— 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 …

— Join us on September 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm ET for Part 1 of AARP’s Interactive Social Security Webinar as we explore each of the five most asked about (and often misunderstood) Social Security topics—including applying for benefits, survivor benefits, spousal benefits, the earnings limit, and benefits for married couples. Plus, you can ask specific questions for the experts to answer using our interactive Q&A tool. We’ll also introduce you to AARP’s easy-to-use online tools, including our Benefits Calculator and a …

— With the tax filing deadline looming, AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) is reminding district residents they may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $1,000 to help with housing costs. Available to both homeowners and renters, the credit could help some residents avoid eviction, foreclosure or utility shutoffs. Once available only to people with up to $20,000 adjusted gross income per year, the credit has been extended to those with up to $50,000 a year—or $60,000 …

— Now through April 18, 2017, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, offering tax preparation help to anyone – AARP members and non-members alike – who cannot afford a tax preparation service. Since 1968, Tax-Aide has helped nearly 50 million low- to moderate-income taxpayers. Just check out this data from 2016… Over 3,600 people in the District of Columbia were assisted …

— 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. …

— Identity theft is a persistent problem in the District of Columbia. The number of D.C. complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission increased from fewer than 1,000 in 2014 to more than 1,500 in 2015. Thieves are now using people’s Social Security numbers to steal their retirement benefits. To avert such thefts, AARP is urging residents to set up a “My Social Security” account on the Social Security Administration’s website. Workers can use their online account to monitor earnings history …

— 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 …

— More 50+ Americans are finding out every day that owning a small business can be a great opportunity. Whether out of necessity to generate income or to turn a passion into a paycheck, older entrepreneurs are starting small businesses more than any other age group! So where do you start if you’re interested? How do you turn an idea into reality? Tune into a special AARP Encore Entrepreneur telephone town hall meeting on Wednesday, October 28 from 7-8 p.m. Experts from AARP …

— It’s a full day of FREE one-on-one personalized financial advice to keep your financial house in order. That’s what you will experience on October 17, 2015 during the Sixth Annual Metro Washington Financial Planning Day. Organized by AARP DC, along with the D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking, the Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area, and Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, and is part of Financial Planning Days, a national initiative to provide free financial education …

—   Make your dreams of starting your own business come true by attending the June 30th Mini-Coaching Fair co-sponsored by AARP DC, the Small Business Administration and SCORE. Meet your local small business resource partners who provide expert business coaching. Learn what it takes to pursue a small business venture.  Register at:  SBA/Encore/AARP Mini-Coaching Fair 6-30-15                

— By Deborah Banda Being labeled as overqualified when you’re a job seeker can be a tough obstacle to overcome. Although it doesn’t happen just to older workers, it is an added burden when you’re 50-plus. It’s true — you may be overqualified for a job. But there are ways to turn that into a positive. So, don’t be discouraged. AARP can help you turn your career goals into real possibilities with our resources for finding a job or starting a …