Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Aging Offers Discussion on History, Law, and Identity Politics in the U.S.

Posted on 09/5/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Join Sen. Patricia Jehlen, Rep. James O’Day, members of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Aging, and Temple University Professor Nancy Knauer, for a lively discussion on history, law, and identity politics, and how to advocate for LGBT residents who are 50+. The meeting takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 10:30 a.m. in the Member’s Lounge at the State House. Knauer, the I. Herman Stern professor of law and director of Law & Public Policy Programs at Temple University, is …

Stay Safe in Your Home: Attend an AARP HomeFit Workshop and Learn to Make Your Home Age-Friendly

Posted on 09/2/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Health & Wellbeing As you age and your body changes, is your home doing the same? An odd question, perhaps, but one worth asking if you want to remain safe—and in your home—for as long as possible. A 2010 AARP survey showed that nearly 90 percent of people age 45+ want to stay in their homes as they age. And why not? Home represents comfort and familiarity, things we all crave. But those steep back steps that you used to scoot up may now leave …

Find Your ‘What’s Next?’ Moment at a Life Reimagined Checkup in West Springfield!

Posted on 08/25/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Health & Wellbeing At AARP, “real possibilities” means that anything is possible and that age doesn’t define people. In fact, we believe that age and experience can expand—not limit—possibilities. Figuring out those possiblities is where AARP’s Life Reimagined program comes in! Life Reimagined is like a personalized guidance system. You start where you are in your life, and— through a series of fun, simple exercises—see where the possibilities lead you. The free program, called a “Checkup,” includes six practices that guide you through making a …

AARP Partners with Agencies to Combat Hunger in Western Massachusetts

Posted on 08/12/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Volunteers to Help Eligible Residents at SNAP Benefit Clinics in Western, MA Seniors on fixed incomes often have to make difficult choices between heating their homes, paying for essential medications, or putting food on the table.  Food assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, can provide those Massachusetts residents 60+ and those with disabilities, a monthly benefit towards the costs of nutritious and healthy food. A cornerstone of the nation’s nutritional safety net, …

AARP Massachusetts Praises State Senators for Support of Uniform Adult Guardianship Act (UAGPPJA)

Posted on 07/11/2014 by | Massachusetts | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Excellent news! Massachusetts is one step closer to joining 38 other states in passing the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA), and adopting a model set of rules to make it easier for family caregivers to provide care across state lines. “Thanks to the leadership of Senator Gale Candaras, Senate President Therese Murray and the unanimous support of the Massachusetts Senate, Massachusetts has made significant progress on the passage of the UAGPPJA to provide uniformity and reduce …

New State Scorecard Shows Progress in Serving Older, Disabled Medicaid Recipients in Home and Community-Based Care Settings

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Health & Wellbeing But more must be done to improve long-term services and supports, especially for Family Caregivers Massachusetts ranks 18th nationwide when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, but AARP warns more must be done, at a greatly accelerated pace, to bolster support for family caregivers, balance funding, and improve transitions from nursing homes to community-based care.  This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term …