AARP Virgin Islands

Biography:

Noemi Garcia is the Associate State Directors of Communications in the AARP Virgin Islands State Office. She is also the Staff Lead of Communications/Community Outreach and Diversity.

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In the VI Hispanic Heritage Month is for Everyone

Posted on 07/15/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ngarcia/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Virgin Islands |

En Español While a large portion of the Virgin Islands population considers its self to be Hispanic, when it comes to celebrating the contributions of Hispanics in the VI, all Virgin Islanders join in the festivities. Herminio ‘Emilio’ Torres, the President of the non-profit organization “Estate Profit Action Committee” or EPAC, gets excited as he relates the schedule of events that his small, but mighty committee works on each year to bring attention to the important role that Hispanics have played …

En las Islas Vírgenes el Mes de la Herencia Hispana es para todos

Posted on 07/14/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ngarcia/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Virgin Islands |

Mientras que una gran parte de la población en Islas Vírgenes se considera hispano, cuando se trata de celebrar las contribuciones de los hispanos en las islas, todas se unen a las festividades. Herminio ‘Emilio’ Torres, el presidente de la organización sin fines de lucro “Comité de Acción a Beneficio a Profit” o EPAC por sus siglas en Ingles (Estate Profit Action Comittee), se excita cuando se refiere al programa de eventos que su pequeño, pero poderoso comité obra cada …

NOT ALL GERS RETIREES RETIREMENT BENEFITS ARE IN IMMEDIATE JEOPARDY

Posted on 06/3/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ngarcia/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Virgin Islands |

In the Thursday May 26, 2016, Board of Trustees meeting of the Government Employees’ Retirement System (GERS), the vice-chairman of the board Judge Edgar Ross after a lengthy discussion on the provisions in Title 3, Chapter 27 Sections 718 and 718(a), and Chapter 28A, Sections 767 and 767a of the Virgin Islands Code, made a motion consistent with the law in Sections 718 and 767 (regular retirees) and 718a and 767a (early retirement program).  The motion, effective immediately, directed the …

Beneficios fiscales de propiedad pueden ser suyos si usted planea hoy

Posted on 06/1/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ngarcia/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Virgin Islands |

¿Quiere ahorrar algo de dinero de impuestos y asegurarse de que pueda permanecer en su hogar a medida que envejece? Usted puede ahorrar hasta un 20% en sus impuestos a la propiedad por hasta 10 años si se planifica por adelantado. El 22 de octubre del 2013 normas y reglamentos que regulan un programa llamado La Ley de Diseño de Vivienda Visitable y Programa de Incentivos fueron promulgadas por el Departamento de Planificación y Recursos Naturales de las Islas Vírgenes …

Property Tax Benefits Can be Yours If You Plan Today

Posted on 05/31/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ngarcia/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Virgin Islands |

Español Want to save some tax money and ensure you can stay in your home as you age?  You can save as much as 20% on your property taxes for up to 10 years if you plan ahead. On October 22, 2013 rules and regulations governing a program called The Visitable Housing Design Act & Incentive Program were promulgated by the VI Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR). These regulations spell out the steps that homeowners need to take …

Residents have a Role to Play In VI Health Planning

Posted on 04/14/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ngarcia/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Virgin Islands |

If you visited the AARP Virgin Islands booth at the Agricultural Fair in February, you were given information about the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and the survey that is being done in the territory.  The BRFSS is a project within the VI Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program which is tasked with compiling health studies on various topics. The studies are completed using data received from Virgin Islands residents. The studies are very important to the territory …

The VI Fights Fraud – Shreds Instead

Posted on 04/14/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ngarcia/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Virgin Islands |

“The consumer has more power than they think,” stated Devin Carrington, the Commissioner of the Virgin Islands Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA) at a recent Town Hall meeting on St. Thomas, “Too often we depend on the government to do everything, but we, as consumers need to work in solidarity and not allow businesses to provide us with products or services that are not up to standard.” The same holds true for taking action to protect ourselves from …

El Proyecto de Ley CARE se convierte en ley en las Islas Vírgenes

Posted on 04/7/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ngarcia/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Virgin Islands |

English En un movimiento sorpresa, el Gobernador de las Islas Vírgenes Kenneth E. Mapp vetó el proyecto de ley de Cuidado o en ingles CARE (proyecto de ley Nº 31-0237) a finales de marzo citando numerosas preocupaciones como justificación para su veto. La oficina de AARP Islas Virgenes recibió la notificación del veto, el sábado 26 de marzo durante el fin de semana de días feriados y comemoraciones de Pascua. En respuesta al veto, Denyce Singleton, Directora Estatal de AARP …

The CARE Act Becomes Law in the Virgin Islands

Posted on 04/5/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ngarcia/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Virgin Islands |

En Español In a surprise move, Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth E. Mapp vetoed the Caregiving Bill (Bill Number 31-0237) late in March citing numerous concerns as justification for his veto. The AARP VI office received notification of the veto on Saturday, March 26 in the middle of the Easter Holiday weekend. In response to the veto, Denyce Singleton, the AARP VI State Director, forwarded a letter to the Senate President the following Monday. The letter addressed each of the Governor’s …

Bereavement: The Death of a Loved One

Posted on 03/30/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/ngarcia/" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Virgin Islands |

Tracy Sanders, RN, MN, CNS Continuum Care, Inc. The death of a loved one can be devastating. Some of the feelings that can arise from losing someone, and where you can go for help and support. Bereavement affects people in different ways. There’s no right or wrong way to feel. You might feel a lot of emotions at once, or feel you’re having a good day, then you wake up and feel worse again. Powerful feelings can come unexpectedly. It’s like …