AARP Massachusetts

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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Internship Opportunities with AARP Massachusetts in Advocacy, Community Outreach

Posted on 07/28/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

  AARP Massachusetts has two internship opportunities for this fall, with our Advocacy and Community Outreach departments. Our Mission Statement: AARP is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive social change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service.  ADVOCACY INTERNSHIP Are you excited by all the presidential election activity? Are you interested in doing advocacy around aging issues? If so, we have a paid internship position that may interest you! We’re …

Fraud Watch Wednesday Scam Alert: Be Wary of “Free Trial” Subscriptions

Posted on 07/27/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

We’ve all seen famous TV personalities touting products and offering free trials. The problem is, you accept a free trial or subscription, only to find out that you have to cancel once you have received the free item. When you don’t cancel, you receive more products and you’re stuck with the bill. Always read the fine print before accepting a free trial, or simply decline the offer. Keep an eye out for unauthorized charges on your credit card statement. If …

TIME IS RUNNING OUT: Why Massachusetts Family Caregivers Need the CARE Act Passed NOW!

Posted on 07/23/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></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. CLICK HERE to urge Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg to take action NOW and make the CARE Act law across the state! 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 …

Fraud Watch Wednesday Scam Alert: Summer Home Repair Scams

Posted on 07/22/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

The AARP Fraud Watch Network Scam Alert for July 20, 2016. The summer months are prime time for home repair scams. A common tactic involves a “contractor” coming to your door and offering to do work on your home at a steep discount. He or she will likely demand payment up front — and then disappear. Or the so-called contractor will do the work but it will be shoddy. Or, they’ll demand more money to finish the job. To avoid home repair rip-offs, …

Volunteers Needed to Help With Social Security Advocacy!

Posted on 07/19/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

It’s hard to believe, but Election Day is right around the corner – and the candidates are hunting for your vote. But as they roll out the same speeches and soundbites about important issues like the future of Social Security, it seems like many have forgotten what’s really at stake here: Your money, your future and the futures of your children and grandchildren. If we don’t do anything to help fix Social Security, future retirees could lose up to $10,000 …

Volunteer with AARP, Generations Incorporated as a Literacy Tutor for Area Schoolchildren

Posted on 07/19/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Interested in a community-level volunteer opportunity that can truly make a difference in the life of a child and his or her future? We’re looking for people to be paired as volunteer literacy tutors to help children attending school in Boston and Revere improve their reading and literacy skills. At AARP Massachusetts, we work with Generations Incorporated, a highly regarded 25 year-old nonprofit organization in Greater Boston and the Massachusetts affiliate of AARP Foundation Experience Corps. Generations Incorporated matches volunteers with individual children who attend …

What’s Next in Your Life?  Attend a Life Reimagined Checkup and Find Out!

Posted on 07/18/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></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. If you don’t see a Checkup scheduled near you and would like one, or if …

AARP Massachusetts Calendar of Community Events

Posted on 07/16/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></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 …

AARP Offers ‘Careversations” for Caregivers

Posted on 07/13/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Join AARP for an engaging, interactive conversation about family caregiving. Connect with other family caregivers around a table as you enjoy complimentary food and drinks. You’ll learn tips on caring for yourself, finding local resources, and building a caregiver support network. The events are free but are limited to the first 40 RSVPs, so registration is required. Careversations for Caregivers Two separate Careversations will take place on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the  Holiday Inn Boston-Brookline, 1200 Beacon St., Brookline, MA. 5-6:30 …

AARP TEK: Free Tablet Beginner Workshops in Brookline

Posted on 07/13/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Join AARP TEK (Technology, Education, Knowledge) for community-based, free, hands-on workshops, and learn to get the most out of your tablet devices. Each participant gets a hands-on experience during the workshop with an Apple iPad™ Tablet, and will receive a free touchscreen stylus pen. iPad is a trademark of Apple, Inc. These AARP events are fun and free, but seating is limited and registration is required. Three different sessions are offered; please register below for the workshops that most pique your interest!   AARP …