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. …

AARP Supports Constitutional Amendment to Allow Reform of Voting Laws in CT

Posted on 10/28/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy | Connecticut | Press This election day, Connecticut voters will be asked to vote on a Constitutional Amendment that would remove constitutional restrictions on absentee ballots and allow state lawmakers to change election laws to enact some form of early voting.  The Amendment question will appear on all Connecticut ballots this election day – November 4, 2014. AARP Connecticut is supporting this Amendment as a way to encourage more citizens to participate in the voting process. “AARP supports policies that are designed to encourage …

AARP Night at the Sound Tigers – November 15, 2014

Posted on 10/28/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Connecticut | Events Join us on November 15, 2014 for AARP Night at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers as they take on the Hartford Wolf Pack and we help recognize Connecticut’s more than 486,000 family caregivers during National Caregiving Month.  Discount tickets are available for AARP members and their guests (see details below). Come early and join AARP Connecticut staff, volunteers, members and guests at a pre-game reception in the Masons Pub beginning at 5:30 p.m..  We’ll be serving up free conversation, resources and …

New Energize CT Video Series Aims to Help Consumers Save Energy, Money

Posted on 10/22/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Connecticut | Home & Family | Local Resources | Money & Work Energize Connecticut recently launched a new video series on its website, EnergizeCT.com, to help Connecticut residents understand the value of energy efficiency and make smart energy choices.  According to Energize Connecticut, the overall goal of the series is to help residents get the most efficient energy performance out of their home or small business so that they can start saving money on their monthly energy bills. Energize Connecticut is an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, The Clean Energy Finance …