— Identity theft, investment fraud and scams rob millions of Americans of their hard-earned money every year, and every day criminals become more sophisticated. You can be part of the effort to fight back against fraud! Through AARP Fraud Watch Network, AARP is arming Americans with the tools they need to spot and avoid fraud and scams so they can protect themselves and their families. Sign up NOW to join a call on April 27 with AARP DC and fraud prevention …

— Do you tweet? Is Facebook your friend? Connect with AARP DC on social media to keep up with the latest news and events in the District of Columbia! Check out our Facebook page to find out about upcoming events across all 8 wards, and see the latest tips, tools and resources on issues that matter.  Like and share our posts to help spread helpful information. Follow us on Twitter @AARPDC to get up-to-the-minute updates and live reports from AARP events.  …

— 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. As a DC resident, you have a …

— 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 …

Medicare

— At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. Thankfully, President Trump repeatedly said throughout his campaign that he would not allow changes to this vital program. “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago.” More than 72,000 D.C. residents receive Medicare coverage now, and another 110,829 will be eligible for Medicare in the next 15 …

— AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) recently settled a class action lawsuit on behalf of reverse mortgage holders charged for excessive “drive-by” property inspections. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allows only one drive-by inspection per month to protect the lender’s interest in the property securing a reverse mortgage loan. The inspections cost about $20 each, and if conducted repeatedly, the fees can add up but may go unnoticed. The problem surfaced when a 95-year-old D.C. woman …

— Students who don’t learn to read by fourth grade are far less likely to graduate from high school, and in D.C. public schools, only two-thirds of students are graduating. That’s why AARP DC is recruiting volunteers for Experience Corps, an AARP Foundation program that promotes literacy among children in kindergarten through third grade. In a 2009 study, schoolchildren who worked with Experience Corps tutors in three cities improved critical literacy skills 60 percent more than their peers. The program enriches …

— As the U.S. population continues to age and as people stay healthy and active longer, American cities, towns, and counties must adapt to the needs of changing demographics to serve the interests of their residents and sustain economic and social vitality. Communities that adopt progressive and forward-thinking public policies and urban planning models will attract and retain more residents, provide varied business opportunities to serve the older populations, their families, and caregivers, and build infrastructure and policies that are friendly …

— Washington, DC — To coincide with Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week (January 26-30, 2015), the AARP Fraud Watch Network is launching an education effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams, releasing a new video, a tip sheet and encouraging people to take advantage of AARP’s free tax preparation services. Many Washington, DC taxpayers are putting themselves at greater risk of tax identity theft according to a recent national study released by the AARP Fraud Watch Network in conjunction …

—   Recently for AARP DC there was a volunteer reversal. Youth volunteers from Mentor Up taught older adults the basics on how to use and navigate the Internet using desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Older District residents also learned how to use Microsoft Office applications, establish an email account, use search engines, take pictures using a smartphone and send email with attachments. A few even dabbled with social media and how to find their favorite radio or TV station …