— 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 …

— AARP Connecticut offers members terrific year-round opportunities to save money and connect them with people and places in their community while supporting local, nonprofit educational and cultural venues. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall – AARP members can enjoy great discounts on admission and memberships to a variety of Connecticut museums and cultural attractions, local theater, musical performances, educational classes, and more! New offers are added throughout the year so bookmark www.aarp.org/ctdiscounts and check back often for information about current discounts …

— By Philip Moore, Director of Marketing and Communications Goodwin College A new agreement between Goodwin College and AARP is making college education more affordable for AARP members. Beginning July 1, 2018, AARP members are eligible to receive a 25% tuition scholarship toward non-selective academic degree programs at Goodwin. Non-selective programs are those falling under the general admissions policies and include Accounting (AS), Business Administration (AS/BS), CNC Machining (AS/Certificate), CNC Metrology, (Certificate), Criminal Justice (AS), ESL (Certificate), Environmental Studies (AS/BS/Certificate), General …

— Guest post by Bernie Weiss, Vice President, Seniors Job Bank   Anyone looking for a job or seeking to change careers knows the difficulty of finding fulfilling work. If you are age 50 or over, you know how much more difficult it can be. The average length of unemployment for 55+ jobseekers is about 50 weeks, compared to 34 weeks for younger jobseekers. Most 50 and over individuals in the United States are vibrant, dedicated and knowledgeable. They are a …

— 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 …

— Continued Progress towards Launch of Connecticut Retirement Security Program The Connecticut Retirement Security Authority Board continues to make steady progress towards the phased rollout of the new Connecticut Retirement Security Program, a program created to help small businesses provide employees with an easy way to save for retirement at work. The program requires all Connecticut businesses of five or more employees with no pension or 401 K plan to allow employees to save for retirement through payroll deductions into private …

— 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 …

— In March, 2010 The University of Connecticut Nonprofit Leadership Program successfully launched Encore!Hartford and is excited to be offering its eighth class from May 8 – September 21, 2018. This offering creates an opportunity for Hartford area residents to participate in the Department of Public Policy’s award-winning program providing business professionals and managers age 50 and older with well-honed skill sets and extensive work experience assistance to transition from a corporate career to one in the nonprofit sector.  Entering its eighth year, Encore!Hartford, …

— Are you over 50 and looking for ways to improve your current financial situation? Have you ever dreamed of being your own boss? AARP Foundation and the University of Hartford will host a free Work for Yourself@50+ workshop to help you get started on Friday, March 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the Prosser Public Library in Bloomfield. 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 …