— Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. And it’s not hard to imagine, given all the data breaches in the news lately. Combating fraud and identity theft is a priority for AARP New York and that is why we are launching Operation: Stop Scams. “Identity theft is one of the most prevalent types of fraud encountered by people age 50 and over,” said Beth Finkel, State Director of AARP New York.  “By doing something as simple as shredding their documents, …

— Recently, Secure Choice, a voluntary workplace retirement savings option was included in the final 2018-19 New York State Budget. When the program is fully implemented in two years, Secure Choice will provide a convenient way for people to save on the job, and continue saving if they change jobs. AARP thanks Governor Cuomo for his leadership in proposing this game-changing program in his executive budget. We applaud the Governor, Senate Leader Flanagan, Assembly Speaker Heastie and their houses for including Secure Choice as …

— New York State has long been home to some of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the nation. New York’s ethnic communities—primarily comprised of African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino populations are not only growing, but also aging at a rapid pace. Given these changing demographics, AARP convened thought leaders, elected officials and leading organizations that serve New York’s ethnic communities to launch a multi-year effort to identify disparities that exist among their ethnic 50-plus communities and develop an …

— En Español.  AARP New York and the Paid Family Leave Coalition fought for the Paid Family Leave program because family caregivers who work shouldn’t have to choose between caring for a loved one or losing their jobs. In January 2018, we reached that goal when one of the strongest Paid Family Leave laws in the nation took effect. Here are five things you should know about New York’s Paid Family Leave program: 1) What is paid family leave? Under a …

— By Philip Lentz Most New Yorkers of color over age 50 retire near the poverty line. They are more than twice as likely as older white residents to spend over half their income on housing. And 330,000-plus New Yorkers 60 and older are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (commonly known as food stamps) but have not signed up for it. These are a few of the troubling findings in three briefs issued by AARP New York that highlight …

— AARP, Asian American and Hispanic Federations, NAACP, Urban League join in unprecedented effort to disrupt racial and ethnic disparities in health, economic security and livable communities among NY’s 50+ NEW YORK, NY. – January 24, 2018 – AARP and top advocacy organizations for New York’s communities of color joined today to launch an unprecedented policy solutions agenda aimed at disrupting vast racial and ethnic disparities among New Yorkers 50 and older as detailed in a new brief on health, economic …

— Private sector workers in New York who are also family caregivers became eligible for paid family leave as of Jan. 1. Under a new law proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and supported by AARP New York, workers can take as much as eight weeks of family leave to care for older relatives, as well as to bond with newborns. They receive half their average weekly pay—or up to half the statewide average, whichever is less. By 2021, the maximums …

— Living with Arthritis can be a challenge, but the EnhanceFitness at the YMCA is a fun way to feel energized and in-control. The fitness and arthritis management program gives you access to certified instructors in a comfortable, friendly environment. Learn exercises that alleviate arthritis symptoms while increasing your endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance. Get your sneakers on and try a class out! Long Island AARP members pay a $75 registration fee with promo code APYMCA17. EnhanceFitness is FREE for YMCA members. To register at a YMCA near you, call 1-855-296-2254.  

— Join AARP & LULAC for an interactive town hall to discuss issues affecting Latinos! Whether you are a part of the Millennial, Gen X or Baby Boomer generation, this town hall brings a panel of influencers to participate in a discussion on Salud (health), Dinero (financial resilience) y Amor (personal fulfillment). Panelists will also have a dialogue on rising issues that impact our community. Panelists will share their expertise and insights on achieving balance regardless of life stage. Inspired by the philosophy—that by doing more for yourself …

— By Ann Levin Twice in her life, Nicole Cerullo has taken unpaid family leave. The first time, 11 years ago, she took three months off to care for her then 2-year-old seriously ill daughter; the second time, for her dying father. So Cerullo, 44, an elementary school teacher in Commack on Long Island, couldn’t be more pleased that as of Jan. 1, New York will join four other states in offering workers job-protected paid family leave. “It’s a huge relief …

— AARP New York is sponsoring a One Day University event in Manhattan. Four college professors will give lectures on such diverse topics as American history, aging and creativity, communication skills and musical masterpieces. The professors teach at Holy Cross College, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Florida and Fairfield University. The event is Sept. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. Admission is regularly priced at $195, but AARP members and …

— You may love feeling like a rock star with your shades on, but sunglasses in the summer are good for a lot more than vanity. Just like it’s important for your skin to steer clear of harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun, the same is true for your eyes. Make sure to wear sunglasses with both UVA and UVB protection so you can best avoid cataracts and other harmful eye conditions. If you’ve been diagnosed with Dry Eye, sunglasses are …

— With temperatures already into the 80s by mid-morning, we know we’re in for another hot one. Heat at this level is more than sweaty clothes and sticky streets, though – it can be hazardous to your health. More Americans die each year from heat waves than from tornadoes, earthquakes and thunderstorms combined. Older adults are especially vulnerable to health complications from heat because their bodies have a tougher time adjusting to changes in temperature. But heat doesn’t have to be …