— 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 …

— 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 …

— Three projects funded with Community Challenge grants have increased access to transportation, public spaces and affordable housing. The grants were announced last July as part of AARP’s Livable Communities initiative. In Springfield the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority installed benches to assist older adults and people with disabilities in using the regional transit service. The Old Colony YMCA in East Bridgewater improved the five-mile Hiking Viking trail by adding signs and ADA-compliant benches and boardwalks. And Habitat for Humanity of Greater …

— AARP is now accepting applications for the 2019 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program, which is now in its third year, is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone. The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Grants can range from …

— 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 …

— Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston’s Commission on Affairs of the Elderly today launched their Age and Dementia-Friendly Business designation, a new pilot program that encourages local businesses to make their spaces and services more inclusive for people of all ages. Today’s announcement was held at Local 338 Bagels and Coffee in West Roxbury, one of nine organizations that received the designation today, which includes certificates and decals to mark their business as Age and Dementia-Friendly. “In …

— BOSTON – AARP Massachusetts State Director Mike Festa and volunteer State President Sandra Albright joined AARP volunteers and representatives of several elder advocacy groups at the Massachusetts State House today for the Securing the Future of Aging event to show support for issues important to the 50+ population, such as caregiving, healthy aging, elder economic security, elder financial abuse, and age-friendly communities. AARP Massachusetts joined Alice Bonner, Secretary of Elder Affairs, Representative Danielle Gregoire (D- 4th Middlesex), Chair of the …

—   Commitment to meet AARP, WHO guidelines will help residents of all ages Boston – AARP National Board President Eric J. Schneidewind today presented Governor Charlie Baker with an official certification welcoming Massachusetts into the AARP network of Age-Friendly States and the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities. Governor Baker accepted the award in front of 200 attendees at AARP’s annual volunteer meeting in Framingham. “We are delighted to acknowledge the commitment of Massachusetts to …

— Here in Massachusetts, we are working with local leaders, volunteers and others to help make our communities more livable and age-friendly. Governor Charlie Baker recently announced that Massachusetts has joined the network of AARP Age-Friendly States and the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities. AARP praised Governor Baker for his leadership on this issue of importance to Bay State residents of all ages. Massachusetts is only the second state in the nation to take such …

—       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 …