— AARP New York and the Paid Family Leave Coalition fought for the Paid Family Leave program because family caregivers who work shouldn’t have to choose between caring for a loved one or losing their jobs. And beginning in January, we will reach that goal when one of the strongest Paid Family Leave laws in the nation takes effect. Here are five things you should know about New York’s upcoming Paid Family Leave program: 1) What is paid family leave? Under …

— AARP joined Broadway stars Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Leguizamo at Viva Broadway, a free outdoor celebration kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month and sponsored by AARP New York.  The program, held in Duffy Square, included appearances and performances from current and past Broadway stars including Ana Villafañe (On Your Feet!), Rodney Ingram (The Phantom of the Opera), Emma Pfaeffle (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton).  The event coincides with Broadway Week, the semi-annual promotion that offers two-for-one tickets …

— AARP and Latina Magazine are keeping you in a “New York State of Mind” during Hispanic Heritage month by celebrating 20 Latino celebrities with Big Apple Roots! We are delighted to stand with the Hispanic/Latino community in recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of Hispanic culture and heritage that begins September 15 and will run through October 15, 2017. Hispanic Americans are enriching our culture, strengthening communities and boosting the economy. AARP wants to shine a light on those great achievements. Thank you …

— It’s no secret that Hollywood is riddled with ageism and sexism. Lead characters over 60 are scarce, and older female characters are even more so. As actresses like Helen Mirren have pointed out, it seems that as male leads age, their love interests get younger and younger. AARP thinks that representing seniors of ALL genders and backgrounds is important, because we know that you have amazing stories to tell. Join us on September 26th at the Paley Center for a …

—   AARP New York Announces Funding for Three Quick Action Community Projects AARP New York announced three winners for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning projects include the Village of Middleburgh, the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy and the City of Newburgh. Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “From art installations to …

— AARP knows that no one has everything figured out, and that is totally okay. Even if you know what  you want to pursue, it can be difficult to figure out how to actually follow through. That’s why we’re introducing Life Reimagined Checkups, FREE 90-minute sessions where we provide valuable tools to help you start the next chapter of your life. We give you access to insightful books,  online activities and programs, lectures, and workshops  that will help you gain the …

— Walking the dog takes on a whole new meaning in downtown Albany when you can run into 20 mini Nippers, all decorated by artists: professional and amateur. “Downtown is Pawsome” exhibit is a walking tour, sponsored by the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, and part of their Placemaking initiative. Three-foot-tall Nippers pay homage to the 28-foot fiberglass Nipper dog that sits atop the old RCA warehouse on North Broadway and has been a mainstay of the Albany skyline for decades. …

— AARP New York is sponsoring a One Day University event in Manhattan. Four college professors will give lectures on such diverse topics as American history, aging and creativity, communication skills and musical masterpieces. The professors teach at Holy Cross College, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Florida and Fairfield University. The event is Sept. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. Admission is regularly priced at $195, but AARP members and …

— There are several good reasons to shred confidential documents, but there aren’t always many opportunities to do so. Fortunately, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network will shred them for free! Throwing away un-shredded IDs, bank statements, voided checks, and credit card information gives criminals access to your identity, and the identities of your loved ones, employees, or customers. Save space and protect yourself. If you don’t have a shredder, come dispose of your old documents safely at one of AARP’s Operation Stop …

— You may love feeling like a rock star with your shades on, but sunglasses in the summer are good for a lot more than vanity. Just like it’s important for your skin to steer clear of harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun, the same is true for your eyes. Make sure to wear sunglasses with both UVA and UVB protection so you can best avoid cataracts and other harmful eye conditions. If you’ve been diagnosed with Dry Eye, sunglasses are …