— 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 …

—   The North End is a delightful labyrinth of narrow streets and exotic marketplaces. Walk among the Italian markets, see colonial buildings and hear the story of a changing neighborhood from the time of Cotton Mather, to the exploits of Paul Revere, the rise of the Fitzgeralds, the fall of molasses, and present day re-gentrification. Join us Saturday, May 11 at 2 PM for this 90 minute tour. Meet at the statue of boxer Tony DeMarco at the intersection of …

— 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 …

— See our time-sensitive Action Alerts 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, …

— We often think a vacation should be a trip to an exotic far-away destination, yet a true vacation is anything that allows you time away from your daily life to relax, explore new things and otherwise enjoy yourself. There’s something especially enriching about a quick trip or day away from responsibilities. So grab a friend, family member or pet – or take some time to yourself – and head out the door. There are lots of affordable options right here …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

— This is the first in a series of guest blog posts for AARP Massachusetts by Dr. Ruth Nemzoff, author and resident scholar at Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center.  If hate and love must be learned, then who is the teacher? After last summer’s riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, former President Barack Obama took to Twitter to post a Nelson Mandela quote that would become the most-liked tweet in history: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of …

— By Jill Gambon For five years, Vanessa Hogan cared for her sister, Dianna, who suffered from lymphoma, lupus, congestive heart failure and other chronic ailments. Emergency room visits, hospital stays and doctor appointments were frequent. Hogan accompanied her to appointments and visited her at least twice a day in the hospital, because she felt it was crucial that her sister have an advocate by her side. “Not having someone there with you is so hard. If you’re sick, you can’t …

— Since so many worthy projects were submitted to the nationwide AARP Community Challenge Grants program earlier this year, AARP Massachusetts is pleased to announce that four additional projects have been funded through monies set aside locally for Age-Friendly community projects in Massachusetts. The four recipient organizations and related projects are detailed below. Background: AARP Massachusetts announced the first-ever Community Challenge Grants program earlier this year, working in collaboration with communities across the state. The grant program was part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make …

— AARP is pleased to endorse the bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (H.R. 3759) that will create a strategy to support family caregivers. The Senate recently passed the RAISE Act in a unanimous vote, which AARP applauded. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) was a Senate co-sponsor of the bill. Now it’s time for the House to do the same by approving H.R. 3759 — and you can help by calling your U.S. Representative and urging her/him to …

—   Family Caregivers Speak to Legislators On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, AARP Massachusetts state president Mike Festa and two AARP volunteers, Vanessa Hogan, and Madhav Kacker, offered personal family caregiving stories to the legislators who sit on the Joint Committee on Revenue, during a public hearing on An Act to Establish the Family Caregiver Tax Credit, Senate Bill 1530 and House Bill 1643. This legislation would help family caregivers in the state by providing a tax credit for certain expenses incurred by the caregivers. Vanessa Hogan of Boston, …