A Common Sense Solution

Posted on 12/4/2014 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Advocacy | Money & Work | Virginia More and more Virginians are now faced with the possibility of running out of savings before they retire. According to the National Institute on Retirement Security, the typical working-age household has only $3,000 in retirement assets and near-retirement households have just $12,000 in savings. About 1.3 million Virginians lack a way to save for retirement at work. As a result, workers are more likely to rely on Social Security as their only source of retirement income. How can we make …

Help a Neighbor in Need with Soup for Seniors

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Events | Press | Virginia | Volunteering ROANOKE_ LOA is collaborating with AARP Virginia and organizations across the Roanoke Valley and Alleghany Highlands to collect soup, crackers and other non-perishable food items during a drive February 2-7, 2015. Winter is a difficult time for our older homebound neighbors and the choice between food and heat can be hard. Help make the decision easy by ensuring their shelves are stocked with warming soups and other non-perishable food items. Help end senior hunger by giving soup and crackers to …

Exploring Ways to Help People Save for the Future

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work | Virginia More than 45 percent of Virginia workers—some 1.3 million people—don’t have access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan. AARP Virginia is urging lawmakers to establish a committee to study this issue in 2015 and recommend ways to help people save for the future. AARP supported a bill this year that would have allowed the Virginia Retirement System to set up a savings program for private-sector employees without a pension or 401(k) plan. Although the bill never reached the House floor, AARP …

AARP Virginia Recognizes Neil Walsh of Norfolk with its Most Prestigious Community Service Award

Posted on 11/17/2014 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Virginia STAUNTON _ AARP Virginia has selected Neil P. Walsh to receive the 2014 AARP Virginia Andrus Award for Community Service — the association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. The organization honored several individuals, organizations and AARP chapters for volunteer work at its annual awards ceremony on Nov. 12. Walsh, of Norfolk, is a legislative advocate with AARP Virginia and has been the spokesperson for the reform of payday lending practices in the State of Virginia. …

Ten Tips for Caregivers to Cope with Stress at the Holidays

Posted on 11/4/2014 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Virginia by James L. Brooks. Associate State Director, AARP Virginia Caregiving for a family member or friend is a gift.  It can also bring stress.  While stress is part of caregiving year round, it can become even more intense during the holidays.  Here are ten tips caregivers can use to help cope with stress at the holidays: 1.  Keep it simple.  One way to cut stress is to streamline plans.  Focus on having a few holiday activities and meals rather than …

Lifelong Learning Unlocks New Interests

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources | Virginia By Sue Lindsey Retiring from her job teaching elementary school in Fairfax County in 2009, a year after her husband died, Wendy Campbell faced an uncertain future. That changed when she found an educational program, geared toward older adults, that has given her new energy. Campbell, of Lorton, is among nearly 1,200 retirees and others who are finding mental stimulation, social contacts and a life purpose at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University, according to its volunteer …