— By Natalie Missakian Terry Duffy, an AARP volunteer, always hears good feedback about the driver safety class she teaches at the River­front Community Center in Glastonbury. Just last year a woman called to thank her, saying the course helped her mother (in her late 80s) decide that it was time to hang up her keys. “She realized she was having much more difficulty driving than she thought, so she gave up her car,” Duffy said. “That’s not our goal, but …

— Distracted Driving 101: It May Save Your Life Making a call on your phone. Changing the radio station. Turning to talk to kids in the back seat. These are minor tasks, but distracted driving can lead to the same devastating results as driving under the influence. Are your habits—or those of your loved one—putting you at risk? Now you can do something about it. Register now for the AARP webinar, Distracted Driving 101 on April 25, 2017 at 7 p.m. ET, …

— From conversations on creating a secure financial future, to learning how to protect yourself against fraud, to discovering your “what’s next,” to gaining skills for a job search, and more,  AARP Connecticut hosts numerous events across a wide variety of topics in communities throughout the state every month. The events are open to the public, and while some require registration, others do not. For questions, contact AARP Connecticut Community Outreach Director Erica Michalowski at 860-548-3163 or emichalowski@aarp.org. Read about a …

— AARP Connecticut is invited into communities across the state on a variety of topics every month. May will include more than a dozen opportunities to attend and learn about an AARP program that interests you. The events are open to the public, and while some require registration, others do not. For questions, contact AARP Connecticut Community Outreach Director Erica Michalowski at 860-548-3163 or emichalowski@aarp.org. Life Reimagined The AARP Life Reimagined program helps you find your “What’s next?” in life through fun and insightful …

— AARP Connecticut is out in the community, sharing information on a wide variety of topics. Our dedicated team of trained volunteers offers these programs at the invitation of many different communities and organizations throughout the state. The events are open to the public, and while some require registration others do not. For questions, contact AARP Connecticut Community Outreach Director Erica Michalowski at 860-548-3163 or emichalowski@aarp.org. AARP Fraud Watch Network The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides information about protecting youa nd your family against scams, ID theft, and fraud. Sign up …

— We’re looking for volunteers to join us and receive training for our popular and successful “Road to Livability” program. Through Road to Livability, trained volunteers help people age 50-plus assess and compare “what they have” with “what they will need” in the future regarding their home, car, and community. Identifying and making low- to no-cost modifications can allow people to age-in-place and live independently as long as they can. Road to Livability includes the AARP HomeFit, CarFit, Smart Driver, and …

— AARP Driver Safety is actively seeking volunteers in Connecticut to instruct their Smart Driver Course.  There is a special need in eastern Connecticut in Windham and New London counties. However, all areas of the state need volunteer instructors. Through the AARP Smart Driver Course, participants learn proven safety tips, defensive driving strategies, and how to accommodate for common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time as well as a minimum 5% insurance discount every two years for Connecticut residents. …

— Upcoming events in Connecticut this Fall! To help older drivers find a better “fit” with their car for comfort and safety, AARP Driver Safety has teamed up with AAA and the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer FREE CarFit events in Connecticut. CarFit is an interactive and educational program that teaches participants how to make their personal vehicle “fit” them to increase safety and mobility when they hit the road. “As we age, changes in our vision, flexibility, strength, range …

— 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 …