Encore.org Announces AARP Will Operate Purpose Prize

Posted on 02/11/2016 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

The Purpose Prize recognizes outstanding social-impact achievements by people age 50+ Today, Encore.org announced that AARP will begin operating The Purpose Prize which for the past 10 years has awarded six-figure cash prizes to people age 60 and above for significant positive social-impact work. Since 2005, The Purpose Prize has generated nearly 100,000 nominations and produced more than 500 winners and fellows. Among many other plaudits, the prize has been likened to a “MacArthur Genius Grant award for retirees” by …

Iris Rivera Acosta:  Why I Volunteer With AARP Connecticut

Posted on 02/8/2016 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

I began volunteering with AARP in 2015 after retiring from more than 45 years of providing social services to the community in Hartford. While I am officially retired as a public service worker, I feel I can continue to utilize my life and work experience to be of service to others.  I have been blessed with a wonderful life that has allowed me much personal and professional growth. I realize I am passionate about people, and want to continue to …

A Caregiver’s 5 Biggest Surprises

Posted on 02/3/2016 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

by Wayne Detzler, Ph.D. On a chilly, December afternoon in 2012, a kind neuropsychologist dropped the bomb: “Your wife has Alzheimer’s disease.” Then the woman turned to me and said, “From this day onward, you will be her caregiver.” She pressed a couple of pamphlets into my hand. Then she sent us on our way. “So, what does this change?” my wife of 55 years asked. “I think this is what we promised all those years ago,” I replied. “It’s …

Cost-Effective Home Care, Family Respite Must Be Connecticut Budget Priorities

Posted on 02/3/2016 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

AARP Connecticut encouraged that Gov. Malloy identifies these as ‘Core Services’ HARTFORD —AARP Connecticut, on behalf of more than 600,000 Connecticut members age 50+, is encouraged that today’s announcement by the Malloy Administration identified “… Promoting and supporting [an individual’s] choice to live with dignity in one’s own home and community” as a critical core service in the state. Links to Gov. Malloy’s Fiscal 2017 Budget documents below  New data released this week supports home care and family respite as prudent …

New Report: Home- and Community-Based Services Shown to Be More Cost Effective Than Institutional Care

Posted on 02/1/2016 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Home- and community based services are cost-effective alternatives to nursing homes that save Connecticut  money, support independent living, and help family caregivers. And as studies have consistently shown, most people want to remain in their homes and communities as they age. According to a brand new cost-effectiveness report, Connecticut can serve nearly three individuals in the community for every person served in a nursing home. The report by Health Management Associates is called Home- and Community-Based Services in Connecticut are Cost-Effective …

AARP Pushes for Workplace Retirement Savings Plans for Connecticut Small Business Employees

Posted on 01/27/2016 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Today, a secure retirement is out of reach for more than 600,000 Connecticut residents. These hard-working women and men work for small businesses and don’t have a retirement savings plan available to them through their employer. And most fear they whatever they’ve saved on their own, if anything, is not enough for their retirement. That’s why AARP Connecticut is supporting proposed legislation that would create a private sector retirement savings program in the state for small business employees. These programs would …