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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Join Our Advocacy Team! Attend an Informational Session to Learn More

Posted on 11/21/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

AARP Massachusetts is looking for AARP members to be part of our Advocacy Team and assist our efforts to protect important programs like Social Security and Medicare.   We’re currently looking for volunteers to serve on two geographically-specific Advocacy teams in two regions: the Massachusetts State Advocacy Team, which covers the greater Boston area, and the Congressional District 9 Team, which includes the communities of Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Harwich, Mashpee, Orleans, Provincetown, Sandwich, Truro, Wellfleet, and Yarmouth.   …

Join Our Encore Entrepreneurial “Matchmaking” Event in Pittsfield

Posted on 11/18/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Are you an entrepreneur? Perhaps you’ve got a business idea and a plan, but need capital. Or, you’ve got a solid idea, but need help completing a fledgling business plan. Whatever that stage of your entrepreneurial aspirations, join us at our encore entrepreneurial “matchmaking” event in Pittsfield on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 1-4 p.m., and get the help you need to get your business off the ground. The afternoon will run like a speed-dating event, with an opportunity for each …

Enjoy the Arts in Boston with AARP Local Discounts

Posted on 11/17/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Calling all theater lovers! AARP Massachusetts is offering discounted tickets on selected seats for four upcoming shows at the Citi Performing Arts Wang Theatre and Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston. Enjoy “Annie” and  “The Trip to Bountiful” this fall, and during the holidays, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” and “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical.” Details are provided below for booking the AARP Massachusetts discounts on selected seats to each show, using specific promo codes. Tickets for shows at the …

Find Your ‘What’s Next?’ Moment at a Life Reimagined Checkup in Randolph!

Posted on 11/11/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

At AARP, “real possibilities” means that anything is possible and that age doesn’t define people. In fact, we believe that age and experience can expand—not limit—possibilities. Figuring out those possibilities is where AARP’s Life Reimagined program comes in! Life Reimagined is like a personalized guidance system. You start where you are in your life, and— through a series of fun, simple exercises—see where the possibilities lead you. The free program, called a “Checkup,” includes six practices that guide you through …

Stay Safe in Your Home: Attend an AARP HomeFit Workshop!

Posted on 11/10/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

As you age and your body changes, is your home doing the same? An odd question, perhaps, but one worth asking if you want to remain safe—and in your home—for as long as possible. A 2010 AARP survey showed that nearly 90 percent of people age 45+ want to stay in their homes as they age. And why not? Home represents comfort and familiarity, things we all crave. But those steep back steps that you used to scoot up may now leave …

AARP Recognizes Silent Army; Launches “I Heart Caregivers” website

Posted on 11/10/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

November is Family Caregivers Month November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 42 million Americans, 1.3 million in Massachusetts, who help care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can remain at home – as opposed to costly institutions. In Massachusetts alone, family caregivers provide unpaid care valued at a staggering $10.6 billion annually. Today, the average family caregiver is a 49-year-old female, who takes care of a 77-year-old woman – usually her …