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Ginger Thompson


Ginger is Communications Director for AARP Virginia.

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AARP Virginia Asking Lawmakers to Help Caregivers

Posted on 02/8/2016 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

    AARP Virginia state advocacy volunteers are fighting for Virginians age 50+ at the General Assembly, especially those who help take care of older relatives. AARP volunteers are asking legislators to fund programs important to the 50+ population, especially those in long-term care facilities, family caregivers and those who need health care coverage. They are asking legislators for budget amendments to make sure the programs are funded. “Many long-term care residents are too medically or emotionally frail to speak …

Help LOA and AARP end senior hunger with soup and crackers (FREE document shredding on 2/4)

Posted on 02/4/2016 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

  FREE document shredding TODAY, February 4th from 10:30 am until 1:30 pm at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, 4909 North Lake Drive in Roanoke! ROANOKE _ A hot bowl of soup on a cold day will make sure that no senior goes hungry on wintery days when Meals on Wheels programs can’t make their deliveries. The Local Office on Aging (LOA) is collecting canned soup and crackers for area seniors February 1-5 as part of its annual “Soup For …

You Can Help Hold Down Costs and Increase Access to Health Care

Posted on 02/1/2016 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Tell Your Legislator to Vote YES on SB 264 and HB 581!   These bills allow Virginia advanced practice registered nurses who are certified and licensed in the specialty of nurse practitioner to practice to the full extent of their education and training in Virginia free clinics, federally qualified health centers and medically underserved areas after 2000 hours of post-licensure experience.  A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse (R.N.) who has also: Completed an accredited graduate-level education program; Passed a …

Fighting for Virginians: AARP Legislative Priorities for 2016

Posted on 01/11/2016 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

When lawmakers arrived at the Virginia General Assembly on Opening Day, our team of volunteer advocates were right there sharing our legislative priorities with them. We are requesting passage of legislation that will permit advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to have full practice authority. AARP Virginia is also advocating for more than $2 million to fund the state Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, more funding for a state respite care program that assists family caregivers, and for legislation to protect older …

How has an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse helped you?

Posted on 01/7/2016 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Is a family nurse practitioner your primary health care provider? Have you given birth with the assistance of a nurse midwife? Or have you had surgery with anesthesia administered by a nurse anesthetist? If so, we want to hear from you! Nurses are lifesavers not only for patients but for many family caregivers. AARP Virginia is seeking to break down barriers that prevent advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), such as nurse practitioners, from using all their training and skills to …

AARP Virginia Will Ask Lawmakers to Help Caregivers at Budget Hearings

Posted on 12/29/2015 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

AARP Virginia state advocacy volunteers will be fighting for Virginians age 50+ at state budget hearings on January 7. The volunteers will speak at regional public hearings of The House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees of the Virginia General Assembly. The committees are holding the hearings to solicit comments from the public on the Governor’s proposed 2016-2018 biennial state budget. AARP volunteers will tell the legislators to fund programs important to the 50+ population, especially those in long-term care facilities, …