AARP Massachusetts

Carol Brooks Ball


A veteran journalist, Carol handles social media and website projects for AARP's Massachusetts State Office. She began her career as a staff reporter, eventually moving into senior editor positions at various newspapers and news websites in New England. Carol’s career includes numerous industry awards including two Investigative Reporting awards and a First-Place Best News Story award, all from the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA). Skilled at building social media reader engagement, Carol works to promote AARP’s relevance and message of helping those 50+ live their best lives, through information shared on Facebook, Twitter, and a variety of other social media channels.
Carol lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two children, as well as the family’s two fun-loving golden retrievers.

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It’s Tax Time: Beware of Scams Targeting Your Identity during Tax Season

Posted on 01/26/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

To coincide with Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, which runs Jan. 26-30, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is launching an educational effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams by releasing a new video and a scam prevention tip sheet—and encouraging people to take advantage of AARP’s free tax preparation services. Many taxpayers put themselves at great risk of tax identity theft, according to a national study conducted last fall by the AARP Fraud Watch Network. “Throwing a pay …

Volunteer with AARP Massachusetts and Help Those 50+ Realize ‘Real Possibilities!’

Posted on 01/24/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Whether you have just a little time to give or a lot, our Advocacy and Outreach volunteer opportunities present many ways for you to give back to your community.       ADVOCACY Make your voice heard at the State House and in Washington, DC, by helping advance our work on legislation and policy that directly impacts residents 50+ in Massachusetts. At the State House, AARP is a strong advocate for Massachusetts families on key issues, including improving health care access, …

AARP Massachusetts Takes Part in Forum Addressing Elder Hunger in Boston

Posted on 01/23/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

AARP Massachusetts took part in the 3rd Annual Elder Hunger Forum, held on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at the Boston Public Library. The forum is organized by the Elder Services program of ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development). The event was moderated by Emily Shea, commissioner, Boston Commission on Affairs of the Elderly. The event consisted of two panel discussions: the ABCD Food Dollars Program; and a focus on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, as well as barriers to enrollment …

Read About Our Advocacy and Outreach Work in 2015, and Please Join Us!

Posted on 01/20/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

As the New Year begins, much has changed in the local political landscape. We have a new governor in Charlie Baker (R), and several newly elected and appointed men and women who are busy settling into their new roles. At AARP Massachusetts, we’ll also have some change as we welcome a new volunteer state president (announcement coming soon, so keep checking back to this website). Our advocacy and legislative priorities for 2015 include caregiving, financial security, and fraud and scam prevention …

Encore Entrepreneurs: Consider Starting a New Business at 50-plus!

Posted on 01/20/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

A growing number of people over the age of 50 are “encore entrepreneurs:” people who are turning their ideas for small businesses into actionable plans. Whether you’re nearing retirement, are retired or never plan to retire, if you’ve got an idea for small business, you need help from those with experience.. Please join AARP Massachusetts on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, for a seminar from 8-10 a.m., that’ll help you put your small business plans into action. This event is brought …

State Legislators Honored as “Capitol Caregivers” For Helping Family Caregivers 

Posted on 01/9/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

To recognize their work in supporting family caregivers in Massachusetts, AARP names state Reps. Christopher Markey and James O’Day, along with former state Rep. (now state senator) Anne Gobi, and former state Senator Gale Candaras, as 2014 “Capitol Caregivers,” a bipartisan group of 46 state legislators and 3 governors from 19 states. (See photos at bottom, which are being added as each award presentation takes place.) These elected officials have advanced policies to help family caregivers who are making it …