— Hours: AARP Massachusetts is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: One Beacon Street, Suite 2301 | Boston, MA 02108 | Local Map Our location is in downtown Boston, easily accessible via automobile or MBTA. The closest MBTA stops are: Red Line: Park Street; Orange Line: State; Green Line: Park Street or Government Center; Blue Line: State or Government Center. Call: 866-448-3621 Email: ma@aarp.org Fax: 617-723-4224 Members of the press should contact Communications Director Cindy Campbell at 617-305-0515 …

— Did you know that there are low income seniors and persons with disabilities right in your own community that need your help? With compassion, patience, and a few hours each month, you can make a difference. Consider volunteering with the Massachusetts Money Management Program. Jointly sponsored by AARP, Mass Home Care, and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs through its Protective Services Program, the Massachusetts Money Management Program deploys trained volunteers to help low-income older adults and people with disabilities manage their daily finances …

— Attention Massachusetts voters in Congressional District 5: It’s time to vote (yes, again). We’ve anticipated some of your questions about the special state primary today, Tuesday, Oct. 15—and subsequent election on Thursday, Dec. 10—and have provided answers below: Another “special” primary and election? Why? Today’s special state primary—and the special state election in December—have been called to fill the vacancy left in the Fifth Congressional District by then-Congressman Ed Markey. Markey resigned from Congress in July when he was elected …

— In 1994, Sec. William Francis Galvin was elected as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the state’s top third constitutional office, where he has served ever since. The 28th elected secretary in the Commonwealth’s history, Galvin serves as the state’s elections officer, and is one of the top election law specialists in the state. With a special primary election and special state election coming up soon in the Fifth Congressional District of the state, we posed “3 Questions” to Sec. Galvin about …

— Are you concerned about the future of Boston for the city’s 50+ population? Would you like to have a hand in shaping that future? If so, you’ll want to mark your calendars and be sure to attend the Boston Aging Issues Forum! The forum takes place this weekend, on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 1-2:30 p.m., and will be held at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Boston. The forum’s hosts—AARP Massachusetts, and your two AARP Chapters in Boston—want to hear from …

— If you’re a Boston resident, today’s the day to cast your vote in the Boston primary election for mayor. Known officially as the Preliminary Municipal Election, today’s primary will decide which two of the 12 candidates running for mayor will spar against one another in the actual election for mayor—officially called the Boston Municipal Election—which takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. If you haven’t voted yet, is it because you aren’t completely sure who’s running? That might be understandable; after …

— AARP Massachusetts invites local residents to voice their thoughts and concerns about the future of Medicare and Social Security during a You’ve Earned a Say Community Conversation on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., at the Amherst Senior Center in the Bangs Community Center, Amherst. The You’ve Earned a Say conversation will be moderated by Michael Festa, state director for AARP Massachusetts, and Linda Fitzgerald, state president for AARP Massachusetts, which serves more than 800,000 members age 50 and older …

— The AARP Massachusetts Executive Council provides strategic direction for AARP at the state level. The 10-member board includes 9 volunteers, led by the State President, Linda F. Fitzgerald. Each member brings uniquely valuable skills and experience to AARP.           Linda F. Fitzgerald is currently serving her third term as AARP State President.  A lifelong Springfield resident, Linda retired after a 30-year career focused on advancing aging issues at the community level, in state government, and in …

—   By Carol Brooks Ball and Catherine Kenny When the Fourth of July rolls around in the Bay State, most people have made plans to spend the day celebrating with family or friends. Many, in fact, have July 4th traditions they hold dear,  returning to the same spot year after year to watch a fireworks display or attending a cookout or even relaxing at a favorite beach. But perhaps you’re looking for a new way to celebrate the holiday and …

— By Kira Hessekiel, Advocacy and Outreach Support AARP Massachusetts This week, the Massachusetts State Legislature passed the budget for the 2014 fiscal year. The culmination of a complex negotiation process, it carries several wins for older Bay Staters. AARP Massachusetts is proud to report that this budget saw an increase in funding for home and community-based care, thereby eliminating the Home Care Waiting List. This victory means that Massachusetts residents have more freedom to choose the living environment that best …