AARP Massachusetts

Carol Brooks Ball

Biography:

A veteran journalist, Carol handles digital media for the AARP 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 digital 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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What’s Next in Your Life?  Attend a Life Reimagined Checkup and Find Out!

Posted on 05/23/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by Carol Brooks Ball" rel="author">Carol Brooks Ball</a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Designed with Baby-Boomers in mind, the AARP Life Reimagined program is about a renewed sense of purpose, the confidence to pursue a passion or take a new direction.  It’s a new way of thinking about what’s next in your life through a powerful step-by-step approach to help you discover possibilities, prepare for change, and make your ideas real. We’ve got several upcoming Checkups for you to attend. Note that some Checkup locations offer both daytime and evening sessions, so when registering be …

Encore Entrepreneur Seminar: Start or Grow a Small Business

Posted on 05/20/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by Carol Brooks Ball" rel="author">Carol Brooks Ball</a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Attend our free seminar, “Start or Grow a Small Business,” and learn from experts with AARP, the Massachusetts District Office of the Small Business Administration (SBA), the City of Cambridge Economic Development Division, and The Center for Women & Enterprise, and put your small business plans into action. AARP Massachusetts and the AARP Encore Entrepreneur Program offer you a chance to start the small business you’ve always dreamed of owning, or increase the reach of a small business you already own. Start or Grow a Small …

Use the AARP Fraud Watch Network New “Scam-Tracking Map” to Spot, Report Fraud in Massachusetts

Posted on 05/18/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by Carol Brooks Ball" rel="author">Carol Brooks Ball</a> | AARP Massachusetts |

“Scam-Tracking Map” provides location-based scam tracking and reporting The AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched an updated online map, allowing residents of every state, including Massachusetts, to see and report  instances of fraud and scams. The Scam-Tracking Map is a free, interactive tool, and also includes alerts from law enforcement and other public agencies. The Fraud Watch Network is encouraging those who have been targeted or victimized by a scam to access the map’s web page, where they can easily post a …

Volunteer With AARPMA and Urge Candidates to Lead on Social Security

Posted on 05/17/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by Carol Brooks Ball" rel="author">Carol Brooks Ball</a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Be part of the solution! Did you know that 170 million Americans are working hard and paying in to Social Security? You work hard and pay into Social Security with every paycheck. It’s your money. And AARP believes that presidential and congressional candidates owe you details regarding their specific plans to keep Social Security strong so that you get the money you’ve earned. We need candidates to level with us and give us details about their Social Security plans. Sound …

AARP Massachusetts Calendar of Community Events

Posted on 05/15/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by Carol Brooks Ball" rel="author">Carol Brooks Ball</a> | AARP Massachusetts |

At AARP Massachusetts, we’re out in communities throughout the state, sharing information on a wide variety of topics. The following upcoming events are open to the public, and while some require registration others do not. Take a look and register for those that spark your interest! For any questions, please email us at ma@aarp.org. Fraud Watch Network Our AARP Fraud Watch Network presentations provide details about scams, fraud, and identity theft. We cover trends in fraud and scams; strategies used by …

Jane Austen Fans: Attend Our Free Screening of ‘Love & Friendship’

Posted on 05/12/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by Carol Brooks Ball" rel="author">Carol Brooks Ball</a> | AARP Massachusetts |

New film is based on Austen’s never-published novella, “Lady Susan.” Fans of English novelist Jane Austen are in for a hilarious treat. The new film “Love & Friendship,” directed by Whit Stillman, is an adaptation of Austen’s uproarious and unfinished novella, “Lady Susan.” Along with the film, Stillman has written a book of the same name, also based Austen’s unpublished work. Through AARP Massachusetts and Movies for Grownups, AARP members are invited to a free screening of “Love & Friendship, which stars Kate Beckinsale …

AARP, MA Elder Economic Security Commission Release Recommendations to Help Seniors

Posted on 05/11/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by Carol Brooks Ball" rel="author">Carol Brooks Ball</a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Today, the Massachusetts Elder Economic Security Commission released a series of recommendations to address the issue of economic insecurity among Massachusetts seniors. Mike Festa, state director of AARP Massachusetts, said the 26 recommendations released by the Commission (see the link to the full reporter, below), which is co-chaired by Sen. Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) and Rep. Jim O’Day (D-West Boylston), will go a long way to helping seniors across the state. AARP Massachusetts represents 800,000 members, many of whom are struggling with …

Why Massachusetts Family Caregivers Need the CARE Act

Posted on 05/10/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by Carol Brooks Ball" rel="author">Carol Brooks Ball</a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Today, more than 844,000 Bay State residents are providing in-home care for an aging parent or loved. This home-based care is allowing those loved ones to remain their own homes. Massachusetts family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and at AARP we’re committed to help lighten their load. AARP is urging lawmakers to enact legislation known as the CARE Act—the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act—to better support family caregivers as they safely help Massachusetts seniors stay at home. Pending CARE Act …

Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer for the 2016 Andrus Award for Community Service

Posted on 05/6/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by Carol Brooks Ball" rel="author">Carol Brooks Ball</a> | AARP Massachusetts |

AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Massachusetts Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors a 50+ Massachusetts resident or couple who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. Nominations will be evaluated by the selection committee convened by AARP Massachusetts based on how the volunteer’s work has improved the community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. The award recipient will be announced this fall and will receive …

Meet the 2016 AARP Massachusetts Executive Council

Posted on 05/6/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by Carol Brooks Ball" rel="author">Carol Brooks Ball</a> | AARP Massachusetts |

The AARP Massachusetts Executive Council (EC) provides strategic direction for AARP at the state level. The 9-member volunteer board is led by State President Sandy Albright. Each member brings uniquely valuable skills and experience to AARP. PRESIDENT, Sandy Albright, LICSW (licensed independent clinical social worker), joined the EC in 2014 and became president in 2015. She served as Massachusetts Undersecretary of Elder Affairs from 2007 to 2013. Prior to that she was the CEO of Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses, Inc., from …