— En Espanol. 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 …

— By Ann Levin Twice in her life, Nicole Cerullo has taken unpaid family leave. The first time, 11 years ago, she took three months off to care for her then 2-year-old seriously ill daughter; the second time, for her dying father. So Cerullo, 44, an elementary school teacher in Commack on Long Island, couldn’t be more pleased that as of Jan. 1, New York will join four other states in offering workers job-protected paid family leave. “It’s a huge relief …

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— AARP New York is promoting awareness of a statewide resource for grandparents and other relatives raising children who are not biologically their own. The Kinship Navigator can connect relatives to services and grants for the children, regardless of the caregiver’s income. In addition, the program provides information about guardians’ rights to make medical decisions for the children, enroll them in school and handle other legal issues. As many as 200,000 New Yorkers, including more than 130,000 grandparents, are raising about …

— AARP New York is urging legislators to boost the 2017-18 state budget for non-Medicaid services that help older New Yorkers age safely at home. The goal is to provide transportation, home-delivered meals, adult day care and other services for people who are eligible for, but are not yet receiving, home- and community-based services. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) submits his 2017-18 state budget proposal in mid-January, and state legislators begin negotiations in February. In a recent AARP/Siena College survey, 87 percent …

— Join AARP at Circle of Sisters* as we unite, empower and celebrate people of color at the Jacob Javits Center on October 15-16, 2016. AARP is proud to be the Title Sponsor of the 2016 Circle of Sisters. This year, our booth theme is “Health, Wealth, & Self,” and we’ll be providing lively interactions on site to keep you vibrant, healthy, and financially fit. Our booth will feature fun photos for all, our brand new health tracker, information on social …

— 200,000 seniors are currently on waiting lists for affordable housing in NYC. And right now, the NYC Council has the opportunity to pass a commonsense measure that will give aging adults the chance to access affordable housing, by supporting Mayor de Blasio’s Affordable Housing plan which will create at least 10,000 new affordable units for seniors and 200,000 total affordable units throughout the city over the next decade. Senior housing is too vital — we can’t allow the status quo, antiquated …

— Caring for a family member is one of the most difficult things we can do in our lives.  It can be an emotional roller coaster and navigating the maze of health care and available resources can be overwhelming. To help Long Islanders during this critical time, AARP is offering a free telephone support program that can help busy and stressed caregivers.  Called the Caregiving Coaching program, the goal of the program is to help prevent caregivers from operating in crisis …

— Frank Seabrook of Wading River, Long Island knows what it means to serve up something new.  A retired NYC cop who returned to school for architectural engineering, Seabrook now supplements career number two with interest number three — his passion for cooking, and for joking! On Seabrook’s lively “Chef Franco” Facebook Page the key ingredients are foodie humor and festive displays of Frank’s culinary prowess.  For this chef, cooking is not actually a business, but it has grown to far …

— Statement by Chris Widelo, Associate State Director of AARP for New York City, on Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York Mandatory Inclusionary Housing and Zoning for Quality & Affordability proposal: “AARP New York, with our 750,000 members in New York City, endorses the mayor’s affordable housing plan. The rapid growth in the population of older residents requires the city to keep pace in supporting affordable housing for seniors, many of whom already struggle to pay rent on fixed incomes. An AARP …

— November is National Family Caregivers Month NEW YORK, New York – November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 40 million Americans – nearly 2.6 million in New York state – who help older parents, spouses, and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be. The unpaid care they provide – managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks and more – is valued at about $31.3 billion annually in …