— AARP Offers Free TEK Workshops Events at Edward King House, Newport and AARP Providence   AARP RHODE ISLAND will host a series of free TEK (Technology Education & Knowledge) workshops designed to teach the 50-plus everything from the basics to advance use of new technologies, such as smart phones and tablets.  The workshops will take place Monday, December 4 in Newport and Tuesday, December 5 in Providence and cover everything from taking photos, using the latest apps and staying safe …

— Our informal polls are conversation starters, but the results are striking (NEWPORT, RI) Very few folks (thank you, kindly) suggest we’ve lost our marbles when we ask people to vote on questions presented at our local events. Our informal polls are fun and, most of all, great conversation starters on important subjects. Below are results of our polls at the 2017 Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open in Newport. Over several days, we asked tennis fans to vote on four …

— Research shows certain activities can benefit brain health, but brain games not one of them En español | WASHINGTON, DC—The evidence for the long-term brain health benefits of what most people consider “brain games” is weak to non-existent, according to a new consensus statement issued today by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH). The good news is that there are many mentally-engaging activities that can help your brain stay sharp over your lifespan. “Brain games” can be fun and engaging, but often …

US Capitol

— AARP urges Senators to vote ‘NO’ and start from scratch on new health care bill   WASHINGTON, DC—AARP Executive Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond sent the following letter today to all 100 Senators in response to the Congressional Budget Office score of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, urging them to vote ‘NO’ on the bill. Below is the letter in full: #AARPRI #AARPRI June 27, 2017 #AARPRI Dear Senator: Older Americans care deeply about access to …

— Be Wary of Door-to-Door Home Security Sales   The summer months unleash door-to-door sales agents in communities across the country. We’ve received reports of a scam run by con artists claiming to be from home security companies. While many home security companies conduct legitimate business using door-to-door sales agents, be wary of anyone using high pressure tactics or creating a false sense of urgency – common traits of a scam!   How It Works: It may be a scam if …

—   NEW SCORECARD GIVES RHODE ISLAND IMPROVED MARKS FOR SERVING OLDER ADULTS, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES  Challenges remain to improve services to older adults, people with disabilities; pace of change must accelerate to meet demographic demands   PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island ranks 32nd overall when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, but showed improvement in all but one Scorecard category.  AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to …

— AARP Rhode Island is one of some 40 states participating in Operation Stop Scams, a series of AARP events across the country in April and May. These events coincide with Money Smart Week, a national campaign to help consumers manage their personal finances more effectively. We will offer free document shredding on Wednesday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in our parking lot at 10 Orms Street, Providence. It’s a smooth, drive-through operation. Enter the lot on either Charles or Orms Street. We …