— The American Red Cross is seeking people to volunteer their time and help save lives at the Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events beginning September 23 through October 14. Most events are Saturday morning from 8:30-12:30, there are 19 different events across Colorado. Sound the Alarm in Colorado is part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires. By volunteering with the Red Cross, you …

— 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 …

— Soup for Seniors began in October of 2006 as a Make a Difference Day Project for LOA’s Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs.  That first year we had very modest goals of serving those within the program as well as the Meals on Wheels recipients.  The community fully embraced the project.  So much soup and crackers was donated that the LOA was able to service all of its clients, other needy seniors in the community as well as others in …

— By Carol Brooks Ball Volunteer David Sacenti of Springfield is someone who can always be counted on to help out. “I told Kara [Cohen, Community Outreach Director for AARP Massachusetts], ‘Whatever you want, I’m in!’” Sacenti, 61, told us recently during a phone interview. Elder hunger is a special concern for David. Part of his expertise as a volunteer includes helping local residents get the food they need through SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), the program formerly known as food …

— People 50+ from across Richmond will gather at this free event to learn strategies for health and wellness. A panel of experts will address the theme “Senior Maintenance from Head to Toe – All Systems Go.” The event will also include: •Health information • Flu shots and health screenings • Exhibits • Door prizes • Lunch Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm The G.R.A.C.E. Center at Fifth Street Baptist Church 1302 Victor Street Richmond, Virginia 23222 …

— AARP Rhode Island Applauds Signing of Family Caregiver Assessment Bill PROVIDENCE – AARP Rhode Island State Director Kathleen Connell today thanked members of the Rhode Island General Assembly and Governor Lincoln Chafee at a ceremony marking the signing into law of Family Caregiver Assessment legislation passed in the recent session. “The care provided by family caregivers – relatives, partners, friends and neighbors – is vital to the state’s long-term care system,” Connell said. “These unpaid caregivers provide the majority of …

— AARP would like you to know of the Colorado Senior Day being held on August 17th at Pueblo Community College Foundation, 900 W. Orman Ave. Fortino Ballroom, Pueblo Co 81004.   Attendees may find information that is useful to them.   Attorneys representing the Pueblo Bar Association will be giving various presentations from 8 am – noon (7:00 am – 8:00 am registration) on topics such as Elder Abuse, Grandparent Rights, Fraud, Identity Theft, Estate Planning, and more. There will be a …

— By Jean C. Setzfand  If you saved, say, 10 percent of your salary for the rest of your working life, do you think that would be enough to get by? The so-called “experts” have long pegged that as the target savings rate, but how would you know whether it would meet your individual needs? There are plenty of calculators out there to will tell you how much money you might have saved by the time you retire; some will even …

— The Elder Care Network of Northern Colorado is proud to present the ninth annual Larimer County Senior Law Day to be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013, at the Fort Collins Marriott Hotel Conference Center from 8:30 am until 3 pm. This educational one-day conference provides information specifically for seniors and their families in Northern Colorado. There will be a total of 11 morning and afternoon classes that will be repeated. The workshop presentations are: • Estate Planning Overview: The …

— Paula Wood’s story is like that of many retirees. Though married once, she is now single and supporting herself on social security alone. And, she has to make sacrifices to make ends meet. “I like living in a trailer. It’s a practical way of living for me. It’s the right amount of space for a single person and it’s easy to keep up,” she said. What Wood found surprising was the cost to heat and cool her mobile home, and …