— This commentary by State Director Kathleen Connell originally appeared in RI Senior Digeste         Happy New Year! Perhaps, like myself, you passed along the seasonal salutation with an afterthought that the overwhelming “new” will hit home January 20. A new president and a new Congress seem determined to implement sweeping changes. Given that so many Senior Digest readers are AARP members who collect Social Security and are covered by Medicare, it is important that I answer questions …

— Working Together to Strengthen a Community AARP Rhode Island and a tireless group of volunteers is dedicated to working with community partners to create Livable Communities. In the past, “Livable Communities” seemed to be about building neighborhoods that were accessible to old people. The term was associated with “Aging in Place,” which was misunderstood to mean “allowing old people to live in their homes to the very end.” This is not where we are today. Building Livable Communities means people …

— WELCOME, RHODE ISLAND CAREGIVERS  #AARPRI Hospitals are getting the message: Caregivers deserve comfort and support THE BRONX, NEW YORK — Clutching a railing for balance, 89-year-old Alan Epstein searched the hospital waiting rooms for families in distress. He paused when he came across a young woman standing alone in the hallway, making a phone call about her grandfather’s faltering health. “Are you aware of the caregiver support center?” Epstein asked when she got off the phone. Just around the corner …

— Former Secretary of State Kathleen Connell, the 79-year-old who heads AARP Rhode Island, says: “An anticipated longer lifespan means that people [may] have to work longer to save” for longer years in retirement. — Providence Journal Photo/Steve Szydlowski By Katherine Gregg Journal State House Bureau PROVIDENCE, R.I. — In the decade leading up to Labor Day 2016, the number of workers age 55 and up grew by a whopping 38 percent in Rhode Island. It is not just a Rhode …

— Is your group or organization ready to host a Fraud Watch presentation? Let us know. Call Darlene Reza Rossi at 401-248-2674 or send her an email.   That call from ‘Tech Support’? It’s not support. And we’re fighting back. Learn more. #AAPRRI Top Scams Targeting Veterans   In the “how low can you go” category, scammers often target veterans – either in direct scams offering bogus services, or in charity scams that closely mimic the names of legitimate organizations helping veterans …

— Our 2016 Legislative Effort Produced Real Results, Real Possibilities for Rhode Islanders   With help from dozens of “@TheStateHouse volunteers, AARP worked successfully to pass laws aimed at making life better for 50+ Rhode Island. The new statutes, signed into law by Governor Raimondo, include assistance for family caregivers and provides resources and tax benefits for thousands of citizens. “Along with the many who deserve our thanks are key legislators who sponsored or otherwise supported bills that keep the state …

—   Join the ranks of AARP volunteers taking part in the 2016 Back to School Celebration     Kids and their families may not be thinking about going back to school but the Rhode Back to School Celebration, AARP Rhode Island and other community partners are preparing. Big time. It’s the annual event that makes sure more than 12,000 children receive a new backpack filled with school supplies. It’s a big boost for struggling families and it happens to be …

— We’re Returning to Newport for AARP Day and Throughout International Tennis Hall of Fame Tournament Week July 15 is AARP Day This year, we’re at the tournament to promote Caregiver Awareness and to introduce people to AARP advocacy efforts and resources that support caregivers and their families.   PROVIDENCE – Three years ago, they had us at “Tennis – the sport for a lifetime.” AARP Rhode Island made a decision that tennis provides an opportunity to encourage people to stay at the very …

—   Andrus Awards recognize community service AARP Rhode Island is seeking nominations for the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. The association’s most prestigious volunteer tribute recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. Review the eligibility guidelines and submit your online nomination. The deadline for the Andrus Awards for Community Service is June 24. Thank you for submitting an online nomination.