Message to Smith Hill: Do the Right Thing

Posted on 05/19/2015 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Advocacy AARP Rhode Island today sent letters to Gov. Gina Raimondo and the leaders of the House and Senate, urging that the state’s $14.2 million revenue surplus be deposited in the state pension fund — as mandated by law. An article in the proposed 2016 state budget would, instead, transfer the surplus to the general fund. In addition to the letters to Raimondo, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, AARP drafted testimony to present to the Senate Finance committee opposing …

A Better Formula for Senior Center Funding

Posted on 05/14/2015 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Community | Uncategorized Proposed Legislation Would Base Funding on a Community’s 65+ Population AARP Rhode Island testified before a Senate Committee considering a change that would distribute funds to towns and cities based on formula that matches the senior population. AARP submitted a letter of support and Executive Council Member Ann Gardella testified.   May 21, 2015 The Honorable Daniel DaPonte Chairman Senate Committee on Finance State House Providence, RI 02903 Subject: Senate Bill 838 to establish the Community Senior Services Grant Program …

AARPRI to Senators: Reauthorize Older Americans Act

Posted on 05/8/2015 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing Older Rhode Islanders rely on Older American Act services  (May 8, 2015) In letters to Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, AARP State Director Kathleen Connell today called for their votes to reauthorize the Older Americans Act. “The Older Americans Act provides a foundation that allows Rhode Island to continue to be a great place for older Americans to call home,” Connell said. Here is the full text of the letters:   Dear Senator: AARP Rhode Island urges …

AARPRI Urges Senate Passage of the CARE Act

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Caregiving Testimony by Enzo Pastore, AARP Government Affairs AARP Rhode Island Testimony SB 481 CAREGIVER ADVISE RECORD AND ENABLE ACT Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Thursday, April 30, 2015 Good afternoon Chairperson Miller and members of the Health and Human Services Committee. My name is Enzo Pastore. I am a Senior Legislative Representative in AARP’s Government Affairs Department in Washington, D.C. I am grateful for the opportunity to appear before you today and share AARP’s strong support of Senate Bill …

Thanks to Friends Like AARPRI, an Inspiring New Film

Posted on 04/28/2015 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Home & Family An inspiring new short film, With Friends Like These: Dale Flewelling & Friends of Aroostook, is the story of retired businessman Dale Flewelling’s passionate and charming crusade to enlist friends, volunteers, leaders and businesses to help seniors in Aroostook and Washington Counties suffering daily from food insecurity. The film, produced by AARP Maine and directed by award-winning AARP filmmaker John Martin (Hungry in the West End), was shot this past July in Houlton, Maine. Watch now. NEWS!  (April 28, 2015) The Academy of …

In Support of Caregivers

Posted on 04/14/2015 by | AARP Rhode Island | Comments

Caregiving When Caregivers Cross State Lines   AARP is fighting to remove the barriers that prevent guardians in our state from providing for their loved ones, regardless of where they live. Below is submitted testimony on a bill before the General Assembly that makes it easier for out-of-state caregivers to focus on supporting loved ones rather than navigate current law. This is one aspect of AARP Rhode Island’s ongoing campaign to support caregivers and improve the state’s caregiving environment. Learn more.   AARP …