Social Security Keeping Older Rhode Islanders Out of Poverty

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

Home & Family Just over 50 percent of Rhode Islanders age 65 and older rely on Social Security for at least half of their family income—and nearly 24 percent rely on Social Security for 90 percent of their family income. Some 148,000 Rhode Islanders collect benefits.” “Seniors trying to meet the rising costs of utilities, prescription drugs and groceries would be desperate without Social Security benefits,” said Kathleen Connell, AARP state director. “As buying power decreases, protecting Social Security becomes more important than …

AARP: Reform Payday Lending in Rhode Island

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

Home & Family 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 …

AARP Rhode Island fills Weekend Backpacks

Posted on 01/10/2014 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Home & Family AARP Rhode Island Executive Council member Jorge Cardenas (left) has the privilege of presenting a check for $4,000 to support Sodexo Providence employees’ Weekend Backpacker Program. A group of company volunteers provide students with take-home backpacks every Friday packed with food to feed a family over the weekend. Pictured with Jorge are, left to right, Backpacker Program treasurer Bella Coppolino; Sodexo Regional District Manager Mark Jeffrey; Backpacker Program coordinator June DiLorenzo; and Sodexo Providence General Manager Marc Roy. Jorge, also …

Jane’s Walk: Elmwood

Posted on 11/11/2013 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Home & Family AARP RhodeIsland Releases New Video   What makes a great neighborhood? What can we do to preserve special places? AARP Rhode Island has released video highlights of a sumer 2013 “Jane’s Walk” that took place in Providence’s Elmwood neighborhood. Community activist and Elmwood resident Doug Victor  explores the history of this great neighborhood along with many recent changes that brighten its future. Jane’s Walks, named in honor of Canadian activist Jane Jacobs, are conducted throughout the  U.S. and Europe. AARP is proud …

Attend the Senior Agenda Conference

Posted on 09/25/2013 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Home & Family  You’re Invited    If you are a senior citizen, a baby boomer about to turn 65, an adult child of aging parents, or simply someone who wants to create a better future for yourself and others as you age, you should attend this conference.        6th Annual Senior Agenda Coalition of RI Conference & Expo    “Creating Senior-Friendly Communities”     Friday, October 18, 2013 – Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick RI, 8am-3pm    Presented by AARP Rhode Island       …

Join the Celebration

Posted on 09/4/2013 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Home & Family By Kathleen S. Connell State Director, AARP Rhode Island Published in Senior Digest, September 2013   Regardless of age, September can feel like the start of a school year. For me, it’s instinctive. I worked in public schools for 16 years and put my own children through school. And now I have a grandson we saw off to his second year of college the other day. It’s a lifelong cycle for most of us. Back-to-school ads on television and hints …