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

Posted on 04/22/2016 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 …

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

Posted on 04/22/2016 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 …

Cape Cod Residents: Come to Our Shred Event in Barnstable and “Shred Instead!”

Posted on 04/22/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by Carol Brooks Ball" rel="author">Carol Brooks Ball</a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Barnstable residents: Q: What’s an easy way to help protect yourself and your loved ones from ID theft? A: Shredding no longer needed, sensitive, or confidential documents, of course! AARP Massachusetts and the AARP Fraud Watch Network are holding a free shredding event in Barnstable on May 19, from 1-4 p.m., at the Barnstable Council on Aging. The event is open to the public, and an RSVP is not needed. Protect yourself from ID theft — shred instead! Note: At our shredding events, we …

Get Free Tickets to a Movies for Grownups Screening of ‘The Meddler’

Posted on 04/21/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by Carol Brooks Ball" rel="author">Carol Brooks Ball</a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Are you a Susan Sarandon fan? Then you’ll want to register now for free tickets to our next Movies for Grownups screening! In The Meddler, Sarandon plays Marnie Minervini, a woman who moves from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori (actress Rose Byrne), a successful (but still single) screenwriter. Register now for your free tickets! While Marni intends to smother her daughter with motherly love, things backfire when her text messages, unexpected visits, and conversations — dominated …

Elder Abuse Awareness Day: AARP Sponsor for Bristol DA’s Fraud Avoidance Conference

Posted on 04/20/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by Carol Brooks Ball" rel="author">Carol Brooks Ball</a> | AARP Massachusetts |

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the office of Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III, with sponsorship from AARP, is holding an Elder Abuse Prevention Conference — “A Focus on Avoiding Scams, Fraud, and Identity Theft” — on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in Fall River. The conference takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Bristol Community College in Fall River, and includes breakfast and a resource fair. Conference speakers include: Mike Festa, AARP Massachusetts …

Dr. Bill Thomas’ Age of Disruption Tour Comes to Dennis, Pittsfield: AARP is a Sponsor

Posted on 04/19/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by Carol Brooks Ball" rel="author">Carol Brooks Ball</a> | AARP Massachusetts |

    According to longevity expert Dr. Bill Thomas, our culture tells us that aging will change us against our will, and for the worse. Arguing that this is false, Dr. Thomas blends myth and science, live music and visuals, in his Age of Disruption Tour. Dr. Thomas says the tour is like “a modern day barnstorming in a rock n’ roll tour bus, bringing communities a new and highly disruptive understanding of aging.” Drawing on ancient wisdom and scientific …

Upcoming Events in the Community: Join Us!

Posted on 04/19/2016 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 …

Come to AARP MA’s Shred Fest for Free Document Shredding

Posted on 04/1/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by Carol Brooks Ball" rel="author">Carol Brooks Ball</a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. Shredding confidential documents you no longer need is one good way to protect yourself against identity theft. Fight fraud— shred instead! Join AARP Massachusetts and the AARP Fraud Watch Network for our regional Shred Fest on Sunday, April 24, 2016. The AARP Shred Fest is taking place in 3o states, and is offered completely free of charge. Simply bring any confidential or sensitive documents to the Shred Fest, and we’ll shred them for free. You don’t …

Attend our “Reimagine Work” Networking and Wine Tasting Event

Posted on 03/31/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by Carol Brooks Ball" rel="author">Carol Brooks Ball</a> | AARP Massachusetts |

If you’re currently in the work force and are looking for a new opportunity — or if you’re looking for work — you’re cordially invited to attend our upcoming business networking event! The AARPMA “Reimagine Work” Networking and Wine Tasting event takes place on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, and offers a chance for networking with other attendees. The event also offers a panel discussion on The Power of Rebranding: You or Your Small Business,” featuring Monica Sullivan, senior marketing consultant, and Nadia McKay, president/owner, …

AARP Foundation Announces Local Grant Award That Will Help Grow Student Reading Success

Posted on 03/21/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/cbrooksball/" title="Posts by Carol Brooks Ball" rel="author">Carol Brooks Ball</a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Generations Inc. of Boston Selected to Receive Funds through the Social Innovation Fund AARP Foundation, a grantee of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), has awarded a generous four-year grant to Generations Inc. to help grow Experience Corps, the evidence-based AARP Foundation literacy program that improves the reading skills of children, enriches the lives of volunteer tutors, and strengthens schools in local communities. Almost 70 percent of students in the U.S.—about 6.6 million children—are unable to read proficiently by fourth grade. …