Is Your Car Winter Ready?

Posted on 11/25/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Connecticut By Julie E. Lee Although the winter months bring joyful holidays with family and friends, they can also bring unpredictable weather and dangerous driving conditions. Snow, black ice, fog and early nightfall are just a few of the driving challenges you may have to contend with this season. But what’s your first line of defense and the easiest way to ensure a safe winter on the roads? Winterizing your car! Thankfully, winterizing most vehicles is simple, and requires little more …

AARP to Push for Paid Family Medical Leave in Connecticut

Posted on 11/25/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy | Connecticut | Home & Family | Money & Work Did you know that Connecticut has had a family and medical leave act in place since 1990,three years before Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?  These laws allow workers to take leave from work when they have a serious illness, or need to take care of an ill family member, an injured service member, or a new child. With only 16% of employers providing paid leave, usage of the law remains low, as most workers cannot afford …

Holidays Offer Opportunities to Check on Elderly

Posted on 11/24/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Connecticut | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family Today, more than one in four adults in America is caring for a loved one who needs help, usually a parent.  Here in Connecticut, more than 486,000 residents are providing unpaid care for a loved one.  In fact, if you aren’t already a caregiver, chances are, you will be one day.  Many times an adult child is cast suddenly into this role after an aging parent suffers a fall or a medical crisis.  But more often, a parent or loved …

Say No to CL&P Unfair Rate Hikes

Posted on 11/20/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy | Connecticut Do you want to see your electric bill increase by an average of $150 a year – with the bulk being charged before you turn on a single light? If you live in a town serviced by Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) and the company has its way, you’ll end up shelling out more of your hard-earned money to pay your electric bill.  Take Action! Right now, the Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) is considering CL&P’s request for a …

Hispanic Federation, AARP Partner to Improve Health Care Access for Latinos Across Connecticut

Posted on 11/14/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Connecticut | Health & Wellbeing AARP Connecticut and the Hispanic Federation have renewed their partnership to improve health care access for Latinos across Connecticut. During the 2013-2014 open enrollment cycle the multi-state Latino Affordable Care Act Education Campaign, a joint initiative between Hispanic Federation and AARP, reached more than 50,000 individuals, several thousand of whom call Connecticut home.  To improve upon the previous year’s success, the campaign has expanded beyond ACA to include Medicare education as well. A hallmark of this collaboration is the integration …

Helping Jobless Execs Find a ‘Paycheck with Purpose’

Posted on 11/13/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Connecticut | Money & Work AARP Connecticut is once again providing financial support to help qualified individuals over age 50 participate in Encore! Hartford – an intensive four-month workforce development program that assists unemployed, underemployed or dislocated seasoned Connecticut corporate professionals to transition their skills and experience into managerial and professional jobs in the nonprofit sector. Encore! is designed and implemented by the University of Connecticut Nonprofit Leadership Program in strong partnership with AARP Connecticut, Leadership Greater Hartford, Capital Workforce Partners, CTWorks/American Job Center, CT …