— Attend AARP’s free, two-part webinar to find out how. Tips for Working Caregivers from Working Caregivers Part 1: Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Are you trying to balance caring for an aging or disabled loved one while working full or part time? Get the tips, ideas and support you need at AARP’s free, two-part webinar. Register today to get answers from AARP experts, a working family caregiver like you …

— AARP Honors State Elected Officials for Helping Family Caregivers  PROVIDENCE, RI – To recognize their work to support family caregivers in Rhode Island, AARP on April 2 honor House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, Representative Marvin Abney and Representative Joseph McNamara along with Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, Chairman William Conley and Chairman Walter Felag for their work in helping to secure the funding to create the Livable Home Modification Grant Program, for home modifications such as walk-in/roll-in showers, chair lifts and wheel chair …

— Advocacy staff, volunteers urge passage of beneficial legislation  As part of our continuing efforts to support Rhode Island family caregivers, the following written testimony has been prepared for hearings the week of April 1, 2019.     Governor’s Commission on Disabilities Budget – Livable Home Modification Program Chairman Miller and members of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services On behalf of our 132,000 + AARP-RI members, we are in strong SUPPORT of keeping the estimated $500,000 in the …

— Rhode Island Livable Home Modification grants offer eligible homeowners and renters up to $5,000 to modify residences to make them more adaptable for caregiving. The program was renewed and expanded this year, in part through the advocacy of AARP Rhode Island and its legislative volunteers. “Widening a doorway, installing a wheelchair ramp or converting a bathtub to a walk-in shower can make all the difference for the caregiver and the person they assist,” said Kathleen Connell, state director of AARP …

— Thanks to all who visited the AARP Age-Friendly Home! And additional thanks to the some 40 AARP volunteers who met and helped so many Home Show visitors.     AARP can help make where you live a lifelong home that’s comfortable, and a great fit! Visit the Home Show’s AARP Age Friendly Home to learn smart solutions for making your home right for you. From simple modifications to large design projects, we’ll share solutions aimed at serving you for a …

— Get Your Questions Answered at AARP’s Free Webinar for Family Caregivers Navigating Insurance for Caregivers Part 1: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Caring for a loved one and have questions about their insurance options? Good news! AARP’s two-part question and answer webinar has the answers—and it’s free to attend. Register now to get expert advice about Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and other payment options. The webinar will also cover …

— AARP Rhode Island is hosting a paint night during National Caregivers Month to support the estimated 134,000 family caregivers in the state. Enjoy an evening of creativity, friendship and fun at “The He(art) of the Caregiver” event, where members can create a work of art for themselves or as a gift for the caregivers in their lives. Participants may also give this evening out to a caregiver as respite. Occurring on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m., the event will …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …