— Learn to make money doing what you love by turning your hobby into a business. AARP New Hampshire, the Small Business Administration and the Center for Women’s Business Advancement will host three workshops for budding entrepreneurs this fall. Business owners who have parlayed their hobbies into financial success will discuss how to create an online presence and choose the best social medium for the target audience. “Work is the new retirement,” said Todd Fahey, AARP state director. In a 2015 …

— Join us on Thursday, September 15 for We Need to Talk, a program developed to offer tips, guidance, and resources to family members who are planning sensitive conversations with their loved ones regarding safe driving. We Need to Talk is based on information created jointly by The Hartford (Insurance Group) and MITAgeLab. The main topics of the program include: Driving and the emotions with limiting or giving up driving; Learning how to observe and document safe driving skills; Developing and discussing alternatives to …

— AARP invites New Hampshire residents age 50-plus—especially those who are family caregivers—to take a break from their busy schedules and relax at one of four Paint and Sip sessions statewide. Participants can enjoy a glass of wine and release their inner artist.   Trained artists will guide them from blank canvases to mantelpiece-worthy paintings from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 10 in Jackson and Nashua, and Nov. 17 in Keene and Manchester. “You don’t have to have artistic talent …

— I am Claira Monier and a volunteer with AARP New Hampshire. I am here to today to testify in support of social service programs like Meals on Wheels and Transportation that are important community-based programs that keep seniors at home and independent.  I have a special connection to these programs because I was the head of the State Council on Aging and was involved in the development of these programs. I was proud to help start these programs, and they …

— By Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur What if all homes could be suitable for anyone, regardless of a person’s age or physical ability? What if a person who wants to live independently, regardless of his or her age or physical ability, could do just that? The new AARP HomeFit Guide features lots of ways to make your home comfortable, safe and a great fit for people of all ages. Here are 10 simple solutions to get you started: 1. Clear exterior pathways of …

— By Bob Stephen Laura recently started providing extra help to her 72-year-old mother who has Parkinson’s disease. Fortunately, the disease has been slow to progress, but lately her mom has needed more help to be able to continue living independently. Like most people age 65 and over, Laura’s mom has Medicare. Laura didn’t know much more about Medicare than its name, but realized she needed to learn more to ensure her mom could get the most out of her coverage. …

— Exploring the possibility of turning your hobby into a business?  Join AARP New Hampshire, Small Business Administration, SCORE and Center for Women’s Business Advancement at Southern New Hampshire University and find out how! This free, interactive, two-hour workshop will be held      Wednesday, April 22, 2015      9:00 to 11:00 am      Southern New Hampshire University, Room 103       231 Corporate Drive; Portsmouth, NH       RSVP Industry leaders will walk you through the steps to think about if you’re interested into …

— Across political parties, more than seven in ten registered voters age 40 and older say Congress should improve resources for family caregivers who help their parents, spouses, children with disabilities and other loved ones to live independently. This and other findings from a new poll underscore the need for the bipartisan, bicameral Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus launched today by U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and U.S. Representatives Diane Black (R-TN) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), …

— We often joke about memory loss but what happens when it becomes more than a senior moment?  What is the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia – on the person, the caregiver, society, and the economy?  And what can we do about it? Join AARP New Hampshire and New Hampshire Public Television for a Caring to Remember Community Conversation           Wednesday, March 18            6:30 to 8:00 pm           Historical Society of Cheshire County             246 Main Street, Keene           RSVP There …

— By Jean C. Setzfand Do you know what your retirement will look like? This might sound like an odd question, but stay with it for a minute. When you’re planning a vacation, I’ll bet you can visualize the whole thing – what city or perhaps beach you’ll be visiting, the weather, the events you’re hoping to fit in. Being able to see your goal makes it easier to put money aside to achieve it. The same holds true for retirement. …