— 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 …

— Veterans Day is observed as a federal holiday annually on November 11, and all month-long we honor veterans as part of Veterans Appreciation Month. At AARP, we honor and support veterans and their families 365 days a year. Check out these resources, events and other opportunities… Resources Operation Protect Veterans Vigilance is our number one weapon in the fight against fraud and scams. AARP’s Operation Protect Veterans helps to raise awareness of common scams targeting veterans. Visit aarp.org/protectveterans for information …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Join AARP for free hands-on workshops for those who want to get the most out of their Android Smartphones. All participants will get hands on experience with their Android Smartphones as well as a free touchscreen stylus pen. Registrants must bring their own Android Smartphone or pad to get the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) experience. These AARP events are fun and free, but seating is limited If you are new to mobile technology, but ready to discover how apps …

— The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a host of benefits to military veterans. But the system can be difficult to navigate, and many Americans who served their country aren’t getting the benefits they earned. AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) can help low-income vets age 60-plus who are District residents determine if they are eligible for veterans’ benefits such as a pension, health coverage and burial benefits. LCE also can help District residents dealing with an overpayment …

—   Taking care of yourself or someone else comes with a lot of responsibilities. How do you find: resources, support groups, social activities, transportation or financial assistance. What are the unique considerations for the District’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Be a part of the conversation. Share your thoughts and hear ideas from DC area experts in a relaxed setting at another AARP DC “Lounge and Learn” chat. This event is a part of 2015 Capital Pride. Join …

— Carter G. Woodson, Ph.D., was born to former slaves in 1875. His parents, Anne Eliza (Riddle) and James Henry Woodson, could neither read nor write. Instead of going to school, he stayed home and worked the family farm in New Canton, Va. Having largely taught himself, he didn’t attend high school until he was 20 years old. And yet, as a man with this humble childhood experience, Carter Godwin Woodson went on to attend Berea College in Kentucky, the University …

— “We want people to understand that if they want to have a happy retirement they need to be happy before they stop working,” said Kelvin Boston in opening the recent AARP DC financial security seminar “Joyful Retirement: Planning for your Future” that was offered  at AARP headquarters. Boston, was the seminar moderator and host for the public television program “Moneywise.” Boston further stated, “A lot of us think that we have to acquire things and reach certain goals and after …