— 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!

— By Jill Gambon Fran Lautenberger, a retired theater professor, doesn’t mind getting up in front of strangers and talking. Looking for volunteer opportunities after moving to Cape Cod from Alaska, she signed up with AARP Massachusetts to give workshops on fraud prevention. She liked the idea of learning something new and sharing the information with others. She went through training to master the material and now gives presentations to community groups and at libraries, senior centers and other venues. “I’m …

— You want to make the most of your future. That’s why AARP Massachusetts is providing free, unbiased information that will help you think smarter about your finances and plan for your “what’s next,” all so you can choose how you live as you age. Join us for Invest in Yourself — Focus on Your Future, a free event that will help you plan your financial future, on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn, 35 …

— AARP Massachusetts will help Bay Staters reach their future financial goals with a Ready for Retirement event on Saturday, Nov. 4. The free session will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 35 Worcester Center Blvd., Worcester. Experts will discuss Social Security, Medicare and financial planning, and participants will learn about free resources and online tools that can help them prepare for retirement. Space is limited and registration is required. Go to aarp.org/nov4worcester or call …

— Thinking of starting your own business? Have a great concept but no idea where to begin? We recently invited Bob Nelson, Massachusetts District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), to sit down with Kara Cohen, Community Outreach Director for AARP Massachusetts, to discuss free resources for entrepreneurs, including training, mentoring, loan and financing information, and more. Watch the video here, and check out the links below to the numerous free resources available to help small business owners, from …

— If you live in the Worcester area, are age 50+, and are looking for work or perhaps a career change, you’ll want to attend the AARP Massachusetts event, Job Seekers 50+: Your Path to Success, on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street Worcester, MA 01608. Employers from industries including education, healthcare, nonprofits, manufacturing, government, hospitality, and finance will talk about what they are looking for in today’s job candidates. Space is …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service. AARP Foundation and AARP Massachusetts are looking to expand the team of volunteers for the 2018 tax season by recruiting volunteers. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program offers free tax filing help for those who need it most, especially adults 50 and older, during the tax season.   AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and continued support in a welcoming environment. There are a variety of roles for …

— Ever Dreamed of Being Your Own Boss? Are you 50 or older and looking for ways to improve your current financial situation and also pave the way to greater financial security down the road? For many Americans, this can mean self-employment and entrepreneurship though side gigs, freelancing, contracted services, or staring a small business or microbusiness. If you’re considering self-employment, you may be wondering where to start. AARP Foundation’s Work for Yourself@50+ program is specifically designed to help people age …

— At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. During his campaign, President Donald Trump repeatedly stated his commitment to prevent changes to Medicare.  “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago.” Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting on members of Congress to follow the president’s …

— See our time-sensitive Action Alert below! In order to help Massachusetts residents save money and better protect themselves against identity (ID) theft and fraud, AARP Massachusetts is filing legislation that would remove fees for credit report security freezes. The three major credit reporting agencies — Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion — each charge a $5 fee every time a Massachusetts resident requests that a credit report security freeze be placed on her/his credit file. Residents must also pay an additional $5 fee to each …