— Find out more about this issue at AARP’s second in a series of free webinars. Social Security – Why It Pays to Wait Tuesday, June 27, 2019, 7 p.m. ET When it comes to getting the biggest monthly Social Security check, timing can be everything. That’s why learning about when to claim your retirement benefits is so important. Attend AARP’s free interactive webinar to have your questions answered and learn about the critical difference between retirement age and “full” retirement …

— Learn essential networking and interviewing skills at our free, two-part webinar. Sharpening Your Networking & Interview Skills Part 1: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, June 6, 2019, 7 p.m. ET No matter your skills or experience, getting the job often comes down to two critical factors: 1. Who you know, and 2. How you handle yourself in an interview. AARP’s free, two-part webinar, Sharpening Your Networking and Interview Skills, was created to help you hone …

— Learn about ways to avoid illegal robocalls and phone scams in this free, two-part webinar. Who’s Really on the Line? Fending Off Illegal Robocalls & Spoofing Part 1: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, May 23, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Robocalls have become an epidemic—there were nearly 48 billion of them in 2018 and phone scams are on the rise as well. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to protect yourself and your family from …

— Por Jill Gambon Madhav Kacker, de 91 años, de Sharon, se pasó años cuidando a su esposa, Vijai, que sufría de derrames cerebrales, estenosis del conducto vertebral, enfermedad cardíaca y otras dolencias. Como muchas personas que cuidan a sus seres queridos en casa, Kacker se dio cuenta de que se acumulaban los costos de bolsillo relacionados con el cuidado de su esposa. Había necesidad de tratamientos, equipos, medicamentos recetados y copagos para las citas médicas. Tuvo que hacerle modificaciones a …

— By Jill Gambon Madhav Kacker, 91, of Sharon, spent years taking care of his wife, Vijai, who suffered strokes, spinal stenosis, heart disease and other ailments. Like many people who care for loved ones at home, Kacker found that the out-of-pocket costs related to his wife’s care added up. There were treatments, equipment, prescriptions and copayments for doctor visits. He made updates to their home to accommodate his wife’s use of a wheelchair. “I had to modify a bathroom and …

— Three projects funded with Community Challenge grants have increased access to transportation, public spaces and affordable housing. The grants were announced last July as part of AARP’s Livable Communities initiative. In Springfield the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority installed benches to assist older adults and people with disabilities in using the regional transit service. The Old Colony YMCA in East Bridgewater improved the five-mile Hiking Viking trail by adding signs and ADA-compliant benches and boardwalks. And Habitat for Humanity of Greater …

— Attend AARP’s Free Webinar to Find Out How Social Security – Your Questions Answered Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 7 p.m. ET You’ve earned your Social Security retirement benefits. Make sure you get everything you’ve got coming to you by attending the first in a series of free Social Security webinars from AARP. Register for this session to get straightforward answers to questions like: When should I claim my benefits to get a larger monthly check? Will working after retirement affect …

— By Jill Gambon When she’s doing her grocery shopping, Gail Bielizna often runs into neighbors who ask her questions about income taxes. As a longtime volunteer for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, the South Hadley resident prepares 150 to 200 returns each year as a tax counselor. “It’s really about being part of the community,” said Bielizna, 66, a retired computer programmer. “I enjoy helping people. A lot of older people are really nervous about taxes.” Bielizna is one of …

— The state will have new members of Congress in January, and AARP wants to be sure they focus on issues of concern to older citizens, like family caregiving and financial security. AARP Massachusetts is looking for advocacy volunteers to join a team that will visit with elected officials, staff tables at local events, give presentations in the community and write letters to the editor. To learn more about how to become an advocacy volunteer, email ahodge@aarp.org or call 866-448-3621 toll-free.

— By Michelle Cerulli McAdams When Salem resident Patricia Zaido learned about the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, she knew she wanted her city to be a part of it. A former longtime faculty member and administrator at Salem State University, Zaido mentioned the age-friendly initiative to Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, who was enthusiastic. So Zaido got to work, forming a task force to tackle livability issues. “It’s been a good 10 or 12 years that I’ve been interested in …