— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Connecticut for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Connecticut’s manufacturing industry will need an estimated 25,000 to 35,000 new skilled workers for the state’s 4,100 manufacturing companies in the next two decades. Connecticut state colleges and universities, private colleges, and the state’s comprehensive and technical high schools have done a great job of introducing the varied and high-tech career opportunities available to students in the manufacturing industry. However, the growing demand for qualified workers to meet the resurgent manufacturing industry is outpacing the supply, which has created an …

— AARP is now accepting applications for the 2019 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program, which is now in its third year, is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone. The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Grants can range from …

— Submitted by Zachary Vickers It’s a conversation many of us will be confronted with at some point, even though it’s an uncomfortable topic of discussion. How do we want to be cared for at the end of our lives? Last July, Governor Malloy signed into law the adoption of a new program known as the Medical Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST). MOLST is a medical order form designed to provide patients, with terminal or other life-threatening conditions, greater control over …

— By Sandi Coyne, Program Director, Master of Science in Organizational Leadership We all want to be wanted but it is true YOU are wanted. People like you with unique and important experience in manufacturing are in demand! Perhaps you have been working for years and retired but need something to occupy yourself. Or maybe you have decided you want to go in a different direction for the rest of your active work time. Maybe you want to make some extra …

— AARP CT Livable Communities Grant application for PDF AARP CT Livable Communities Grant Request for Proposal AARP Connecticut is expanding on the national AARP Community Challenge with the launch of the local “Livable Communities Grant Program” dedicated to fund “quick-action” projects in Connecticut communities. The grant program is part of AARP’s Livable Communities initiative that aims to help neighborhoods, towns and cities to become great places for all ages. “We regularly work in collaboration with communities across the state to …

— AARP CT Livable Communities Grant application for PDF AARP CT Livable Communities Grant Request for Proposal Program open to 501 (c)(3) or 501 (c)(4) non-profits and government entities located in Connecticut • Projects must be completed within 12 months • Application deadline is September 24, 2018 AARP Connecticut is expanding on the national AARP Community Challenge with the launch of the local “Livable Communities Grant Program” dedicated to fund “quick-action” projects in Connecticut communities. The grant program is part of AARP’s Livable …

— Guest story by Theresa Strong, RSVP Manager, Community Renewal Team Volunteerism is a cornerstone of AARP’s service to Connecticut communities of all ages and we at the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) know that the AARP community is a great place to showcase volunteer opportunities in Greater Hartford  – opportunities that make our communities more livable for everyone. We are now seeking volunteers age 55+ to serve in our signature program, READs, for the 2018-19 school year. The RSVP READs …

— New CRSA Executive Director Mary Fay Discusses Program, Launch & More Mary Fay, the inaugural Executive Director of the Connecticut Retirement Security Authority (CRSA), recently sat with AARP Connecticut volunteer Tim Ryan to talk about the new program that will offer retirement security to employees who do not have a plan offered by their employer. Fay and Ryan discussed the need for the program, status of the launch and her career history. Fay, a resident of West Hartford and a …

— 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 …