— 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 Connecticut went in front of members of the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee on Friday, March 15, to voice concern about SB 877 (an Act Concerning Revenue Items to Implement the Governor’s Budget), which calls for a repeal of the bipartisan income tax relief promise for social security recipients, and those with pensions and annuity income. Most incumbent legislators of both parties promoted their affirmative vote to repeal this tax during the 2018 campaigns. The combination of a repeal …

— 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 …

— After nearly two decades of implementing legislative and regulatory policies, it is time to provide consumers with the ultimate protection from the confusing – often abusive and illegal – marketing tactics of third-party electric suppliers. Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz, in collaboration with AARP and other consumer advocates, as well as U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, called for the end of the third-party residential electric market that economically harms consumers at a press conference today. The group of leaders underscored the …

— 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 …

— 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 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 …