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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Iris Rivera Acosta: Por qué soy voluntaria de AARP Connecticut

Posted on 02/8/2016 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Comencé a trabajar como voluntaria para AARP en el 2015, después de jubilarme luego de haber proporcionado servicios sociales a la comunidad en Hartford por 45 años. Aunque estoy jubilada oficialmente de mi papel como trabajadora de servicio público, siento que puedo seguir usando mi experiencia vital y laboral para prestarles servicio a otras personas.  Es una bendición tener una vida maravillosa que me ha permitido crecer en lo personal y lo profesional. Me he dado cuenta de que me …

Iris Rivera Acosta:  Why I Volunteer With AARP Connecticut

Posted on 02/8/2016 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

I began volunteering with AARP in 2015 after retiring from more than 45 years of providing social services to the community in Hartford. While I am officially retired as a public service worker, I feel I can continue to utilize my life and work experience to be of service to others.  I have been blessed with a wonderful life that has allowed me much personal and professional growth. I realize I am passionate about people, and want to continue to …

¿Eres un cuidador familiar y no te has dado cuenta? -Retos que enfrentas y consejos que te ayudarán

Posted on 02/8/2016 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Tal vez no lo hayas pensado, pero estás constantemente apoyando a tus padres u otro ser querido en un sinnúmero de actividades cotidianas. Nos referimos a asuntos tan elementales del diario como proveer ayuda con el baño, limpieza del hogar, vestirse, alimentación, administrar medicamentos, cuidar de heridas o transportación a citas, entre otros. ¿Suena familiar? Puede que no te hayas identificado, pero si realizas tres o más de las tareas mencionadas te puedes considerar como un “cuidador familiar”. Para efectos …

¿Conoces las estrategias de los estafadores?

Posted on 02/8/2016 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Evita que jueguen con tu dinero – Cada día, más personas pierden su dinero debido a las estafas y el fraude, y los criminales desarrollan tácticas cada vez más sofisticadas. Entonces, ¿cómo puedes proteger el dinero que tanto te ha costado ganar? Sigue leyendo para que entres en la mente de los criminales y entiendas las estrategias que emplean, y así podrás estar alerta para no caer en la trampa. Lo primero que hacen los estafadores es intentar atraer tu …

Join Us for “Women 50+: Charting Your Financial Future”

Posted on 02/8/2016 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Studies show that Americans aren’t saving enough for the future, and the risk of coming up short financially in retirement is an especially real concern for women. AARP is working to help you chart women age 50+ chart their financial futures with free, unbiased information, enabling them to make smart financial decisions and manage their money wisely. In recognition of Women’s History Month in March, join other women and get expert advice at our free Women 50+: Charting Your Financial …

A Caregiver’s 5 Biggest Surprises

Posted on 02/3/2016 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

by Wayne Detzler, Ph.D. On a chilly, December afternoon in 2012, a kind neuropsychologist dropped the bomb: “Your wife has Alzheimer’s disease.” Then the woman turned to me and said, “From this day onward, you will be her caregiver.” She pressed a couple of pamphlets into my hand. Then she sent us on our way. “So, what does this change?” my wife of 55 years asked. “I think this is what we promised all those years ago,” I replied. “It’s …