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Volunteers Needed: March with AARP DC in the Capital Pride Parade

Posted on 05/22/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

AARP is committed to serving everyone 50-plus—including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) and their families. AARP DC is a sponsor for the 40th Celebration of PRIDE in the Nation’s Capital, June 3-14. The AARP DC State Office is seeking volunteers to help decorate the AARP DC parade float and march with us in the June 13 parade. One-tenth of the District’s population identifies itself as LGBT, a higher percentage than in any state in the nation, …

How to Share Your Caregiving Story

Posted on 05/12/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

The AARP state offices in Ohio and Michigan are encouraging members who care for an aging parent or other loved one to share their stories with millions of other people who perform the same important work and may need advice or a sympathetic ear. AARP will share these stories with lawmakers to encourage them to develop resources to relieve the burden on family caregivers, who are the backbone of the nation’s long-term care system. Ohio’s more than 2.4 million caregivers …

Aces Fans, Come Meet AARP at the Ballpark

Posted on 05/2/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Discount admission to the ballpark awaits baseball fans age 50-plus in northern Nevada. The Reno Aces—a minor league team affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks—are offering buy-one-get-one-free tickets to AARP members at five home games, as the Aces take on El Paso, May 13; Tacoma, June 17 and July 8; Albuquerque, July 22; and Nashville, Aug. 26. AARP volunteers will staff a table in the concourse at each game, offering giveaways and information about issues important to Nevadans 50-plus, such as …

Walk to Improve Sidewalk Safety

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Want to make the nation’s capital more accessible for older and disabled people? Go for a walk. While strolling with other AARP volunteers during the next few months, you can identify areas that need to be more navigable for the District’s aging population. AARP DC is organizing Block by Block neighborhood walks in cooperation with the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities and Age-Friendly DC, a program in the District government’s Office on Aging. The network’s priorities include safe, walkable streets, as …

Need a Ride? A Solution is on the Way

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Chances are, you’ll live a decade beyond your driving years—12 years longer on average, if you’re female. That can make it challenging to get to medical appointments, stores and leisure activities accessible only by car. Sussex County residents soon will have a solution: a ride service offered by the nonprofit ITNSouthernDelaware. Riders who join the cooperative in 2015 can lock into a lifetime membership for $35 a year plus mileage fees. Volunteer drivers will be able to give rides and …

Job Fairs in May and June

Posted on 05/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Virginia’s unemployment rate has been inching down as the nation emerges from the Great Recession. Even so, 4.8 percent of Virginia workers were unemployed in December. To help older workers connect with potential employers, AARP Virginia is hosting two job fairs—one this month, another in June. Older workers generally have lower unemployment rates than their younger colleagues. U.S. rates in 2014 were 4.3 percent for workers age 50 to 64 and 4.6 percent for those 65-plus, compared with 6.2 percent …