— The player fields are set for the Nation’s Capital Tennis Tradition – the 2017 Citi Open® Tennis Tournament – and fans are in for an action-packed week of tennis Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Don’t miss the opportunity to save by purchasing your Citi Open® tickets using the code “Tennis2017” to secure the 20% discount. This discount is available for all sessions from August 3 – August 6, 2017. (You do not have to be an AARP member to access …

— Connect with AARP while you experience CABARET at The Kennedy Center! AARP members and guests are invited to purchase tickets to the show which includes a free post-show talk-back with cast or crew, courtesy of AARP. As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of CABARET. AARP members and guests can …

— For more than 40 years, AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) has delivered assistance to low-income older residents of the nation’s capital. But did you know LCE makes house calls? The Homebound Elderly Project (Project HELP) connects lawyers with low-income people 60-plus who cannot leave home to seek legal assistance. The lawyers handle a variety of civil cases, but no criminal cases. Services include preparing wills and assisting with landlord disputes, evictions, foreclosures and scams. LCE also will administer …

— 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 …

— This is an important time in the development of DC budget for fiscal year 2017. Each Council committee has completed budget oversight hearings on the proposed budget for the DC government agencies they oversee. Now the Committees are making changes to the Budget. Budget mark-ups are the first sign of how the Council wants to modify the mayor’s budget – perhaps taking up recommendations the public and service providers have made. There will be other chances to influence the budget …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— The Safe at Home Program Provides Home Modifications to Reduce Falls and Barriers to Mobility Washington, D.C – A 2010 AARP survey found that 88% of individuals over 65 want to remain in their current homes for as long as possible. Yet to safely stay in their homes and avoid falls, they may need to modify their homes with grab bars, a second hand rail for stairs, a shower seat or other adaptations. Similarly, home modifications can be crucial to …

— Bike lanes on city streets helped put Washington, D.C., on AARP’s list of the 10 most livable cities in the country last spring. As part of continuing efforts to make the District more livable, AARP DC is helping Washington become an age-friendly city, as defined by the World Health Organization and the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. Ron Swanda, a member of the AARP DC executive council, serves on the mayor’s Age-Friendly DC task force, and invites citizens to get …

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— The District’s Latino population has been growing steadily for decades, and AARP DC is ready to celebrate as a sponsor of La Feria de la Familia. The free Nov. 8 expo at the D.C. Armory will be hosted by Telemundo, a Spanish-language television network. The family-friendly event will feature health screenings, fitness tips, technology advice, food discounts, mortgage information and other services for people of all ages in both English and Spanish. Bilingual AARP staff and volunteers will be on …

— Elder abuse is an underreported crime, and the AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) wants to stop it. In cooperation with other nonprofit organizations, LCE is helping to train Metropolitan Police Department detectives to identify cases of neglect, assault and exploitation of vulnerable adults. The training helps investigators recognize subtle signs of abuse, such as mail delivered to a victim’s home in someone else’s name. Elder abuse is defined as a knowing, intentional or negligent act that causes harm …

— AARP is committed to serving everyone 50-plus—including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) and their families. AARP DC is a sponsor for the 40th Celebration of PRIDE in the Nation’s Capital, June 3-14. The AARP DC State Office is seeking volunteers to help decorate the AARP DC parade float and march with us in the June 13 parade. One-tenth of the District’s population identifies itself as LGBT, a higher percentage than in any state in the nation, …