AARP Volunteer Pat KillenThe AARP Virginia Speakers Bureau delivers presentations and workshops on a wide range of topics, such as fraud and scam prevention, difficult conversations about driving, making your home safe and livable for a lifetime, and making the most of what’s next in your life.

AARP encourages members to keep this in mind when planning programs for organizations and church groups in their communities—and particularly welcomes invitations from those who want to know how AARP helps Virginians 50-plus live their best lives.
AARP volunteer speakers are beginning to fill their calendars. We invite groups of 15 or more to schedule an event with us IN VIRGINIA ONLY! Please do not request a speaker for another state.

Presentations and Workshops include the following:

The Five Pillars of Brain Health
Join us in learning the five pillars of brain healthy behaviors, which research tells us if we undertake starting today, regardless of our age, will help reduce the risk of age-related diseases and optimize our chances of maintaining our cognitive abilities. Share your brain healthy behaviors and be inspired by others. Even into old age, our brains are constantly changing and can make new nerve cells. The best part is that we can do a lot to take charge of our brain health and improve our quality of life. The overall message is to stay active: mentally, physically, and socially with special attention to a healthy diet, sleep quality, and stress reduction.
Presentation details: 30-60 minutes; can be tailored to meet your needs. Ideal for any size group.


The HomeFit Workshop

The AARP HomeFit workshop provides information to participants on how to decide what type of home modifications are needed to stay in their home as they age. It also provides ideas and inspiration on making those modifications. The goal of the presentation is to educate participants on home updates that can make it easier for them to go about their daily activities while staying comfortable, independent, and injury-free in their home. In an AARP survey, eight out of 10 people age 45 and older say they want to remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible. If you’re one of them, consider hosting this workshop for your community group!
Presentation details: 45 minutes – 2 hours; we can tailor this workshop for you and your group. Ideal for any size group.

Growing Support for Family Caregivers
One in five Virginians is a family caregiver.  AARP is committed to helping family caregivers care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible.  Through this presentation, participants will learn what AARP is doing to support family caregivers nationally and right here in Virginia.  We will discuss ways to access resources, access education and get involved with advocacy on key family caregiving issues.  This 30-45 minute session includes a  20 minute presentation followed by Q and A.  Handout materials will be provided.  Whether your group is made up of family caregivers or looking for ways to support family caregivers, this workshop is for you!
Presentation details: 30-60 minutes; can be tailored to meet your needs. Ideal for any size group.

Protect Yourself from Fraud and Identity Theft
Con artists don’t care how hard you worked. They steal billions from Americans like you every year. We’re fighting back with the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Our trained speakers are ready to discuss fraud & identity theft with community groups, conferences, clubs, or professional organizations free of charge. We’ll share an inside look at how scammers think, how to safeguard against identity theft & fraud, first-hand accounts from victims, and what to do if you or someone you know has been a victim.
Presentation details: Whether you have 20 or 90 minutes, we will tailor a presentation for you and your group. Ideal for any size group.

Long-Term Care: A Social and Family Challenge (NoVA Only)
The organization and financing of long term care services for the frail elderly and disabled is a growing public policy issue with longer life spans and the aging of the population. It is also a growing concern to family members who are caregivers to this population. Addressing this is one of the highest priorities for AARP at the national, state and individual family level. There is a great need for more home and community based services to help people stay in their homes and out of institutions. Learn more about this as a public policy issue and become better prepared to deal with it as a family matter.

Prepare to Care
Caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be challenging. No one is ever completely prepared for the job, especially since caregiving is often a long-term responsibility that may become more difficult over time.

  • Do you spend several hours a week or more helping a loved one with daily living – housework, driving, grocery shopping – medical care, or financial responsibilities?
  • Do you sometimes put the needs of your loved one in front of your own?
  • Are you overwhelmed with the responsibilities of caring for a loved one in your busy life?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, chances are you could use help. AARP’s Prepare to Care workshop provides you with information and resources to help you better for yourself and the ones you love.  In this workshop, participants will learn five steps every caregiver should take: How to Start the Conversation; Forming a Team; Making a Family Plan, Finding Support; and the Importance of Caring for Yourself.

AARP wants family caregivers to know there is support and resources out there that can help make this important work a little easier. They don’t have to do this on their own.
Presentation details: 30-60 minutes; can be tailored to meet your needs. Ideal for any size group.

 

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