AARP Michigan Virtual Events

Posted on 04/02/21 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 virtual events well into 2021. 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 virtual event offerings and opportunities - and be sure to watch for updates! Previously recorded events are still available for viewing and may be found below.


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Thursday, May 13 - Ready, Set, Go - Design Your 2021 Action Plan!
Session III
READY, SET, GO – This three part series is designed to help you develop a 2021 Personal Action Plan - whether that may include returning to work, starting a business, living healthy, etc. In Session III, we'll learn the best ways to stay on track with our personal plan, and learn self-care tips to practice on their personal action journey.
Date: Thursday, May 13
Time: 11:00 am
Be sure to register!

Tuesday, May 18 - Getting Ready to Ride: Biking 101.
AARP and the League of Michigan Bicyclists team up for a two-part, interactive series to learn how to select the right bike, identify necessary safety equipment, practical riding tips, and understand Michigan laws related to bicycling. We'll also share safety tips and discuss how drivers and bicyclists can share the road safely.

Date: Tuesday, May 18
Time: 12:00 pm
Join the discussion with this link!

Wednesday, May 19 - The Doctor is On: Virtual Medical Visits.
Accessing medical appointments through telehealth doesn't have to be intimidating or confusing. Find out how to best use telehealth and get the most out of your virtual medical visits.

Date: Wednesday, May 19
Time: 10:00 am
To participate, click here!

Thursday, May 20 - Type 2 Diabetes: Now What?
In Part II of this five-part series, Dr. Surae Eaton joins us to explore what a diabetes diagnosis means, how the disease can affect the entire body, ways to avoid the damage and resources to help on your journey.

Date: Thursday, May 20
Time: 1:00 pm
Register for the program with this link!

Saturday, May 22 - Virtual Rhythm Circle.
Join us for a fun, interactive session where you’ll learn some music history while making music yourself. No instrument? No problem! A cardboard box, large bowl, pot or pan and a pair of spoons will work. "Bujo" Kevin Jones will lead us in this fun, interactive rhythm circle. All ages are encouraged to attend. Join the fun!
Date: Saturday, May 22
Time: 11:00 am
Register to participate!


Tuesday, May 25 - Biking 102.
Are you ready to dust off your bike, or in the market
for new wheels? Join us for a second episode in this two-part series to learn how to select the right bike, identify necessary safety equipment, learn practical riding tips and Michigan laws related to biking.
Date: Tuesday, May 25
Time: 12:00 pm
Don't forget to register!


June

Wednesday, June 2 - Learn a Latte: Elder Abuse - Recognizing Signs and Getting Help.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. We will discuss the types of elder abuse and neglect and how to determine if someone is a victim. We will talk about community programs that are available to help, highlighting the Safe Haven Program through the Area Agency on Aging.
Date: Wednesday, June 2
Time: 10:00 am
Be sure to register with this link.

Thursday, June 3 - Nutrition and Diabetes.
The foods you eat have an enormous impact on how diabetes effects your body. In this session, we'll feature strategies on how to eat smarter, become healthier, and stave off the ravages this disease can cause. This is the third program in a five-part series.
Date: Thursday, June 3
Time: 1:00 pm
Don't forget to register!

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Tuesday, June 8 - Virtual Wine Tasting.
Join us for a virtual wine tasting event! Head Winemaker Lee Lutes from Black Star Farms and Winemaker Nancie Oxley from St. Julian winery will lead guests in tasting red and white wines from each of the wineries. You may purchase the wines for the tasting directly from the winery, or with the wine finder websites. Consider purchasing selections in advance of the tasting for a for the best experience. The list of wines will be sent by email before the event.
Date: Tuesday, June 8
Time: 4:30 pm
Be sure to register here to participate!

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Wednesday, June 9 - A Tour of Dow Gardens.
Carolynn Paten, Dow Gardens Assistant Director of Guest Operations will lead us on a virtual experience of the dazzling 110-acre oasis in the middle of Midland, Michigan. In this 60 minute session we'll learn about the history of the property, events and programming opportunities, and the Nation’s longest ADA accessible Canopy Walk!

Date: Wednesday, June 9
Time: 10:00 am
Click here to register and receive the event link!

Wednesday, June 16 - Learn a Latte: A Presentation to Put You to Sleep.
We know sleep is crucial to good health. So why is our health getting worse as we age? Join us for a talk on how sleep can help us feel younger & think clearer; and how we can get the best sleep possible as we age.

Date: Wednesday, June 16
Time: 10:00 am
Be sure to register with this link.

Thursday, June 17 - Diabetes: Skills for Making Long Term Changes.
Diabetes can be a psychologically demanding, long-term condition. Learn how you can develop the behavioral skills that will lead to positive outcomes on your journey. This is the fourth event in a 5-part series.

Date: Thursday, June 17
Time: 1:00 pm
Be sure to register with this link.


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Saturday, June 19 - Virtual Rhythm Circle.
Join us for a fun, interactive session where you’ll learn some music history while making music yourself. No instrument? No problem! A cardboard box, large bowl, pot or pan and a pair of spoons will work. "Bujo" Kevin Jones, a percussionist, band leader, producer and educator will lead us in this virtual rhythm circle. All ages are encouraged to attend. Join the fun!
Date: Saturday, June 19
Time: 11:00 am
Use this link to register and join the fun!

Tuesday, June 22 - AARP on Tap: Perfect Pairings.
Find the perfect beer pairings for a great steak or vegetarian dish at AARP on Tap. We’ll learn how to enhance your meal with the right craft beer and end the session with some sure-fire tips for creating a successful pairing menu at your next dinner party!
Date: Tuesday, June 22
Time: 6:00 pm
Be sure to register to participate!


July

Thursday, July 8 - Exercise, Diabetes and Beyond.
We've all heard advice that we should exercise more but do you know how significant those benefits are for controlling Diabetes? More than weight control or muscle strengthening, exercise can help control blood sugar levels. Join us for this final session in our Diabetes series to learn exercise strategies and hear how it dramatically changed one Diabetic’s life.
Date: Thursday, July 8
Time: 1:00 pm
Register here to participate!

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Saturday, July 17 - Virtual Rhythm Circle.
Join us for a fun, interactive session where you’ll learn some music history while making music yourself. No instrument? No problem! A cardboard box, large bowl, pot or pan and a pair of spoons will work. "Bujo" Kevin Jones, a percussionist, band leader, producer and educator will lead us in this virtual rhythm circle. All ages are encouraged to attend. Join the fun!
Date: Saturday, July 17
Time: 11:00 am
Registration link coming soon! Be sure to check this webpage later.

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Thursday, July 22 - Planting Your Fall Garden.
Vegetable gardening is not just a spring and summer activity; many vegetables that can be planted in the early fall to keep you harvesting before winter sets in. Learn more about these options and other tips, tricks and tools to extend the growing season.
Date: Thursday, July 22
Time: 11:00 am
Registration link coming soon! Be sure to check back for the link to register.



August

Saturday, August 21 - Virtual Rhythm Circle.
Join us for a fun, interactive session where you’ll learn some music history while making music yourself. No instrument? No problem! A cardboard box, large bowl, pot or pan and a pair of spoons will work. "Bujo" Kevin Jones, a percussionist, band leader, producer and educator will lead us in this virtual rhythm circle. All ages are encouraged to attend. Join the fun!
Date: Saturday, August 21
Time: 11:00 am
Registration link coming soon! Be sure to check this webpage later.


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Previously Recorded Events

Prediabetes. Is this YOU?
Did you know that one in three Americans have prediabetes? Do you know what the risks are? This workshop featured Dr. Aajay Shah who helped identify if you may be at risk and how you can prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes. This program is the first of a 5-part series and first aired on May 6. Watch the program with this link.

Learn a Latte: Get Up and Move It!
Let's Move-It! In this program, we talked about the benefits of physical activity and how exercise can prevent falls, contributes to a healthy brain and improves emotional balance. The program originally aired on May 5 and is still available for viewing here.


Sky Blossom: Resources for Veterans and Caregivers in Michigan.
What benefits and resources are available to support veterans and their caregivers? A guest panel joined us to discuss just this - the resources available in Michigan, and how you can access them. We also talked about the film documentary, Sky Blossom: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation. This program aired live on May 4 and is still available for viewing with this link!

Virtual Rhythm Circle
We hosted a fun, interactive session where you’ll learn some music history while making music yourself. "Bujo" Kevin Jones, a percussionist, band leader, producer and educator provided some background and led us in a virtual rhythm circle. Watch the session here, which previously aired on April 24th.

Learn a Latte: Make Your Money Grow.
What’s in your financial plan? Unsure if it’s helping you gain the fullest potential to meet your investment goals through swings of the market? Make use of four strategies that will help you create a plan to help your money work for you and grow further. This program originally aired on April 21 and is available for viewing here.

Gotta Go Right Now!
Do you suffer from incontinence or pelvic pain? If so, it's time to talk about the health of your pelvic floor. Learn how you can strengthen your pelvic floor and prevent common problems, like pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, low back pain, and sacral dysfunction with this program. This event originally aired on April 15.











Ready, Set, Go - Design Your 2021 Action Plan! Session II
READY, SET, GO – This three part series is designed to help you develop a 2021 Personal Action Plan - whether that may include returning to work, starting a business, living healthy, etc. In Session II, you'll develop goals and timelines to help put your personal vision into action! Click here to watch the program, which originally broadcast on April 8.


Learn a Latte: Medicare Basics - What is MMAP?
Medicare and Medicaid. What's the difference between the two? Tune in to learn about these programs, as well as when and how to sign up for the benefits that are most useful to you. This program was previously recorded on April 7 and is still available for viewing with this link.


Planning for Your Spring and Summer Garden.
Get your garden ready for the growing season! Learn more about garden prep, plant selection and important factors to consider when planting. In this session, we focused mainly on annual vegetable and flower gardens.
Watch the program with this link, it originally aired on Thursday, April 1.

The Incredible Dr. Andrus
AARP celebrates and recognizes the vital role women have played in American history, culture and society. In honor of Women's History Month, we celebrate our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. Dr. Andrus was a visionary and a formidable woman for her time: college student, educator, creator of the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA), and founder of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Learn more about the Incredible Dr. Andrus with this link! This program originally aired on March 30.

Virtual Rhythm Circle
We hosted a fun, interactive session where you’ll learn some music history while making music yourself. No instrument? No problem! A cardboard box, large bowl, pot or pan and a pair of spoons will work. "Bujo" Kevin Jones, a percussionist, band leader, producer and educator provided some background and led us in a virtual rhythm circle. Watch the session here, which previously aired on March 27th.

Low Back Pain - Causes and Solutions
The majority of us will experience back pain at some point in our life.
Matt McFadden with Peak Performance Physical Therapy talked with us about the causes of back pain and how it can be prevented, plus when and from whom should we seek help. This program originally aired on March 18. Watch with this link!

Learn a Latte: Getting Up When You're Knocked Down.
Resilience. Do we really know what it means? How do you persevere through life's obstacles? What can you do to get back on track after a setback? Explore how to build resilience when facing times of change or uncertainty. This event originally aired on March 17. Watch the program here!

Ready, Set, Go - Design Your 2021 Action Plan! Session 1
READY, SET, GO – A three part series to help you design your 2021 Personal Action Plan for what you want to do; return to work, start a business, live healthy, etc. In this session, we learned the six essential steps to create a compelling vision to provide a better sense of direction in the year ahead. This event was originally recorded on March 11 and is available with this link.

How to Build a Standing Raised Garden Bed.
Learn how to build your own Standing Raised Garden Box! This project is easy to accomplish at home with minimal materials and tools. A fun engaging event that will help you create your own Standing Raised Garden Bed to grow vegetables or flowers without the need to bend to plant, weed or harvest. All skill levels welcome. This program originally aired on March 5. Watch the recording here!

Learn a Latte: Assistive Technology - What is it and who is it for?
Technology is advancing rapidly and people of all ages now use some form in their daily lives. Watch this program to learn how you can make the most of us this technology and how devices - like smart speakers - can help you manage every day tasks. You'll be surprised at what you can do! This program originally aired on March 3.

Meet the AAAs.
Michigan has 16 area agencies on aging - regional, non-profit organizations created to respond to the needs of older adults in every community. We talked with four of Michigan's AAAs from around the state to learn about the services and programs they offer that help us remain in our homes and communities as we age. This program originally broadcast on February 25 and is still available; check it out here!










My Brothers' Keeper: The Journey of Three Generations.
Join in the dialogue as these distinguished males share their efforts to improve the health and wealth of African American males. Hear their stories, the progress that’s been made and the work that still needs to be completed. Register for the program with this link and receive the password to enter.



Lunch and Learn Tour: Source Booksellers.
We enjoyed a tour of Source Booksellers, one of Detroit’s finest bookstores. In honor of Black History Month, books by African American authors were featured, focusing on Black history, LGBTQ, and health and wellness. This event aired on February 23 and is still available for viewing here.


Total Knee Replacements and Advancements.
Thinking about having knee replacement surgery? Stop by and watch a presentation by Dr. John Sauchak who discussed the options available and helped us learn how to identify if we are a good candidate for a total knee replacement. He also discussed some of the new advancements in technology when the program originally aired on February 18. Watch the program here!

Learn a Latte: Racial Hurt. Racial Healing.
Unconscious bias and myths about race have affected all of us. Watch our discussion, which originally broadcast on February 17, and help us begin a conversation that may lead to greater understanding, growth, and healing.


Smoothie Success: A Family Affair.
Daniel Mahoney and his daughters, owners of “Sisters Smoothies” demonstrated how to make great smoothies at home. They also shared their story – how they developed the concept of their family-owned business and what it’s like to be entrepreneurs. This event originally aired on February 5 and is still available to watch with this link.
Download the ingredient list here!

Dealing with Chronic Health Conditions
Martha York with Region 2 Area Agency on Aging joined us to share health and wellness tips for living a full, successful life with chronic conditions like pain, cancer, and diabetes. The program was originally recorded on February 3 and is still available for viewing here.


Interview Tips
In this workshop, we learned how to turn the interview process into a conversation about opportunities: for the employer and for you. We highlighted three things to feature and two things to avoid in an interview. In addition, we gained insight into ways to prepare for a successful interview. This program was originally featured live on February 2. Watch it now with this link.

This story is provided by AARP Michigan. Visit the AARP Michigan page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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