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Social Security: It's time to Take A Stand

— Earlier this year, Wanda Witter, 80, was broke and homeless. Now, thanks to help from AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE), she has received nearly $100,000 in back Social Security benefits. For 16 years, Witter disputed the amount the Social Security Administration was sending her and returned the checks. Due to her lack of an address, the checks eventually stopped coming. But she kept all of her paperwork, and LCE helped her straighten it out with the government. She …

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—           Join the AARP DC State Office for a Community Conversation with the local LGBTQ Community to get an understanding of concerns individuals may be facing living in the District. AARP DC is interested in concerns of the LGBTQ Community and what the State Office can do to help guide the efforts of the Age Friendly DC initiative in making DC a better place for people of all ages.   Wednesday, November 30th  6:00pm-8:00pm Washington Ethical …

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— Having a loved one in the hospital can be stressful. But for family caregivers, the challenge may be even greater when the patient comes home and needs help with follow-up medical care. That just got easier for D.C. caregivers with passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. The new law, backed by AARP DC, allows hospital patients to designate a family caregiver and requires the hospital to record the caregiver’s contact information in the patient’s chart. In addition, …

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— AARP Foundation Experience Corps matches children with caring volunteers 50 and older who take time to tutor and mentor children who need basic literacy skills and guidance.  Volunteers receive extensive training and staff support to enable them to  meet the children’s needs.  Volunteers must possess a high school diploma or GED, pass a criminal background check and a basic literacy screening.  Volunteers must complete at least 25 hours of training and serve preferably three days a week for  a total …

Voter Guides

— The city of Washington, D.C. utilizes a “strong mayor” and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city’s primary legislative body while the Mayor serves as the city’s chief executive officer.  At-large council positions represent the entire District. The Washington, D.C. City Council is the city’s primary legislative body. The council votes on and drafts legislation, approves the city’s annual budget and sets the revenue required to fund the budget. Additionally, the …

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— Join AARP DC in congratulating Johnny Garcia, South Regional Advisor for Community, States and National Affairs, on being honored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with the 2016 Metro DC’s Finest Award.   Each year, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation honors the city’s most accomplished men and women who show exemplary leadership, are active in their community, and excel in their profession or business.  This year Johnny was one of only sixteen honorees named from across the Greater Metro Area. The award ceremony …

Mortgage

— AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) recently settled a class action lawsuit on behalf of reverse mortgage holders charged for excessive “drive-by” property inspections. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allows only one drive-by inspection per month to protect the lender’s interest in the property securing a reverse mortgage loan. The inspections cost about $20 each, and if conducted repeatedly, the fees can add up but may go unnoticed. The problem surfaced when a 95-year-old D.C. woman …

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— Join AARP on Tuesday, September 20 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET in AARP’s free Virtual Career Fair.  This live event is a great way for job seekers to: Re-charge their job search Connect with local and national employers and volunteer organizations, such as American Red Cross, AT&T, Toys R Us, and UnitedHealth Group Chat with recruiters, submit résumés, view job openings, and tap into on-site educational resources Get timely job search advice during four live webinars and half-dozen …

AARP Reaches Goal: Over 1.5 Million Meals Packed!

— On Sunday, September 11th and Monday, September 12th, AARP DC volunteers and staff participated in the AARP Foundation’s Celebration of Service Meal Pack Challenge. This year’s Celebration of Service event paid tribute to all the veterans and retired first responders who have given so much of their lives in service to others. It also lifted senior poverty out of the shadows and shined a spotlight on the needs of older adults who are struggling to secure the essentials. With the help …

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— In today’s uncertain economy, planning for your financial future is more important than ever. Don’t miss this opportunity for a free, private consultation on financial issues that matter to you with highly qualified CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals. In addition to one-on-one consultations, there will be workshops on a variety of financial topics throughout the day. Stay as little or as long as you’d like. It’s all free. Bring a friend!  Register for FREE at https://aarp.cvent.com/DCFinancialFreedom910  September 10, 2016 11 a.m. …