New Law Clarifies Guardianship Conflicts

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Home & Family | Massachusetts A new state law makes it easier in an increasingly mobile society for a guardian to provide for an incapacitated adult, no matter where they live. The uniform guardianship law clarifies which court has jurisdiction when a guardian and protected person live in different states or move across state lines. The law also makes it easier to transfer guardianship to someone in another state with less expense and delay. In addition, it could deter “granny snatching”—moving a vulnerable adult across …

Marilyn Henderson Honored with 2014 Andrus Award for Volunteering, Community Service

Posted on 09/24/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Events | Home & Family | Massachusetts | Press & News Media | Volunteering It all began with counting the receipts from church envelopes when she was 12. That’s Marilyn Henderson’s recollection of her first volunteering experience, though she laughs and says the term is a bit of a misnomer since her mother signed her, and her four older sisters, up for the task. What would follow for Henderson, an Easton resident, is a rich life of giving back and volunteering wherever and whenever she saw a need. This week, AARP Massachusetts honored Henderson, …

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

Advocacy | Events | Health & Wellbeing | Massachusetts | Press & News Media 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

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources | Massachusetts | Volunteering 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 …

Election Will Bring Changes to State

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Massachusetts By Jill Gambon Numerous state and federal offices are up for grabs Nov. 4, and the election could affect priority issues for older residents of the commonwealth, including access to health and pension benefits and long-term care services. With Gov. Deval Patrick (D) stepping down after two terms, Massachusetts will have its first new occupant in the State House corner office since 2007, as well as a new lieutenant governor, attorney general and state treasurer. Voters will also decide whether …

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

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

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Massachusetts | Money & Work | Volunteering 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 …