— 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 …

— AARP DC participated in the Citi Open Tennis Tournament from August 3 -6, 2017. AARP DC’s mission was to spread awareness about the information and resources available in the AARP Fraud Watch Network. The engagement at the AARP DC exhibit booth included a survey that tested participants’ knowledge of the latest scams, and tactics being used to defraud unsuspecting individuals of their hard-earned money. Over the course of the four days: 648 people took the fraud survey (with an average score …

— “I enjoy reading and I enjoy learning,” said Ms. Janie Simmons.  After retiring from a 40+ year career with the government, Ms. Simmons didn’t know what she was going to do.  “I wasn’t going to let the dust accumulate under my feet,” she explained. She happened to read an ad in a local paper about a program called Experience Corps, an AARP Foundation program where volunteers, age 50 years and over, tutor and mentor more than 30,000 Kindergarten-3rd grade students …

— AARP Foundation Experience Corps matches children with caring volunteers 50 and older who take time to tutor and mentor children who need basic literacy skills and guidance.  Volunteers receive extensive training and staff support to enable them to  meet the children’s needs.  Volunteers must possess a high school diploma or GED, pass a criminal background check and a basic literacy screening.  Volunteers must complete at least 25 hours of training and serve preferably three days a week for  a total …

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 …

— 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 …

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— Learn how to not be a victim of fraud at a May 26th Fraud Awareness Forum in Ward 7 at the Washington Senior Wellness Center. The event, which is organized by AARP’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE), also includes a drive-through FREE shredding of your documents. AARP DC is one of the event partners along with LCE’s Senior Medicare Patrol, and AARP’s Fraud Watch Network. Presenting Corporate Sponsor is City First Bank of DC. Presenting Media Sponsors are ABC7 …

— ALL WORKSHOPS ARE NOW FULL. Join AARP for a free hands-on workshop for those who want to get the most out of their Android Smartphones. All participants will get a hands on experience with their Android Smartphones as well as a free touchscreen stylus pen. All registrants must bring their own Android Smartphone to get the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) experience. This AARP event is fun and free, but seating is limited If you are new to mobile technology, …

— Is talking to your partner like talking to a brick wall? Are your conversations an endless circle of confusion? You’re not alone so join us for a ladies brunch with AARP’s Love and Relationships Ambassador Dr. Pepper Schwartz. Dr. Schwartz is a renowned sociologist, currently staring on A&E’s hit show “Married At First Sight” in which four experts match up strangers to be wed upon first meeting. Whether you’re single and ready to mingle or have already found the love …

— By Julie E. Lee It’s the peak time of year when the elements can wreak havoc on our roadways and vehicles, giving us the least ideal driving conditions. However, your vehicle can also break down in the most pristine conditions or shortest of drives. Whether your vehicle is having a mechanical failure, an overheated engine, or a flat tire, it’s important to know what to do in case it does break down. Hopefully it never happens, but if it does, …

— By: Deborah Banda Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. And with tax season upon us, con artists are stealing Social Security numbers to file for fraudulent tax refunds. It’s a big problem. To date, the IRS has identified around 15 million false tax returns alone. For more information on the latest trends in tax identify theft, check out AARP’s Fraud Watch Network. And you can also view targeted information and a special video devoted to tax identity theft awareness …