—   Family Caregivers Speak to Legislators On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, AARP Massachusetts state president Mike Festa and two AARP volunteers, Vanessa Hogan, and Madhav Kacker, offered personal family caregiving stories to the legislators who sit on the Joint Committee on Revenue, during a public hearing on An Act to Establish the Family Caregiver Tax Credit, Senate Bill 1530 and House Bill 1643. This legislation would help family caregivers in the state by providing a tax credit for certain expenses incurred by the caregivers. Vanessa Hogan of Boston, …

— AARP Massachusetts, in collaboration with the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, invites all to attend Your Health, Your Body, Your Self, a free, healthy-living event in Roxbury on Saturday, June 3, 2017. The event includes a complimentary breakfast. We’re also pleased to have Dr. Joseph Coughlin, director, MIT AgeLab, and serves on the AARP Board of Directors, serving as the event’s keynote speaker. The first 100 attendees will receive a copy of the new AARP book, Your Body: Secrets to Living Longer, Better …

— As you may have heard, Congress is quietly trying to revive its failed health care bill – and it’s getting worse than before. They’re cutting deals to let the big insurance companies charge you even more. It starts with an age tax. If you’re 50 or older, they can charge you five times more than everyone else. Up to $13,000 more per year. At AARP, the battle against the age tax and other provisions in a health care bill continues …

— The Caregiver, Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act takes effect March 8, requiring state agencies to develop guidance for hospitals to ease the transition back home for patients and their caregivers. By this fall, hospitals across the state will give every patient an opportunity to designate a caregiver, notify the caregiver when the patient is about to be discharged and instruct the caregiver on how to perform follow-up medical tasks for the patient at home, such as managing medications or dressing …

— At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. During his campaign, President Donald Trump repeatedly stated his commitment to prevent changes to Medicare.  “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago.” Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting on members of Congress to follow the president’s …

— In honor of November as National Family Caregivers Month, Create the Good from AARP is sponsoring a unique way to nominate and honor a caregiver. We’re sponsoring 25 Days, 25 Ways to Care, a contest and sweepstakes in which you create and submit a short video of your favorite caregiver. The award is a $2,500 donation to a charity of the caregiver’s choice! To enter the 25 Days, 25 Ways to Care contest and sweepstakes, participants nominate an individual who does …

— At AARP Massachusetts, we’re out in communities throughout the state, sharing information on a wide variety of topics. The following upcoming events are open to the public, and while some require registration others do not. Take a look and register for those that spark your interest! For any questions, please email us at ma@aarp.org. Fraud Watch Network Our AARP Fraud Watch Network presentations provide details about scams, fraud, and identity theft. We cover trends in fraud and scams; strategies used by …

— As they age, most people want to remain living in their homes for as long as they can. But will their homes safely age along with them? The AARP HomeFit Workshop, part of AARP Livable Communities programming, teaches people how to make modifications to their homes, thereby allowing them to safely “age in place.” Changes range from simple, no cost solutions to larger, more expensive retrofits. Join AARP Massachusetts at the Westfield Senior Center on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, from …

— Designed with Baby-Boomers in mind, the AARP Life Reimagined program is about a renewed sense of purpose, the confidence to pursue a passion or take a new direction.  It’s a new way of thinking about what’s next in your life through a powerful step-by-step approach to help you discover possibilities, prepare for change, and make your ideas real. We’ve got several upcoming Checkups for you to attend. If you don’t see a Checkup scheduled near you and would like one, or if …

Governor Signs Mississippi Caregiver Act

— Today, more than 844,000 Bay State residents are providing in-home care for an aging parent or loved. This home-based care is allowing those loved ones to remain their own homes. CLICK HERE to urge Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg to take action NOW and make the CARE Act law across the state! Massachusetts family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and at AARP we’re committed to help lighten their load. AARP is urging lawmakers to enact legislation known …