By Celia Bacelar
Connecticut is aging and undergoing “a permanent and historic transformation in its demographics,” according to Connecticut’s Legislative Commission on Aging (CLCA).
According to the CLCA’s Connecticut for Livable Communities report, the state’s 65 and older population is projected to grow by 57 percent by 2040. During the same period, Connecticut’s 20- to 64-year-old population is projected to grow less than 2 percent.
The report also states that life expectancy for Connecticut residents is 80.8 years of age — the third highest in the nation.
That’s good news. As a woman who is entering her golden years, I began to look for information on how to navigate benefits and options for this phase of my life. With my daughter’s help I came across a great resource, the American Association of Retired Person’s – AARP.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people who are 50 years old or older turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities. AARP also strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families, such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In Connecticut, AARP has almost 600,000 members, and I am one of them. Just as the search for more information on to how to navigate our lives in the U.S. as a family led to creation of Tribuna, becoming an AARP member inspired the creation of a new column in the Tribuna.
Starting with this issue, AARPCT will partner with the Tribuna to bring information to the 50-year-old or older community, explore legislative changes and their impact, the joys and challenges of family caregiving, how to prevent fraud and ID theft, resources to help you secure their financial future and more.
“We are very excited about our new partnership with Tribuna! It allows AARP Connecticut an opportunity to bring you news, information and resources that impact you, your community and your family,” said Nora Duncan the state director for AARP Connecticut.