— State leaders neglected the retirement saving needs of over 3.5 million working New Yorkers and failed to provide adequate supports for the unpaid family caregivers who help New Yorkers age in their own homes during the just-concluded 2017 New York State legislative session. Over half of all private sector employees in New York lack access to a way to save at work, including 67% of Hispanics. Workers are 15 times likelier to save if they can do so on the …

— “Step in the name of love!” Step in the name of A-A-R-P!” AARP is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s of ‘Groovin in the Park,’ a reggae and rhythm & blues concert being held at Roy Wilkins Park, 177-01 Baisley Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens on Sunday, June 25. Stop by the AARP table , meet , mingle and “come wine up your waist” with AARP staff, volunteers and other AARP members at this concert that will feature musical …

— AARP New York Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy David McNally issued the following statement today in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s expected designation of John Rhodes as the new chairman of the utility-regulating State Public Service Commission (PSC) and the filling of vacancies to the five-member commission. The State Senate last night confirmed Mr. Rhodes, Jim Alesi and Philip Wilcox as new PSC commissioners and re-confirmed Diane Burman for an additional term: “AARP looks forward to working with new …

— State Underfunds Cost-Effective Non-Medicaid In-Home Services for Elderly ALBANY, N.Y. – While New York is doing a better job meeting the long-term care needs of seniors and adults with physical disabilities according to a new Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard, the Empire State needs to do more if it is to be among the nation’s top performers. The 2017 Scorecard compiled by AARP, The Commonwealth Fund and The SCAN Foundation credited New York and Tennessee with the greatest overall …

— Earlier this month, 13 AARP members and volunteers helped collect more than 1,000 pounds in food donations for Nassau County veterans service agency VetMart. Volunteers stood outside the entrance to the Carl Place Stop&Shop and encouraged patrons to pick up a few extra items for the food drive while they did their usual shopping. The outpouring of generosity and compassion from the community was incredible – Donations came in by the bagful! Some shoppers handed over more in donations than …

— AARP is PRIDE. That is why we will be marching in this year’s New York City Pride March in Governor Cuomo’s contingent. The March will take place this year on Sunday June 25th.  If you are interested in marching with us, register here. The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence, and …

— Have you ever received a suspicious email telling you that you’ve won a lot of money and have to pay a small processing fee to receive it? Or maybe you’ve gotten a call from “your grandson” saying he’s in jail and needs a lot of money to be bailed out? If so, you were probably the target of elder financial exploitation, the most common form of elder abuse. Affecting 42 out of every 1,000 New Yorkers 60 years and older …

— AARP Praises Bill by Senator Serino, Assemblywoman Lupardo; Also Urges Elected Leaders, Stakeholders to Develop Legislation to Fight Elder Financial Abuse ALBANY, N.Y. – A round-the-clock toll-free telephone hotline to report elder abuse would be established under a bill that has passed the New York State Legislature, and AARP applauded the move as a step toward combating a growing problem. The group praised the legislative Aging Committee Chairs, Senator Sue Serino and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, for pushing the bill, which …

— AARP New York is doing their part to help communities across the state make positive improvements in their neighborhoods. The group kicked off its Community Challenge Grant Program, which awards funding to groups and governments across New York State working to implement tangible community improvement projects. The program, which falls under AARP’s Livable Communities initiative, is open to 501(C) 3 and 510(C) 4 non-profits and government entities. Project submissions can range from simple improvements that cost in the hundreds, to …

— With temperatures already into the 80s by mid-morning, we know we’re in for another hot one. Heat at this level is more than sweaty clothes and sticky streets, though – it can be hazardous to your health. More Americans die each year from heat waves than from tornadoes, earthquakes and thunderstorms combined. Older adults are especially vulnerable to health complications from heat because their bodies have a tougher time adjusting to changes in temperature. But heat doesn’t have to be …