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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Boston Residents Invited to “Age-Friendly Boston” Listening Sessions

Posted on 05/4/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

  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 are being held …

AARP MA Volunteers, Staff Visit Elected Officials on Capitol Hill for “Lobby Day,” to Advocate for 50+-Friendly Legislation

Posted on 04/29/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

  Volunteers and staff from Massachusetts spent the day today on Capitol Hill, visiting U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward Markey (D-MA), and Massachusetts U.S. Reps. James McGovern (D-MA), Joseph Kennedy III (D-MA), and William Keating (D-MA), to discuss legislation and issues of concern to those 50+. Among the issues raised with members of the House and Senate from Massachusetts were: Financial Conflicts of Interest: In addition to bringing more than 26,000 petition signature petitions to the U.S. Department of Labor, AARP volunteers …

Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer for AARP MA’s 2015 Andrus Award for Community Service!

Posted on 04/29/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Annual Award Recognizes Those Who Make a Powerful Difference in their Community AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2015 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 …

AARP Report Deflates Myths, Shows 50+ Workers Are ‘Critical Components” of Successful Businesses

Posted on 04/27/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

A new AARP study debunks myths about age 50+ workers, showing that they have productive advantages that can make them a “critical component” of a successful business. The report, “A Business Case for Workers Age 50+: A Look at the Value of Experience 2015,” was prepared by Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement, and health solutions company of Aon plc. It finds that the business case for employing workers age 50+ has grown even stronger in the last 10 years, …

NEW DATES ADDED! Attend a Life Reimagined Checkup for Your Life

Posted on 04/22/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

At AARP, Real Possibilities means that anything is possible and that age doesn’t define people. In fact, we believe that age and experience can expand—not limit—possibilities. Figuring out those possibilities is where AARP’s Life Reimagined program comes in. Life Reimagined is like a personalized guidance system. You start where you are in your life, and— through a series of fun, simple exercises—see where the possibilities lead you. With a Life Reimagined Checkup you’ll get a personalized approach that helps you …

Boston’s Downtown Crossing Makes AARP Top 10 List of “Most Livable” Communities

Posted on 04/21/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

AARP Bulletin explores most livable neighborhoods and cities for date nights, staying healthy The AARP Public Policy Institute has launched the AARP Livability Index, a first of its kind resource that allows people to determine how well their communities are meeting their current and future needs. People, policymakers and the private sector can use the Livability Index to measure how their location – down to the neighborhood level – rates across a comprehensive range of metrics that reflect user friendliness, …