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— 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 …

— By Kathleen Connell Originally published in RI Prime Time magazine You hear it all the time: “Retire? Me? I don’t think so.” These days, many people’s retirement financial plan is to work (and save) as long as possible – way past 65 and many have no real intention of stopping in their 70s if their job or the work they do allow. However, people do retire. And here’s what we hear from them: “I’m busier in retirement that when I …

—       2017 AARP Rhode Island Caregiving Survey Overwhelming Support for Earned, Paid Sick Leave   Most current family caregivers in Rhode Island (66%) have been employed either full- or part-time while providing care to a spouse, parent, or other loved one.  In fact, most Rhode Island registered voters 45-plus (58%) in our survey are currently or have previously provided care to an adult loved one; and six in ten believe they will likely be a caregiver in the …

—       March 30, 2017 Testimony of John DiTomasso Associate State Director of AARP-RI Bill H-5413- Earned, Paid Sick Leave Chairman Craven and members of the House Labor Committee, on behalf of AARP Rhode Island and our over 130,000 Rhode Island members, we are writing to you in support of bill H-5413 that will require all employers to provide their employees with a minimum level of paid sick and safety leave including time to care for the employee’s family …