— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Connecticut for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— As we approach spring and the second season of 2019, AARP members and their guests are reminded that they can save money on tickets to hear stories by ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the second half of their lives as part of the 2ND ACT speaker series at Waterbury’s Palace Theater. Part inspirational, aspirational, experiential and just plain comical, these after-50 life stories may even ignite your own imagination to become part of what is becoming a growing community …

— Connecticut’s manufacturing industry will need an estimated 25,000 to 35,000 new skilled workers for the state’s 4,100 manufacturing companies in the next two decades. Connecticut state colleges and universities, private colleges, and the state’s comprehensive and technical high schools have done a great job of introducing the varied and high-tech career opportunities available to students in the manufacturing industry. However, the growing demand for qualified workers to meet the resurgent manufacturing industry is outpacing the supply, which has created an …

— AARP Connecticut went in front of members of the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee on Friday, March 15, to voice concern about SB 877 (an Act Concerning Revenue Items to Implement the Governor’s Budget), which calls for a repeal of the bipartisan income tax relief promise for social security recipients, and those with pensions and annuity income. Most incumbent legislators of both parties promoted their affirmative vote to repeal this tax during the 2018 campaigns. The combination of a repeal …

— Mary Fay, the inaugural Executive Director of the Connecticut Retirement Security Authority (CRSA), recently sat with AARP Connecticut volunteer Tim Ryan to talk about the new program that will offer retirement security to employees who do not have a plan offered by their employer. Fay and Ryan discussed the need for the program, status of the launch and her career history. Fay, a resident of West Hartford and a town councilor, spent the majority of her 30-year career in financial …

— Attend AARP’s Free Webinar to Find Out How Social Security – Your Questions Answered Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 7 p.m. ET You’ve earned your Social Security retirement benefits. Make sure you get everything you’ve got coming to you by attending the first in a series of free Social Security webinars from AARP. Register for this session to get straightforward answers to questions like: When should I claim my benefits to get a larger monthly check? Will working after retirement affect …

— AARP is now accepting applications for the 2019 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program, which is now in its third year, is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone. The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Grants can range from …

— AARP Connecticut State Director Nora Duncan provided an additional comment in regards to Governor Ned Lamont’s budget proposal: While Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s budget proposal has pros and cons, AARP Connecticut is concerned about the negative effect of the accumulated cuts and taxes to lower and middle-income retirees who already struggle because of our high cost of living or who might choose to leave Connecticut for the same reason. The call for repeal of a bipartisan income tax relief promise …

— AARP Connecticut State Director Nora Duncan provided the following statement in regards to Governor Ned Lamont’s budget proposal: Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont presented an early commitment to home and community-based services, ensuring older residents and people with disabilities can live and age in the most appropriate and least restrictive setting possible, in his budget proposal today. The cost savings we already see from moving people into community settings and out of institutions are even more effectively achieved when we also …

— Learn How to Leverage Your Skills and Experience at AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Age-Proof Your Career: A Two-Part Interactive Webinar Part 1: Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7 p.m. ET As an experienced worker, you have years of expertise and advanced skills to offer. Whether you’re looking for a new job, working to advance in your company or thinking about a career change, you want to increase your competitiveness with confidence. Sign …

— AARP Campaign Warns: ‘Protect your Heart and Your Money’ As Valentine’s Day approaches and millions of Americans meet others on matchmaking websites, dating apps and social media, 26 percent of Connecticut residents polled in a new AARP survey reported that they, a family member or a friend have encountered attempted financial scams while seeking friendship or love interest online. To help empower people to take steps to protect themselves and their family members, the AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched …