— 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!

— The state will have new members of Congress in January, and AARP wants to be sure they focus on issues of concern to older citizens, like family caregiving and financial security. AARP Massachusetts is looking for advocacy volunteers to join a team that will visit with elected officials, staff tables at local events, give presentations in the community and write letters to the editor. To learn more about how to become an advocacy volunteer, email ahodge@aarp.org or call 866-448-3621 toll-free.

— Boston – Susan Jaye-Kaplan has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2018 AARP Massachusetts Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award.   AARP Massachusetts selected Jaye-Kaplan for her remarkable service which has greatly benefited her community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers.   Jaye-Kaplan has richly contributed to her community of East Longmeadow and improved the quality of life through …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation service AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide, now in its 51st year, offers free in-person preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers, and their families, who might otherwise miss out on the tax credits and deductions …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— “The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.” The quote by AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus still rings true today and continues to shape this association dedicated to helping people age 50+ live their best lives. As we celebrate the many contributions of women around the United States, we at AARP lift up and recognize our founder for her many contributions. Dr. Andrus lived a life dedicated …

— 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 Our location is in downtown Boston, easily accessible via automobile or MBTA. The closest MBTA stops are: Red Line: Park Street; Orange Line: State; Green Line: Park Street or Government Center; Blue Line: State or Government Center. 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 …

— The AARP Massachusetts Executive Council (EC) provides strategic direction for AARP at the state level. The volunteer board is led by State President Sandy Albright. Each member brings uniquely valuable skills and experience to AARP. PRESIDENT, Sandy Albright, LICSW (licensed independent clinical social worker), joined the EC in 2014 and became president in 2015. She served as Massachusetts Undersecretary of Elder Affairs from 2007 to 2013. Prior to that she was the CEO of Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses, Inc., from 2002-2004, …

— 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 …