AARP Connecticut and 'Get Ready Capitol Region' Partner for Safer Communities

AARP Connecticut and ‘Get Ready Capitol Region’ Partner for Safer Communities

Posted on 03/27/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Did you know that when a disaster strikes, it may take emergency services up to 72 hours to reach you and your family? That’s why it’s important for all of us to prepare before disaster strikes. AARP Connecticut has partnered with the Get Ready Capitol Region campaign to encourage and empower older residents in our communities to be aware, plan and prepare for the next disaster. In the past several years, Connecticut residents have been given plenty of reasons to be aware, plan …

AARP Connecticut featured on WHPX-TV 'For the Record'

AARP Connecticut featured on WHPX-TV ‘For the Record’

Posted on 03/25/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Connecticut volunteers Byron Peterson on Shelton, CT and Jean Caron of Old Saybrook, CT recently appeared on the program “For the Record” with host Shawn Murphy to talk about AARP and the work we do in Connecitcut.  Highlights include our work to inform the public about the benefits of the new health care law and how it impacts them and their families; our advocacy work at the State Capitol, including efforts to enact greater consumer protections for utility customers; our …

ACA Saves CT Residents $53 Million on Drug Costs in 2013

ACA Saves CT Residents $53 Million on Drug Costs in 2013

Posted on 03/24/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The numbers are in, and they are impressive – Connecticut residents on Medicare saved over $53 million — or an average of $1000 per beneficiary – on their prescription drugs in 2013, thanks to the closing of the “donut hole” for prescriptions under the Affordable Care Act. Nationally, 7.9 million people who are on Medicare have saved over $9.927 billion on prescription drugs under the Affordable Care Act and its provision closing the “donut hole,” the gap in Medicare Part D prescription …

Stay Young By Teaching Skills to Others

Stay Young By Teaching Skills to Others

Posted on 03/24/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The following is a Guest Blog by AARP Volunteer and Darien resident, Peter F. Eder.  The article also appeared in the At Home in Darien newsletter, Out and About. There are two dimensions to Education: learning and teaching. The current focus seems to be on having seniors learn, and not necessarily on the value seniors can offer as teachers. I’d like to offer some suggestions on how we can provide valuable teaching to those around us… some thoughts on sharing our heritage and …

AARP Foundation Donates Winter Relief Funds to Operation Fuel, Inc

AARP Foundation Donates Winter Relief Funds to Operation Fuel, Inc

Posted on 03/18/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Connecticut has presented a check in the amount of $4500 to Operation Fuel, Inc. in Bloomfield, CT from the AARP Foundation winter relief fund to assist Connecticut seniors who are struggling to pay their heating bills this winter.  The winter relief fund was established in January by AARP Foundation to support older adults suffering from the severe cold weather. The Foundation focused on states across the Northeast and Midwest and worked with local AARP State offices to direct funds to …

AARP Connecticut Supports Expansion of Family Medical Leave

AARP Connecticut Supports Expansion of Family Medical Leave

Posted on 03/7/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Connecticut has submitted testimony to the General Assembly’s Labor Committee in support of House Bill 5283, AN ACT CONCERNING EXPANSION OF FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE.  AARP supports the bill and efforts at both the state and federal level that increase paid leave and cover more workers for longer periods of time so that employees can both attend to their own health needs and care for loved ones.  H.B. 5283 expands the family members covered by the law so that an employee may use …