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AARP Connecticut announced three Connecticut organizations will receive 2021 Community Challenge grants – part of the largest group of grantees to date with $3.2 million awarded among 244 organizations nationwide. Grantees will implement quick-action projects to promote livable communities by improving housing, transportation, public spaces, civic engagement, and connection with family, friends, and neighbors with an emphasis on the needs of the 50-plus. Many of this year’s awards support revitalizing communities adversely impacted by the pandemic and include a focus on diversity, inclusion, and disparities.
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2021 was a very unusual year at the Connecticut General Assembly. The Connecticut Capitol may have been closed to the public because of COVID-19 restrictions, but AARP Connecticut staff and volunteers were still vocal and active, virtually advocating on behalf of older adults and submitting nearly 50 pieces of legislative testimony. Below is a summary of the AARP Connecticut-supported bills that successfully passed both the House and Senate and are expected to be signed into law.
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AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2021 Connecticut Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors an outstanding volunteer in the state who is sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. Do you know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or over who should receive AARP’s most prestigious Connecticut volunteer award? The deadline is September 15, so nominate them now.
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The following post was submitted by Paul Tarbox, manager of advocacy and communications with the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling
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AARP Connecticut’s Disrupt Aging course covers demographic and aging trends, ageism, the importance of recognizing older adults as multidimensional individuals and examining everyone’s stake in the aging trend.
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AARP Connecticut issued the following comment in response the Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) ruling on Docket 20-08-03 - Investigation into Electric Distribution Companies’ Preparation for and Response to Tropical Storm Isaias:
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AARP is pleased with portions of Governor Lamont’s plan for ARPA Funds, but sees opportunities for additional investments in Home and Community-Based Services
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AARP Connecticut State Director Nora Duncan provided the following statement in regards to the budget proposals of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee:
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The following guest post was submitted by Angela Zhou, the lead outreach coordinator for the American Lunch Cancer Screening Initiative.
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