— Watch our three part series to hear directly from the candidates on issues critical to 50+Rhode Islanders Remember that AARP is non-partisan, full stop. We do not endorse candidates or make contributions to political campaigns, candidates, or PACs. Our power rests in the fact that our 38 million members VOTE! We asked all major candidates to participate in our voter guide. Each was given the questions in advance and 60 seconds to respond. We did not edit their answers. Full Text …

— Applications Now Being Accepted Are you a passionate, strategic thinker with outstanding leadership qualities and the ability to motivate and inspire others?  If so, we want you! AARP Rhode Island is conducting a statewide search for the position of State President. This leadership volunteer position offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to utilize your skills and experience to make a positive difference in the lives of the Ocean State’s 50+ population, and their families. The AARP Rhode Island State President: Serves as Chair of …

— By Kathleen Connell, Published in RI Senior Digest We all want the same things. What? How absurd. The world is filled with all kinds of people with all kinds of wants. Sure. That’s true. But when it comes to where we live – where we call home – there are certain things we share. Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or income, we can all agree that improvements to our communities benefit everyone. Here’s what tops the list: Safe, accessible and …

— Discuss ways to make neighborhoods and nearby spaces better for all who live there at AARP’s Livable Communities Forum, on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m., at the AARP state office, 10 Orms St., Providence. Parking is free and refreshments will be provided. Register at aarp.cvent.com/RIForum or call 877-926-8300 toll-free. More at aarp.org/RILivable.

— Attend AARP Rhode Island’s Live! Online Career Expo Learn skills. Meet employers. Reach your goals. Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 1-4 p.m. ET Want to get ahead or get hired? If you live in Rhode Island you can’t afford to miss our Live! Online Career Expo. Employers and career professionals from your area will be online to help you learn about the skills they value. This three-hour online event was created to help you reach your career goals—and allow you to …

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

— By Kathleen Connell, State Director Published September 1 in RI Senior Digest Today in Rhode Island, some 193,000 people over 65 and individuals with disabilities are covered by Medicare for their health care. Nearly 218,000 65 and older are already receiving Social Security. Rhode Islanders earn their benefits through a lifetime of hard work. I don’t have to tell you how important this is to people who want to age with dignity and confidence. They are around you every day …

— AARP is asking everyone 50-plus to pledge to vote Nov. 6—and to hold politicians accountable on critical issues such as Medicare, Social Security, prescription drug costs and caregiving. AARP Rhode Island is encouraging turnout by distributing voter guides, monitoring candidates’ positions on issues and collecting pledge cards at events across the state. The pledge cards ask residents 50-plus to “Be the Difference. Vote.” To help with this effort, make plans to attend a meeting of advocacy volunteers on Tuesday, Sept. …

— WASHINGTON, DC—Today, AARP announced the awardees for its 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant program. A total of $1.3 million will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. Nearly 1,600 applications were received from non-profits and government entities for the program, now in its second year. Each of the projects, which must be completed by November 5, is designed to achieve one or more …

— By Kathleen Connell, State Director Published in RI Senior Digest, July, 2018   The AARP Fraud Watch Network provides a steady stream of advice aimed at pre-empting consumer fraud. The problem is rampant, costing Americans billions of dollars every year, and for some the loss of life savings. Your best protection is staying ahead of the scammers and con artists. They are as clever and persistent as they are devious and heartless. At a recent cyber security presentation in Warwick, …