— 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 Massachusetts for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Today’s mobile technology offers you all kinds of ways to explore the world and connect with people you love. Attend a FREE, hands-on technology workshop from AARP and learn how to get the most from your mobile device.  AARP’s free, interactive workshops for new and intermediate level mobile technology users can help you get ready for what’s next. All courses are taught by friendly instructors in a comfortable environment at a relaxed pace. Devices are provided for workshop use. Register …

— PORTLAND – Five authors will explore the personal and collective lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) people at OutSpoken: An LGBTQ Author Festival. Sponsored by AARP Maine and hosted by the Portland Press Herald, this free, daylong event will be held at Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine on Saturday, Sept 22. The festival authors will read from and discuss the inspiration behind their recent books. In the morning two authors will examine tragedies of …

—     A growing number of people over the age of 50 are known as “encore entrepreneurs,” in that they’re turning their ideas for small businesses into actionable plans. Whether you’re nearing retirement, or retired, or never plan to retire, if you’ve got an idea for small business, you need help from experts. Please join AARP Massachusetts for two upcoming Encore Entrepreneur events: Tuesday, October 9 in Sharon, and Tuesday, October 30 in Worcester (details below). Both events are free …

— Are you seeking full time or part time work?  As part of national employ older worker week, BerkshireWorks, in collaboration with Elder Services of Berkshire County, Age Friendly Berkshires and AARP Massachusetts, bring you the 50 Plus Job Fair.  It is free and open to the public.  The event will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 10 AM to noon at the Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield, MA. Attendees can meet businesses that are age friendly and …

— In an Era of Continuous Data Breaches, AARP Massachusetts Seeks to Empower Public with Simple Tips to Protect Sensitive Personal Information As data breach incidents proliferate, a new AARP survey finds that that an alarming number of Massachusetts residents have failed to take the basic precautions against identity fraud.  In response, AARP Massachusetts and the AARP Fraud Watch Network today launched a campaign to raise awareness of identity theft risks and educate consumers on how to enhance the safety of …

— 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 …

— 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. …

— Attend AARP Massachusetts’ 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 Massachusetts 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 …

— By Jill Gambon Hearing Social Security and Medicare described as “entitlements” bothers Gerald Flaherty. “They’re not entitlements; you paid for them,” he said. Even more vexing to Flaherty are voters who depend on these or other government-sponsored programs but back candidates or policies that undermine them. “It’s a mystery why people sometimes vote against their own best interests,” he said. Getting voters engaged in what’s at stake in this year’s state and federal elections is why Flaherty, 74, of Marion, …

— 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 …