— Harvey, Irma, Maria – these powerful and dangerous hurricanes have been devastating to the communities in their path of destruction. At the same time, wildfires and earthquakes have impacted the west coast of the United States. No matter where you live, it is important to take action now to prepare for emergencies. Here in the District of Columbia we never know what winter storms may be in store for us! September is National Preparedness Month, and FEMA encourages you to …

— AARP signaled another milestone in its efforts to build a more localized presence in communities across the country, with the opening of AARP DC’s new office location in the Navy Yard neighborhood. On June 29, 2017, AARP DC celebrated the move with an “Opening Day” event attended by more than 100 guests, including: AARP DC Executive Council members, Andrus Award winners, former AARP DC State Presidents, AARP Chapter leaders, community leaders and AARP staff and volunteers. When AARP first established …

— Your advocacy support is needed – Call your D.C. City Councilmember and ask for a markup on UPOAA! On June 1, 2017,  AARP DC volunteer, Phyllis Pricer delivered testimony to the District of Columbia Council Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety in support of amending the Uniform Power of Attorney Amendment Act of 2017 (UPOAA). Multiple national studies have found that financial exploitation of seniors is the most common and one of the most under-reported types of elder abuse. Financial …

— Between 2005 and 2013, scores of D.C. residents lost their homes because they couldn’t afford to pay small property tax bills. Now, the D.C. government is paying $1 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought by such former homeowners to stop tax-lien investors from taking homes through foreclosure. AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) worked with the District Council to change D.C. tax collection laws in 2014. Under the old system, investors bought property tax liens and then …

— Age-Friendly DC is a coordinated, comprehensive, and collective-action effort with the goal of ensuring that the District of Columbia is a great place for all ages to live, work and play! As a DC resident, you have a say in building a better future for the city. What has improved in your community? What concerns you? We want to hear from you! Please RSVP here for an upcoming listening session in your community. In 2012, Age-Friendly DC implemented a strategic …

Medicare

— At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. Thankfully, President Trump repeatedly said throughout his campaign that he would not allow changes to this vital program. “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago.” More than 72,000 D.C. residents receive Medicare coverage now, and another 110,829 will be eligible for Medicare in the next 15 …

— 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 …

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 …

— 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 …

— It’s not a stretch to say that Washington, DC is home to one of the most progressive and sizzling food scenes in the world, but are these eateries working to become Age-Friendly Businesses? To answer this question, AARP DC took to the grounds of Citi Open, one of the only ATP 500 level tennis tournaments in the world, to ask attendees about their favorite DC restaurants. As a result, over 200 people, some of whom traveled from as far as …

— Your VOTE, Your VOICE, Your POWER! Calling seniors and allies across all 8 Wards to gather in preparation for a citywide movement aimed to protect the rights of seniors and fight for quality services.  Last year the budget for senior services faced substantial cuts. It is clear that the District’s seniors need to be at the table when budget decisions are being made. To amplify the voices of our local seniors, the Senior Advocacy Coalition (SAC) and AARP DC will host ward-by-ward Advocacy …

— 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.  …