— The Virginia Department of Elections (ELECT) will host the Voters with Disabilities Engagement Expo on April 30 to promote awareness about the wide variety of resources available to assist members of the disability community with the voting process. The event will connect citizens with voter education information and provide networking opportunities for voters and members of the elections community. Attendees will be able to move through the expo, view demonstrations, engage hands-on with accessible voting equipment, pick up voter outreach …

— Our state and national lawmakers are holding Town Halls around the state in the next week. This is a great opportunity to talk with them about the issues of concern to you. These are the sessions we are aware of. If you hear of any others, please let us know at aarpwa@aarp.org and we’ll add them to the list. All information is accurate to the best of our knowledge but it’s best to double check with the legislator’s office before …

— RALEIGH – A new survey of North Carolina registered voters ages 40 plus finds that the vast majority of respondents (83.5 percent) of current caregivers said that they will provide future caregiving or assistance on an unpaid basis to an adult loved one. It also found that over 95 percent think it is important to have services available in their communities to help older adults live independently. Caregivers are feeling stressed The survey of 800 registered voters conducted by AARP …

— How will Fort Worth’s next mayor continue the city’s progress towards becoming a more livable community for people of all ages and ethnicities? This key question will frame the upcoming mayoral forum on the campus of Tarrant County Community College on Thursday, April 11. The Fort Worth mayoral forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the South Campus Rotunda of Tarrant County Community College, located at 5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76119. The event is free …

— By Sarah Hollander Retirement gave Virgil Reed time to volunteer. It also gave him a purpose. When Reed left his longtime career as a Time Warner Cable executive in 2009, he shopped for health insurance for his wife, high school daughter and college son. All three were turned down for preexisting conditions. “I could not find private insurance for them at any price in Ohio,” Reed said. When AARP Ohio contacted Reed to see if he would like to become …

— AARP Nebraska has released a Video Voter’s Guide with four of the five candidates for Lincoln mayor. They tell us how they would make streets safer for pedestrians, support more walkable, livable communities and increase civic participation. They were asked the following questions: As mayor, what specific action would you take to make our streets safe, comfortable and appealing for people of all ages and abilities? Research shows that boomers to millennials want walkable, livable communities. Communities like these can …

— AARP Colorado is hosting the AARP 2019 Denver City Council Candidate Forums through the month of April. Join us for candidate forums in five council district races – Districts 1, 3, 8, 9 and 10 – to help make our city livable for all ages and help you learn where the candidates running for office in your district stand on the issues of affordable housing, transportation and community services. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 1-877-926-8300 to register. …

— Maryland Lawmakers: Please Don’t Raise Our Gas & Electric Rates! On behalf of AARP Maryland and our 895,000 members statewide, we are urging you to vote “NO” on HB 653/HB 572. Managing utility costs are already a major headache and a strain on the household budgets of Maryland families. Now, lawmakers want to strip the Public Service Commission’s role in protecting ratepayers. This anti-consumer legislation is NOT okay. Energy companies should not be able to use arcane formulas to forecast …

— Gov. Carney and State Elected Officials Will Give Words of Support on issues pertinent to those age 50+. AARP Advocacy Volunteers from all three counties – New Castle, Kent and Sussex – will meet with state officials on March 13 for AARP’s Annual Advocacy Day. The volunteers will begin the day with a motivational session and words from Governor John Carney. The group will also give the AARP Capitol Caregivers Award to Rep. Ruth Briggs King and Rep. Deborah Heffernan. …

—   “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” – William Faulkner Speaking up is perhaps one of the defining traits of our American independence. The freedom to speak and the right to advocate for change is what makes our government more accessible. It’s what makes it more flexible. It’s what makes it a government “of, by, …