— 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 …

— By Natalie Missakian David Thomas considers himself smart with a dollar, so the offers showing up in his mailbox promising smaller electric bills were hard to ignore. A few years ago, he took a leap and signed on with an alternate supplier that lured him in with significantly lower rates. “It was good for a few months, and then it ramped up pretty high,” said Thomas, 77, an AARP volunteer from West Hartford, who said it took a few billing …

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— AARP Connecticut is ramping up efforts to make sure a state law that can help private-sector workers save for retirement becomes a reality. The 2016 law aims to help about 600,000 workers in Connecticut who have no pension, 401(k) or other means of saving at work. It requires businesses that have five or more employees and don’t offer such a plan to allow their workers to participate in a private plan that was supposed to be set up by January …

— In fall 2016, The University of Connecticut Nonprofit Leadership Program successfully launched Encore!Fairfield County. The program created an opportunity for more Connecticut residents to participate in the Department of Public Policy’s award-winning program providing professionals age 50 and older in the state with a prestigious development experience assisting with a transition from a corporate career to one in the nonprofit sector. The Fairfield County offering is modeled after Encore!Hartford, entering into its eighth year and holds an impressive track record …

— Are you over 50 and looking for ways to improve your current financial situation? Have you ever dreamed of being your own boss? AARP and the University of Hartford will host a free Work for Yourself@50+ workshop to help you get started on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 9:30 a.m. at the AARP Connecticut office in Hartford. Parking for the event will be free. AARP Foundation’s Work for Yourself@50+ initiative helps people gain the knowledge, support, and resources they need to …

— Are you over 50 and looking for ways to improve your current financial situation? Have you ever dreamed of being your own boss? AARP and the University of Hartford will host a free Work for Yourself@50+ workshop to help you get started on Tuesday, July 11, at 9:30 a.m. at the Entrepreneurial Center on the University’s campus. AARP Foundation’s Work for Yourself@50+ initiative helps people gain the knowledge, support, and resources they need to make informed decisions about working for …

— New survey results from AARP Connecticut show majority want financial disclosure and have concerns with state residents funding nuclear power plant subsidy According to a wide-ranging survey by AARP Research, a large majority of registered Connecticut voters want to ensure the state’s consumers will be protected from fully funding a proposed subsidy for a nuclear power plant that generates electricity for homes and businesses across multiple New England states. In addition, 87 percent of survey respondents feel Dominion Power – …

— We’ve been hearing from many of you about Medicare and Social Security — and we are listening. Rest assured we will do everything we can to protect your hard-earned benefits. For nearly 60 years, AARP has been fighting to ensure Americans get the benefits they’ve earned. In 2005 we successfully beat back Social Security privatization. In 2012 and 2013 we mobilized our members to fight against budget deals that would have cut your Medicare and Social Security benefits. We need …

— The 2016 elections will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, and your vote counts more than ever. We created an election guide on the AARP Connecticut local community web page to help you get ready. So visit the sub-topic page on the site where you can find a Take A Stand Congressional Action Chart, lookup polling places in your community, where your candidates stand on Social Security, and more.  

— By Natalie Missakian Connecticut workers who don’t have a pension or 401(k) will soon have a low-cost way to save for retirement out of their paychecks, thanks to a new state law. A state-facilitated retirement savings program, starting on Jan. 1, 2018, will require companies with five or more employees to offer a private retirement savings option or participate in the state plan. The Connecticut Retirement Security Program is the state’s response to a growing savings crisis spurred by an …