— 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 …

— “The People’s Debate” to Allow Virginia to Make Informed Choices for Governor  RICHMOND _ AARP Virginia and the League of Women Voters of Virginia are inviting the leading candidates for Governor to make their cases directly to voters across the Commonwealth at “The People’s Debate” on October 9, 2017. The People’s Debate is Virginia’s oldest and most widely broadcast statewide, televised debate. “This Election Day, Virginia voters will be asked to choose a vision for the commonwealth for the years …

— RICHMOND _ Virginia ranks 22nd out of 50 states and the District of Columbia overall when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, but AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands.   Virginia ranks next to last in the percent of adults age 21+ who have difficulty performing activities of daily living (such as bathing and dressing)  at or below 250% of poverty receiving …

—   Alexandria residents are invited to a presentation on creating livable communities, Wednesday, June 21 at Beatley Central Library at 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, VA from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m, and light refreshments will be served. AARP has helped the state of Virginia provide citizens with livable communities ever since its creation in 1958, and thanks to both AARP and Senior Services of Alexandria, residents will have a chance to offer their ideas and suggestions on …

— On Saturday evening, June 3, 2017 AARP volunteers in Roanoke staffed the pledge phone bank at Blue Ridge PBS. During this Spring Fund Drive, we were taking pledges for tickets to the Mannheim Steamroller concert in Salem, November 17. We had a great time with our American Masters/Movies for Grownups partner Blue Ridge PBS.

— As movie goers entered the Grandin Theater, the AARP Roanoke Leadership Team was fast at work checking in guests, manning the information table and encouraging movie goers to participate in the Listening Post Question of the day. The question “Making Roanoke a Livable Community – Which of the eight domains would most influence the quality of life for you?” The eight choices were: Communication & Information, Community & Health Services, Respect & Social Inclusion, Transportation, Outdoor Space & Buildings, Social …

— The American Health Care Act would make health care unaffordable and inaccessible for millions of Americans. The impacts of the bill on Virginians are listed below.   The bill reduces funding for Medicare, which will negatively affect beneficiaries.   The bill repeals a 0.9 percent payroll tax on higher-income workers, which would remove over $100 billion over ten years from the Hospital Insurance trust fund. This would hasten the insolvency of Medicare and diminish Medicare’s ability to pay for services …

— 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 …

— AARP joined approximately sixty other public and private organizations in supporting the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) at the 12th Annual USPTO Employee Health and Wellness Fair on April 27th.  This event was held in the Madison Auditorium on the USPTO  Alexandria, Virginia campus, and drew an estimated 3,000 attendees. The Health and Wellness Fair was held in conjunction with the Bring-Your-Child-to-Work-Day and was attended by employees and their families.  This resulted in an event drawing people of …

— 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 …