— 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!

— 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 …

— Attend AARP Connecticut’s Live! Online Career Expo Learn skills. Meet employers. Reach your goals. Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 1-4 p.m. ET Want to get ahead or get hired? If you live in Connecticut you can’t afford to miss our Live! Online Career Expo. Employers and career professionals from your area will be online to help you learn about the skills they value. This three-hour online event was created to help you reach your career goals—and allow you to explore options …

— 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. …

— 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 …

— Get Information on the Skills to Get Your Next Job Attend AARP’s live online workshop Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 7-8 p.m. ET When it comes to finding a new job, everyone could improve their networking and interview skills—especially in today’s ultra-competitive market. The good news is, there are some tips and ideas that can help you stand out from the crowd and secure the position you want. Sharpening Your Networking and Interview Skills is a live online workshop based on …

— 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 …

— Guest article by Linda J. Friedman, Program Director, Nonprofit Leadership Program UConn Department of Public Policy With support from AARP Connecticut, the University of Connecticut Nonprofit Leadership Program is offering its third Encore!Fairfield County program beginning on October 9, 2018. Encore!Fairfield County is an intensive four-month workforce development program tailored for seasoned corporate professionals age 50+ seeking to transition their skills and experience into managerial and professional employment in the Connecticut nonprofit sector. Encore!Fairfield County was built on the success …

— 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 …

— Our Two-Part Online Q&A Session Can Help You Stay Up-to-Date Staying Connected, Competitive and Current in Your Career Part 1: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET From job search to daily job requirements, technology now plays a role in virtually every career. Have your skills kept pace? Maybe you’re looking to change careers or advance in your current job. Or perhaps you haven’t had a job …