— 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!

—   AARP is fighting to make prescription drugs more affordable for New Jerseyans and all Americans. On March 12th AARP launched the Stop Rx Greed campaign, a nationwide effort aimed at lowering prescription drug prices.  It is unfair that Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world. AARP is calling on the President, Congress and the NJ Legislature to cut drug prices now. Seniors all over the country are being forced to make tough decisions about affording their …

— On March 28, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed the New Jersey Secure Choice Savings Program Act – a law that will create a workplace retirement savings option for private sector workers in the Garden State. Secure Choice creates an easy pathway for workers to save out of their regular paycheck. The professionally managed program will be available to private sector workers in the Garden State who do not currently have access to a retirement savings plan through their job – …

— By Aliya King When Susan Cota’s husband, Vic, 76, began to show signs of dementia, she knew he would need full-time care. Cota, 68, considers herself fortunate because her children and neighbors in Atlantic Highlands have always helped out so that she is not overwhelmed. But the adult-care center her husband attends two full days a week has also been a game changer. It gives Cota a much-needed break, time she spends attending a caregiver support group and a quilting …

— By Evelyn Liebman, AARP New Jersey Advocacy Director On March 28th, Governor Murphy took a monumental step in ensuring a more secure financial future for hardworking New Jerseyans – a single step that was years in the making. With the signing of the bi-partisan new Jersey Secure Choice Savings Program Act, Governor Murphy gave new life to an initiative that had been gutted and left to die on the vine in the previous administration. There is broad agreement NJ’s retirement …

— 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 …

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