Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Sara Jackson

By Dawn Kepler, Project Coordinator Sara Jackson is a Network Specialist for Michigan’s Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly (MiCAFE) program. She has been a member of the Elder Law of Michigan team since September 2016. Some of Sara’s favorite projects include growing the MiCAFE Network into new areas of the state and sustaining our partnerships with new and innovative approaches.   Taking a tour through Sara’s office … Continue reading Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Sara Jackson

Tools for Economic Security

By Dawn Kepler, Project Administrator  Financial wellness is important at any age. However, economic security becomes critical for older adults who are on a fixed income and the cost of living continues to rise. Completing a check-up of your personal finances can be a daunting task. Here are some free tools available to help:  EconomicCheckUp® provides information for older adults on how to avoid scams, setting a budget and goals, tips on saving money, and resources for finding jobs.  Michigan Association of CPAs has resources on how … Continue reading Tools for Economic Security

May Flowers

By Sheila Robison, Economic Security Team Member Do you know what the flower for the month of May is? According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, May’s flower is the hawthorn plant or better known as the lily of the valley, which symbolizes the return of happiness. It can also represent sweetness, good luck, and humility. When the lily of the valley blooms, happiness is said to return as well as majesty and … Continue reading May Flowers

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Elder Law of Michigan/MiCAFE at a 2018 Senior Financial Empowerment Exposition

By Shirley Brown, Economic Security Team Member  Money Smart Week originally started in 2002 in Chicago to promote personal financial literacy. Money Smart Week this year was held April 21-28, 2018 and it was featured in more than 50 counties across Michigan.   During Money Smart Week this year, many organizations collaborated and hosted the Senior Financial Empowerment Exposition. The Exposition held during April 21-28, 2018 was sponsored by Detroit … Continue reading Elder Law of Michigan/MiCAFE at a 2018 Senior Financial Empowerment Exposition

FTC to Begin Mailing Checks to Victims of Tech Support Scam

Via Federal Trade Commission The Federal Trade Commission will begin mailing 36,830 checks totaling $10,158,601, to consumers who lost money to a technical support scam. Inbound Call Experts, LLC, doing business as Advanced Tech Support, along with other defendants, agreed to pay more than $10 million as part of a settlement with the FTC. According to the FTC, the defendants used high-pressure sales pitches to … Continue reading FTC to Begin Mailing Checks to Victims of Tech Support Scam

The Importance of Older Adults Quitting Smoking

By Shirley Brown, Economic Security Team Member  Even though you may have smoked for years and had no difficulties that you know of, it would benefit you greatly to quit. It will be difficult but not impossible. You may need help and may have to try several different approaches to find the one that will work best for you. If you are not successful at your first attempt, do not give up. If you … Continue reading The Importance of Older Adults Quitting Smoking

Airbag Safety for Aging Drivers

By Dawn Kepler, Project Administrator Older adults (age 65 and up) comprise 20% of all drivers licensed in Michigan, and this number is projected to increase. Older drivers are more likely than other age groups to engage in the following crash related driving behaviors: failure to yield, disregard of traffic control, improper lane use, improper turn, and improper backing.  In addition, the risk of injury or death is higher for … Continue reading Airbag Safety for Aging Drivers