Many Older District Residents Benefit from SNAP

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP DC | Comments

Advocacy Mary says that “volunteer” is her middle name. “I’m a volunteer talk-show host and an advocate for a healthcare program in the District of Columbia and I’m a senior citizen.”  She’s also retired and lives on a fixed income.  When she was in her early 60s she connected with a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) and it made a big difference in her life.   Mary worked with a DC agency that helped her sign up …

“SNAP” Tackles Hunger in DC

Posted on 09/30/2014 by | AARP DC | Comments

Advocacy “I have faith and I am happy,” says Bernice Bowman.  Every morning her caretaker helps with her bath and meal preparation.  Once a month through the District’s Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) they purchase basic food products like cheese, juices, cereal, canned vegetables, applesauce and other items.  Bernice is willing to help others, too. “You never know who will come to you and need something to eat,” she says.  Support the AARP DC Annual Food Drive by donating at area …

Home-Delivered Meals in the District Help Fight Hunger

Posted on 09/29/2014 by | AARP DC | Comments

Advocacy Home-bound residents often depend on delivery of their meals while recovering from an accident or an illness. Here’s the story of District resident Tom Quinn who was discharged from the hospital for a hip and ankle fracture. He found it hard to get around and could not maneuver the steps to his apartment. He’s making it work with “Home-Delivered Meals,” a program offered by the D.C. Office on Aging. Tom feels good about people doing something for everyone. He calls …

Age-Friendly DC Public Meetings to get Feedback

Posted on 09/9/2014 by | AARP Washington DC | Comments

Advocacy   On October 3, 2012, the District joined other aspirant-jurisdictions to become an Age-Friendly City as part of the pilot AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities through the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. The goal of this program is to provide a system to educate, encourage, promote and recognize improvements that make cities, towns, and counties more user-friendly not only for their older residents, but for residents of all ages. Right now Age-Friendly DC is …

Voters: Know Before You Go

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

Advocacy The nation’s capital is electing a new mayor Nov. 4. What will that mean for Washingtonians age 50-plus? To help voters find out, AARP DC has prepared a voters guide and is sponsoring a live mayoral forum Oct. 9, 2014. The voters guide presents a side-by-side comparison of candidates’ views on issues affecting older District residents, such as financial security, caregiving, housing and an initiative to make Washington a more age-friendly city. Two out of three registered D.C. voters cast …

AARP DC SUPPORTS DISTRICT BUDGET ADOPTED BY DC COUNCIL

Posted on 07/14/2014 by | AARP DC | Comments

Advocacy       For Immediate Release July 14, 2014 Contact: Ivan Lanier Cell:  202-351-9862 Email:  ilanier@aarp.org Washington, DC – Continuing to advocate on behalf of Washington, DC’s older citizens, AARP DC supports the budget adopted by the DC Council which expands the District’s property tax relief mechanisms for seniors. The budget also makes substantial cuts in income taxes that will help all households, including most senior households.  The tax changes will raise taxes next year on some senior residents, as …