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Statewide "Health Decisions Tour" Kicks Off

PHOTO: Making health decisions means much more than choosing the right doctor, it also means knowing where to go for information. Separating fact from fiction will be one of the topics discussed around the state in the AARP Health Decisions Tour, which kicks off today. Photo courtesy of click/morguefile.com.
PHOTO: Making health decisions means much more than choosing the right doctor, it also means knowing where to go for information. Separating fact from fiction will be one of the topics discussed around the state in the AARP Health Decisions Tour, which kicks off today. Photo courtesy of click/morguefile.com.
May 27, 2014

LANSING, Mich. - When it comes to issues like navigating health care reform, Medicare, and long-term care, Michiganders have plenty of questions, which is why the experts from AARP Michigan are once again hitting the road for a series of discussions and informational meetings across the state.

Andrew Farmer, associate state director for health and supportive services, AARP Michigan, says one of the goals of the "Health Decisions Tour" is to help Michiganders cut through the rhetoric when it comes to issues like the Affordable Care Act.

"What we're going to do is more squarely talk about the contrast and the lack of connection in reality between what one side says about the law and what the other side says about the law, and help people to figure out how they can go straight to their own sources," he explains.

The Health Decisions Tour kicks off tonight in Lansing, and will include stops in Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Detroit, Marquette, Kalamazoo and Jackson in the coming weeks. More information is available on the AARP Michigan website, www.aarp.org.

Farmer says in today's information-saturated environment, Michiganders need to have the tools be savvy media consumers in order to make the best choices for themselves and their families, particularly when it comes to complicated information like health decisions.

"Pursuing a healthy information diet is itself a health decision too that can drive their ability to become informed about more realistic and more functional information that can serve their direct health needs," he says.

The sessions are free and open to all Michiganders, but registration is suggested.

More information is at www.aarp.org.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - MI