Join AARP, SBA For Entrepreneur Event!

Join AARP, SBA For Entrepreneur Event!

Posted on 04/4/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Events | Local Resources | Massachusetts | Money & Work Do you have an idea for a business? Perhaps it’s for a gadget or a concept or a strategy—something you’d love to see converted into a successful business. Or perhaps you’re tired of working for someone else, or you’re unemployed and frustrated with the slow job market. Whatever your situation, please join us on Tuesday, April 15 in Lowell for a free hands-on workshop for those age 45+, about turning creative ideas into successful business ventures. AARP Massachusetts and the Massachusetts District Office of the U.S. …

Seeking Nominees for Outstanding Massachusetts Volunteers for Our 2014 AARP Andrus Award!

Seeking Nominees for Outstanding Massachusetts Volunteers for Our 2014 AARP Andrus Award!

Posted on 04/3/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Massachusetts | Press & News Media | Volunteering Do you know some hard-working and unsung volunteers? People who regularly give back in their communities by offering their time and talent? If so, consider nominating them for the AARP Massachusetts 2014 AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service! This annual award honors  a 50+ Massachusetts resident who shares his or her experience, talent, and skills in ways that significantly enrich the lives of others. “AARP has long celebrated and recognized the achievement and important contributions of dedicated volunteers across …

Volunteers Find Many Ways to Help

Volunteers Find Many Ways to Help

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Massachusetts | Volunteering By Jill Gambon When Viola Santos was caring for her aging parents, she got help arranging home care through Greater Springfield Senior Services. Santos appreciated the support and the impact it had on her parents’ care. A few years later, when she had time to volunteer, she felt it was her turn to help older residents in her community. Santos, 59, of Ludlow, had assisted her parents and her mother-in-law with organizing and paying their bills, so she decided to …

TODAY is Sign-Up Deadline for Health Insurance Through the Affordable Care Act

TODAY is Sign-Up Deadline for Health Insurance Through the Affordable Care Act

Posted on 03/31/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Massachusetts | Money & Work Today, March 31, 2014, is the last day to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as the Health Law and “Obamacare.” If you haven’t signed up yet—and still have questions about exactly how to do so and what coverage you may need—we’ve got plenty of easy to use tools to help you get answers. At Health Law Answers, you can get a free personalized report about the best health care for you and …

Applying for or Receiving SNAP benefits? Be Sure to Use the Medical Expense Deduction!

Applying for or Receiving SNAP benefits? Be Sure to Use the Medical Expense Deduction!

Posted on 03/31/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources | Massachusetts Massachusetts seniors age 60+ — and people at any age receiving disability benefits — who already receive or are applying for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food assistance, may benefit from additional assistance through the SNAP Medical Expenses Deduction. Through this deduction, those eligible are able to deduct out-of-pocket medical expenses from their income, which can increase their SNAP allotment and enable them to purchase healthy, nutritious food. AARP’s SNAP Medical Deduction flier And since more than half of Massachusetts SNAP recipients are either …

Advocacy Update: Massachusetts Elder Lobby Day on Beacon Hill

Advocacy Update: Massachusetts Elder Lobby Day on Beacon Hill

Posted on 03/28/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Advocacy | Events | Massachusetts | Press & News Media Here’s an update on this week’s advocacy work from the AARP Massachusetts state office. Elder Lobby Day On Monday, March 24, 16 AARP volunteers joined more than 400 senior rights activists (many of whom were self-identified AARP members) at the State House for Massachusetts Elder Lobby Day. Sponsors of Elder Lobby Day included Mass Home Care, Mass Senior Action Council, MA Councils on Aging, The Caring Force Home Care Aide Council, Mass Human Services Provider’s Council, Mass Association of Older …