— 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 …

— 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 When she’s doing her grocery shopping, Gail Bielizna often runs into neighbors who ask her questions about income taxes. As a longtime volunteer for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, the South Hadley resident prepares 150 to 200 returns each year as a tax counselor. “It’s really about being part of the community,” said Bielizna, 66, a retired computer programmer. “I enjoy helping people. A lot of older people are really nervous about taxes.” Bielizna is one of …

— 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 …

— By Jill Gambon When she’s doing her grocery shopping, Gail Bielizna often runs into neighbors who ask her questions about income taxes. As a longtime volunteer for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, the South Hadley resident prepares 150 to 200 returns each year as a tax counselor. “It’s really about being part of the community,” said Bielizna, 66, a retired computer programmer. “I enjoy helping people. A lot of older people are really nervous about taxes.” Bielizna is one of …

— 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 …