AARP DC/Medstar: Living Stronger, Living Longer

What do you see in your future and the future of your loved ones? Living Longer, Living Smarter is a FREE workshop with the tools to plan for your future housing needs, caregiving considerations and financial stability. Then take your plan and discuss it with your loved ones. AARP DC is proud to partner with Medstar Washington Hospital Center to offer this community workshop. No products will be sold. #iHeartCaregivers What: Living Longer, Living Smarter: Picturing Your Future with a …

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Americans overwhelmingly want to age at home, and a new program in the District of Columbia aims to help residents do just that. The Safe at Home program provides up to $10,000 to eligible homeowners and renters to retrofit their homes to reduce the risk of falls and ease barriers that limit mobility. Common modifications include handrails, grab bars, shower seats, furniture risers, stair lifts and ramps. Applicants must be 60 and older, or between 18 and 59 and living …

Take A Stand-Strike Force Vols at CNN

Take A Stand, is an AARP non-partisan, national campaign pressing every Presidential candidate to lay out their plan to make Social Security financially sound so future generations get adequate benefits. Social Security needs to be updated for the 21st century so the promise can be kept for future generations. But this issue requires Presidential leadership. AARP DC volunteers, as a part of the AARP Strike Force, went to CNN and Fox News Washington Bureaus to put more attention on this …

Guests on "Washington Full Circle" are Mario Acosta-Velez, Gail Kohn, and Ron Swanda with host Furman Patterson.

Washington, DC follows the World Health Organization initiative to transform the District into an easier city for growing older. That’s why AARP DC is actively working with the Age-Friendly Business Initiative. This effort brings together business and non-profits in partnership with the Washington DC Economic Partnership to recruit and invite businesses to apply for the designation of being recognized as an “Age-Friendly Business.” So far, the Economic Partnership has recognized 32 District businesses whose products, services, and practices help make …

ND - Tax-Aide

This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for Washington, DC taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 48th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. Nationwide in 2015, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide’s 36,000 volunteers at more than 5,000 sites …

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Join AARP for free hands-on workshops for those who want to get the most out of their Android Smartphones. All participants will get hands on experience with their Android Smartphones as well as a free touchscreen stylus pen. Registrants must bring their own Android Smartphone or pad to get the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) experience. These AARP events are fun and free, but seating is limited If you are new to mobile technology, but ready to discover how apps …

Sheila Alexander, Director of DC Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs and Earl Fowlkes, President & CEO, Center for Black Equity

Speakers from the Mayor’s Office on LGBTQ Affairs and a range organizations representing the transgender community and advocates for older LGBTQ residents convened an interactive discussion called, “State of the Union for LGBTQ Elders in D.C.” The Black History Month event was hosted by AARP DC, Sage/DC and PRiSM, the AARP LGBT employee group. Offering opening remarks was Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) who recognized the LGBTQ community for their strong advocacy work that resulted in several human rights successes …

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The nation’s capital is home to more than 75,000 family caregivers, who provide $870 million worth of unpaid services annually for their parents, spouses or other adults. Caregiving can be especially daunting when a loved one needs medical attention at home. That’s why AARP DC is urging the Council of the District of Columbia to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. The legislation would allow every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver. The hospital would be required …

Gay Pride Pin-back

In his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama included LGBTQ people highlighting the strides that were made during his administration and providing hope that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) will be treated equally in all aspects across the United States. On Monday, February 29, 2016 at 6:30 p.m., in celebration of Black History Month, join AARP DC, Sage/DC, Mary’s House, and PRiSM (the AARP LGBT employee resource group), for a FREE lively discussion about what …

Daddy & Brenda Bronze Star Cap

The following feature was written by Brenda C. Siler, associate state director for communications in the AARP District of Columbia State Office. It’s been interesting for me and my siblings to learn about a significant part of our Dad’s military history through the recently published book authored by Linda Hervieux, Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, at Home and at War. We learned that our Dad, Floyd Siler, Sr., landed on Utah Beach in Normandy on D-Day as …