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— You love your community and you want to give back. Have valuable skills and tons of experience. So what is your next step? Where do you begin looking for a volunteer opportunity that will be a good fit for what you would like to do and your lifestyle? Volunteering is a noble way of providing services to your friends and neighbors. But what exactly do you want to spend your personal time doing for others? One way you can find …

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— You love your community and you want to give back. You’ve got valuable skills and tons of experience. So what is your next step? Where do you begin looking for a volunteer opportunity that will make a good fit for what you would like to do and your lifestyle? Volunteering is a noble way of providing services to your friends and neighbors. But what exactly do you want to spend your personal time doing for others? One way you can …

— Virgin Islanders who care for an aging loved one at home just got a huge boost of support from the legislature. A new law, which took effect March 30, improves communication and coordination between hospitals and family caregivers. The Caregiver Advice, Record and Enabling (CARE) Act allows every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver and requires the hospital to notify the caregiver before the patient is transferred or discharged. It also requires the hospital to show the caregiver how …

— Many veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan came home with stress disorders, brain injuries or loss of limbs. AARP members are helping such veterans heal through a program that gives them a weeklong, all-expenses-paid break on the island of St. John. Team River Runner, a national nonprofit organization, promotes health and healing of wounded warriors through adaptive kayaking and snorkeling. Members of AARP St. John Chapter 4777 help raise funds to host about 20 to 25 veterans per …

— 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. …

— By Lester Strong, Vice President and Chief Executive of AARP Experience Corps It’s December. That part of the year when winter officially descends, providing us with short days and long, quiet nights. It’s a time when people reflect on their lives, giving thought to what they are doing now and where they want to be in the future. No matter the age or stage in life, as the year draws to a close nearly everyone takes time to “reimagine” their …

— A dozen AARP VI volunteers joined AARP VI State Office staff bright and early on Wednesday, September 11th to participate in the 12th recognition of AARP’s National Day of Service. They gathered to work on “Operation Paperback”; a special project that provides reading materials to soldiers overseas. For the past 12 years AARP has diverted from its routine business to conduct a service project in various communities across the United States as a way of demonstrating their support and concern …

— Rikki Nelthropp joins the AARP VI Executive Council Margaret “Rikki” Nelthropp is the CEO of the Virgin Islands Medical Institute (VIMI) the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for the U.S. Virgin Islands; a role she assumed in July 2011. VIMI is contracted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), and its VIMI’s mission includes three main points. First and foremost it is to improve the quality of healthcare in the U.S. Virgin Islands for Medicare beneficiaries. VIMI also serves as …

— By Lester Strong, Vice President & CEO AARP Experience Corps As this generation of adults move toward their retirement years, they are reimagining their lives as never before.  Some are turning hobbies into small businesses; others are finding new “careers” as volunteers.  You may find yourself in this position. Though there are many ways to enrich your community and your life through volunteering, one of the most important ways you can give your time is in service to improving children’s …

— AARP Virgin Islands is once again making preparations for a major volunteer event! That event is officially known as the St. Croix Agricultural and Food Fair or Ag Fair to most. It is the ultimate good time for both young and old alike.  “Ag Fair,” according to AARP State Director, Denyce Singleton, “Is the event everyone plans to attend. Whether it is to volunteer at the AARP VI booth or to take advantage of the sights and sounds of the …