Opportunities to Volunteer with Red Cross in Connecticut

Posted on 01/22/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Connecticut | Volunteering The American Red Cross is currently recruiting for a variety of volunteer positions in Connecticut and Rhode Island.  The volunteer opportunities are an excellent way to make a difference in the lives of others, and become more engaged in your community. The time commitment and skill levels vary depending on the position.  Check out the descriptions below to see if anything sparks your interest,  To find more volunteer opportunities in your community that fit your schedule, visit AARP’s Create the …

Residents Age 50+ Support Oversights, Protections for All Telecommunications Customers

Posted on 01/16/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy | Connecticut | Press As the telecommunications industry transitions from traditional copper-wire phone service to new technologies, an AARP survey finds support among residents age 50+ for the state to continue its regulatory oversight of the industry in Connecticut, and ensure basic consumer protections for all customers, regardless of what technology is used. READ: AARP Statement on FCC Proposed Rule on Next-Generation Telephone Networks The survey of 800 Connecticut residents age 50 and older found that nearly all of those surveyed (96%) still maintain landline …

AARP Connecticut 2015 Legislative Agenda

Posted on 01/12/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy | Connecticut | Press AARP Connecticut has announced its 2015 legislative advocacy agenda of key issues critical to residents 50 and older.  AARP priorities in 2015 will focus on policies that support family caregivers, allow individuals to remain independent at home, increase protections for utility consumers and enhance retirement security. “With nearly 600,000 members in Connecticut, AARP is the state’s largest advocacy organization looking out for the interests of individuals age 50 and older – a responsibility we take very seriously,” said AARP State …

Begin Your 2015 Journey of Discovery

Posted on 01/7/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Connecticut | Health & Wellbeing | Money & Work – Article 3 in a 6-Part Series on Discovering Your Possibilities – By Kim Sirois Pita Welcome back to the third of a series of six articles focused on re-imagining your life. If you missed the earlier guest blogs, you can find article links at the end of this column. It’s that time of year to reflect on where we are, where we have been and where we are going. Many of us choose to improve our current situations or …

Lack of Savings: ‘There’s a Real Crisis’

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Connecticut | Money & Work | Volunteering By Natalie Missakian With a long career as a systems engineer at IBM, Marjorie Freeman always assumed she’d have a comfortable retirement. She paid into Social Security, took advantage of stock options and put money away in her 401(k). But when her son was diagnosed with autism in the 1990s, she cleaned out her savings, including stocks and her 401(k) account, to pay for his education and care. Today the 70-year-old Trumbull resident just gets by on Social Security, a …

Governor Malloy, State Legislators Make First Capitol Caregivers List

Posted on 12/18/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy | Connecticut | Home & Family | Press Every day, more than 700,000 Connecticut residents perform a great labor of love, caring for older parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can stay at home—where they want to be—and out of costly institutions. Four elected officials in Connecticut went above and beyond this year to provide a little bit of help for family caregivers by championing a law that removes barriers to full practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses. To recognize their work to support family …