— 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 …

— Hours: AARP Massachusetts is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: One Beacon Street, Suite 2301 | Boston, MA 02108 | Local Map Call: 866-448-3621 Email: ma@aarp.org Fax: 617-723-4224 Members of the press should contact Communications Director Cindy Campbell at 617-305-0515 or cacampbell@aarp.org. For questions about this website or AARP Massachusetts on Facebook and Twitter,  contact Communications Director Cindy Campbell at 617-305-0515 or cacampbell@aarp.org. Be sure to stay up-to-date on news important to Bay State residents 50+ – ‘Like’ our Facebook Page …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale offers lessons on avoiding scams and protecting against fraud and ID theft AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale — who has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists for more than four decades and is one of the world’s most respected authorities on identity theft — will offer his expert knowledge to the general public at an event in Melrose in November. Abagnale, who was portrayed by actor Leonardo DiCaprio …

— UPDATE: More than 200 people attended our Job Seekers 50+: Skills and Resources for Success today in Boston! It was an amazing day filled with free resources; informative tips from experts from numerous industries; information about applying for jobs online; tips on resume and cover letter writing; and tips for using the professional social-networking site LinkedIn to the fullest.  SEE BELOW for free job search resources and links! Many thanks go out to our partners:  The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, the Executive Office …

— 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 Westfield Senior Center on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, from …

— Interested in a community-level volunteer opportunity that can truly make a difference in the life of a child and his or her future? We’re looking for people to be paired as volunteer literacy tutors to help children attending school in Boston and Revere improve their reading and literacy skills. At AARP Massachusetts, we work with Generations Incorporated, a highly regarded 25 year-old nonprofit organization in Greater Boston and the Massachusetts affiliate of AARP Foundation Experience Corps. Generations Incorporated matches volunteers with individual children who attend …

— Join AARP for an engaging, interactive conversation about family caregiving. Connect with other family caregivers around a table as you enjoy complimentary food and drinks. You’ll learn tips on caring for yourself, finding local resources, and building a caregiver support network. The events are free but are limited to the first 40 RSVPs, so registration is required. Careversations for Caregivers Two separate Careversations will take place on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the  Holiday Inn Boston-Brookline, 1200 Beacon St., Brookline, MA. 5-6:30 …