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— By Karen Ali Alexander Williams, owner of Blue Earth Compost Inc., in Hartford, loves the idea of legislation aimed at helping small businesses like his promote savings plans for retirement. “We’re always growing the business. So having help in how to implement this would be a step in the right direction,” said Williams, 27, whose company has three employees, with plans to hire more. Thanks to a new retirement security program, about 600,000 more employees in the state will be …

— Races for Connecticut’s Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer and Comptroller Tight According to a wide-ranging survey by AARP Research, a large majority of Connecticut voters 50 and older indicated the candidates’ positions on implementing the Connecticut Retirement Security Program, supporting paid leave for family caregivers and strengthening funding for long-term care so people can age at home are among the issues that will be important as they cast their votes in the 2018 election. The survey is part of AARP’s “Be …

— This Q&A Webinar Offers Tips Anyone Can Use 10 Retirement Planning Quick Tips Online Q&A PART 1: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7 p.m. ET If you feel like it’s too late to save anything for retirement, AARP has some reassuring news for you: It’s not. Even if you’re behind schedule on retirement planning, there are still ways to grow your nest egg. A first step is to stop putting it off …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 7 p.m. ET The better you understand Medicare, the smarter decisions you can make about it—no matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or getting ready to make changes to your coverage. AARP’s free, two-part webinar helps you get answers and understand your options right when you need it—at the start of the Medicare annual …

— Attend Our Free Webinar to Get All the Answers Social Security, Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 7 p.m. ET PART 2: Thursday, September 27, 2018 7 p.m. ET You’ve worked your whole life and now you can start thinking about your retirement options. But when should you claim your Social Security retirement benefits to get the biggest check? And how do you get the money coming in the first place? It can be a confusing process. …

— By Nora Duncan AARP Connecticut State Director How to strengthen and preserve Social Security for future generations is one of the most important decisions facing federal policymakers. This campaign season, questions about Social Security’s fate belong on the forefront. Born in the depths of the Great Depression, Social Security is showing signs of financial distress. Sooner or later, our national leaders will need to step in to secure its long-term future. And whether you’re a potential beneficiary of Social Security …

— Today’s workplace is more diverse – including employee ages – than ever. By 2022, workers age 50-plus will comprise 35 percent of the labor market. Given employers’ need for talent, it makes great business sense to hire experienced workers, as demonstrated by additional AARP research. With more than 4.7 million AARP members in New England and New York, AARP is committed to engaging employers in the region about the benefits of hiring 50-plus workers and challenging the stereotypes that often …

— 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 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 …