— Richmond, VA — A diverse group of multidisciplinary college students from across the Commonwealth gathered to address the often overlooked issue of caregiver health and wellness at the 2017 “Caring for the Caregiver Intercollegiate Hack” hosted by VirginiaNavigator’s Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving. According to a National Alliance for Caregiving Study, there are over 65 million family caregivers in the U.S. providing an average of 20-41 hours per week of care to their loved one – and this number …

— ELECTION DAY is exactly one week away!  This year we will vote for our next Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and our members for the House of Delegates.     Some important information for Registered Voters in Virginia: Deadline to request an Absentee Ballot be mailed to you is Tuesday, October 31st by 5:00 p.m. Click on this link for information about Absentee Voting, in-person Absentee Voting, and listing of every County & City Voter Registrar Office in Virginia.   …

— Always seeking ways to “Serve Not to be Served,” members of Brian Jacks’ AARP VA Roanoke and Lynchburg leadership teams met at Gross and Sons Apple Orchard in Bedford County to glean fallen apples for those in need.  This was our first time participating in such an endeavor to support AARP VA’s September focus on hu     nger.  Brian’s family joined us in the effort.   The effort was set up for us by Sarah Ramey and conducted by …

— On Saturday, September 16, 2017, the annually held Grandparents’ Day occurred at the Roanoke based Virginia Museum of Transportation sponsored by AARP Virginia and staffed by the AARP Roanoke Area Leadership Team with volunteers also from the Southwest Roanoke and the Eureka Chapters of AARP.   Grandparents were admitted free with reduced admission for all others.  Trains pulled by a diesel engine were available for rides and a concession stand had offerings for lunch.  AARP Virginia provided backpacks for visitors …

— AARP Funds Quick Action Community Project in Farmville to Make Community More Livable AARP Virginia announced that Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity is a winner of the AARP Community Challenge.  The challenge aims to create change and improve quality of life at the community level by supporting quick action projects by local organizations.   “Thanks to the hard work and leadership of Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity, more members of the Charlotte County community will be able to live in …

— The following are Facebook links and Twitter handles for candidates in the 2017 Virginia General Election.  When posting questions for the candidates, please pose a question that all candidates for the office can answer, and make sure to tag AARP Virginia.  Find us at AARPVirginia on Facebook and @AARPVa on Twitter. Governor Ed Gillespie (R) —  Facebook: EdwardWGillespie Twitter: @EdWGillespie Cliff Hyra (L) — Facebook: CliffHyra Twitter: @CliffHyra Ralph Northam (D)– Facebook: Ralph.Northam Twitter: @RalphNortham Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (D) …

— What would you ask the next Governor of Virginia?  What do you want to know from the candidates before you cast your vote in November? You can ask your question and be in the know with #WW2K! Here’s what you need to do: 1. Write your question for the candidates on a whiteboard or a white piece of paper.  Make sure it is a question that ALL candidates for the office can answer. Avoid personal attacks on candidates, and do not …

— RICHMOND _ AARP Virginia and the League of Women Voters of Virginia announced today that the state’s largest and most widely-broadcast debate sponsored by nonpartisan organizations has been cancelled for 2017 because Democratic candidate and Lt. Governor Ralph Northam declined to participate. “Virginia voters are the real losers here,” said AARP Virginia Interim State Director Patrick Cobb. AARP Virginia will continue to be active during the course of the election with its We Want to Know campaign encouraging Commonwealth voters …

— AARP has reserved a section of Brittany’s Restaurant and Sports Bar for members and their guests to enjoy dinner together. Discounted meals, which include salad and non-alcoholic drinks, are $12.00 including tax and tip. Come as you are and leave as you wish anytime between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. AARP is bringing people together! Join us at Brittany’s, Thursday, September 7th,  to enjoy dinner with other AARP members and their guests. There will not be a seminar or program, …

— RICHMOND _ AARP Virginia and the League of Women Voters of Virginia say they are disappointed that the People’s Debate is not included in the 2017 gubernatorial debate schedule, and are encouraging the candidates to reconsider. Democratic nominee Ralph Northam, the current Lieutenant Governor, on Wednesday released a list of three debates in which he would face Republican Ed Gillespie. The People’s Debate, sponsored by AARP and the League of Women Voters, was not included. The Gillespie campaign previously communicated …