— 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 New Jersey for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— It’s been a decade since the passage of the Family Leave Insurance program, which allows New Jerseyans to take paid leave to bond with a new child or care for an ill family member. But every year less than 1 percent of those workers have taken advantage of the benefit, which is paid for by each New Jersey worker through a modest fee of around $30 annually. AARP New Jersey has created a new site, aarp.org/njcaregiving, to explain the law …

— On December 17th, the New Jersey Assembly took an important step in ensuring a more secure financial future for Garden State workers who don’t currently have access to a retirement savings option at work. The Assembly passed the Secure Choice Savings Program Act (A4134) by a vote of 52-24. Right now, over half of New Jersey’s private sector workforce – 1.7 million workers – do not have a way to save for retirement through their job. Yet we know that …

— Monday, December 17th was a great day in Trenton for the 1.1 million family caregivers in the Garden State. AARP New Jersey applauds the passage of Assembly Bill 3514 which establishes a New Jersey Caregiver Task Force that will help determine how to best support family caregivers. With New Jersey’s 65+ population expected to double by 2050, it’s critical that our state has the services and systems in place to support the army of family caregivers who will become even …

— By Aliya S. King  Margina Dennis, 50, a professional makeup artist, worries about retirement. She loves what she does, and yet she knows that working past age 65 isn’t feasible. “There are some professions where you may be able to work longer if you need to save more money,” Dennis said. “But I can’t continue to haul around 40-pound makeup bags or stand for 14 hours in the heat or in 20-below temperatures.” Dennis, of Bergen County, has some modest …

— Por Aliya S. King  A Margina Dennis, de 50 años, maquilladora profesional, le preocupa su jubilación. Le encanta lo que hace, y sin embargo, sabe que continuar trabajando después de los 65 años no es tan fácil. “Hay algunas profesiones en la que puedes trabajar más tiempo si es que necesitas ahorrar más dinero”, dijo Dennis. “Pero yo no puedo cargar bolsos de maquillaje de 40 libras, o pasar 14 horas parada bajo el calor o en temperaturas de 20 …

— DID YOU KNOW: Americans 50 and older are the most powerful voting bloc in the U.S. Make your voice heard! Pledge to vote at http://spr.ly/6183DmmXF and be the difference.

— By Christina Hernandez Sherwood When her mother received a late-stage-cancer diagnosis two decades ago, Cheryl Blackwell didn’t have to worry whether she would have paid time off to care for her. Blackwell worked at a New York real estate company where she was granted paid sick leave, so she could help her mother through her last six months. Now a central New Jersey resident between jobs, Blackwell has worried about whether her next employer will provide paid sick leave if …

—   In New Jersey, more than 1.1 million people care for their parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can live in their homes, where they prefer to be. Most family caregivers combine the responsibilities of their full-time or part-time jobs with the care of a loved one. However, more than one million workers in New Jersey do not have a single paid day of sick leave at work. Thousands of state residents face financial difficulties or risk losing their jobs …

— AARP believes that no one’s possibilities should ever be limited by their age and seeks to find new solutions so that more people can live and age as they choose. In just the past four months, with the support of AARP members, advocacy volunteers and coalition partners we have achieved noteworthy success on behalf of our 1.3 million Garden State members. AARP members and volunteers have made thousands of calls, sent almost 6,000 emails, conducted numerous legislative visits with our …

—   AARP NJ was happy to host over 150 participants at our bilingual event for family caregivers in North Bergen, NJ on Friday, May 11th.  We highlighted our advocacy work and recent legislation passed to provide relief and support for caregivers in our state, and also had invited speakers discuss local and county programs and services, as well as tips on stress management and self-care.  Invited organizations and presenters included Hudson County Dept. of Health & Human Services, Bergen county …