— 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 …

— Advocacy, local lifestyle offerings, adult learning and community service are several of the outreach efforts needed to successfully enhance the quality of life for all as they age. As part of a multifaceted approach, AARP Connecticut is on the frontline advocating around issues such as Social Security, family caregiving services and supports, financial security, protection against unfair utility rate increases, safe driving programs, how to guard against fraud, and many more. In the community, we offer a variety of programs …

— • AARP Connecticut will donate $3000 on behalf of the Andrus Award recipient to an eligible non-profit organization of their choosing • Nomination deadline is June 1 Every year, AARP honors an outstanding volunteer who is sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members with the Andrus Award for Community Service. Do you know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or over who should receive AARP’s most prestigious Connecticut volunteer award? The deadline is June 1, so …

— By Sandi Coyne, Goodwin College, Program Director, Master of Science in Organizational Leadership “Women have been trained to speak softly and carry a lipstick. THOSE DAYS ARE OVER.” — Bella Abzug It is a new day! But for women over 50 it is a time for direction and possibility. Sure, you have had a career and opportunities but now you have the chance to retool those skills and take them back to the workplace in a different way, different place, …

— 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 …

— Our Special Online Sessions Can Help You Balance Them Juggling It All: Tips for Working Caregivers Part 1: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Did you know that six out of 10 Americans are taking care of a loved one age 50 or older — and many are doing it while also trying to earn a living? You want to balance your caregiving responsibilities with everything …

— AARP Fraud Watch Network, People’s United Bank, N.A. & the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) are joining forces this month to offer free events across the state to help Connecticut residents fight fraud as part of the second annual “Operation: Stop Scams” initiative. Join the AARP Connecticut volunteer team and representatives from People’s United Bank and USPIS at one of the two-hour sessions packed with information! Our team of experts are ready to help you FIGHT FRAUD! The AARP …

— AARP Connecticut is seeking an Associate State Director, Advocacy and Community Outreach located at the state office in Hartford, CT. In this role, the Associate State Director will be responsible for a detailed knowledge of activities within the state legislative and executive branches which impact AARP priorities, a basic knowledge of the issues that make up AARP’s strategic priorities, and an ability to grasp and absorb details of these issues, when necessary. Additional tasks of the position include: • Assists in …