— 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 …

— It’s Friday the 13th, considered by many to be the unluckiest day of the year. The iconic date has a special place in popular culture. It has even captured the imagination of Hollywood and become a namesake for blockbusters like Friday The 13th, the story of a bloodthirsty ghost named Jason and his famous hockey mask. But how and why did popular superstitions like Friday the 13th start? The answers may surprise you. Unlucky 13 No one is sure how …

— Whether it is the rhythm that moves you or the poetic nature of the songs, salsa music has a rhythm and passion of its own. AARP celebrates this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month by taking a closer look at the sights and sounds of SALSA! Salsa music is a mix of Latin musical genres with influences from Cuba, Spain, and Africa. Salsa is an anthem for many Hispanic and Latino cultures. It bridges the gap between cultures, generations, political stance and …

— 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 …

— While the Summer of Love is known as a West Coast event, there were plenty of artists and hippies having similar celebrations right here in New York. The East Village became a haven for young adults fleeing the confines of their straight-and-narrow parents, while SoHo gave rise to a generation of artists and free-thinkers that thrived on the love and music that filled the neighborhood. The July Fourth weekend may be behind us, but this summer offers another festive anniversary …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— In five Wednesday afternoon sessions, learn powerful tools for gathering and giving expression to the wisdom of your own ripening life and find inspiration through the gift of mortality. Based on the teachings of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and other spiritual wisdom leaders. All who seek to find meaning in the aging process are welcome. Audrey Seidman completed the ALEPH Sage-ing® Mentorship Program, serves as a spiritual director, and volunteers as a chaplain at Albany Medical Center WHEN: Wednesdays: May 3, …

— Enjoy a performance at the Landmark Theatre and get to know us while connecting with AARP members, friends and neighbors. AARP members & their guests save 10% off a performance at the Landmark Theater. Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 6:30pm at Landmark Theatre Purchase tickets via mail-in form to avoid online fees. Or you can purchase tickets online* using promo code MUSICAL. *This is not an AARP event. Any information you provide to the host organization will be governed by its privacy …

— AARP recently did a Multicultural Voices Spotlight and for the month of February, they shined a light on one of our own, Reggie Nance. Reggie Nance works as the Associate State Director for Multicultural Engagement for AARP New York, overseeing outreach to African-Americans, Blacks, and Caribbean-Americans across the state of New York. He is a native of Cordele, Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American Literature from Brown University. Prior to AARP, Reggie worked as an …