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— Join AARP Virginia at one of our many local events AARP Virginia staff and volunteers work together in bringing you real possibilities to your community. We host informative workshops on how to modify your home for easy living, the ABCs of Aging and how you can make your voice heard in Washington. We also work in partnership with many community organizations to connect you to unique tools and programs to tackle issues that matter most to you and your family. Our …

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— The holidays should be full of joy and cheer, but AARP Virginia warns that the season may be rife with scams. A con artist may email you pretending to be a grandchild stranded and in need of money. A fraudster pretending to be with the IRS may call to threaten jail time unless you pay back taxes, which you don’t really owe. “Porch pirates” may steal holiday packages from your doorstep, and fake charities may try to cash in on …

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— While enjoying this holiday season it’s important to remember to take the time to give to the less fortunate members of the community; which is why AARP volunteers are giving back at this year’s Community Christmas Dinner. Starting at 11 a.m. in Christmas Day at the Community Market, located on 629 Craghead St. Danville, VA 24541, AARP will provide free resources on important topics including caregiving, fraud and housing while guests can enjoy a warm meal. This year’s volunteers are …

Nearly 30,000,000 meals per year are delivered to Utahns in need around the state because of donations to the Utah Food Bank.

— Winter is a difficult time for senior home-bound neighbors, some having to choose between heat and food. AARP Virginia and LOA want to help make their lives easier by ensuring their shelves are stocked with soups and other non-perishable food items. All it takes to make a difference is to start a collection then drop off the non-perishable items to a drop off site from February 6-10. The main drop off site is The Church of St. Peter and St. …

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— Members of the community are invited to join AARP Virginia for a special showing of TYRUS on December 18 at 6 p.m. at the Historic Naro Theater, located on 1507 Colley Ave. TYRUS is an award-winning documentary film about the inspiring life, art, and enduring impact of 106-year-old, Chinese-American painter and Disney Legend, Tyrus Wong. Set against a backdrop of immigration, poverty, and racial prejudice, TYRUS is the true story of 106 – year old pioneering Chinese American artist Tyrus …

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— The holidays aren’t always the happiest time of year – especially if you’re dealing with the stress of being a family caregiver. Or what if, you’re a long-distance caregiver that will return home for the holidays? AARP is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to present a very special webinar titled, “Caregiving & the Holidays: Signs, Expectations & Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers,” on Tuesday, December 6th at 3pm ET Ruth Drew, who is Director of Family and Information Services at the …

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— Don’t miss out! Register today for the free webinar, “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer.” Join AARP on Thursday, December 1st for a free webinar. “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer” will feature the inspiring true-life story of a dog named Bella who helped her owner, Jean Baur, find a sense of belonging and confidence after being downsized by her job. The webinar airs live at 2 p.m. CT on Thursday, December 1st …

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—   With U.S. consumers falling victim to the “technical support scam” in greater numbers than ever before, the AARP Fraud Watch Network today launched an initiative to raise awareness of the scam and educate consumers about how they can protect themselves. A survey released last month by Microsoft found that over the past year two-thirds of consumers have experienced the tech support scam, in which fraudsters pose as technicians from one of the major computer companies.  AARP’s effort to educate …

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—   Family caregivers spend an average of nearly 20 percent of their income providing care for a family member or other loved one, according to a new AARP Research Report, “Family Caregiving and Out-of-Pocket Costs: 2016 Report.” The report shows that family caregivers spend an average of $6,954 in out-of-pocket (OOP) costs related to caregiving, with Hispanic/Latino and low-income family caregivers spending an average of 44 percent of their total annual income. “This study spotlights the financial toll on family …

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—   You might not be able to teach old dog new tricks but, if you’re a job seeker, you might be surprised what lessons you can learn from a puppy! AARP’s upcoming free webinar “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer,” will feature the inspiring true-life story of a dog named Bella who helped her owned Jean Baur find a sense of belonging and confidence after being downsized by her job. Everyone who registers and attends the …