— AARP Massachusetts is pleased to announce that Arnetta and Carl Baty are recipients of the 2017 AARP Massachusetts Andrus Award for Community Service. The 2017 Andrus Awards Luncheon was held on Oct. 21, at Carson Place in Dorchester. As community volunteers in the Codman Square area, Carl and Arnetta Baty (pronounced BAY-TEE) provide a plethora of service, from arranging monthly coffee hours, organizing a food pantry, hosting speakers on issues including health, housing, and safety, preparing CARE packages for families living …

— Since so many worthy projects were submitted to the nationwide AARP Community Challenge Grants program earlier this year, AARP Massachusetts is pleased to announce that four additional projects have been funded through monies set aside locally for Age-Friendly community projects in Massachusetts. The four recipient organizations and related projects are detailed below. Background: AARP Massachusetts announced the first-ever Community Challenge Grants program earlier this year, working in collaboration with communities across the state. The grant program was part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make …

—   AARP Massachusetts is pleased to announce two local recipients of the AARP Community Challenge grant program, which aims to help create change and improve quality of life at the community level. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham and Wakefield received funding for the creation of an intergenerational community garden and education program. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), with the Town of Natick, also received funding to develop Senior Friendly Trails. The MAPC will promote changes to address the …

— 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 …

— See our time-sensitive Action Alert below! Of the more than 844,000 family caregivers in Massachusetts, very few are reimbursed for the care they provide. In fact, the estimated value of this care exceeds $11 billion per year, based on data from 2013. Most family caregivers help their loved ones with “activities of daily living” or ADLs. These include everyday functions and activities that individuals usually do without help, including bathing, continence, dressing, eating, toileting, and transferring. In addition, many caregivers …

— Resources Offered in Bank Branches and Online will Teach Customers How to Recognize Identity-Theft Schemes A unique educational collaboration was announced Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, between the AARP Fraud Watch Network and People’s United Bank, N.A., with the goal of better protecting consumers in the northeast against fraud and scams. The campaign involves a significant Fraud Watch Network presence in People’s United Bank branches in Massachusetts, as well as Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, and New York, along with digital …

— Suzanne Yerdon Lewandowski has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2016 AARP Massachusetts Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Massachusetts selected Lewandowski for her remarkable service, which greatly benefited her community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. Lewandowski, a full time administrative assistant at Assumption College in Worcester, has long been an enthusiastic and active …

— Massachusetts is the 34th state to pass the CARE Act.  AARP Massachusetts is thrilled to announce that the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act has been signed into law by Governor Charles Baker.  AARP Massachusetts thanks Governor Baker and state lawmakers for enacting this important legislation to support family caregivers. The CARE Act (pdf), known in the Massachusetts Legislature as H.3911, and sponsored by Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester) and Rep. Chris Walsh (D-Framingham), recognizes the critical role family caregivers play in keeping …

— AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale offers lessons on avoiding scams and protecting against fraud and ID theft AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale — who has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists for more than four decades and is one of the world’s most respected authorities on identity theft — will offer his expert knowledge to the general public at an event in Melrose in November. Abagnale, who was portrayed by actor Leonardo DiCaprio …

— Sen. Warren receives award for significant work on financial security issues impacting Americans age 50+ Today AARP announced that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is the recipient of the 2016 “Champion of the 50+” legislative leadership award for her significant achievements during the 114th Congress. Sen.Warren received the award for fighting to ensure that retirement plan advice given by financial advisers must be in the best interest of consumers, by supporting a new U.S. Department of Labor rule that saves American families …