— Are you caring for a relative in your household who has a disability or chronic condition? Learn to apply for up to $400 in reimbursement for respite services. The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services is offering up to $400 in reimbursement per family for respite services to assist Virginians with disabilities or chronic conditions and the family members who provide their care. Priority will be given to assisting caregivers for loved ones with dementia, as well as, helping …

— AARP Virginia encourages everyone to help end senior hunger by giving soup and crackers to the Local Office on Aging (LOA)’s annual Soup for Seniors collection. Contributions will make a huge difference in the lives of your homebound neighbors. This year’s goal is 50,000 cans of soup to be delivered to more than 3,500 local residents. The soup collected helps provide a hot meal on a cold day and also reminds them, in the bleakest part of winter, that the …

— Henry Kenney III is an AARP Maryland Communications Intern and graduate student at Georgetown University. On November 29, I had the opportunity to interview Shawn Perry, founder and host of the popular radio broadcast The Senior Zone. The Maryland resident is using his platform to reshape and positively influence the lives of seniors and older adults in the DMV area. The Senior Zone’s first broadcast was on November 12, 2012, and for over six years now Shawn has been using …

— Las fiestas de fin de año son tiempo de diversión en familia, pero estos días también pueden ocasionar estrés en las personas que cuidan de un ser querido. Según una encuesta (en inglés) de AARP, 7 de cada 10 cuidadores familiares dijeron que el cuidado de un ser querido durante esta época es una carga emocional. A menudo, los cuidadores se presionan demasiado a sí mismos al tratar de crear una experiencia de fin de año perfecta. Si cuidas de …

— As Alaskans embrace the winter season’s outdoor recreation, they need to be alert to increasing risks, especially avalanches. Avalanche and rockfall incidents have increased in recent years, research shows, due to warming temperatures and melting permafrost. Since 1998, Alaska has seen one to 12 avalanche deaths a year. Many fatal incidents involve increasingly powerful snowmobiles. At workshops that AARP Alaska is sponsoring through the Alaska Avalanche Information Center, learn how to recognize hazardous snow conditions, watch for and react to …

— West Sacramento has a new ride-share program, and more older adults could be using it for a pathway to mobile, independent lives without getting behind the wheel. With a $10,000 Community Challenge grant from AARP, the city is studying ways to increase older residents’ use of the on-demand, flat-fee car and bike service. The city is asking key questions: Do price, lack of a cellphone, or other factors deter seniors from ridership? The grant was among five that AARP awarded …

— The city of Laramie took another step toward becoming an age-friendly community with a new garden funded by a $20,000 AARP Community Challenge grant. The garden provides healthy food and multigenerational education in the Kiwanis Park area, which is far from other neighborhood gardens and grocery stores. The city of Rock Springs was also awarded a Community Challenge grant of $5,000 for a downtown mural that celebrates the heritage of local miners and railroad workers. To participate in the Age-Friendly …

— AARP Mississippi is happy to announce our Scholar Athlete of the Week every Friday this fall. We partnered with Super Talk Mississippi to seek nominations for outstanding students who excel in sports and academics. The response was overwhelming! Meet Anna Crane, a senior at Pearl High School. She was nominated by Steven White, Honors instructor at Pearl High School. “I would like to nominate Anna Crane, a senior from Pearl High School as your AARP Mississippi Scholar Athlete of the …

— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Michigan for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!   EVENTS JANUARY Thursday, January 10  –  Bunker Brews.  If you’re a veteran or the spouse of a veteran and interested in starting your own business, come on out and join …

— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Michigan for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!   EVENTS SERIES/ONGOING Third Tuesday of Each Month  –  T3 with AARP: Third Tuesday Topics. Join us for workshops on issues important to you and your family. Topics include fraud, caregiving, …