— 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 …

— HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 680 WOULD ESTABLISH TASK FORCE TO STUDY ISSUE   RICHMOND_ AARP members and family caregivers will head to the Virginia General Assembly on Tuesday, January 24 to urge their legislators to pass a resolution to help people who care for family members at home.  More than 100 people are expected to visit their legislators on Tuesday morning.   Participants will gather at 9 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 8th and Grace Streets before heading to …

— RICHMOND _   AARP volunteers head to the Virginia General Assembly next week to ask legislators to start a program to help workers save for retirement.   With more than 1 million members in Virginia, AARP is the largest organization working on behalf of people age 50+ in the Commonwealth.  When lawmakers head to the capitol next week, AARP Virginia advocates will ask them to pass legislation to help workers save for retirement with a Work and Save Plan.   AARP …

— Do you own or work for a small business that can’t afford to offer a retirement plan to employees? AARP Virginia is working on legislation that would help small businesses provide retirement plans to their employees.  Similar to 529 college savings plans, the state program would help businesses offer retirement programs to their workers, giving them the ability to save through payroll deduction. If you are a small business owner, or work in a small business, and would like to …

— When the Virginia General Assembly comes to town Jan. 11 for its 2017 session, AARP will be advocating to ensure that more Virginians have access to a retirement account at work. Delegate Luke Torian and Senator Frank Ruff are sponsoring legislation to create a retirement program for workers who do not have access to an employer-sponsored plan.  Similar to 401(k) plans, workers would have the option of saving for retirement through payroll deduction. Why Virginians Need Work and Save Social …