Soccer, Health and Wellness – The Right Combination

Posted on 11/3/2014 by | AARP DC | Comments

Health & Wellbeing On Sunday, September 14th, more than 225 people from the Washington, DC Hispanic community took in sports, wellness and community information during the DC Continental Soccer League quarter-final soccer games held at the Cardozo Education Campus athletic field. The full-day event kicked off a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration for AARP members and their families. This was the second time AARP DC sponsored an event with Fossalex, a nonprofit organization that provides resources and support focused on financial security, health and …

Caregivers Guide for Caregivers Month

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP DC is observing National Family Caregivers Month by reaching out to help people caring for vulnerable loved ones in the nation’s capital. The state office is distributing copies of “Prepare to Care,” a guide that can help caregivers learn about available resources and make a plan that includes taking time to nurture themselves. In addition, people receiving care or who are friends of a caregiver can express appreciation through the Thanks Project at thanksproject.org.  In 2009, about 68,000 caregivers …

Congregate Meals Offer Healthy Eating and Socialization

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

Health & Wellbeing 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

Health & Wellbeing 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

Health & Wellbeing “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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …