AARP Begins #WW2K Social Media Effort for Virginia Congressional Races

Posted on 09/2/2014 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Advocacy RICHMOND _Virginia voters will have a chance to publicly ask candidates for Congress and U.S. Senate questions and the office-seekers will have the opportunity to answer those questions in a continuous open forum between now and Election Day.   AARP Virginia today unleashed its 2014 voter engagement campaign, called We Want to Know. The effort, conducted last year for the gubernatorial and state legislative races, will be conducted entirely through social media. The initiative gives voters across the state an …

Senate Race Focuses on Budget, Health Issues

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Tamara Lytle Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat, and the man who wants his job, Republican Ed Gillespie, offer differing views on a variety of issues important to older voters. Both will be on the ballot Nov. 4 for the U.S. Senate seat that Warner won six years ago. Warner, 59, served four years as governor and was an early investor in a cellphone company that became Nextel. Gillespie, 53, has been chairman of the Republican National Committee and the …

New Scorecard Says Virginia Needs Improvement To Serve Older, Disabled Residents

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Advocacy More must be done to improve long-term services and supports, especially support for Family Caregivers Virginia ranks 19th when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, but AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to improve quality of life and quality of care, support for family caregivers, and effective transitions. This is according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support from the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The …

AARP Virginia and League of Women Voters of Virginia Extend The People’s Debate Invitation to U.S. Senate Candidates

Posted on 06/12/2014 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Advocacy AARP Virginia and the League of Women Voters of Virginia have extended an invitation to the Republican and Democratic candidates for U.S Senate to participate in the statewide broadcast of The People’s Debate, scheduled for Monday, October 13, 2014, from 7-8 p.m. EDT. “For more than 25 years, non-partisan voter engagement and education has been part of AARP’s mission to help Americans live their best lives,” AARP Virginia State Director Bill Kallio said. “We are proud to sponsor The People’s …

AARP Virginia Volunteers Press Congress on Vital Issues During Older Americans Month

Posted on 05/21/2014 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Advocacy Issues Include Bipartisan Older Americans Act, Medicare, Age Discrimination, Transportation Safety and More   WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in the midst of Older Americans Month, AARP Virginia volunteers and staff visited Capitol Hill to urge their elected representatives to back bills, including the Older Americans Act, that can help Americans live their best lives. Visits to the offices of Senators Mark Warner, D-VA and Tim Kaine, D-VA and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Eric Cantor, R-VA, Scott Rigell, …

Virginia Street Design Scored Poorly for Pedestrians Safety

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Advocacy Report finds pedestrians disproportionately killed and injured due to poor street design A new report released by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America ranked Virginia 22 most dangerous in nation for pedestrians due to poor street design. Three of Virginia’s metropolitan regions were ranked poorly for pedestrian’s safety among the 51 largest metro areas in the nation. The report, Dangerous by Design 2014, ranks America’s major metropolitan areas according to a Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) that assesses how safe pedestrians …