— 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 …

— Movie for Grownups “Marbles” Poll Reveals Attendees Advocacy Priorities The results are in. The audience at our March 23 free “Movies for Grownups” screening of Jackie at the Warwick Mall Showcase Cinema chose FINANCIAL SECURITY as their #1 AARP state advocacy topic. Here are the numbers: Financial Security 41 Caregiving 26 Livable Homes 22 Workplace Flexibility 2      

— Why some put their savings at risk By Kathleen Connell For most people, it’s wishful thinking. For some it is the story behind the story of how they lost a life’s savings. Americans lose tens of billions of dollars a year to investment fraud schemes. That includes people of all ages, but Americans over 50 are more vulnerable. Think I’m talking about Investing for Dummies? Read on. A recent AARP study has revealed that many of the victims share common …

— Discover the Real Possibilities Get involved, take a stand, meet new people, have some fun   Together we can make a difference. It only takes one person to help change your world. You have the power to use your skills to do good anywhere, anytime. And you can start here. AARP Rhode Island volunteers work at the State House, at events statewide and partner with groups in cities and town to promote Livable Communities in the Ocean State.     …