— 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 …

— 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!

— 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, …

— 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. …