AARP MA Local Offers

— The arts scene in Boston and surrounding communities across the state is among the best anywhere when it comes to world-class museums, theatre, ballet, as well as other cultural and sporting events. We’ve worked with area venues from Boston to Worcester to New Bedford and places in between, to bring terrific offers on cultural events to AARP members and their guests.  Take a look at what’s coming up, and keep checking back here often as new events are always being …

— By Jill Gambon During her 35 years working for the Social Security Administration, Louise Myers witnessed the impact the program has had on people’s lives. As a retiree, Myers wants to make sure Social Security remains intact. That’s one reason she’s a volunteer advocate with AARP Massachusetts. “I am a firm believer in keeping Social Security protected,” said Myers, of North Chelmsford. “I saw that my voice could be heard through AARP advocacy work.” Myers is one of about a …

— AARP Massachusetts is pleased to announce that Arnetta and Carl Baty are recipients of the 2017 AARP Massachusetts Andrus Award for Community Service. The 2017 Andrus Awards Luncheon was held on Oct. 21, at Carson Place in Dorchester. As community volunteers in the Codman Square area, Carl and Arnetta Baty (pronounced BAY-TEE) provide a plethora of service, from arranging monthly coffee hours, organizing a food pantry, hosting speakers on issues including health, housing, and safety, preparing CARE packages for families living …

— 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 …

— Come into town this weekend and enjoy Boston’s premier music fest at the 2017 Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, on Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 2-6 p.m.  The Festival, which is free, takes place on Columbus Avenue, west of Massachusetts Avenue, for six blocks to Burke Street, in Boston. AARP Massachusetts will be there with free resources, giveaways, and information about all of our programs, such as the Fraud Watch Network and HomeFit, and offerings related to health, financial security, and more. We’ll …

— 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 Massachusetts is pleased to announce two local recipients of the AARP Community Challenge grant program, which aims to help create change and improve quality of life at the community level. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham and Wakefield received funding for the creation of an intergenerational community garden and education program. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), with the Town of Natick, also received funding to develop Senior Friendly Trails. The MAPC will promote changes to address the …

— Join AARP Massachusetts at the 2017 Melrose Victorian Fair!  Attending the annual Melrose Victorian Fair, sponsored by the Melrose Chamber of Commerce, is a tradition for many people in Massachusetts. This year, the 37th Victorian Fair takes place on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., along Main Street, in Melrose, MA 02176. (A severe weather date is Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.) AARP Massachusetts will be at the Fair again this year, along with a pop-up photo …