— 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 Michelle Cerulli McAdams When Salem resident Patricia Zaido learned about the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, she knew she wanted her city to be a part of it. A former longtime faculty member and administrator at Salem State University, Zaido mentioned the age-friendly initiative to Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, who was enthusiastic. So Zaido got to work, forming a task force to tackle livability issues. “It’s been a good 10 or 12 years that I’ve been interested in …

—       We love our homes.  In fact, AARP surveys show that nearly 90% of people 50+ want to stay in their own homes and communities as they age, where they have strong social networks and a sense of familiarity.  However, most people don’t discuss or think about the age-appropriateness of their home until a crisis makes it obvious that the space no longer meets their needs and abilities. Is your home HomeFit?  AARP can help make where you …

— 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 …

— As they age, most people want to remain living in their homes for as long as they can. But will their homes safely age along with them? The AARP HomeFit Workshop, part of AARP Livable Communities programming, teaches people how to make modifications to their homes, thereby allowing them to safely “age in place.” Changes range from simple, no cost solutions to larger, more expensive retrofits. Join AARP Massachusetts at the Ipswich Senior Center on Friday, Aug. 18, 1:30 p.m., for a free …

—   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, …

— As they age, most people want to remain living in their homes for as long as they can. But will their homes safely age along with them? The AARP HomeFit Workshop, part of AARP Livable Communities programming, teaches people how to make modifications to their homes, thereby allowing them to safely “age in place.” Changes range from simple, no cost solutions to larger, more expensive retrofits. Join AARP Massachusetts at the Worcester Senior Center on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10-11:30 …