— Eating and entertainment are the focus of the Virgin Islands Agriculture and Food Fair, which runs from Saturday, Feb. 16, through Monday, Feb. 18. In its 48th year, the event—held at the fairgrounds, Estate Lower Love, St. Croix—showcases Caribbean agricultural products and crafts, rides, music and culture. AARP Virgin Islands will be there, discussing local issues, programs, services and volunteer opportunities. The fair, which draws thousands of people from the Caribbean, is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. …

— AARP Oklahoma wants to ensure that residents in the state’s nursing facilities receive proper care and attention. Last year a study from AARP’s Public Policy Institute found that Oklahoma’s nursing facilities had the second-highest rate in the U.S. of residents at high risk for pressure sores. Such sores are worrisome because they can lead to dangerous infections. Oklahoma also ranked first in the nation in the use of antipsychotic medications for patients without a psychiatric diagnosis. AARP Oklahoma is working …

— More older Pennsylvanians will qualify for prescription drug assistance thanks to newly enacted eligibility standards. Act 87 increases the annual maximum income limits for the state’s PACENET program from $23,500 to $27,500 for a single person and from $31,000 to $35,500 for a married couple. Pennsylvania’s PACENET and PACE programs, which are funded by the state lottery, provide low-cost prescription drugs to nearly 282,000 residents age 65 and older. If you’d like to learn more, go to aging.pa.gov.

— By Michelle Crouch When patients come into the emergency room during the overnight shift at St. Luke’s Hospital in Columbus, they can be examined by a doctor much faster than they used to be—but the doctor may be on a computer screen. It’s a trade-off most patients are happy to make, said Kimberly Vaughn, a nurse at St. Luke’s. “I was a little skeptical at first, but it has been wonderful,” she said. “Our patients are getting admitted faster, and …

— Join us for Poudre River Public Library’s New Directions / 50 & Better at the Harmony Library on Thursdays, beginning January 24, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. The winter session, Gearing up for Active Retirement, explores life enhancing options for the Over 50 population of Northern Colorado. Each free program features an interactive and informational session including new research on aging, meaningful direction and activities in the next phase of life, and available resources in the community. Monthly sessions are Thursdays …

— Join us for lunch and hear from medical and community professionals on a wide range of topics that help you stay informed and active.  ACTIVE meets every last Wednesday of the month from noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Engh Conference Center of Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. ACTIVE: Adult Community That Is Very Energetic is the name of the monthly active adults’ community group co-sponsored by Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, Mount Vernon at Home, and AARP Virginia. Last Wednesday of each month 12 …

— AARP North Dakota is urging state legislators to pass a bill to make it easier for the state’s 62,000 unpaid caregivers to assist their friends and relatives at home. During the legislative session starting Jan. 3, AARP North Dakota’s top priority is the passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act. Already passed by 37 states, the District of Columbia and two territories, the legislation ensures that family caregivers are kept informed and are provided with an explanation …

— Gloria Harlan of Biloxi has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2018 AARP Mississippi Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Mississippi selected Harlan for her remarkable service which has greatly benefited her community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. Harlan volunteers with the American Red Cross in Mississippi and other parts of the country. She …

— A bill that promises to expand health care access, especially in rural and other underserved areas of Michigan, won final passage today in the State Legislature. The House voted 102-7 on final passage. The Senate approved the legislation earlier. When signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, Michigan will become the 25th state to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. The Compact offers an expedited licensing process for physicians who want to practice medicine in multiple states. Joining the Compact would enable patients in Michigan, for example, to consult …