— Interested in hearing about the legislative issues AARP DC is tracking for older adults in the District? Want to know more about what’s going on at the local advocacy level, and how you can get involved? Join AARP DC for a live discussion of what’s happening in the DC City Council! When: Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 3:00PM Where: Go to the AARP DC Facebook page to view the live stream! What: Questions are welcome! Simply enter your question in the …

— It’s Open Enrollment season! Now is the time to do research and determine which health plan is best for you, and your family in the year ahead. Here’s some information that may help with this process… Medicare Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15 – December 7, 2017. You can compare the plans available in your area, and enroll in a new plan if you choose, by visiting Medicare.gov or calling 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227). AARP advises to consider the “Four C’s” when reviewing …

— Are you new to your neighborhood or looking for ways to get involved? AARP DC wants residents to know there are eight member-led AARP chapters in the District, which offer health and wellness fairs, presentations on caregiving and fraud prevention, and outings such as Potomac River cruises and Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park. The Southwest Waterfront chapter, for example, has been active for 25 years, providing a variety of service opportunities, as well as programs to help keep …

— AARP DC is hosting a free party to watch and participate in the AARP Online Career Fair on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. Job seekers 50-plus are invited to visit prospective employers’ virtual booths and chat online with company representatives. They can also ask questions in webinars and chat with career coaches online. Workers 50-plus typically experience longer bouts of unemployment than their younger counterparts, and this event aims to shorten the duration. The watch party is …

— 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 …

— If you’re 50 or older, you probably have valuable job experience. But do you have the right tools for a successful  job search? AARP DC is offering a hands-on workshop to help job seekers find employment and develop the skills they need in today’s workplace. In 2015, District residents ages 45-64 had higher unemployment rates than the national average for that age group. The event, called Job Search in the Digital Age, will be Thursday, June 22, at 4 p.m. …

— 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 …

— “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 …

— At AARP, we work hard every day to fight for and equip individuals to live their best lives.  “What we do, we do for all,” is a guiding principle articulated by our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, that we proudly carry forward. We want to ensure that all older adults in the District can live life with dignity and purpose. We’re in neighborhoods across the city to meet LGBTQ older adults where you are and connect one-on-one to learn more …

— 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 …