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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Identity Theft Expert Frank Abagnale Named AARP Ambassador

Posted on 08/31/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

“Catch Me if You Can” Author Joins with AARP Fraud Watch Network to Raise Awareness of Cybercrime AARP today announced that Frank W. Abagnale, nationally renowned expert on identity theft and fraud schemes, has been named AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador.  Abagnale will work with the Fraud Watch Network to provide online programs and community forums to educate consumers about ways to protect themselves from identity theft and cybercrime. Take the AARP Fraud Watch Network “Catch the Con Quiz” with AARP Ambassador …

AARPMA Social Media 101 Webinars: Free and On-Demand for Your Convenience

Posted on 08/24/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Dear AARP MA Friends, At AARP Massachusetts, we maintain an active presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and we’d like to have you join us! Through our Facebook and Twitter accounts we bring you up-to-date information about upcoming community outreach events — Life Reimagined Checkups, HomeFit workshops; Fraud Watch Network events, Encore Entrepreneur/SBA events, and more — as well as key legislative advocacy issues we’re working on at both the state and national levels.  Our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages are also …

Register Now for Our Evening ‘Encore Entrepreneur’ Seminar with the SBA in Worcester

Posted on 08/18/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Now in its fourth year of helping Massachusetts residents 50+ realize their entrepreneurial dreams, Encore Entrepreneur, the AARP outreach program with the Small Business Administration (SBA), is better than ever. AARP Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Small Business Administration District Office, and SCORE Worcester are coming to Western Massachusetts with an event specifically designed to help “encore entrepreneurs”— those aged 50+— who want to launch or expand a small business. This time, the Encore Entrepreneur Seminar will be held in the evening, thereby allowing even more entrepreneurs to …

Get ‘Scam Savvy’ in Brighton at a Fraud Watch Network Workshop

Posted on 08/18/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Con artists don’t care how hard you have worked.  They steal billions from Americans each year. AARP Massachusetts is helping you fight back with the AARP Fraud Watch Network, an educational program that teaches you how to protect yourself and your family from scams and fraud. We also discuss how to spot and avoid identity (ID) theft and fraud.   Seating is limited! Register online at     Brighton WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 TIME: 1-2 p.m. WHERE: Veronica B. Smith …

NEW Age-Friendly Boston Listening Sessions: Dorchester, Roslindale, and the South End

Posted on 08/18/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

NEW LOCATIONS ADDED – DETAILS BELOW! How can Boston become a more age-friendly city? If you’re a Boston resident, we’re sure you have some thoughtful answers to this query and perhaps some ideas of your own. In fact, AARP—along with the office of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the UMass Boston Gerontology Institute—would like to invite you to share those thoughts and ideas with us!  To do so, you’re cordially invited to attend one of a series of upcoming Age-Friendly Boston Listening Sessions that …

As Social Security Turns 80, it Remains Loved by Americans of All Ages

Posted on 08/13/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

The information below was released by AARP on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015.  Social Security Remains Key to Retirement, Living Independently, Important for Future Generations, According to AARP Survey AARP released results of a survey this week as we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Social Security on August 14, 2015. Americans of all ages continue to have strong feelings of support for Social Security, and the survey found several key themes. According to the national survey of adults, Social Security remains …