Help the Hungry

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

Health & Wellbeing Nearly 1 in 8 residents of the nation’s capital struggle with hunger, and the annual AARP D.C. Drive to End Hunger aims to help. AARP is hosting an orientation Sept. 18 to train volunteers, who will greet shoppers and collect nonperishable food at area grocery stores Oct. 3-4. All donations will go to the Capital Area Food Bank and local pantries. About 18 percent of D.C. residents reported not having enough money to buy food at least once in the …

Caregiving and Isolation within the LBGT Community: The Real Deal

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

Health & Wellbeing On June 5, 2014, AARP DC will lead a public conversation during the 2014 Capital Pride Week about gaining knowledge to identify caregiving and isolation resources. (Learn more about this event and register here.) Wes Morrison, an AARP DC volunteer, has learned to manage his caregiving needs and confront his feelings of isolation.  This is his story. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging estimates that between 1.75 and 4 million Americans ages 60+ who are lesbian, …

Lounge & Learn About Caregiving During Capital Pride

Posted on 05/31/2014 by | AARP DC | Comments

Health & Wellbeing On Thursday, June 5, join Capital Pride and AARP DC in a conversation about managing through the challenges of caregiving. How does one prepare to care for a loved one or oneself when faced with illness or aging? What steps should be taken to avoid feeling isolated? Join Capital Pride and AARP DC for a networking reception and conversation addressing caregiving and isolation. Hear a group of experts share their knowledge about how you can “get over the hump” and …

“Chinatown,” the Documentary Hosted by AARP DC

Posted on 05/29/2014 by | AARP DC | Comments

Health & Wellbeing “Chinatown” is a documentary about the Washington, DC community that is the home to approximately 300 Chinese immigrants. Produced and filmed by Yi Chen, the movie explores DC’s Chinese community and the challenges for the Chinatown neighborhood to stay intact while providing for the needs of older Chinese residents. In observance of Asian American Pacific Islander Month, AARP DC recently hosted two screenings of “Chinatown” for its neighbors, residents of Wah Luck House, a housing facility predominately occupied by older …

A Pledge to Live Longer and Smarter

Posted on 05/2/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz Like snowflakes, no two women are alike. But we do tend to hold one thing in common: we take care of others before we take care of ourselves. As a gift to yourself this Mother’s Day, how about focusing on your own wellbeing? A great place to start is to join AARP’s Decide. Create. Share℠ initiative. It’s designed to help women of any age take steps today to prepare for a healthy, safe and secure tomorrow. Through …

Making Sense of Health Insurance Lingo

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz If you’re like me, one of the more uncomfortable parts about seeing a doctor is putting on the paper gown. Does the opening go in the front or the back? Can I get it on before the door opens? Why is the office always so cold? Sometimes I feel just as exposed when I don’t understand certain terms in the pages of paperwork my insurance provider sends me after a routine appointment. For many people, the language …