— En Espanol. AARP New York and the Paid Family Leave Coalition fought for the Paid Family Leave program because family caregivers who work shouldn’t have to choose between caring for a loved one or losing their jobs. And beginning in January, we will reach that goal when one of the strongest Paid Family Leave laws in the nation takes effect. Here are five things you should know about New York’s upcoming Paid Family Leave program: 1) What is paid family …

— Do you want to help make a difference in other’s lives, both in your own community and beyond? Become an AARP volunteer and help bring the power of AARP to Poughkeepsie! You’ll help us grow the reach of our message and mission, which is to improve the quality of life for people 50 years of age and older, and their families. With your assistance, we can build a local team of AARP volunteers, who will help at discounted events, community …

— It’s been 100 years since the United States entered World War I. Although the war began in August 1914 (and ended in November 1918), the United States stepped in during April of 1917. Since New York was so heavily involved in the war – this was the state that contributed the most number of soldiers, provided the most tons of supplies and raised the most money – a couple of efforts have been made to honor the centennial of WWI …

— Today, AARP is releasing key tips and advice to help residents stay safe and cool. Staying cool during a blistering summer can mean the difference between life and death, as more Americans die from heat waves than all other natural disasters combined. Older adults stand a greater risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion because their bodies do not easily adjust to changes in temperature, making it critically important for people to check on older family, friends, or neighbors, especially …

— New York Mets fans can enjoy a memorable time at the ballpark while helping strike out hunger in the metro area at a special event this month at Citi Field. AARP is taking over Mets Plaza, adjacent to the stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, on Saturday, June 13, from 2 to 4 p.m., to host a free program open to the public, with music, games and giveaways—and a special gift for AARP members. The event precedes the Mets game against …

— This year Generation X turned 50. With 2.5 million members across the state, AARP New York is the state’s leading advocate for the 50+, and we believe now is the time for us to take stock of the financial plans of Gen Xers and how prepared they are for their financial future. To that end, AARP New York presents, “High Anxiety: New York’s Gen X and Boomers Struggle with Stress, Savings and Security,” a report detailing the findings behind a …

— AARP TEK Continues to Increase Digital Literacy in 2015 And Adds New “Beyond the Basics” Class to its Free, Tech Workshops on Long Island AARP will continue to offer its free AARP TEK Workshops in 2015 to help close the technology gap among people 50-plus. These workshops will be hosted in several cities across the nation, including Long Island and at AARP’s Life@50+ National Event in Miami on May 14–16. The workshops will include the familiar “Intro to Smartphones/Tablets,” and “Staying Connected with …

— Our Story Continues by Dick Weinman What Happened Before And After 1955 had just begun. Mine and Ginny’s time at Indiana University was over.  We were out-in-the-world.  On our own.  On our way – somewhere. . . . First stop – New York:  my home, and where, by the following month’s end, we would be married. My mother had harbored, deep in her Jewish heart, the image of me, her first born, standing in marriage in front of the Holy …

— Join us at the Syracuse International Film Festival  – October 5-12, 2014. AARP Members can receive the following discount rates for the festival, just show your AARP card and a photo ID at the Box Office. $65 – Full Festival Pass ($100 value) Good for all Festival events Oct 5-12 $30 – Weekend Special Pass. Good for all Festival events Oct 10-12 $10 – Single event (at the door) For additional information regarding shows and times visit their website.  

— AARP New York members, activists, and volunteers joined together this year to make significant progress and win important victories on critical issues for older New Yorkers, including homeowners, consumers, family caregivers, and grandparents and other relatives raising children. Grassroots efforts and advocacy by AARP New York members, activists, and volunteers helped extend legal protections for homeowners facing foreclosure and moved us closer to providing utility consumers the independent voice they need to fight unfair rate hikes. Our team effort helped …