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 …

Create a Community to Empower YOU! – Part 2 in a 6-Part Series on Discovering Your Possibilities

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

Connecticut | Money & Work Guest Blog By Kim Sirois Pita – Welcome back to the second of a series of six articles focused on reimagining your life. If you missed the first guest blog, you can find it here. Our brains are filled with so many ideas of where we’d like to go and what we’d like to be in life. Do you allow yourself to put those thoughts out into the universe, or do you tend to keep them bottled up inside? In …

Heart-ing Family Caregivers Across Connecticut

Posted on 11/5/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy | Connecticut | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family An excerpt from Joanne’s story: “After my Dad died in 1993, I became the primary caregiver for my mom, Anna. And, when mom’s health declined… leading to a series of hospitalizations and rehabilitation stays, my role evolved. I was the point person coordinating Mom’s medication, hospital and health care visits – and making sure mom had homemade Italian meals every day…” Joanne is one of more than 486,000 Connecticut family caregivers who performs a great labor of love: caring for …

Caregivers Seek Help as Needs Grow

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Connecticut | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family By Beth Levine Within a year of becoming her mother’s caregiver and advocate, Jean Caron, of Old Saybrook, was diagnosed with a reflux disease caused by stress. The year before, her mother, Elizabeth Horn, had had a major heart attack. When her mother was released to a nursing home, Caron was given a one-page sheet of vague instructions. “I learned on the fly about how to do things, make things happen and where to turn to for resources,” she said. …