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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Massachusetts Consumers Put Convenience Ahead of Safety on Laptops and Mobile Devices

Posted on 07/30/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

AARP Launches “Watch Your Wi-Fi” Campaign to Increase Awareness of Risks on Free Public Wi-Fi A new survey of internet users shows that the freedom and convenience of public wireless networks may come at a cost. Nearly half failed a quiz about online and wireless safety, while tens-of-thousands admit to engaging in activity that could put them squarely in the sights of hackers looking to steal their personal information. An AARP Fraud Watch Network report, “Convenience versus Security,” shows that …

Massachusetts Family Caregivers Provide $11.6 billion in Unpaid Care, According to AARP Study

Posted on 07/29/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

New report reveals stress on family caregivers’ health and finances; identifies policies to help support caregivers. Family caregivers in Massachusetts provided 786 million hours of care—worth an estimated $11.6 billion—to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones in 2013, according to AARP Public Policy Institute’s newly released report, Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update. The total estimated economic value of uncompensated care provided by the nation’s family caregivers surpassed total Medicaid spending ($449 billion), and nearly equaled the annual …

Join the AARP Drive to End Hunger at Stop & Shop in Roxbury

Posted on 07/20/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

AARP Massachusetts invites you to join our upcoming AARP Foundation Drive to End Hunger food drive to benefit the food pantry at Sojourner House in Roxbury, a homeless shelter for families. The Food Drive takes place on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Stop & Shop, 460 Blue Hill Avenue, Boston, MA 02121.   Information about SNAP eligibility and “myth busting” about these benefits will also be available. Look for our large red AARP tent in the parking …

Attend an Age-Friendly Boston Listening Session in Chinatown or South Boston

Posted on 07/17/2015 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 great ideas. AARP, the office of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and the UMass Boston Gerontology Institute invite you to attend one of a series of upcoming Age-Friendly Boston Listening Sessions being held throughout the city, where you can share your ideas. The next Listening Sessions will be held in Chinatown on July 28 and South Boston on Aug. 13 (see below for …

Get Your Home “HomeFit” at Our Workshop in Yarmouth

Posted on 07/17/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

As you age and your body changes, is your home doing the same? Those steep back steps you used to scoot up may now leave you feeling winded—and yet is there a sturdy rail for you to hold onto as you climb them? How about the dimly lit area where you haul out your trash and recycling barrels, often at night? And if you were to slip in the shower or bathtub—and remember, no one plans to fall or have an accident—are there grab …

AARP Praises Passage of Bipartisan Older Americans Act in Senate

Posted on 07/17/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

AARP applauds the bipartisan action this week on July 16, 2015, on S. 192, the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA), introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) with Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The Senate passed the bill the same week that we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the OAA.   At AARPMA, we thank Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) for their affirmative action and leadership on the OAA.   AARP …