— 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!

— AARP MA is committed to making Massachusetts an Age-Friendly state, supports all communities in the growing Age-Friendly network, and highlights the incredible work done throughout the Commonwealth.  Latest News: Massachusetts Submits State Age-Friendly Action Plan A little less than a year after Governor Baker announced that Massachusetts would be the second state in the country to join AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly States, they submitted their multiyear Action Plan. READ MORE   Featured Community: Berkshires 2018 Livable Community Challenge Grantee, Age-Friendly …

— Volunteer advocates testify in support of Nurse Licensure Compact and Housing Choice bills AARP Massachusetts volunteer Executive Council member and registered nurse Deborah Washington offered testimony in front of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure in support of Senate Bill No. 103 – An Act Relative to Nurse Licensure Compact. Below is her testimony from May 14, 2019: “AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they …

— TESTIMONY OF AARP   REGARDING   HOUSE BILL NO. 3507 AN ACT TO PROMOTE HOUSING CHOICES   BEFORE   THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON HOUSING   BOSTON, MA MAY 14, 2019   Good morning.  I am Sandra Harris, state president of AARP Massachusetts.  AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age.  As the lead volunteer for AARP Massachusetts and on behalf of the nearly 38 million …

— See our time-sensitive Action Alert below! An Act To Establish The Family Caregiving Tax Credit 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, …

— Thank you, Senator Ed Markey, for including AARP as part of your press conference to propose the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (TRACED Act). We are encouraged by the TRACED Act’s potential to eliminate relentless robocalls that our almost 38 million members across the United States face daily. Watch the conference  and read AARP’s Letter of Support below On behalf of our nearly 38 million members and all older Americans nationwide, AARP is pleased to endorse the …

— TESTIMONY OF AARP MASSACHUSETTS BEFORE THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON HEALTH CARE FINANCING BOSTON, MA APRIL 11, 2019   Good afternoon.  I am Mike Festa, state director of AARP Massachusetts.  AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age.  On behalf of the nearly 38 million members nationwide and nearly 800,000 members here in the Commonwealth, thank you for the opportunity to speak today.   No one …

— TESTIMONY OF AARP   REGARDING   HOUSE BILL NO. 607 AND SENATE BILL NO. 357 AN ACT INCREASING THE PERSONAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE FOR RESIDENTS OF LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES   AND   SENATE BILL NO. 372 AN ACT RELATIVE TO RESERVING BEDS IN NURSING HOMES DURING CERTAIN LEAVES OF ABSENCE   BEFORE   THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON ELDER AFFAIRS   BOSTON, MA APRIL 8, 2019   Good afternoon.  I am Mike Festa, state director of AARP Massachusetts.  AARP is the …

— By Jill Gambon Madhav Kacker, 91, of Sharon, spent years taking care of his wife, Vijai, who suffered strokes, spinal stenosis, heart disease and other ailments. Like many people who care for loved ones at home, Kacker found that the out-of-pocket costs related to his wife’s care added up. There were treatments, equipment, prescriptions and copayments for doctor visits. He made updates to their home to accommodate his wife’s use of a wheelchair. “I had to modify a bathroom and …

— New Campaign Focuses on Federal and State Solutions to Cut Drug Prices Now  Today, AARP announced the launch of ‘Stop Rx Greed,’ a nationwide campaign aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. The goal of AARP’s sustained campaign is to help drive down drug prices for Commonwealth residents and all Americans by advocating for a variety of legislative, executive, and regulatory actions at both the federal and state level. “We are calling on Congress, the Administration and Massachusetts lawmakers to pass …

—   AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age.  On behalf of the more than 800,000 members in the Commonwealth, we thank Governor Baker for signing into law House Bill No. 4806 – An Act Relative to Consumer Protection from Security Breaches. This law, which gives consumers control of their credit reports by allowing them to freeze and unfreeze their credit without paying fees to …

— The AARP Massachusetts Executive Council (EC) provides strategic direction for AARP at the state level. The volunteer board is led by State President Sandra Harris. Each member brings uniquely valuable skills and experience to AARP. PRESIDENT, Sandra Harris began her tenure as State President in January 2019. She was formerly a member of the AARP Massachusetts Executive Council, having joined in 2018. Her passion lies with advocating creative solutions and supportive environments that encourage elders to live at the highest level …