On the Road to Livability

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

AGE-FRIENDLY | Community | Local Resources AARP Connecticut is helping families evaluate their homes, cars and communities to determine what changes may be necessary for older people to continue to live independently. As part of its Road to Livability program, the state office has trained 30 volunteers to facilitate such discussions in local communities. The program focuses on helping residents and family caregivers identify needs and resources in their communities. Nearly 7 in 10 Connecticut adults age 40 and older say it is extremely or very …

Short-Sighted Budget Cuts Would Harm Seniors, Family Caregivers

Posted on 02/27/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s latest Budget Plan calls for funding cuts and drastic changes that are harmful to Connecticut seniors and family caregivers who help their loved ones remain at home as they age.  Right now, state legislators are reviewing these harmful cuts in senior services.  Please join our fight to help seniors live independently and support the family caregivers who make it possible for them to stay in their homes.  Send an email to the Governor and your …

Stay Active in Retirement with Leadership Greater Hartford

Posted on 02/25/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Community | Health & Wellbeing | Money & Work | Volunteering – Guest Blog by Jane Torrey — “You’re retired? How do you keep busy?” Since retiring in 2012, I am asked this question and find it contains a challenge. How do I want to spend this next part of my life, while I’m still healthy, energetic, and curious? After spending a year catching up, “smelling the roses” and powering down to an energy level that felt right, I circled back to that question: could I keep this nice new balance …

Proposed Home Care Cuts Bad for Seniors

Posted on 02/18/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family AARP Connecticut released the statement below from State Advocacy Director Claudio Gualtieri, in response to Governor Malloy’s proposed State Budget cuts to the Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders (CHCPE) and Alzheimer’s Respite Program.  The Governor has proposed more than doubling the current cost-share for clients of the CHCPE from 7% to 15%, and closing access to Level 1 of the program for new clients, as well as cutting funding by more than $500,000 for the Respite care Program: “Increasing …

Go for the Gold at 2015 Connecticut Masters’ Games

Posted on 02/16/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Community | Events | Health & Wellbeing Calling all amateur athletes!  AARP is proud to help sponsor the 36th Annual Connecticut Masters’ Games, taking place on Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th, 2015 in New Britain, CT.  Registration is now open, so don’t miss your chance to join in the fun and show us what you’ve got! Well over 1,500 amateur master athletes between the ages of 30 and 90 years old are expected to converge on the City of New Britain for their chance to …

‘The Age of Love’ Aims to Play Cupid This Valentine’s Day!

Posted on 02/9/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Events Just in time for Valentine’s Day! With the hashtag #NeverTooLateToDate, The Age of Love – a comic and poignant documentary about our lifelong search for love – launches across the country this February, with dozens of upcoming events and screenings being planned from Seattle to New York, including right here in Connecticut. The Age of Love offers a fresh perspective on older hearts as it follows the adventures of 30 seniors who sign up for a unique speed-dating event for …