— 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 …

— By Tamara Lytle Virginia voters will choose this fall between candidates for governor who differ on taxes, health care and jobs. Republican Ed Gillespie, 56, chaired the Republican National Committee, was a White House counselor to George W. Bush and, more recently, worked as a lobbyist and political consultant. He lives in southern Fairfax County. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who turns 58 this month, is the Democratic nominee in the Nov. 7 election. He is a pediatric neurologist and an …

— Please join us at these free workshops to learn more about dementia caregiving from several community resources and keynote speaker, Paul Raia, who has been directing patient care and family support at the Alzheimer’s Association for over 30 years.   Overcoming Inertia: Essential Conversations for Family Caregivers Wednesday, June 7 from 6:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce Street, Springfield Register online * Complimentary dinner served at 6 p.m.; Program starts at 6:30 p.m. Behavioral Sleuthing: Uncovering …

— Recognize an exceptional Virginia volunteer! AARP Virginia seeks nominees for the 2017 Andrus Award for Community Service Winner to receive $500 for nonprofit of their choice Know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older? Show your appreciation by nominating her or him for the 2017 AARP Virginia Andrus Award for Community Service, named for AARP’s founder, Ethel Percy Andrus. AARP’s most prestigious volunteer award recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills in ways that significantly enrich the lives of others. …

— By Sue Lindsey Howard began to suspect something was terribly wrong with his aunt’s finances a few years ago when a $50 check she had sent for his birthday bounced. He eventually discovered that his sister-in-law, whom his aunt had trusted to take care of her bills, had drained her accounts and left her deep in debt. Howard, of Arlington County, didn’t want his full named used to protect his 76-year-old aunt from further embarrassment. She lost her house, her …

— We’re excited to announce the second annual community conference for Advance Care Planning Month! “Truth or Consequences: Advance Care Planning Essentials” is presented by the As You Wish Advance Caring Partnership, a program of the Advance Care Planning Coalition in Eastern Virginia. The day will kick off with opening remarks by Senator Mark R. Warner and a Keynote presentation by William A Hazel, Jr., MD, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources. Health care professionals and patient advocates will also …

— Small changes in your home can make a big difference in your life. They can make your home a space that enables you to thrive as your living situation changes and make life easier for visitors to your home—from grandchildren to adult children and friends. Attend this free workshop to find out how simple changes to your home can create an environment where everyone is welcome, and everyone can flourish. AARP is teaming up with Rebuilding Together Arlington – Fairfax …

— Small changes in your home can make a big difference in your life. They can make your home a space that enables you to thrive as your living situation changes and make life easier for visitors to your home—from grandchildren to adult children and friends. Attend this free workshop to find out how simple changes to your home can create an environment where everyone is welcome, and everyone can flourish. AARP is teaming up with Arlington Neighborhood Village and Arlington …

— Nearly three-quarters of older adults and individuals with disabilities in Virginia receive services and supports in their homes and communities, forcing them to rely on an unpaid caregiver. By 2030 the number of potential family caregivers will decline from 7.2 to an estimated 4 family caregivers for every person age 80 or older – a 55% reduction since 2010. HJ 680 stands for House Joint Resolution number 680, and would create a joint subcommittee to study issues related to family …

—   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 …

— VirginiaNavigator, a statewide non-profit that provides free web-based resources for older adults, people with disabilities and their families, announced today the launch of the newest addition to its family of websites: VeteransNavigator.org. The comprehensive website – designed to serve and help Virginia veterans – was made possible thanks in part to a $100,000 grant from Dominion Resources, parent company of Dominion Virginia Power. “Virginia is home to over 800,000 veterans and the need for veteran’s services – and easy connection …