Yet another award for “Hungry in the West End”

Posted on 06/17/2014 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Advocacy The Telly Awards has announced the AARP Rhode Island senior hunger series Hungry in the West End is a Bronze winner in its 35th annual competition. With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is  truly an honor. The series, a 2013 winner for Best Documentary at the Los Angeles International Web Series Festival and 2013 W3 Silver Award winner, is a multimedia exploration of senior hunger in Providence’s West End community. The eight-part video documentary series …

AARP Rhode Island in DC for National Lobby Day

Posted on 05/21/2014 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Advocacy   AARP Volunteers from Rhode Island and Across the Nation Press Congress on Vital Issues During Older Americans Month Issues Include Bipartisan Older Americans Act, Medicare, Age Discrimination, Transportation Safety and More  WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in the midst of Older Americans Month, AARP volunteers and staff from every state visited Capitol Hill to urge their elected representatives to back bills, including the Older Americans Act, that can help Americans live their best lives. “This Congress has an opportunity to …

Pedestrians: Newport wants your opinion

Posted on 05/21/2014 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Advocacy   A few minutes of your time will help Newport make streets safer Newport’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission Launches Pedestrian Safety Survey for Month of MayThe City of Newport’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) is asking citizens to participate in a survey to share how they feel as a pedestrian in Newport. The survey, which will run the entire month of May, names 25 locations throughout the City and asks citizens to identify whether they feel: ■ Safe: …

We must act now to preotect pedestrians of all ages

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Advocacy Remarks by  Nancy LeaMond  Executive Vice President, State and National Group AARP Press Briefing: 2014 Dangerous By Design report on pedestrian safety   I’m pleased to join you all today, on behalf of AARP, our 38 million members and people 50+. Simply put, the streets in our communities are not working for older Americans. Pedestrian fatalities are rising – despite the fact that overall traffic fatalities has been declining.Older persons now account for one in every five pedestrian fatalities, and …

In support of RI Senior Centers

Posted on 05/2/2014 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Advocacy AARP Rhode Island stands up for Rhode Island senior centers #AARPRI AARP Advocacy Director Deanna Casey this week joined other advocates in urging the House Finance Committee to approve House Bill H7236, An Act Relating to State Affairs and Government – Elderly Affairs Department, which would implement a funding formula for Senior Centers based on the 65+ population in a community. “As the massive Boomer population continues to age, the impact of senior centers will increase in significance,” Casey testified  …

AARP: Reform Payday Lending in Rhode Island

Posted on 04/25/2014 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Advocacy In April 16 testimony before the House Finance Committee, AARPRI Advocacy Director Deanna Casey and volunteer Gerald McAvoy tell lawmakers that many trapped in the cycle of payday loans are Rhode Island senior citizens. They represent, Casey added, “a growing and significant share.” Payday lenders target Social Security, disability and veterans benefits. Watch Casey and McAvoy’s testimony beginning at 17:30 in the video below, or you may watch the entire hearing. Also, below the video is the written testimony AARPRI …