More in May!

Posted on 04/28/21

May brings some marvelous memorable AARP online experiences. They are FREE and waiting for you!

THURSDAY, MAY 6, 1PM - AARP Coronavirus Updates


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Experts will answer your questions and provide the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines, as well as how to prioritize mental wellness and maintain social connections during the pandemic. Sign up here if you’d like us to call you or click here to listen to the live event.



Celebrate Mother's Day with Movies for Grownups! After a 75-year-old immigrant mother gets fired without cause from her lifelong job as a hotel housekeeper, her son takes her on a bucket-list adventure to reclaim her life. As she struggles to find work, he documents a journey that uncovers the economic insecurity shaping not only her future, but that of an entire generation. Not rated.


MONDAY, MAY 10, 1:30 pm - Cloud Storage Presented by Senior Planet from AARP

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Learn the basics of cloud storage — a technology that lets you store documents, images, and other media files remotely while giving you greater accessibility, reliability, and protection for your important data. We’ll discuss what it is, why it’s the future of data storage, and demonstrate a few of the most popular services currently available to consumers.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 8 pm - When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

From Academy Award® winning director Caroline Link (Nowhere in Africa)'s comes an adaptation of acclaimed British author Judith Kerr's classic novel based on her childhood memories. The story of a Jewish family's escape from 1933 Berlin to Europe tackles prejudice, exile, displacement and adaptation, as told from the perspective of the author's alter ego, nine year-old Anna Kemper. Anna is too busy with schoolwork and friends to notice Hitler's face glaring from posters plastered all over 1933 Berlin. But when her father suddenly vanishes, the family is secretly hurried out of Germany. Anna begins to understand life will never be the same as she and her family navigate unfamiliar lands and cope with the challenges of being refugees. Not rated.


TUESDAY, MAY 18, 10 am: AARP Rhode Island & BH Link: Information for Better Health

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In recognition of Mental Health Awareness month, AARP Rhode Island is collaborating with BH Link, a behavioral health triage facility located in East Providence, Rhode Island, to bring you this forum to understand the importance of demystifying mental and behavioral health. A brief clinical overview will be provided on important signs to look for those in crisis and resources and services available.

Register now or call 877-926-8300.

TUESDAY, MAY 18, 7:30 pm - AARP Presents a Conversation with Kristin Hannah


Kristin Hannah, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including The Nightingale and The Great Alone, joins AARP for a discussion on her latest blockbuster -- and The Girlfriend Book Club's May Book of the Month -- The Four Winds.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 11 a.m. AARP Rhode Island Legislative Update

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Join us via Zoom as we speak to legislators and update our progress and find out if you are needed for a last-minute push to win passage of legislation critical to 50+ Rhode Islanders.


THURSDAY, MAY 20, 7 pm - Medicare Enrollment Questions Answered


Learn all about Medicare enrollment, what it costs and how to find the right coverage for you at our free webinar on May 20.


THURSDAY MAY 20, 4 pm. - AARP RI Healthy Cooking


Join AARP Rhode Island and Mary Weaver, from Newport Cooks, on will show us how to prepare Chicken Pot Stickers with Mirin Dipping Sauce and Fresh Thai Shrimp Summer Rolls. These appetizer favorites can serve as a quick, light meal to energize you for spending more time enjoying the nice outdoors and less time at the stove.

Miss this event? Watch the recording.

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 11 AM - May Rhythm Circle


Join us for a fun, interactive session where you’ll learn some music history while making music yourself. No instrument? No problem! A cardboard box, large bowl, pot or pan and a pair of spoons will work. "Bujo" Kevin Jones, a percussionist, band leader, producer and educator will lead us in this virtual rhythm circle. All ages are encouraged to attend.


TUESDAY, MAY 25, 10 AM - Smart DriverTek Virtual Workshop


Discover the safety Benefits of new car technology, including the very latest safety features. We’ll help you figure it all out!


WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 7 PM - Caregiving During Uncertain Times

Start your caregiving journey with tips from AARP—and explore the local Rhode Island programs made to help. Register for our free webinar on May 26th to learn more.

THURSDAY, MAY 27, 5 PM - Real Talk About Mental Wellness: – @AARPBlackCommunity Facebook Live

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Please join us for a conversation about mental wellness and the Black community. This conversation will be moderated by Dr. Sherry Blake and will break down mental health stigmas, explore the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and the new era of racial reckoning as well as the move toward healing within the Black community. Iyanla Vanzant, Dr. Arthur C. Evans, Jr. and Dr. Rahn Kennedy Bailey have been invited to bring their expertise to the conversation.

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Go back to school 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.


Wednesday, May 5, 6:30 pm - One Day University Lecture Series Presented by AARP: The Musicals of Stephen Sondheim The composer and/or lyricist of 18 major musicals, Stephen Sondheim is undeniably the most influential musical theater writer of his generation. But despite his success with critics and his shelves full of awards, most of his musicals lost money, and he has almost as many detractors as fans. This lecture will focus on Sondheim’s 3 major phases (the "lyrics only" phase, the Hal Prince years and the James Lapine collaborations) to determine not only which shows hit or miss, but also how his writing has changed the way we think about musical theater. Kaufman Music Center Director Sean Hartley will perform a few essential songs to illustrate points. 



Wednesday, May 19 at 6:30 pm ET:  One Day University Lecture Series Presented by AARP - The Real Stories Behind Famous Photographs -  Can a photograph really change history or define an age? We live in an era dominated by Instagram and Photoshop, but curated images have shaped the way we understand the present and the past since the invention of photography. This lecture explores the creation, diffusion, and reception of iconic images, stories that ultimately render these images even more meaningful. Jacob Riis, Lewis Hine, James Van Der Zee, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Joe Rosenthal, Charles Moore, and Eddie Addams explored poverty, child labor, migration, civil liberties, war, and civil rights – shaping our vision of modern America.


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



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 /103.1 FM).

The 60-second AARP Rhode Island Updates air daily on the above stations as well as WPRO (630 AM) and on our newest additions, WARV (1590 AM / 92.7 FM) in West Warwick, where updates will air weekday mornings at 8:05.

Tune in to stay in the know! 


Feeling lonely and isolated can be overwhelming, especially at this time of year. But help is available – and it’s free. Click here to learn more about Social Check-in.

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.

This story is provided by AARP Rhode Island. Visit the AARP Rhode Island page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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