Workshop: Modifying Your Home to Fit Your Changing Lifestyle

Posted on 08/4/2014 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Home & Family Small changes in your home can make a big difference in your life! They can make your home a space that enables you to thrive as your living situation changes and make life easier for visitors to your home—from grandchildren to adult children and friends. Attend this free workshop to find out how simple changes to your home can create an environment where everyone is welcome, and everyone can flourish. AARP is teaming up with Arlington Neighborhood Villages to bring …

Statewide Food Drive Sept. 8-15

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

Home & Family  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. …

A Community Where Living Is Easier

Posted on 06/3/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Gil Klein When you walk into Linda Broadbent’s house in Charlottesville, you’re struck by the openness and airiness of this new home. It appears to be a comfortable place to live. What you don’t notice right away are the accommodations the builder made for her home to be certified as an “EasyLiving Home,” designed to accommodate people in all stages of life. Broadbent’s house is one of 36 in Charlottesville that make up Virginia’s first EasyLiving Home-certified community. It …

Back to Basics: Roadway Fundamentals Refresher

Posted on 06/2/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee When’s the last time you refreshed your knowledge of the rules of the road? If you’re like most older Americans, it’s probably been decades since you took a driver’s education course and got your first driver’s license. But even the most experienced drivers can benefit from a tune-up.   That’s what new research by AARP and the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, found. Using a driving simulator, the study aimed to uncover areas where …

Virginia Street Design Scored Poorly for Pedestrians Safety

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

Home & Family 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 …

Get ‘Fit’ for Lifelong Homes

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family AARP Virginia is offering “Home Fit” workshops to help people modify their residences before a fall or other crisis occurs. Fixes can range from putting a nonslip mat in the bath to installing handrails and making doorways wide enough for a wheelchair to pass. Virginia ranks 12th in the nation in the number of households with one or more residents age 50-plus, and 32 percent of those households have at least one person with a disability, according to an AARP …