— 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 …

— By Kathleen Connell, Published in RI Senior Digest We all want the same things. What? How absurd. The world is filled with all kinds of people with all kinds of wants. Sure. That’s true. But when it comes to where we live – where we call home – there are certain things we share. Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or income, we can all agree that improvements to our communities benefit everyone. Here’s what tops the list: Safe, accessible and …

— Our informal polls are conversation starters, but the results are striking (NEWPORT, RI) Very few folks (thank you, kindly) suggest we’ve lost our marbles when we ask people to vote on questions presented at our local events. Our informal polls are fun and, most of all, great conversation starters on important subjects. Below are results of our polls at the 2017 Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open in Newport. Over several days, we asked tennis fans to vote on four …

— 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 …

— Register early for AARP Rhode Island’s next “Movies for Grownups” free screening of The Infiltrator on Thursday October 13th, 7 p.m., at the Warwick Mall Showcase Cinemas. We’ll see you at the movies. #AARPRI

—   Join the ranks of AARP volunteers taking part in the 2016 Back to School Celebration     Kids and their families may not be thinking about going back to school but the Rhode Back to School Celebration, AARP Rhode Island and other community partners are preparing. Big time. It’s the annual event that makes sure more than 12,000 children receive a new backpack filled with school supplies. It’s a big boost for struggling families and it happens to be …

— We’re Returning to Newport for AARP Day and Throughout International Tennis Hall of Fame Tournament Week July 15 is AARP Day This year, we’re at the tournament to promote Caregiver Awareness and to introduce people to AARP advocacy efforts and resources that support caregivers and their families.   PROVIDENCE – Three years ago, they had us at “Tennis – the sport for a lifetime.” AARP Rhode Island made a decision that tennis provides an opportunity to encourage people to stay at the very …

— Carlo Gamba receives Attorney General’s Justice Award for Senior Protection Congratulations to retired teacher and longtime AARP volunteer Carlo Gamba, who has displayed outstanding work educating seniors on how to protect themselves from identity theft, investment fraud, or other telephone, email, and online scams. Carlo has become an avid volunteer spokesman for AARP’s free service called the Fraud Watch Network. He travels around Rhode Island leading workshops and informing residents on the latest scams, using his teaching acumen to reinforce prevention tips; explain …