Most Voters Want State-Run Retirement Plan

Posted on 12/19/2014 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Advocacy AARP Survey Shows Many Virginians Haven’t Saved for Retirement  RICHMOND – A new AARP survey has found that most registered voters age 45 and older living in Virginia support a state retirement savings plan.  “Workplace pension plans are scarce, only about half of employees have access to retirement savings programs like 401(k)s and individuals haven’t saved enough to retire comfortably,” said AARP Virginia State Director Bill Kallio. “It’s time for the state to take action to halt this looming crisis.” …

A Common Sense Solution

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

Advocacy 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 …

Are you a family caregiver? We want to hear from you!

Posted on 10/21/2014 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Advocacy Nearly half of family caregivers are being called on to perform medical or nursing tasks, often with little or no explanation or guidance.  Are you a family caregiver? Have you ever had a loved one come home from the hospital and no one showed you how to do the medical or nursing tasks that you were asked to perform?  AARP Virginia wants to hear from you!  AARP Virginia is urging the 2015 General Assembly to pass legislation to ensure that …

Watch Mark Warner & Ed Gillespie Face Off in the #PeoplesDebate LIVE

Posted on 10/13/2014 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Advocacy Virginians across the state — or the world — can watch U.S. Senator Mark Warner face his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie in the People’s Debate tonight at 7 p.m..  Thanks to debate media partners WCVE-TV PBS and WTVR-TV CBS 6, the debate will be broadcast statewide on stations in every Virginia market.  The debate, co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Virginia, will also air live on C-SPAN and be live streamed online by several news organizations. You can …

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 …