— Attend a FREE HomeFit workshop to learn how to make your home safer and better, with ideas ranging from adding practical improvements to planning major age-friendly renovations.  Join us on Thursday, June 13th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the AARP Rhode Island State Office located at 10 Orms Street in Providence.  Parking is free and refreshments will be served. An occupational therapist, a representative from the building trades/zoning board and a representative from the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities 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 …

— 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 …

— At the upcoming RI Home Show (April 4-7, at the Rhode Island Convention Center), the main attraction will be a four-room age-friendly model home, sponsored by AARP Rhode Island. The organization is looking for volunteers to work in shifts, giving tours, demonstrating the home’s latest aging-in-place features, distributing materials and sharing AARP Rhode Island’s advocacy story. AARP Rhode Island supports the state’s 134,000 caregivers through its State House advocacy, including championing passage of the CARE Act, and provides many resources …

— WASHINGTON—AARP has opened applications for the 2019 AARP Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change across the country. Now in its third year, the program is part of AARP’s nationwide work on Livable Communities. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand dollars for larger projects. “The AARP Community Challenge helps local leaders and organizations make immediate improvements that benefit residents of all ages. With direct support from AARP, communities are able to make …

— Two “quick action” projects in Rhode Island have been completed, thanks to Community Challenge grants. At biweekly sessions, AgeFriendly Rhode Island has educated residents on how to install smartphone apps and use ride-sourcing services. In Central Avenue Park in East Providence, the city installed five park benches and game tables and replaced the tops and benches of two picnic tables. Both projects, among 129 nationwide to receive the AARP grants this year, were completed in November. “We are confident that …

— 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.

— 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 …

— Working Together to Strengthen a Community AARP Rhode Island and a tireless group of volunteers is dedicated to working with community partners to create Livable Communities. In the past, “Livable Communities” seemed to be about building neighborhoods that were accessible to old people. The term was associated with “Aging in Place,” which was misunderstood to mean “allowing old people to live in their homes to the very end.” This is not where we are today. Building Livable Communities means people …