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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Fraud Watch Wednesday Scam Alert: Beware Free, Public Wi-Fi Where Scammers May Be Lurking

Posted on 06/22/2016 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 June 22, 2016. Using public Wi-Fi means you’re potentially sharing personal information with criminals. When you’re on free public Wi-Fi at a gym, a hotel, or at a coffee shop, the information you’re transferring between your device and the website you’re accessing is easily tapped into by anyone who is on the same free, public Wi-Fi network. This leaves passwords, usernames, and account numbers vulnerable, and means that any scam artist can see them and what …

Volunteers Needed to Help With Social Security Advocacy!

Posted on 06/20/2016 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 …

Age Friendly Boston: Report to the Community

Posted on 06/16/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

How can Boston become a more age-friendly city? It’s a question that was posed to Boston residents last year, during neighborhood-based Listening Sessions and through a major online survey. As part of its Age Friendly Initiative, the city of Boston and the Department of Elder Affairs sought to ask Bostonians what they wanted to see in the future to allow them to “age in place,” thereby making Boston age-friendly. Click here to read Age Friendly Boston Report Key Findings  Boston …

Play AARP’s Pop Up! Family Caregiver Game*

Posted on 06/15/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Sign Up now to play through June 26, 2016! Introducing AARP’s Pop Up! Family Caregiver Game! It’s a game that helps you learn about valuable caregiving resources and lets you enter for the chance to win prizes. Just like a game show, you play with everyone else and score points for each question you answer correctly. Instant prizes will be given away daily at random! And, at the end of the game, one lucky sweepstakes winner will receive a gift card! You’ll …

Encore Entrepreneur Seminar Teaches How to Start or Grow a Small Business

Posted on 06/9/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Attend a free upcoming “Start or Grow a Small Business” seminar in Amesbury, and learn from experts with AARP, the Small Business Administration, and more, about small business ownership. 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. In Amesbury, on July 20, join AARP, Massachusetts District Office of the Small Business Administration (SBA), and SCORE Northeast Massachusetts, …

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

Posted on 06/8/2016 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 Staff and Volunteers from Massachusetts Head to D.C. to Advocate on Family Caregiving, Social Security

Posted on 06/8/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

This week, AARP Massachusetts State Director Mike Festa and Executive Council member and volunteer Bob Haynes are in Washington, D.C. for Lobby Day 2016, to advocate on behalf of Massachusetts AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of family caregiving and Social Security. While meeting with the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, Festa and Haynes will carry crucial asks: First, AARP MA advocates will ask members of Congress to support two pieces of bipartisan legislation to help family caregivers: the …

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 " rel="author"></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 " rel="author"></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 " 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 …