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. 2. 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 votes …

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 …

AARP DC Discuss Legislative Priorities with Congresswoman Norton

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

Advocacy   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Contact:  Brenda C. Siler Phone:  (202) 434-7711 Email:  bsiler@aarp.org Twitter:  @AARPDC    AARP DC Volunteers Press Congress on Vital Issues During Older Americans Month Issues Include Bipartisan Older Americans Act, Medicare, Age Discrimination, Transportation Safety and More  WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in the midst of Older Americans Month, AARP DC volunteers and staff visited Capitol Hill to urge their elected representatives to back bills, including the Older Americans Act, that can help …

Be Heard on DC Mayor’s Budget Impacting Older Citizens

Posted on 05/13/2014 by | AARP DC | Comments

Advocacy Commit to making the District of Columbia an Age-Friendly City – a place for people of all ages. Voice your support for a $4.5 million increase in the proposed City Budget that allows the DC Office on Aging (DCOA) to give grants to community organizations serving older District residents. DCOA grants fund city services such as home-delivered meals, affordable housing, adult day health care, and grandparent caregiver subsidies. Follow this link to send your letter of support. http://action.aarp.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&id=4104  

AARP DC Leads Age-Friendly DC Discussion

Posted on 12/6/2013 by | AARPDistrict of Columbia | Comments

Advocacy Key knowledge leaders from throughout the District recently met to assess needs that ensure the city is an age-friendly community.  AARP DC and the District’s Age-Friendly DC Initiative are collaborators for an international effort started by the World Health Organization (WHO) to respond to significant demographics trends in: urbanization and population aging. AARP State Director Louis Davis facilitated a meeting where leaders from area organizations discussed how DC functions in two of ten categories for DC’s Age-Friendly Initiative. The ten …

Consumers Call for Transparency About Energy Supply

Posted on 12/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy The D.C. Public Service Commission (PSC) is investigating the marketing practices of retail energy suppliers to ensure adequate consumer protections. In a deregulated utility market, consumers can buy energy from retail suppliers instead of using standard plans offered by electric and gas utilities. Some D.C. residents have complained of being switched without their consent. AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) submitted testimony to the PSC in July describing deceptive marketing practices reported by clients and recommending ways to fix …