Statewide Food Drive Sept. 8-15

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing  To meet the challenge of hunger statewide, AARP Virginia is coordinating a food drive throughout the Old Dominion Sept. 8-15. Volunteers can help at more than 150 collection sites, and donations will go to local food pantries. In Virginia, nearly 16 percent of food bank visitors are 65 or older, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. Even so, nearly 6 percent of older Virginians are at risk of hunger. To organize a local food drive, download tips at createthegood.org/howto. …

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

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Georgetown Starts Study to Halt Alzheimer’s Disease in Those at High-Risk

Posted on 06/10/2014 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Health & Wellbeing WASHINGTON (June 9, 2014) – Georgetown University Medical Center researchers have launched a clinical study aimed at slowing the development of Alzheimer’s disease in people who don’t have symptoms but already have signs in their brains. The study, part of a national effort at dozens of medical centers, is for older individuals who have amyloid plaque build up in their brains as seen on a brain PET scan. The plaque, a tale-tell sign of pending cognitive or memory decline, appears years …

Virginia Street Design Scored Poorly for Pedestrians Safety

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

The Art of Aging: Life Begins at Fifty in Fredericksburg

Posted on 05/7/2014 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Virginia welcomes Fredericksburg area residents to attend the Art of Aging Conference hosted by the Partners in Aging, Inc. to learn smart strategies for healthy aging. More than 80 organizations and agencies will be on hand to share information about their services and activities. “The Art of Aging is the premiere annual event for people 50+ in Fredericksburg. It offers a valuable opportunity to learn about resources, services in the area and to network with others.” Said James L. …

Caregiving Workshop

Posted on 04/13/2014 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Navigating the Modern Medical Maze for Caregivers   Author of The Unbroken Circle, James L. Brooks, M. Div, Associate State Director, AARP Virginia will speak at the Caregiver Workshop May 17 in Alexandria.  The session on Navigating the Modern Medical Maze for Caregivers will offer strategies and tools that anyone can use to plan care at home and advocate effectively for themselves or others. “Caring for a family member or friend during illness is one of the greatest gifts you …