— 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 …

— “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 …