— AARP DC will donate $1,000 on behalf of the 2017 AARP DC Andrus Award winner to an eligible non-profit organization of his or her choosing. Named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the Andrus Award honors outstanding individuals who donate their time, skills and passion as a volunteer. Do you know a volunteer age 50+ making a significant difference in your neighborhood? Honor his or her dedication and commitment with AARP’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for …

— If you have a loved one in the hospital, chances are you’re already benefiting from AARP DC’s efforts to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. Now, AARP DC is making it easy to understand what the law means to you. The CARE Act allows every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver. The hospital records the caregiver’s contact information and notifies that person before the patient is discharged. Hospital staff must also instruct the caregiver on how to …

— 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 …

—           Join the AARP DC State Office for a Community Conversation with the local LGBTQ Community to get an understanding of concerns individuals may be facing living in the District. AARP DC is interested in concerns of the LGBTQ Community and what the State Office can do to help guide the efforts of the Age Friendly DC initiative in making DC a better place for people of all ages.   Wednesday, November 30th  6:00pm-8:00pm Washington Ethical …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

—   Ron Swanda, is a busy AARP District of Columbia volunteer. He is a member of the State Office Executive Council, a member of the AARP DC Advocacy Team (A-Team), and he is on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Age-Friendly DC Task Force. An avid cyclist, it’s not uncommon to see Ron, a Ward 6 District resident, arrive at his appointments on his bike. For World AIDS Day, Ron shared his personal story about aging and being HIV-positive with a commentary posted …

— 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 …

— Ron L. Swanda, a dedicated volunteer advocate for Washington, DC’s older residents and a member of the AARP DC Executive Council, has been appointed to serve on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Age-Friendly DC Task Force. The Task Force is an advisory group that evaluates and reports to the Mayor and the Age-Friendly DC Office on the needs and concerns of older D.C. citizens. Swanda, a Washington, DC Ward 6 resident for 32 years, has been a long-time advocate on issues for …