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In order to reach more 50+ Rhode Islanders during the pandemic, we've taken to the airwaves with weekly appearances on radio stations in Woonsocket, Westerly and Newport.

AARP Rhode Island Communications Director John Martin (the former Rhode Island radio talk show host) joins the conversation on Woonsocket’s WOON (1240 AM) Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. as a guest on the storied “Coffee an…” morning show. Later on Tuesdays he chats at 9:30 a.m. with host Bruce Newbury on Newport’s WADK (540 AM). Wednesdays Martin checks in at 8:10 a.m. with morning host Frank Proznitz on Westerly’s WBLQ (1230 AM).

In addition, 60-second AARP Rhode Island Updates air daily on the above stations as well as WPRO (630 AM). Tune in to stay in the know!

One Day Universty


Go back to school this October for a series of One Day University lectures, presented by AARP. Engage with top university professors on a variety of fascinating topics geared towards the 50-plus community.

Click on the date to register for one or more of the pre-recorded lectures which will be followed by a live Q&A with the professor.

All lectures are free and held online. You must register in order to participate.

 Wednesday, November 11 at 5:30 pm ET
Reduce Stress at Home and Work. In this interactive workshop, University of Arizona Professor Andrew Shatté will guide us on a journey to help us better manage our stress. Learn the 24 factors that mire us in stress, including our thoughts, emotions, physical health, life events and even our values. He will share seven (7) easy-to-use skills that will change the way you think about stress and your response to it for a more balanced, positive and happier life. Details & Registration.

Wednesday, November 18 at 5:30 pm ET
Resilience When It's Hard to be Optimistic. Amherst College's Professor Catherine Sanderson returns for another class on positive psychology. In this lecture, she will discuss how mental habits have an enormous impact on resilience. She will give insights into how your thought patterns and behaviors can impact your success, happiness and health and teach you how to be resilient even in the face of difficult circumstances. Details & Registration.

To view a full listing of upcoming Lectures with One Day University, visit:

Improve Your Driving Skills - Online



Continuing our precautions against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, AARP has made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person AARP Smart Driver Safety Classes for the remainder of 2020.  However, the AARP Smart Driver online course is available right now.  Participants taking the online course will be eligible for a special 25% discount through December 31, 2020.  You may also qualify for multiyear discount on your car insurance.


The AARP Smart Driver course is based on the latest driver safety research and insights. By taking the course online, you can move at your own pace from the comfort of your home. Over nine in ten people reported changing at least one driving behavior after completing the course. The course will teach you:

» Evidence-based safe driving strategies
» How to deal with aggressive drivers
» New traffic laws and rules of the road

Plus, upon completion, you may be eligible for a multiyear car insurance discount. Consult your insurance agent for details.

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Email Lorna Oinonen to learn more about becoming a volunteer with AARP Driver Safety in Rhode Island at

Train online to become a Tax Aide Volunteer


The Rhode Island AARP Tax-Aide Program is seeking volunteers to provide help and assistance in the preparation of personal income tax returns.  Watch the video and then, to apply, just click the link below.

Lean more, become a Tax Aide volunteer.

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