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Leslie is the Program Specialist in the AARP Massachusetts state office

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ACTION ALERT: Contact Your State Legislator to Urge Approval of Uniform Adult Guardianship!

Posted on 07/25/2014 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lsiphers/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

The Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA), known as Senate Bill No. 2249, was passed by the Massachusetts Senate and has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. There is only one week left before the end of the legislative session, and it is vital that this bill is passed before July 31. Urgent! Ask your state representative to act on SB 2249. Contact your Massachusetts representative today! If this bill passes, it would …

Advocacy Alert: Email Your Senator to Support Important Amendments in Budget Vote this Week

Posted on 05/20/2014 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lsiphers/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Beginning Wednesday, May 21, 2014, the Massachusetts State Senate will begin debate on numerous budgetary line items and amendments as the legislative body moves toward a final vote on the Commonwealth’s Fiscal 2015 budget. AARP Massachusetts is keeping a watchful eye on the following important budget amendments, which include programs and services of special interest to Massachusetts residents age 50+ and their families: Amendment #99: The Uniform Adult Guardianship amendment would establish the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction …

Advocacy Update: Massachusetts Elder Lobby Day on Beacon Hill

Posted on 03/28/2014 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lsiphers/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Here’s an update on this week’s advocacy work from the AARP Massachusetts state office. Elder Lobby Day On Monday, March 24, 16 AARP volunteers joined more than 400 senior rights activists (many of whom were self-identified AARP members) at the State House for Massachusetts Elder Lobby Day. Sponsors of Elder Lobby Day included Mass Home Care, Mass Senior Action Council, MA Councils on Aging, The Caring Force Home Care Aide Council, Mass Human Services Provider’s Council, Mass Association of Older …

Advocacy Update: Please Join Us for Massachusetts Elder Lobby Day

Posted on 03/7/2014 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lsiphers/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

AARP Massachusetts is joining more than a dozen other organizations as sponsors of Massachusetts Elder Lobby Day on March 24. This event is f orelders and the workers who care for them, and you’re invited!         The program features a variety of sponsors/speakers who will give brief remarks during the first hour. Following is a partial list: Mass Home Care, The Caring Force Home Care Aide Council, AARP Massachusetts AARP Massachusetts Mass Senior Action Council,  Mass Councils …

Caring for a Loved One in Another State? Share Your Story With Us, and Follow This Pending Legislation

Posted on 02/17/2014 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lsiphers/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

If you live in Massachusetts and are caring for an adult in another state, you know from red tape and paperwork. You’ll also want to keep reading… The Massachusetts legislature has a bill pending that would make it easier for many Bay State families to care for their loved ones by cutting through unnecessary red tape and ending complicated and needless legal hassles. House Bill No. 1366, sponsored by Representative Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), is An Act Relative to Uniform Adult …

Advocacy Update: Possible Fare Increases for The RIDE; Legislature Approves Funding for Heating Assistance, Prescription Advantage

Posted on 02/14/2014 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lsiphers/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Hello everyone and Happy Friday! Here’s a brief update on our state advocacy work for the past week:   Proposed Fare Increases for The RIDE AARP Massachusetts along with 14 other organizations wrote to the MBTA Board of Directors in opposition to a 5 percent increase to The RIDE’s premium service fare. The letter and oral testimony were delivered to the board on Wednesday, Feb. 12, and copies of the letter are being mailed directly to Gov. Patrick, Secretary Davey, MBTA General …

Advocacy Update: Gov. Patrick State of the State, Proposed Budget; Approved Farm Bill=$8 Billion in SNAP Cuts; Legislative ACTION ALERT

Posted on 01/31/2014 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lsiphers/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Hello all, Happy Friday! Here’s a brief update on our state and federal advocacy work from the past week. Governor Patrick’s 2014 State of the State Address On Tuesday, January 28, Governor Deval Patrick delivered his seventh and final State of the State address to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Video and full transcripts of the address can be found at WBUR. The governor included one reference to aging policy in his address, stating:  “Today, we’re helping people with disabilities earn …

Advocacy Update: New Boston Mayor; AARP MA 2014 Legislative Priorities; Fiscal 2015 Budget Recommendations

Posted on 01/17/2014 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lsiphers/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Hello all, Welcome to 2014! We’ve had a frosty start to the New Year weather-wise, but inside the State House and the U.S. Capitol things are just beginning to heat up. Stay tuned in with us throughout this New Year as we bring you weekly updates on local, state and national issues that affect those 50+. As always, our staff is open to your questions, comments and suggestions. We would love to hear from you; please email us at ma@aarp.org. …

Advocacy Update: AARP Statement on Death of Nelson Mandela; Clark Elected to Congress; Fare Reduction for The Ride Recommended

Posted on 12/13/2013 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lsiphers/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

Hello all, We bring you updates from AARP Massachusetts, beginning with a message from AARP CEO Barry Rand about the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela on Dec. 5, 2013: Statement by A. Barry Rand, CEO of AARP on the Death of Nelson Mandela The world lost one of its most courageous and righteous leaders yesterday with the passing of Nelson Mandela.  Mandela, who was imprisoned for fighting against apartheid in South Africa only to later become that …

Advocacy Update: Remembering JFK; Photo EBT Cards; and Attend Our ‘Social Media 101’ Free Training

Posted on 11/22/2013 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lsiphers/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Massachusetts |

  Hello all, Many of us remember where we were on November 22, 1963 when we heard the news that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas. Last Friday, Nov. 22, 50 years after the death of one of Massachusetts’ favorite sons, the nation took a moment to remember our 35th president. To share your memories or to learn more about these events 50 years ago, please visit www.aarp.org/JFK. In an interview with the AARP The Magazine, veteran …