— I have always loved to travel. Day trips, Sunday drives, extended vacations to faraway places – all have an element of surprise, discovery, friendship and wonder that feeds something deep within me. Everywhere you turn in Connecticut, there is a place with something to offer, a nugget to make it special, especially when viewed thru my “fresh perspective glasses.” So this blog is right up my alley. My name is Tia Murphy and I am the AARP Connecticut volunteer state …

— By Ingrid Alvarez Hello! My name is Ingrid Alvarez and I am thrilled to share my blogging debut with all of you.  I am the State Director of Hispanic Federation in Connecticut.  Hispanic Federation (HF) is the nation’s premier Latino nonprofit membership organization. Founded in 1990, HF supports and works in the areas of health, education, philanthropy, immigration, economic empowerment, civic engagement, civil rights, and the environment. I am excited to share with you the inaugural FUERZAFEST Connecticut – the …

— AARP Connecticut – the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization in the state with nearly 600,000 members – announces the appointment of Bethel resident Tia Murphy as its new Volunteer State President. Murphy, a volunteer with AARP Connecticut since 2010, worked for more than 30 years in the information technology, telecommunications, and cable and internet industries. Her wide-ranging experience includes leadership positions with AT&T, BellSouth, Mediacom, ClearSource and Commonwealth Communications. AARP Connecticut State Director Nora Duncan said, “Tia has the invaluable …

— • Deadline to apply extended to July 15 • No idea too big or too small • Part of AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities initiative AARP is providing Connecticut residents with an opportunity to enhance their community and boost the quality of life for people of all ages with the AARP Community Challenge grant program. Want to make a playground intergenerational? Upgrade a public space? Host a street festival? The AARP Community Challenge will fund select projects to help build momentum in communities …

— AARP is now accepting applications for Community Challenge grants to fund projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative that aims to make our communities great places to live for everyone. “Communities that provide residents with options to get the most out of the place they call home, no matter their age, can take a long time to build and sustain,” said Nora Duncan, state director of AARP Connecticut. “However, …

— Building the case: changing consumer perceptions of the value of expanded community pharmacist services The following guest post was submitted by Kate Steckowych, PharmD, Postgraduate Pharmacy Fellow at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy The University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy is looking for individuals to participate in a focus group discussion to get consumer opinions on new healthcare services offered in community pharmacies. Consumers will be required to travel to Glastonbury for the focus group which will last …

— AARP Connecticut provided members of the Connecticut Transportation Committee with testimony in support for the concept outlined in Proposed H.B. 5390, an act concerning the right-of-way at a crosswalk, on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. The testimony of AARP State Director Nora Duncan follows: Dear Members of the Transportation Committee, AARP is pleased to offer our support for the concept outlined in Proposed H.B. 5390, which would enhance pedestrian safety for individuals who step to a curb at a sidewalk.   AARP …

— Andrus Award for Community Service Honors Outstanding Volunteers Age 50-Plus AARP Connecticut honored Mary Maarbjerg of Stamford as the recipient of the 2016 Andrus Award for Community Service for her outstanding volunteerism and commitment to the community at a formal presentation on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Neighbors Link Stamford facility. The AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service is an annual awards program developed to honor individuals whose service is a unique and valuable contribution to society. The award …

— 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 …

— 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 …