— It’s unfair that Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world. We must crack down on price gouging and the greedy practices that keep prices artificially high. It’s time our leaders stick up for people 50+ and their families. Tell your legislators to support commonsense solutions to lower prescription drug prices today! COMING SOON AARP Rhode Island is planning a statewide tele-town hall on lowering prescription drugs. This is an issue of importance to virtually everyone. Watch this …

— As part of its 60th Anniversary celebration, AARP is installing very special fitness parks in each of the 50 states as well as where we have offices in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Working with national nonprofit FitLot, the equipment for the parks is adapted to meet a wide range of fitness levels.  The Newport installation, scheduled for July, will be located in Aquidneck Park, adjacent to the Edward King House. FitLot also will …

— 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 …

—   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. …

— Research shows certain activities can benefit brain health, but brain games not one of them En español | WASHINGTON, DC—The evidence for the long-term brain health benefits of what most people consider “brain games” is weak to non-existent, according to a new consensus statement issued today by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH). The good news is that there are many mentally-engaging activities that can help your brain stay sharp over your lifespan. “Brain games” can be fun and engaging, but often …

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— AARP urges Senators to vote ‘NO’ and start from scratch on new health care bill   WASHINGTON, DC—AARP Executive Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond sent the following letter today to all 100 Senators in response to the Congressional Budget Office score of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, urging them to vote ‘NO’ on the bill. Below is the letter in full: #AARPRI #AARPRI June 27, 2017 #AARPRI Dear Senator: Older Americans care deeply about access to …

— By Kathleen Connell Originally published in RI Prime Time magazine You hear it all the time: “Retire? Me? I don’t think so.” These days, many people’s retirement financial plan is to work (and save) as long as possible – way past 65 and many have no real intention of stopping in their 70s if their job or the work they do allow. However, people do retire. And here’s what we hear from them: “I’m busier in retirement that when I …

— AARP Launches Campaign to Protect Medicare Proposed ‘Voucher’ Plan Threatens Benefits of Rhode Island Residents   PROVIDENCE — AARP today launched a comprehensive campaign to protect Medicare in the face of proposals by some in Congress that would hurt hardworking Rhode Islanders who have paid into the program their entire working lives. Congressional proposals to change Medicare into a voucher system would dramatically increase health care costs and risks for both current and future retirees.  Over the next few weeks, …

— Gov. Raimondo, RIEMA Officials Prepare for Hurricane Joaquin  Urge Rhode Islanders to Prepare with Safety Tips   PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Raimondo is working with emergency management officials from the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA), Department of Health (RIDOH), Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM), State Police (RISP), Department of Transportation (RIDOT), and Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (RIDPUC) to prepare for Hurricane Joaquin as it moves its way up the Atlantic Coast. “My number one priority through every storm …

— By Bob Stephen and Rosa Maymi As you’re mapping out your retirement plan, don’t forget to include Social Security and Medicare in your thought process. When it comes to enrolling in these hugely important programs, timing is everything. Enrollment doesn’t usually happen at the same time, and both deserve special attention. Let’s take a close look at each. Social Security When You Are Eligible for Social Security Benefits Your eligibility for full Social Security benefits depends on when you were …