— Boston – As a major federal government initiative is underway to issue new identification cards to the 1,289,320 Medicare beneficiaries in Massachusetts and nationwide, an AARP survey finds that a majority of those enrollees are at risk of being victimized by fraud schemes designed to capitalize on the card replacement program.   In response, AARP Massachusetts is participating in an education campaign to raise awareness among consumers about Medicare Card scams.   The year-long national effort to mail new ID …

— Boston—Today, AARP announced the awardees for its 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant program, including three recipients right here in Massachusetts.  A total of $1.3 million will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. Nearly 1,600 applications were received from non-profits and government entities for the program, now in its second year. Each of the projects, which must be completed by November …

— AARP Massachusetts is working together with Generations Incorporated, proud affiliate of AARP Experience CorpsSM, to give AARP members the chance to get involved in a special intergenerational mentoring program.  Generations Incorporated, a highly regarded 24 year-old nonprofit organization in Greater Boston, will match you with a child who needs help to develop his or her literacy skills. Generations Incorporated improves the literacy skills of young children through Grade 3 by engaging professionally trained older adult volunteers as literacy coaches in …

— 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. 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 minimize the effects of dangerous blind …

— 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. 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 minimize the effects of dangerous blind …

— Document-Shredding Events Will Help Massachusetts Consumers Avoid Fraud Did you know that someone’s identity is stolen every two seconds?  AARP Massachusetts is doing our part to help you avoid identity theft and fraud by offering free Fraud Watch Network shredding events around the state from June through August. Shredding confidential documents is a good way to protect yourself from scammers. Shredding events are free and open to the public. Bring any confidential documents to our shredding events, and we’ll shred …

— See our time-sensitive Action Alert here! Of the more than 844,000 family caregivers in Massachusetts, very few are reimbursed for the care they provide. In fact, the estimated value of this care exceeds $11 billion per year, based on data from 2013. Most family caregivers help their loved ones with “activities of daily living” or ADLs. These include everyday functions and activities that individuals usually do without help, including bathing, continence, dressing, eating, toileting, and transferring. In addition, many caregivers …

— Attention baseball fans:  See a baseball game on AARP!!  Founded in 1996, the Lowell Spinners Baseball Club minor league baseball team is a Class A Short Season Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox and plays their home games at LaLecheur Field in Lowell. And now, you can see a game courtesy of AARP Massachusetts!! We have 20 pairs of baseball tickets to give away, so register for your chance to win two tickets to the Friday, July 27 Lowell Spinners …

— Did you know that someone’s identity gets stolen every two seconds?  The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides you with tips and resources to help you spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you can protect yourself and your family.  Our watchdog alerts will keep you up to date on con artists’ latest tricks.  It’s free of charge for everyone:  AARP members, non-members, and people of all ages.     The AARP Fraud Watch Network is: An Educator: Get real-time …

— Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston’s Commission on Affairs of the Elderly today launched their Age and Dementia-Friendly Business designation, a new pilot program that encourages local businesses to make their spaces and services more inclusive for people of all ages. Today’s announcement was held at Local 338 Bagels and Coffee in West Roxbury, one of nine organizations that received the designation today, which includes certificates and decals to mark their business as Age and Dementia-Friendly. “In …