— In 2015, approximately $15 billion was stolen from 13.1 million American consumers who were victims of fraud. The 50+ community is often the target of fraudsters, while only makes up 34% of the population, senior citizens make up 55% of reported fraud victims. The AARP Fraud Watch Network is proud to put the spotlight on common scams and show you how to protect yourself from becoming a victim, and we’re continuing that commitment throughout the month of April. Check out …

— Everyone has the time and talents to make meaningful changes in their community; which is why AARP Virginia and the Fairfax County Department of Family Services have teamed up for the Boomers and Older Adults Venture into Volunteering Fair. The event will take place on June 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. – noon at the Franconia Moose Lodge, located on 7701 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315. Community and county agency representatives will be on hand to discuss a wide range …

— We’re so excited to team up with the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and sponsor this year’s ¿Qué Pasa? Festival. The festival will showcase Virginia’s diverse Latino community and businesses all along the Canal Walk in Historic Downtown Richmond. Come out May 6th from noon to 8:30 p.m. to enjoy all of the foods, artisans, vendors and entertainment. Some of this year’s participants include: ​Anton’s Peruvian Chicken Nacho Mama’s Restaurant Virginia Repertory Theatre Las Palmas Dominican Dancers Elsa Face Painting …

— We want to take a moment to express our appreciation for all of the Virginia State Legislators for their support of AARP Virginia’s 2017 Legislative Priorities. These priorities include increasing retirement security, strengthening financial exploitation laws, supporting family caregivers, and protecting vulnerable long-term care recipients. Please thank some or all of the legislators listed below – especially on topics that you are passionate about. The legislator(s) do not have to be in your district or region. Be sure to mention …

— Do you like to write, or are you an amateur photographer?  Maybe you’re a Facebook or Twitter expert.  Join our volunteer communications team — the Virtual Volunteer Newsroom — and tell the world about what AARP Virginia is doing in your community.  Your job would be to attend AARP events in your area, take photos, post to social media, and write a story about what happened.  If you’ve ever wanted to join the world of journalism, now is your chance! …

— With the popcorn and sodas stacked neatly in rows, AARP sponsored its first Movies For Grownups at the Grandin Theater in Roanoke, Virginia.  Although the movie started at 1:30 PM, AARP members started trickling in the theater at 11:30 AM in hopes of getting a prime seat. Many members were told to come early because the theatre would be filled. Patricia Broadneaux and Shirley Harris were just two of the members that came early to see Maya Angelou: And Still …

—   Join us for Virginia’s first statewide, faith-based conference on aging! March 14, 2017 From 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Lynchburg College 1501 Lakeside Drive Lynchburg, VA 24503 This conference will address opportunities related to an aging congregation, and will present ideas about meeting the needs of older members, including those with dementia, inside and outside the walls of our faith communities. Presented by the Beard Center on Aging at Lynchburg College and Virginia United Methodist Homes, Inc. Make sure to …

—   ‘Voucher’ Plan Would Increase Costs, Risks for 1.2 Million Virginians Today and Millions More in Years to Come RICHMOND, Va. — AARP today launched a comprehensive campaign to protect Medicare in the face of proposals by some in Congress that would hurt hardworking Virginians who have paid into the program their entire working lives.   More than 1.2 million Virginians currently rely on Medicare for their health care, and nearly 1.7 million more will become eligible for Medicare in …

— Join AARP Virginia at one of our many local events AARP Virginia staff and volunteers work together in bringing you real possibilities to your community. We host informative workshops on how to modify your home for easy living, the ABCs of Aging and how you can make your voice heard in Washington. We also work in partnership with many community organizations to connect you to unique tools and programs to tackle issues that matter most to you and your family. Our …

— Nearly three-quarters of older adults and individuals with disabilities in Virginia receive services and supports in their homes and communities, forcing them to rely on an unpaid caregiver. By 2030 the number of potential family caregivers will decline from 7.2 to an estimated 4 family caregivers for every person age 80 or older – a 55% reduction since 2010. HJ 680 stands for House Joint Resolution number 680, and would create a joint subcommittee to study issues related to family …