Caring for Caregivers in Perth Amboy…next up, North Bergen!

Posted on 07/23/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

New Jersey On Saturday July 19th, over 100 caregivers and those that care for THEM wore stickers in either English or Spanish (or both!) proudly claiming “I LOVE CAREGIVERS!” These attendees gathered at the Raritan Bay YMCA in Perth Amboy, New Jersey to attend the first event of AARP New Jersey’s Caring for Caregivers series. The purpose of these events is to empower caregivers through a network of organizations and by sharing their stories with other caregivers facing similar challenges. The guests …

Plenty of Roles for AARP Volunteers

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

New Jersey | Volunteering     By Christina Hernandez Sherwood When Lilyan Cralle signed up to be a volunteer for AARP New Jersey, she landed a coveted spot on the state’s advocacy council because of her background as an activist for women’s rights. Cralle, a retired actuarial analyst from Willingboro, said issues affecting older people are just as meaningful to her. “It’s important our society values senior citizens,” she said. Cralle, 74, who still promotes the Equal Rights Amendment and lectures on the life …

Calling Your Legislators

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Events | New Jersey AARP New Jersey wants to connect you with state lawmakers—and you don’t even have to leave home. The state office is using interactive technology to host AARP New Jersey House Calls—conversations between New Jerseyans and policymakers on issues such as financial security, Social Security, affordable utilities, the state budget and long-term care. The calls combine tele-town hall technology with live Web streaming and social media. Both members and nonmembers can participate by phone or online. For a schedule of events, …

AARP New Jersey Response to Today’s Announcement by Governor Chris Christie Regarding State Pension Funding

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

New Jersey Statement from AARP New Jersey State President Dave Mollen   New Jersey public workers who have paid into the system over a lifetime of hard work deserve financial security in retirement.  It is critical that our policy makers honor pension commitments made to our state and local workers, who have consistently made their pension payments, on time and in full. Public workers, retirees, and all New Jersey residents deserve an open, thoughtful discussion about our state budget challenges.  And our …

AARP Helps Achieve $1.6 BILLION in savings for NJ’s PSE&G Customers

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

New Jersey ***Achieves 62% Reduction in Cost of Infrastructure Upgrades as part of Energy Strong Program***   Working as a strong intervener over the past many months in objecting to PSE&G’s $2.6 billion dollar “blank check” Energy Strong proposal before the Board of Public Utilities, AARP is pleased to be part of the agreement in principle reached today that will achieve a 62% reduction in the rate increase being sought by PSE&G for its Energy Strong program. AARP applauds the efforts of …

Cold Calls: Limits on New Energy Marketers

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | New Jersey By Christina Hernandez Sherwood At meetings last year of the AARP Greater Woods­town Chapter, John F. Hall kept fielding the same questions and hearing the same concerns: Members were annoyed by repeated phone calls from third-party energy suppliers​ encouraging them to switch providers to get lower rates on their electricity. “People were getting confused,” said Hall, the chapter president. “We don’t want people to live in fear of answering the phone.” State Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Hamilton) also got complaints: “We …