— 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, …

— About 100,000 Rhode Island workers who previously had no opportunity to earn paid sick leave have started earning it under a new law. The Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act took effect July 1. Backed by a coalition that included AARP Rhode Island, the law requires employers with 18 or more workers to let them earn up to three days of paid sick leave this year, four next year and five starting in 2020. Part-time employees would earn less …

—   AARP Andrus Award for Community Service AARP  Rhode Island is seeking nominations for the 2018 Andrus Award for Community Service. AARP’s most-prestigious volunteer tribute recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. Learn more about the awards and download the form to mail in your nominee information or…. For questions filling out this form, please contact Darlene Reza Rossi: Email: drezrossi@aarp.org Phone: (401) 248-2674     2017 Andrus Aawd Winner Phil Zarlengo     …

— Busy Family Caregivers Have Options To Election Day Voting PROVIDENCE — AARP Rhode Island State Director Kathleen Connell today urged all registered voters to review candidates’ positions on the issues and to cast ballots in the September 12 Rhode Island primary elections. “The 2018 midterms will be among the most historic elections in a generation,” said Connell.“ All voters are encouraged to participate, and the candidates for office would be wise to reach out to older voters. Age 50-plus Rhode …

— RI Voter Change of Party/Disaffiliation Deadline Nears If you want to switch parties, or if you would like to be registered with no party affiliation, you can change the preference in your RI voter registration. Planning on voting in the September Rhode Island Primary and November General Election and want to make a change in your party affiliation or disaffiliate from party designation? Voters have until June 14 to make the change with the RI Secretary of State’s Office. Make …

—   By Kathleen Connell AARP Rhode Island State Director This article appeared in the June 2018 RI Senior Digest Seems hardly a day passes that you don’t hear about someone who has just turned 100 or is celebrating a birthday beyond that magical milestone. We used to talk about people living to be 100 the way we talked about putting a man on the moon. Not so much anymore, as for many people today it has become a real possibility. …

— AARP Rhode Island warns there are plenty of reputable contests and sweepstakes out there (including some from AARP), and let’s be honest, winning feels great! However, there are questionable characters out there who are trying to hook you on winning to reel in the profits for themselves. #AARPRI How It Works: You’re told you’ve won a prize but: You have to pay a fee to collect your winnings; You have to wire money to a well-known company to insure delivery …

—       AARP Rhode Island Offers Free Document Shredding, Saturday, May 5 Dropoffs in Providence and Newport   Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. Shredding confidential documents you no longer need is one good wayto protect yourself, and the AARP Fraud Watch Network wants to help. Bring any confidential documents to our and we’ll shred them for free. You do not need to be an AARP member. It only takes a few minutes and can save you lots of …

— AARP-Backed Program Would Be Continued in the Next State Budget   STATE HOUSE – March 22, 2018 (Legislative Press and Public Information Bureau)  — Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston) and Sen. Walter S. Felag Jr. (D-Dist. 10, Bristol, Tiverton, Warren) joined with representatives of AARP Rhode Island at a press conference today to announce the introduction of the Rhode Island Livable Home Modification Grant Act. The legislation (2018-H 7880, 2018-S 2554) would allow eligible homeowners and renters …