— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about …

— On Thursday, Sept. 20, AARP Vermont and AARP Massachusetts will cosponsor a Scam Jam to help consumers in both states learn how to guard against fraud. Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan (D) and law enforcement officials from both states will discuss bogus investment deals, phone calls from impostor grandchildren, lottery scams and other ploys. The best prevention, experts say, is to become aware of how scams work so you can recognize them and avoid the traps. The free Scam Jam …

AARP MA Local Offers

— 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 …

— 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 …

— BOSTON – AARP Massachusetts State Director Mike Festa and volunteer State President Sandra Albright joined AARP volunteers and representatives of several elder advocacy groups at the Massachusetts State House today for the Securing the Future of Aging event to show support for issues important to the 50+ population, such as caregiving, healthy aging, elder economic security, elder financial abuse, and age-friendly communities. AARP Massachusetts joined Alice Bonner, Secretary of Elder Affairs, Representative Danielle Gregoire (D- 4th Middlesex), Chair of the …