Digital Coach: Where to Get Help

Posted on 09/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

About AARP | Community | Home & Family | Local Resources | Technology | Volunteering Digital literacy isn’t just about Internet shopping and social media. Increasingly, programs such as Medicare, Social Security and the Virgin Islands Government Employees’ Retirement System are moving to paperless communications. Virgin Islanders who are not comfortable online can get help from a younger, digital-savvy generation. Through the AARP VI Digital Coach Program, local high school students are teaching people about triple their age how to use digital media. The training is free, and it helps students satisfy community service requirements. …

PREVENTATIVE CARE IS THE BEST FORM OF HEALTH CARE

Posted on 07/16/2015 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources | Money & Work Newly elected Chairman of the VI Government Employees Service Commission, (GESC), Beverly Joseph, advises government employees and retirees that “sickness comes at any hour and it makes no sense to put off essential medical services that could prevent serious illness or even death.” “In our 20’s, we tend to think that we are invincible, but it is only as we hit our 40-50’s that we begin to get concerned about preserving the health status we’ve come to enjoy. Unfortunately, in …

Health-Insurance Negotiation More Transparent

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Community | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Money & Work Every year, lawmakers in the U.S. Virgin Islands negotiate a contract to provide health insurance for government workers and retirees. Never easy, the task used to be more difficult because details of the plan were kept largely under wraps until late in the process. That resulted in deadline pressures and rumors about cost and coverage. Earlier this year, the nonprofit St. Croix Government Retirees Inc.—trained in advocacy by AARP—successfully pressed for a new law that streamlines the process and makes …

Estudiantes de escuela secundaria de las Islas Vírgenes ayudan a personas mayores de edad a usar la nueva tecnología

Posted on 04/22/2015 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Español English AARP Islas Vírgenes en general constantemente trabaja en multitudes de programas a la vez y nuestro programa de entrenamiento que se lanzó recientemente “AARP Islas Vírgenes Entrenador Digital” no es una excepción. Este nuevo programa está bajo el programa más amplio de AARP nacional titulado Mentor Up. El programa AARP Islas Vírgenes Entrenador Digital, desarrollado como una experiencia de aprendizaje digital para personas mayores en las Islas Vírgenes, se puso en marcha a principios de este año en la …

Ongoing Health Insurance Contract Status Becomes Public

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy | Community | Health & Wellbeing VI Government employees and retirees can breathe a little easier now, thanks to Senator Nereida Rivera-O’Reilly’s commitment to fulfilling a promise she made to the St. Croix Government Retirees, Inc. Bill 31-0016, an Act to require simultaneous submissions of a copy of the government’s proposed health insurance contract be sent to the Governor and the Legislature upon completion of the GESC’s negotiations, streamlines the process to obtain adequate funding and keeps the public aware of the contract’s status. The Bill, …

Electric Rates: Price Relief on the Way

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work Virgin Islanders pay as much as five times the average U.S. rate for electricity, but the price is on its way down, providing relief for people on fixed incomes. Some older residents have been using candles at night to save on energy costs. The territory traditionally has relied on imported crude oil to generate electricity. Recent moves to develop alternative energy sources have brought down the price, however, and consumer advocates expect the trend to continue. AARP Virgin Islands is …