highlight the lighter side of AARP - entertainment, exercise, self-improvement and fun!

Date: Tuesday, July 26
Time: 11:30 am ET
Please check back for a link to register!


Thursday, July 28 - Fight Fraud: Shred Instead.
Fight Fraud, shred instead! Stay one step ahead of identity thieves with AARP Michigan at a free, contactless shred event. This event is brought to you by the AARP Fraud Watch Network and AARP Michigan.


Date: Thursday, July 28
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Haslett, MI
*This event is free but registration is required. Click here to register.





August

Wednesday, August 3 - Learn a Latte - Live the Life You Dream About: Tips for Creating and Achieving Your Bucket List.
Don’t put off creating a bucket list. Use it to set your sights on things you’d like to do and jumpstart the steps to get you there. In this session, we’ll discuss things to consider when creating your list and how to stay inspired.
Date: Wednesday, August 3
Time: 10:00 am
Don't forget to register with this link!


Friday, August 19 - Fight Fraud: Shred Instead.
Identity theft is a constant threat. Shredding old, outdated confidential documents can be an effective way to keep your personal information safe. Stay one step ahead of identity thieves with AARP Michigan at this free, contactless shred event. This event is brought to you by the AARP Fraud Watch Network and AARP Michigan.
Date: Friday, August 19
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Delta Township Library, Lansing
*This event is free but registration is required. Click here to register.



September



Saturday, September 24 - Fight Fraud: Shred Instead.
Identity theft is a constant threat. Shredding old, outdated confidential documents can be an effective way to keep your personal information safe. Bring your confidential documents to our Shred Truck event and we'll shred them for free!

Date: Saturday, September 24
Time: 9:00 to 11:00 am
Location: Men's Shed of West Michigan
*This event is free but registration is required. Please use this link to register.




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Previously Recorded Events - Available on Demand

It's Never Too Late to Follow Your Education Dreams!
AARP, the Graduate! Network, and Michigan Reconnect discussed the resources and opportunities available to help you achieve your educational dreams. While this program originally aired on June 29, it is still available with this link.

AARP's Best Kept Secrets: AgeTech Collaborative™
This month, we featured AgeTech Collaborative™, a program connecting AgeTech startups, forward-thinking investors, enlightened industry leaders and creative testbeds to generate big new ideas. Watch the program, originally broadcast on June 28 with this link!


The Rhythms of Life: Virtual Rhythm Circle
Music is good for your health! Percussionist Kevin “Bujo” Jones will lead us in a virtual rhythm circle featuring percussion, rhythms and the benefits of music. Join us for a healthy and interactive rhythm circle, which originally aired on June 18 with this link! No experience needed.


How to be a Proactive Healthcare Consumer
Watch this program to learn how to navigate your way through the healthcare system with a plan and the help of your healthcare team. We discussed how you can to be proactive, including how to identify appropriate questions to ask and when to seek additional opinions. Tune in for this episode on-demand with this link (June 16).


Learn a Latte: Cooking for Two
Tired of cooking? Recipes yield too much? Fast food seem easier? Cooking for two is challenging and grab-and-go food isn't always good. Discover ways to prepare easy, healthy meals when cooking for yourself and another with this program, which originally aired live on June 15.


Never Too Late to Be Your Own Boss!
Get tips from entrepreneurs on the Do's and Don'ts of managing successful businesses!
Tune in for the program with this link, which originally aired on June 6.




Learn a Latte: Be On Guard for Elder Abuse
Is your loved one being abused? We learned about the different types of elder abuse, how to recognize the signs and what to do if abuse is suspected during this program, originally airing on June 1. Watch on-demand with this link; don’t let your loved one suffer in silence.



AARP on Tap: Craft Beverages
Don’t like beer? Have dietary restrictions? Can’t find a good brewery? Watch this episode of AARP On Tap to discover craft options besides beer. Learn about ciders, meads, spirits, and more. They’re a quickly growing part of the adult beverage market. This virtual event was recorded on May 24.



AARP's Best Kept Secrets: The Graduate! Network
This month we featured The Graduate! Network and the Michigan Comebackers, a program connecting adults with options to help advance their educational goals. This program aired on May 24 and is still available with this link.



The Rhythms of Life: Virtual Rhythm Circle
Music is good for your health! Percussionist Kevin “Bujo” Jones will lead us in a virtual rhythm circle featuring percussion, rhythms and the benefits of music. Join our healthy, interactive rhythm circle here and brush up on your rhythm! Originally aired on May 21.



Unraveling the Mysteries of Health Insurance
Health insurance can be complicated. This presentation helped to unravel the mysteries of health insurance by taking a deep dive into understanding the world of co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles and more. It originally aired on May 19 and is still available on-demand with this link.



Learn a Latte: Giving the Gift of Life
Did you know people of all ages can be organ & tissue donors despite medical conditions? Learn the facts with "Organ Donation 101" presented by Gift of Life Michigan, the state's federally designated organ and tissue recovery program. This program originally aired on May 18 and is available with this link.



Starting Your Business at Age 50+
It’s never too late to be your own boss. Get the basics for starting your business in 2022 and learn about resources that can help you get started with this virtual program, originally airing on May 17.



Introduction to Social Media
Connecting with family and friends on social media is easier than you think. We introduced some of the more popular sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and LinkedIn in this virtual program, which originally aired on May 11. Watch with this link!



Learn a Latte: Tools to Help You Age at Home
Across Michigan, Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) offer a menu of services to help older adults stay independent and in their own homes. Learn about their many services ranging from nutrition and health & wellness programs to elder rights and supportive services with this edition of Learn a Latte, which originally aired on May 4.



Voices of Dementia
AARP featured an inspiring conversation with 5 individuals who have been living well with different types of dementia for 5+ years. Learn what strategies they've used to continue to live a life filled with meaning, purpose, and joy by watching Voices of Dementia on-demand, originally airing on May 3.


AARP's Best Kept Secrets: AARP Community Challenge Grant
AARP's Best Kept Secrets offers the inside scoop on the latest from AARP. This month, we featured the AARP Community Challenge Grant, which provides small grants to help communities become more livable for everyone. Watch the program with this link, which original broadcast on April 26.

Digestive Health: Keeping Your Gut Young and Healthy While You Age
There is a close relationship between our diet and the health of our gut. This presentation will explore the bacterial balance in your gut and how it can affect overall health. This presentation originally aired on April 21 and is still available for viewing on-demand with this link.


Learn a Latte: New Technology Affecting Older Adults
Don't be left behind with technology. Learn the latest trends and how they might affect you. You'll get tips on mainstream technology to keep you up to speed. Use this link to catch the latest episode of Learn a Latte, which originally aired on April 20.


Rhythms of Life: Virtual Rhythm Circle
Did you know music is good for your health? Percussionist Kevin "Bujo" Jones leads our virtual rhythm circle, introducing us to percussion, rhythms and the benefits of music. Join us for this fun, healthy, and interactive rhythm circle, which originally aired on April 16.

AARP Smart DriverTEK
Explore how new auto safety features make driving safer and easier with the AARP Smart DriverTEK interactive virtual workshop. This free, 90-minute workshop will cover the latest high-tech safety features on the market. Catch the program which originally aired on April 13, still available on demand with this link.


Starting Your Garden Indoors with Seeds
Learn how to gear up for the gardening season by starting seeds indoors. We discussed simple techniques and tools to get started, as well as how to care for your new seedlings once they sprout. This program aired on April 8 and is available on-demand with this link.


Protect Yourself from Financial Exploitation
Learn how older adults can protect themselves and their families from financial exploitation. On April 6, LaToya Hall with Wayne State University's SAFE program helped us identify the red flags to watch for when managing financial issues. Learn more here!




Learn a Latte: Technology to Make Daily Tasks Easier
Click here and tune in for the discussion that originally aired on April 6 about how you can use smartphones and other simple devices to help with everyday activities.

















The Color of Healthcare: Ask the Doctor
On Tuesday, March 29, we hosted an Ask the Doctor panel - the first program in a three-part series to help bridge the multicultural health care gap by raising awareness and connecting people to information and the services they need. Do you have questions that may have been answered during the program? Find out by clicking this link to access the event on-demand.


AARP's Best Kept Secrets: Smart DriverTEK
Join us for AARP's Best Kept Secrets each month to get the inside scoop on the latest from AARP. In March, we featured AARP Smart DriverTek, a program designed to help people learn how to use the advanced technology available in modern vehicles. Tune in to learn more about this best-kept secret on-demand!


Rhythms of Life: Virtual Rhythm Circle
Did you know music is good for your health? Percussionist Kevin "Bujo" Jones leads our virtual rhythm circle, introducing us to percussion, rhythms and the benefits of music. No experience is necessary. This event originally aired on March 19 and is still available for on-demand viewing with this link.


Arthritis 101
More than 58 million Americans are diagnosed with arthritis but what are the symptoms and signs? Watch this presentation on the most common types of arthritis, how arthritis is diagnosed and the different options for treatment. This program aired on March 17 and is still available here.


Learn a Latte: Learn to Listen with Empathy
Do you hear what’s not being said? Learn the subtle skills needed to be an empathetic listener like how to read nonverbal cues, give and receive feedback, express feelings, and deal with silent moments. You’ll walk away a better listener with this program, which originally aired on March 16.


Mindfulness Apps
Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present and aware. You can practice mindfulness through simple activities. This program introduced us to mindfulness and its physical and mental benefits, such as reducing anxiety, improving memory, and lowering blood pressure. We also discussed popular apps that teach breathing and meditation techniques, as well as new technology like wearable breath monitors and smart yoga mats. This program was live on March 8 and is still available on demand with this link.


Time to Talk About Money
Money conversations are rarely easy. Join us as we explore how to talk with loved ones about financial management, assistance and support with your loved ones. We'll also discuss how to properly manage another person's finances. This event originally aired on March 3 and may be viewed with this link.


Learn a Latte: Relearning How to Sleep
Do you feel like you can never get enough sleep? You're not alone; more than 35% of adults across the country report the same struggle. In this episode of Learn a Latte, we'll discuss the importance of sleep for maintaining good health and how to establish healthier sleep habits. Daylight Saving time ends soon - if you missed the live program on March 2, you don't want to miss the recording!

Black History Month: The Role of Black Farmers in Michigan and Across the Country
Black farmers have been farming in Michigan since the 1800s and across the United States for over four centuries. We featured Michigan-based farmers still active in agriculture for this live event, originally hosted on February 28. Tune in for the recording to learn about their role in getting food to the table and their support for food co-ops and community gardens.


AARP's Best Kept Secrets: Tech Nest
AARP's Best Kept Secrets dishes on the latest from AARP. In February, we featured Tech Nest, a program that works with university students to develop products and services that help you live your best life. The program was featured live on February 22 and is still available with this link!

Rhythms of Life: February Virtual Rhythm Circle
Did you know music is good for your health? Percussionist Kevin "Bujo" Jones leads our virtual rhythm circle, introduced us to percussion, rhythms and the benefits of music. You can still watch the program and learn new rhythms with this link!

Learn a Latte: Finding Affordable Rx Drugs
The rising cost of prescription drugs is a tough pill to swallow. Learn about solutions AARP is championing to cut out-of-pocket costs, such as importing Rx drugs and negotiating prices to stop drug companies from price gouging with this program, originally appearing on February 16.


AARP on Tap: Women of Craft Beer
Tracy Pfiefer with Bier Distillery led us in a discussion about the history of women in brewing and their innovations, and how women are making a comeback in the craft beer industry. If you weren't able to join us, catch the program here! You'll have a whole new appreciation for the women of craft beer.
This event originally aired on February 8, rescheduled from January 25.


Virtual Museum Tours
Did you know many of the world's leading museums have been making their collections and exhibits available to view virtually? We explored how to access some of these virtual galleries, as well as digital tools that help bring art, architecture, and history to life. Senior Planet demonstrated how to use the virtual tour tools at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. This program aired on February 8 and is still available for viewing with this link.

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