In support of RI Senior Centers

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

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Rhode Island 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  …

Social Security Keeping Older Rhode Islanders Out of Poverty

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

Home & Family | Money & Work | Rhode Island 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

Advocacy | Home & Family | Money & Work | Rhode Island 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 …

Watch Hungry in the West End

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Rhode Island En español Our award-winning (Best Documentary, 2013 LA Web Series Festival) multimedia exploration of senior hunger in Providence’s West End community includes an eight-part video documentary series produced, directed and narrated by AARP Rhode Island’s John Martin and Web-based stories by Jody McPhillips. Hungry in the West End, made possible by a generous grant from AARP Foundation Drive to End Hunger, is part of AARP Rhode Island’s wide-ranging community engagement effort. Watch for the video series in Spanish, coming soon.    AARPRI AARPRI Hungry in …

Rhode Island’s Voter ID Law

Posted on 03/25/2014 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Events | Local Resources | Rhode Island  Are You Ready to Vote in September and November? Under the latest phase of a law passed by the General Assembly, poll workers will ask you to show a current and valid government issued photo ID when you vote at your polling place. The new law is intended to “strengthen the public’s faith in the integrity of our elections by enabling poll workers to match a voter’s face to the name they give at the polls,” according to the Office …

Honoring an Extraordinary Woman

Posted on 03/19/2014 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Rhode Island Please join the AARP Executive Council, the State Legislative Committee and the State Office staff in congratulating State Director Kathleen Connell, honored on March 8 as an Extraordinary Woman in the field of health advocacy and education. The award was presented as part of International Woman’s Day celebrations nationwide. She joins previous Extraordinary Woman winners, AARPRI Executive Council member Donna Policastro and AARPRI Director of  Community Outreach, Deborah Miller. Watch Kathleen’s very gracious acceptance speech. AARPRI   AARPRI