— The candidates for Rhode Island governor join AARP to tell us how they will help seniors gain better financial security, end financial exploitation of seniors, and allow an aging population easier access to home- and community-based services.  #AARPRI #AARPRI Remember that AARP is non-partisan, full stop. We do not endorse candidates or make contributions to political campaigns, candidates, or PACs. Our power rests in the fact that our 38 million members VOTE! We asked all major candidates to participate in our …

— By Kathleen Connell, State Director Published September 1 in RI Senior Digest Today in Rhode Island, some 193,000 people over 65 and individuals with disabilities are covered by Medicare for their health care. Nearly 218,000 65 and older are already receiving Social Security. Rhode Islanders earn their benefits through a lifetime of hard work. I don’t have to tell you how important this is to people who want to age with dignity and confidence. They are around you every day …

— AARP is asking everyone 50-plus to pledge to vote Nov. 6—and to hold politicians accountable on critical issues such as Medicare, Social Security, prescription drug costs and caregiving. AARP Rhode Island is encouraging turnout by distributing voter guides, monitoring candidates’ positions on issues and collecting pledge cards at events across the state. The pledge cards ask residents 50-plus to “Be the Difference. Vote.” To help with this effort, make plans to attend a meeting of advocacy volunteers on Tuesday, Sept. …

— 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 …

— AARP Rhode Island to Visiting Presidential Candidates: Tell Us Where You Stand on Social Security   (PROVIDENCE, April 21, 2016) As Rhode Islanders anticipate visits by as many as three presidentials candidate prior to the April 26 primary, AARP Rhode today called on contenders to choose the Ocean State as a place to better detail their plan for on updating Social Security. “This should be one of the campaign’s most talked about issues, said State Director Kathleen Connell. “Clearly it’s …

— Get Involved Learn how to help make a difference in November  by joining other AARP advocacy volunteers working to collect “Be the Difference. Vote” pledges across Rhode Island. To volunteer, email John DiTomasso or call him at 401-248-2655.   AARP Rhode Island is gearing up to ask the state’s 50+ population to pledge to vote in November. By now, you may have heard about Be the Difference. Vote. We’re asking members to join the effort to emphasize the importance of this …