Remember the 4 Cs of Medicare Open Enrollment

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It’s that time of year: Medicare open enrollment officially began on Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. This is the one chance beneficiaries have to review coverage plan and make changes for the year ahead. What does this mean for you, or for family members on Medicare? During open enrollment, you may: Switch to a Medicare Advantage plan, Switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another, Drop your Medicare Advantage plan and return to Original Medicare, or Join a …

Protecting the Most Vulnerable

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Nearly nine million Americans 50 years of age or older are at risk of daily hunger, a whopping 79 percent increase over the past decade. Thanks to the tough economy and an aging population, that number will likely continue to grow at an alarming rate. A cornerstone of the nation’s nutritional safety net, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) helps prevent and alleviate food insecurity and hunger. A federal program administered at the state level, …

Boston Strong: Support for our community

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Following a horrific week in our great city of Boston, we hope you and your loved ones are safe.  We mourn those who lost their lives, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families. AARP has donated $10,000 to The One Fund Boston*, which was formed by Governor Patrick and Boston Mayor Menino to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.  If you would …

Volunteer Spotlight: Staying involved 2013

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This week, we met with volunteers and chapter leaders from all over the state to talk about what we’re working on this year, and how we can get more folks involved in the community!  We heard from longtime Driver Safety Program (and former Andrus Award winner!) Bertha Lawrence from Pittsfield, who talked about the satisfaction she derives from helping others stay safe on the roads.   Jane Ahern-DeFiillippi, our new Executive Council Member from Melrose, talked about how she stays on …

Learn More About Volunteer Opportunities in Massachusetts

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Are you ready to learn, have fun and work for positive social change? AARP offers you the power to make a difference while using your skills and talents. AARP strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. And, we can’t do any of this without you!   Join us at one of three upcoming events to meet AARP Massachusetts staff and current volunteers – and learn more about …

Free Tax Help from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

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The countdown to tax day begins…now! From February 1 through April 16, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide – the nation’s largest, volunteer-run, free tax preparation program – is ready to help taxpayers with basic federal and state income tax returns. Available to middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special attention given to those 60 and older, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides face-to-face assistance at nearly 250 sites across Massachusetts including senior centers and libraries. Find a site near you. Last year, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide …

PRIME: Staying connected this winter, and year-round

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As we hunker down in anticipation of another New England winter, we now have the ability to stay connected with friends and family without leaving the warmth of our homes. With a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone, our chances to engage with others are virtually limitless. Today, for the first time, more than half of all older adults are online – with 70 percent of AARP members surfing the web at least three to five times a week. We …

Help A Child Learn to Read

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A growing problem More than 65 percent of greater Boston’s third graders struggle with literacy, putting them at a higher risk for school failure. A recent study found that students who do not read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave without a diploma than proficient readers. You can help This fall, volunteer with Generations Incorporated, proud affiliate of AARP Experience CorpsSM, at one of 15 public schools or after-school programs in Boston and Revere. Generations …

Money Management Volunteers Make a Difference

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Imagine performing life changing assistance, for just a few hours a month. Thousands of dedicated individuals do just that, as volunteers for the Massachusetts Money Management Program. Cosponsored by the AARP Foundation, Mass Home Care, and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the Massachusetts Money Management Program is a free service that assists low-income elders who might be at risk of losing their independence due to their inability to pay basic rent, food and utility bills on time. Volunteers help …