— Caregiving may be one of the most important roles you will ever take on in your life. You may have become a caregiver suddenly or perhaps your role has evolved over time. No matter where you are in the caregiving continuum – starting to plan or taking care of a family member – having resources at your fingertips will make the process easier. With many organizations offering different types of help and services, it can be a challenge to sort out …

— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about …

— By Natalie Missakian Jim O’Brien recalls missing only one election in almost 50 years of voting, and the 69-year-old Cheshire resident knows he’s not alone among people his age in Connecticut. “I’ve frequently talked to other AARP members whose voting records are as good as or better than mine,” said the AARP volunteer. Politicians know that “as a group, we go to the polls.” AARP members could play a key role in the 2018 state elections. With Democratic Gov. Dannel …

— By Kristopher Thompson Kristopher Thompson, CAPS is trained as an NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist. He researches, implements, and demonstrates new technologies for the NEAT Center Smart Home. Kristopher has an educational and professional background in information technologies and Computer Science, and he holds a degree in Applied Science/Computer Networking. New smart home tools are able to provide a unique level of support and access to the world for people 50 and over, and they can be the lifeline …

— By Eileen Duggan Eileen Duggan, MSW is the Corporate Director of Community Partnership, Maplewood Senior Living. With over 15 years of experience in senior living and geriatric care management, Eileen provides families and caregivers with personalized support and guidance in all aspects of caring for those who are aging. As you or a loved one becomes unable to care for themselves, finding information, resources, and support is difficult. The senior or caregiver often has a plethora of questions and can …

— Our Special Online Sessions Can Help You Balance Them Juggling It All: Tips for Working Caregivers Part 1: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Did you know that six out of 10 Americans are taking care of a loved one age 50 or older — and many are doing it while also trying to earn a living? You want to balance your caregiving responsibilities with everything …

— By Natalie Missakian When Maryann Croce hires an employee at her automotive repair shop in Norwalk, she assigns a senior team member to take the newcomer under his wing. The pairing does more than bring the often younger worker up to speed on company practices. It’s a step toward nurturing the next generation of workers in a trade that, like many, is struggling to replenish a workforce nearing retirement. Encouraging relationships, Croce said, helps bridge the cultural differences that can …

— Our online Q&A sessions can help you keep your loved one secure. Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe at Home Part 1: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Nearly half of family caregivers are caring for a loved one who still lives in his or her home. Another 35 percent share a home with the loved one in their care. You want a safe and secure home …

— Ask your legislator to pass a budget that protects seniors & values family caregivers at http://bit.ly/AARPProtectSeniors2018. AARP Connecticut State Director Nora Duncan provided the following statement in regards to Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal and the next steps in the budget process: “Over the last several years, senior safety net programs have been eviscerated and the compounding effect has taken its toll on seniors and family caregivers,” said Duncan. “Connecticut’s elected legislators must not turn their back on our …

— Join two live webinars to find out how to identify and react to changes in your loved one’s behavior AARP Family Caregiving Online Learning Series Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs More Care Tuesday, January 23, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …