— AARP Massachusetts is pleased to announce that the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act went into effect as state law on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017! Every day more than 844,000 Massachusetts residents help their parents, spouses or loved ones live independently at home. These family caregivers take on huge responsibilities that can be stressful, exhausting and overwhelming. In 2015 in Massachusetts, family caregivers provided an estimated 786 million hours of unpaid care valued at approximately $11.6 billion annually. The CARE Act supports family …

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— The arts scene in Boston and surrounding communities across the state is among the best anywhere when it comes to world-class museums, theatre, ballet, as well as other cultural and sporting events. We’ve worked with area venues from Boston to Worcester to New Bedford and places in between, to bring terrific offers on cultural events to AARP members and their guests.  Take a look at what’s coming up, and keep checking back here often as new events are always being …

— A new multi- employer 401(k) makes it easier for employees of small nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts to save for retirement. The CORE Plan (Connecting Organizations to Retirement) aims to help more workers save through automatic payroll deductions. Nonprofits with up to 20 employees can voluntarily join the plan, and their employees are automatically enrolled unless they opt out. The Office of the State Treasurer and Receiver General manages the investments and handles administrative responsibilities to ease the burden on employers. …

— Are you looking for a community-level volunteer opportunity that can truly make a difference in the life of a child and her or his future? Generations Incorporated, a highly regarded 25 year-old nonprofit organization in Greater Boston and the Massachusetts affiliate of AARP Foundation Experience Corps,  is looking for people to be paired as volunteer literacy tutors to help Boston and Revere schoolchildren improve their reading and literacy skills. Generations Incorporated matches volunteers with individual children who attend one of  17 public schools or after-school programs …

—   We’re doing a celebration of all things Worcester! It’s easy to participate: Snap a selfie at your favorite landmark in Worcester, email it to us — or post it to our Facebook Page and tag us @aarpma — and we’ll add the pic to a blog post on our website. Pics can include you and/or your favorite Worcesterites — family, friends, pets,  you name it. Some rules apply*; please see below for details:   Celebrate Worcester*  Snap a selfie …

— Join us this week for an AARP Fraud Watch Network TeleTown Hall to talk about ways to protect yourself and your family from fraud, ID theft, and scams. Our special guest is John Chapman, Undersecretary for the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   Provide your telephone number and you’ll automatically receive a call, which will connect you to the TeleTown Hall. There are two sessions: One on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at 2 p.m. ET, and a …

— ♥ November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time set aside to recognize and champion unpaid family caregivers and the care they provide to loved ones. The distinction and annual theme, which this year is “Caregiving Around the Clock,” is organized by the Caregiver Action Network. In Massachusetts, there are more than 844,000 unpaid family caregivers. Few understand family caregiving as much as Liz O’Donnell, a Massachusetts resident and author, speaker, and entrepreneur. O’Donnell is the founder of WorkingDaughter.com, a community for …

— Are you up to speed on the rules of the road? Brush up on your driving skills by taking an AARP Driver Safety course. The four-hour course is available at numerous locations throughout Massachusetts. All classroom courses are taught by trained AARP volunteers, who are your peers.     By taking an AARP Driver Safety course, you will learn: Current traffic laws The safest ways to change lanes and turn at intersections How to maintain proper following distance How to …

— AARP Massachusetts is pleased to announce that Arnetta and Carl Baty are recipients of the 2017 AARP Massachusetts Andrus Award for Community Service. The 2017 Andrus Awards Luncheon was held on Oct. 21, at Carson Place in Dorchester. As community volunteers in the Codman Square area, Carl and Arnetta Baty (pronounced BAY-TEE) provide a plethora of service, from arranging monthly coffee hours, organizing a food pantry, hosting speakers on issues including health, housing, and safety, preparing CARE packages for families living …

— By Jill Gambon For five years, Vanessa Hogan cared for her sister, Dianna, who suffered from lymphoma, lupus, congestive heart failure and other chronic ailments. Emergency room visits, hospital stays and doctor appointments were frequent. Hogan accompanied her to appointments and visited her at least twice a day in the hospital, because she felt it was crucial that her sister have an advocate by her side. “Not having someone there with you is so hard. If you’re sick, you can’t …