— The following article was written and submitted by Sherry Ostrout, Government Initiatives, Connecticut Community Care   The Connecticut Healthy Living Collective aims to make healthy living a bit easier and more fun.  In doing so, The Collective has launched a website –http://www.cthealthyliving.org/ – which provides easy access and connection to interactive learning opportunities across the state known as Live Well and Aging Mastery Programs®. What Programs are right for you? Live Well Programs Evidence proves that these programs live up …

— By Natalie Missakian Recently, while Tia Murphy was “trotting up the sides of hills” searching for rare birds, a 20-something in her bird-watching group complimented her for keeping up. “I said, ‘Why do you think I shouldn’t be?’ ” Murphy, 63, of Bethel, recalled. Murphy said the remark was well intentioned—the woman has since become one of her good “birding buddies”—but it highlights the type of attitude she wants to change as a volunteer for Disprupt Aging, a project of AARP …

— AARP Connecticut hosted a live Telephone Town Hall with guests Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut and AARP Legislative Counsel David Certner on Monday, June 26, 2017. The informative and interactive discussion, moderated by AARP Connecticut State Director Nora Duncan, focused on the impact that policy changes will have on the new healthcare bill in the Senate and included topics such as the potential cuts to Medicaid, effects on Connecticut seniors, and the senator’s plan to help caregivers. Audio of the …

— Thursday, April 6, at 8 p.m.; Public Invited to Join Live Studio Audience Connecticut Public Television (CPTV), in partnership with AARP Connecticut, invite members of the community to join the studio audience for Life Lessons: Understanding Paid Family Leave on Thursday, April 6, at 8 p.m. at CPTV’s Hartford studios, located at 1049 Asylum Avenue. The event will begin with a reception at 6:45 p.m., followed by the live television event at 8 p.m., hosted by journalist Diane Smith. Encore …

— Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), the university’s Office of Continuing Education and Gerontology Program will collaborate with AARP Connecticut for a special Disrupt Aging conversation across professions, perspectives and generations on Wednesday, April 5, at 9 a.m. The half-day program – a Careers in Aging Week Event presented with Borrow My Glasses, CT State Department on Aging and NCAAA – will build bridges among professionals, academic institutions, community collaborators and consumers who are passionate about aging issues and disrupting aging …

— AARP Connecticut, on behalf of nearly 614,000 Connecticut members age 50+, is concerned about the impact of the Malloy Administration budget proposal on vulnerable seniors. People want to age in their homes – in a community of their choice.  In addition to being what people want, it is fiscally prudent.  A report by Health Management Associates shows that delivering home care is three times more cost-effective than taxpayer funded, institutional care, and that 88 percent of seniors prefer to age …

— By Beth Levine Three years ago, Rosina Zezima, then 89, fell in a parking lot near her Stamford home, shattering her femur. Her two daughters scrambled to care for her while still working. “I took off personal and sick days from work,” said Liz Zezima, of Fairfield, who works in the international trading field. This was not the first time the family had been through this. Liz Zezima, 60, took time from work in 1995 and 2011 when her father …

— We’ve been hearing from many of you about Medicare and Social Security — and we are listening. Rest assured we will do everything we can to protect your hard-earned benefits. For nearly 60 years, AARP has been fighting to ensure Americans get the benefits they’ve earned. In 2005 we successfully beat back Social Security privatization. In 2012 and 2013 we mobilized our members to fight against budget deals that would have cut your Medicare and Social Security benefits. We need …

— Full Survey Report: ConnecticutCommunitySurvey In a recent survey by AARP Research, 78 percent of registered Connecticut voters encompassing a wide age and demographic spectrum feel it is important for them to live in their community and the state for as long as possible, with 50 percent saying it is very important. However, a majority of the one-thousand registered voters age 25-plus surveyed also expressed the need for state leaders to address community features important to residents – such as job …

— Guest blog by Donna Fedus, Gerontologist & Founder, Borrow My Glasses   It’s a scene that is replayed across the country – the world really – countless times every day: A person is telling a story to a group of middle-aged or older friends. After one too many asides, the storyteller loses the thread of the story, hesitates for a second and says, “I’m having a senior moment.” Everyone laughs to release the tension. It’s accepted in our culture to …