— Older people are especially susceptible to falls, which can result in serious injuries or even death. But balance training can help. AARP Virgin Islands wants residents to know about free A Matter of Balance classes, which start Monday, April 15, and run from 10 a.m. to noon, at the AARP office at 4093 Diamond Ruby, in Christiansted. Offered by the St. Croix Senior Collaborative, the classes are in eight two-hour sessions and include cognitive-restructuring activities to help participants overcome their …

— 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. …

— With two months left of hurricane season, AARP Virgin Islands continues to share resources and tips on storm preparedness. In many ways the islands are still recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, in 2017. AARP Foundation collected and donated more than $600,000 for local projects. For more information, go to aarp.org/vi. Check out a video at aarpfoundation.org/recoveryandrelief of the visit by CEO Jo Ann Jenkins and Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson earlier this year to the Virgin Islands and Puerto …

— As rebuilding continues in the hurricane-battered Virgin Islands, the AARP state office is cautioning residents to beware of storm-chasing scammers posing as home-repair contractors. “It is unfortunate that victims of natural disasters are also at risk of becoming victims of fraud,” said Troy Schuster, AARP Virgin Islands state director. “We encourage residents to remain vigilant, work through their insurers and always get written estimates from approved contractors.” To report suspected fraud, call the Federal Emergency Management Agency at 800-621-3362; the …

— The Virgin Islands is a nature lover’s paradise, with mountains, beaches and lush vegetation. But the terrain can be dangerous for people with dementia or cognitive impairments if they lose their way outdoors. AARP Virgin Islands fought successfully for a new law that alerts government agencies if someone with dementia is reported missing. Similar to Amber Alert programs for missing children, the Silver Alert system expedites the response when a person with a mental impairment goes missing. Some 90 percent …

— If it’s February, it must be time for the Agricultural and Food Fair in St. Croix. AARP Virgin Islands will be at the Ag Fair Grounds, Feb. 18-20, enjoying the festivities and talking to people about what AARP does to advocate for Virgin Islanders 50-plus. The annual fair features livestock demonstrations, a petting zoo, entertainment and rides, as well as vendors selling books, jewelry, crafts, clothing, and such local favorites as Vienna cake, fried cauliflower, roast pork, johnnycakes and kalalloo …

— Staying in shape is important at any age, but exercise can be difficult for people with physical limitations. AARP Virgin Islands has an answer: Zumba Gold, a fun, effective fitness class tailored to active older adults. Like regular Zumba, the dance-based classes provide an aerobic workout, but Zumba Gold is low-impact and can even be done in a chair. Exercise can lower the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes. The diabetes rate among African Caribbean people in the U.S. …

— Tracy Sanders, RN, MN, CNS Continuum Care, Inc. The death of a loved one can be devastating. Some of the feelings that can arise from losing someone, and where you can go for help and support. Bereavement affects people in different ways. There’s no right or wrong way to feel. You might feel a lot of emotions at once, or feel you’re having a good day, then you wake up and feel worse again. Powerful feelings can come unexpectedly. It’s like …

— Tracy Sanders, RN, MN, CNS President Hiring a Private Caregiver. Most family caregivers reach a point when they realize they need help at home. Signs include recognizing that your loved one requires constant supervision and/or assistance with everyday activities, such as bathing and dressing. Caregivers also find that certain housekeeping routines and regular errands are accomplished with great difficulty or are left undone. Assess Your Needs. It is best to start by assessing both your needs as a caregiver and …

— The Old Dominion is getting older. Nearly a fifth of Virginia residents will be 65 and older by 2030, according to the federal government, and about 250,000 will be 85 and older. That’s why AARP Virginia wants members to know about SeniorNavigator, a nonprofit organization that provides free, useful information for older Virginians, people with disabilities and family caregivers. Topics addressed on its website include health, aging, financial concerns, legal issues, housing options, transportation, exercise, personal safety, veterans resources, advocacy …