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— July-August 2016 Issue  DC Advocacy Happenings  Take a Stand: Have You Signed the Petition? AARP is advocating that each Presidential candidate have a plan to keep Social Security strong. The only way to make progress is for our national leaders to make Social Security a priority and put serious proposals on the table. This starts with Presidential leadership. Anyone who thinks they’re ready to be President of the United States should be able to tell voters how they’ll keep Social …

Tennis Group with Wayne Bryan

— For a second consecutive year, AARP DC was a sponsor for the 2016 Citi Open®. The nine-day event (July 16-24) took place at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. The free tennis clinic conducted by acclaimed tennis coach Wayne Bryan, was offered by the DC State Office. Bryan is the father of the Bryan brothers, the number two Men’s Doubles champs. Two of the tennis pros competing in this year’s Citi Open, served as “guest coaches” for the tennis clinic. …

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— Citi Open® is almost here with top players John Isner, Juan Martin Del Potro, Tomas Berdych, Caroline Wozniaki, Samantha Stosur and Sloan Stephens, the 2015 Citi Open Women’s winner. From July 16-24, Citi Open, one of the premiere tennis events, takes place at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center in Washington, DC. Access AARP-discounted Citi Open tickets through by clicking the discount code: DCTennis.  The AARP DC Citi Open discount ticket code can also be used by non-AARP members. The …

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— The nation’s capital is one of the most livable large cities in the United States, in part because of its extensive bike lanes. But are there enough lanes for the number of riders? AARP DC is encouraging the city to continue to expand its network of bike lanes to help residents get around town in an economic, healthy way. Transportation is key to the city’s age-friendly mission, and bike lanes help commuters and recreational cyclists stay safe from automobile traffic …

African American Woman Riding Bike

— La capital de la nación es una de las ciudades habitables más grandes en Estados Unidos, en parte por su gran cantidad de carriles de bicicletas. Pero, ¿hay suficientes carriles para la cantidad de ciclistas? AARP D.C. alienta a la ciudad a continuar expandiendo su red de carriles de bicicletas para ayudar a los residentes a transportarse por la ciudad de una manera económica y saludable. La transportación es esencial para lograr la misión de la ciudad de hacer una …

DC-CARE Act Thanks Mayor Bowser

— Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act of 2015 into law. The CARE Act requires that hospitals provide patients with an opportunity to select a caregiver after hospital admission, and it requires that hospitals record contact information for the caregivers and consult with them about the patient’s care plan after discharge.  “As a city, we are committed to making sure that every Washingtonian can live in their homes independently, for as long as they choose.  …

andrus

—   AARP DC is now accepting nominations for its 2016 District of Columbia Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50+ Washingtonians who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. The award honors AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus, whose motto “to serve, not to be served” continues to shape our work 58 years after she founded this association to help older Americans age with dignity and purpose. Nominations will be evaluated by …

AARP DC Cit-Open Volunteers #2

— AARP District of Columbia  is recruiting for several volunteer opportunities. Looking for an ongoing volunteer experience or a one-time-ONLY activity to put on your schedule? Then check out the list below that can be shaped to suit your schedule. Adults of any age can volunteer with AARP. Please see the volunteer opportunities below. There is a contact person provided for each opportunity. NEW!  Volunteer at the 2016 Citi Open: AARP DC is back for a second year at Citi Open. AARP will …

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— AARP is committed to serving everyone 50+ including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) and their families.  March with AARP employees and volunteers in the Capital PRIDE Parade on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  By signing up through the link below, you will receive information on where to assemble. Arrive early and help to decorate the AARP trailer. The parade route will be 1.5 miles through the Dupont Circle area of the …

Photo Courtesy of Dianna M. Kall, Greater Cleveland Volunteers

— Students who don’t learn to read by fourth grade are far less likely to graduate from high school, and in D.C. public schools, only two-thirds of students are graduating. That’s why AARP DC is recruiting volunteers for Experience Corps, an AARP Foundation program that promotes literacy among children in kindergarten through third grade. In a 2009 study, schoolchildren who worked with Experience Corps tutors in three cities improved critical literacy skills 60 percent more than their peers. The program enriches …