AARP Massachusetts

Carol Brooks Ball

Biography:

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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Meet the 2015 Massachusetts Executive Council

Posted on 05/20/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

The AARP Massachusetts Executive Council (EC) provides strategic direction for AARP at the state level. The 9 member volunteer board is led by the 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 …

Attend an AARP HomeFit Workshop and Make Your Home Age-Friendly

Posted on 05/14/2015 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 …

Protect Yourself From Scams, Fraud, and ID Theft: Join Us in Yarmouth and Learn How!

Posted on 05/14/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Concerned about becoming a victim of identity theft and/or a scam? It’s a very real concern; after all, con artists steal billions from Americans every year. Take action by joining us for a free discussion with the AARP Fraud Watch Network and learn how to spot and avoid identity theft and fraud to protect yourself and your family. It’s free of charge for everyone — members, non-members and people of all ages. Because at AARP, we’re committed to safeguarding Americans’ financial futures.   …

AARP Expands ‘Encore Entrepreneur’ Mentoring Program with the Small Business Administration

Posted on 05/13/2015 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 expanding. New this year is our “Summer of Encore Mentoring” initiative in which AARP Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Small Business Administration District Office will offer additional events specifically designed to help “encore entrepreneurs”— those aged 50+— who want to launch or expand a small business. The “Summer of Encore Mentoring” builds on the successful …

Berkshire County Joins the Growing Age-Friendly Network — And You’re Invited to Help Shape the Future!

Posted on 05/11/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

You’re invited to take part in shaping the county’s age-friendly agenda!   If you live in The Berkshires, you’ll want to lend your voice to an exciting new chapter in the area’s history by taking part in the upcoming Berkshire County Age-Friendly Vision 2020 Summit! Berkshire County has been accepted into the AARP/ World Health Organization (WHO) Network of Age Friendly Communities. This means that county residents have a chance to help shape issues such as housing, transportation, access to health care, and more to make the …

Help Alleviate Hunger in Western MA by Spreading the Word About Our Upcoming SNAP Clinics

Posted on 05/8/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

AARP Foundation and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts are reaching out to older adults who are most at risk of going hungry. You can help by spreading the word about our upcoming Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) clinics! Many older adults in Massachusetts feel forced to choose between paying for nutritious food or paying for needed medications. Worst of all is that these residents aren’t aware help is available. That’s why AARP Foundation and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts are …