— Secure Choice, a voluntary workplace retirement savings option that could help millions of working New Yorkers save for their futures on the job, was enacted into law as part of the 2018-19 New York State Budget. When the program is fully implemented as expected in two years, Secure Choice will provide a convenient way for people to save at work – and continue saving even if they change jobs. What is the “Secure Choice Savings Program”? A new, voluntary workplace retirement savings program …

— 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 …

— Over 150,000 New York homeowners face potential foreclosure every year. Many of them fall prey to scam artists who promise to help them restructure their mortgage loans but never do – or trick them into signing over the deed to their home. This problem is particularly acute in New York’s communities of color and among older homeowners who have built up equity in their homes. And new varieties of deed theft scams continue to evolve, as loan modification scammers become …

— From raising families to serving the country, women have made many contributions to society. Let’s celebrate women and all the great achievements they have made with the start of Women’s History Month! This month we will highlight some successful and empowering women that are not only shattering the preconceived notions that exist amongst gender but also of aging. Stay tuned each week to read the inspirational stories behind each of these influential women! Isabel Negron An accomplished speech and language …

— 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 …

— 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 …

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— AARP New York is promoting awareness of a statewide resource for grandparents and other relatives raising children who are not biologically their own. The Kinship Navigator can connect relatives to services and grants for the children, regardless of the caregiver’s income. In addition, the program provides information about guardians’ rights to make medical decisions for the children, enroll them in school and handle other legal issues. As many as 200,000 New Yorkers, including more than 130,000 grandparents, are raising about …

— AARP New York is urging legislators to boost the 2017-18 state budget for non-Medicaid services that help older New Yorkers age safely at home. The goal is to provide transportation, home-delivered meals, adult day care and other services for people who are eligible for, but are not yet receiving, home- and community-based services. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) submits his 2017-18 state budget proposal in mid-January, and state legislators begin negotiations in February. In a recent AARP/Siena College survey, 87 percent …

— Join AARP at Circle of Sisters* as we unite, empower and celebrate people of color at the Jacob Javits Center on October 15-16, 2016. AARP is proud to be the Title Sponsor of the 2016 Circle of Sisters. This year, our booth theme is “Health, Wealth, & Self,” and we’ll be providing lively interactions on site to keep you vibrant, healthy, and financially fit. Our booth will feature fun photos for all, our brand new health tracker, information on social …

— 200,000 seniors are currently on waiting lists for affordable housing in NYC. And right now, the NYC Council has the opportunity to pass a commonsense measure that will give aging adults the chance to access affordable housing, by supporting Mayor de Blasio’s Affordable Housing plan which will create at least 10,000 new affordable units for seniors and 200,000 total affordable units throughout the city over the next decade. Senior housing is too vital — we can’t allow the status quo, antiquated …