— 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 …

— 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!

— 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, with the average caregiver paying almost $7,000 out of pocket to care for a loved one. To help family caregivers in the state, AARP Massachusetts has filed legislation that will provide a tax credit for certain expenses incurred by family caregivers. An Act to Establish the Family Caregiver Tax …

— AARP Massachusetts announced the awardees for its 2018 Age Friendly Mini-Grants program.  Seven winners across the state were awarded grants for age-friendly projects, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. Each of the projects, which must be completed by November 30, 2018, is designed to achieve one or more of the following outcomes: Deliver a range of transportation and mobility options that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability, and/or access to public and private transit. …

— Boston—Today, AARP announced the awardees for its 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant program, including three recipients right here in Massachusetts.  A total of $1.3 million will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. Nearly 1,600 applications were received from non-profits and government entities for the program, now in its second year. Each of the projects, which must be completed by November …

— 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 …

— Did you know that someone’s identity gets stolen every two seconds?  The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides you with tips and resources to help you spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you can protect yourself and your family.  Our watchdog alerts will keep you up to date on con artists’ latest tricks.  It’s free of charge for everyone:  AARP members, non-members, and people of all ages. The AARP Fraud Watch Network is: An Educator: Get real-time alerts about …

— H.B. 4241 and S.B. 2304: An Act Removing Fees for Security Freezes and Disclosures of Consumer Credit Reports Consumers are now two steps closer to having meaningful protections from identity theft. The Massachusetts House of Representatives recently passed An Act Removing Fees for Security Freezes and Disclosures of Consumer Credit Reports, and the Senate has now referred the Bill to the Senate Ways and Means Committee, awaiting recommendation. On behalf of 800,000 AARP members in Massachusetts, we praise our legislators …

— You want to make the most of your future. That’s why AARP Massachusetts is providing free, unbiased information that will help you think smarter about your finances and plan for your “what’s next,” all so you can choose how you live as you age. Join us for Invest in Yourself — Focus on Your Future, a free event that will help you plan your financial future, on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn, 35 …

— AARP Massachusetts is working with the Small Business Administration to help adults 50-plus start or expand a small business. Advice and resources for “encore entrepreneurs” will be available next month in Roxbury and the Merrimack Valley. The first event will be Thursday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. The second will be Friday, June 16, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., at Burtons Grill in North Andover. The events are free, but registration is …

— As you may have heard, Congress is quietly trying to revive its failed health care bill – and it’s getting worse than before. They’re cutting deals to let the big insurance companies charge you even more. It starts with an age tax. If you’re 50 or older, they can charge you five times more than everyone else. Up to $13,000 more per year. At AARP, the battle against the age tax and other provisions in a health care bill continues …