— 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 …

— The flu can keep you in bed for days, and for the elderly, very young children and people with low immunity, it can be a killer. That’s why AARP is working with the Virgin Islands Department of Health and other agencies to hold daylong immunization fairs. The events offer free flu shots and shingles vaccinations for senior citizens, grandparents raising grandchildren, and others at risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 80 percent and 90 percent …

Flu Shot

— In a tourist area like the Virgin Islands, where millions of people visit annually, Virgin Islanders are always at high risk for acquiring the latest version of influenza going around. And, influenza is known to be a rapid killer of those who are elderly, very young or immunosuppressed. That’s why AARP Virgin Islands made special plans this year to collaborate with the Virgin Islands Department of Health to hold a special day-long immunization fair for senior citizens, grandparents supervising very …

— En Español Many of us know that caregiving is a challenging task that can be physically tedious, emotionally draining, and unbelievably exasperating. Those in the know would agree it can be one of the most difficult things one can do during their lifetime. But how many of us can relate to the degree of frustration and exhaustion that would cause a caregiver to even toy with the idea of abandoning a loved one, despite the legal and moral consequences? Caregiving …