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Lifelong Springfield resident, proudly serving my second term as AARP Massachusetts State President.

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Remember the 4 Cs of Medicare Open Enrollment

Posted on 10/17/2013 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

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

Posted on 08/9/2013 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

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, …

Become a Money Management Volunteer

Posted on 07/12/2013 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Did you know that there are low income seniors and persons with disabilities right in your own community that need your help? With compassion, patience, and a few hours each month, you can make a difference. Consider volunteering with the Massachusetts Money Management Program. Jointly sponsored by the AARP Foundation, Mass Home Care and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the Massachusetts Money Management Program deploys trained volunteers to help low-income older adults and people with disabilities manage their daily …

Boston Strong: Support for our community

Posted on 04/23/2013 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

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

Posted on 04/4/2013 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

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

Posted on 03/19/2013 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

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 …

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Spotlight: Springfield

Posted on 02/15/2013 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Free Tax Help from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

Posted on 02/1/2013 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

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

Posted on 01/10/2013 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

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

Posted on 07/30/2012 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

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 …