— 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 …

— Further Cuts to CT Home Care Program and uncertainty about Community First Choice threaten seniors’ ability to live safely at home AARP Connecticut is disappointed Governor Malloy has once again proposed a budget with dramatic cuts to the Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders. The additional cuts will effectively end the state-funded program that provides seniors with an array of important and cost effective services ranging from Meals on Wheels, Home Health Care, Adult Day care and Visiting Nursing, often …

— I have always loved to travel. Day trips, Sunday drives, extended vacations to faraway places – all have an element of surprise, discovery, friendship and wonder that feeds something deep within me. Everywhere you turn in Connecticut, there is a place with something to offer, a nugget to make it special, especially when viewed thru my “fresh perspective glasses.” So this blog is right up my alley. My name is Tia Murphy and I am the AARP Connecticut volunteer state …

— Years of bipartisan cooperation between legislators, businesses and advocacy organizations on ensuring the key support systems are in place for Connecticut’s older residents and people with disabilities has produced some progress in meeting important long-term care needs. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard report from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation. However, state budget proposals and the compounding of detrimental cuts to previously thin support services …

— AARP Connecticut State Director Nora Duncan provided the following statement in regards to the budget proposal released by the Malloy Administration today and the potential negative impact it may have on our senior residents: “Governor Malloy unveiled a budget blueprint that includes detrimental cuts to the core services for our seniors and places the burden from years of bad budget decisions onto the shoulders of our most vulnerable,” Duncan said. “AARP calls on legislative leaders from both parties to stand …

— AARP Connecticut praises state legislators on the passage of Senate Bill 976, An Act Concerning Conservatorship Accountability, on May 11, 2017. AARP Connecticut also congratulates the Probate Court Administrator for putting forward the proposal and engaging stakeholder support. The bill will improve Connecticut’s adult guardianship system and help protect vulnerable individuals from financial exploitation. “We applaud legislative leaders for their commitment to a bill that provides probate courts with the critical tools necessary for effective oversight and to deter financial …

— Join us for a Disrupt Aging conversation across professions, perspectives and generations hosted by the Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut on Thursday, May 18, at 4:30 pm. This intergenerational workshop is designed to foster conversations among people of all ages, including professionals, community collaborators and consumers who are passionate about aging issues. Join together as a community to explore aging from a new perspective. The Jewish Federation of Western CT is hosting in collaboration with AARP and Borrow My Glasses. …