— 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!

— By Jill Gambon Hearing Social Security and Medicare described as “entitlements” bothers Gerald Flaherty. “They’re not entitlements; you paid for them,” he said. Even more vexing to Flaherty are voters who depend on these or other government-sponsored programs but back candidates or policies that undermine them. “It’s a mystery why people sometimes vote against their own best interests,” he said. Getting voters engaged in what’s at stake in this year’s state and federal elections is why Flaherty, 74, of Marion, …

— How to strengthen and preserve Social Security for future generations is one of the most important decisions facing federal policymakers. This campaign season, questions about Social Security’s fate belong on the forefront. Born in the depths of the Great Depression, Social Security is showing signs of financial distress. Sooner or later, our national leaders will need to step in to secure its long-term future. And whether you’re a potential beneficiary of Social Security or simply among those paying into the …

— Happy New Year and welcome to 2016! At AARP Massachusetts there is much to do as we advocate for caregiver supports and financial security for those 50 and older. The year started with our leaders offering a vision of what is to come in the year.  On Jan. 12, President Obama gave the State of the Union address, outlining his priorities for his final year in office; City of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh addressed the city in his State of City speech on Jan. …

— Note: We recently offered Gov. Charlie Baker an opportunity to share his administration’s plans on issues and programs important to those age 50-plus in the Bay State. Following is what Gov. Baker shared with us.  “As a son of aging parents and a constituent who benefits from your hard work, I truly value your advocacy on behalf of older Americans and am honored to have this opportunity to share with AARP Massachusetts some of my administration’s priorities for elder programing. “Our seniors have …