AARP DC Receives Age-Friendly DC Strategic Plan

Posted on 12/11/2014 by | AARP Washington DC | Comments

Advocacy On December 10, 2014 at the DC Stadium Armory, nearly two years after the District embarked on the exciting journey to become an age-friendly city, Mayor Vincent Gray submitted to AARP the Age-Friendly DC by 2017 Strategic Plan. The plan now goes to the World Health Organization (WHO) as a part of the process for Washington, DC to be designated an “Age-Friendly City.” This plan, a product of the Mayor’s Age-Friendly Task Force, reflects the commitment of District residents and …

2014 Mayoral Candidates Share Views on Issues Affecting Older District Residents

Posted on 10/30/2014 by | AARP DC | Comments

Advocacy Before you go to the polls for the 2014 Washington, DC Mayoral election, take a look at videos where the candidates respond to issues of importance to older residents. On October 9th, AARP DC and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) David A. Clarke School of Law partnered to present a Mayoral Candidate Forum. Muriel Bowser, David Catania and Carol Schwartz, the top three candidates running for Mayor of Washington, DC, responded to five issue topics that included: …

October 9th Mayoral Candidate Forum Presented by AARP DC

Posted on 10/6/2014 by | AARP Washington DC | Comments

Advocacy Hear from the Washington, DC mayoral candidates on October 9, 2014. AARP DC is ready to inform its 89,000 members and the general public about priority issues important to DC residents 50+. Muriel Bowser (@MurielBowser), David Catania (@DavidCataniaDC) and Carol Schwartz (@DCCarolSchwartz) have pledged to participate. This AARP DC “Candidate Forum” will be co-moderated by Denise Rolark Barnes, Publisher of the Washington Informer and Katherine Shelley Broderick, Dean of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School …

Congregate Meals Offer Healthy Eating and Socialization

Posted on 10/2/2014 by | AARP DC | Comments

Advocacy Murelda Gass has family in Santo Domingo, Honduras and Jamaica.  She’s been in the U.S. for 42 years and has been retired for eight of those years.  She teaches at a wellness center and likes sitting down to socialize and exchange ideas with the people who come every day for a hot meal.  It’s part of the “Congregate Meals Program.”  You have to be a D.C. resident, age 60 or older and sign up at the employment center to have …

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 …