—   Join AARP Virginia at one of our many local events AARP Virginia staff and volunteers work together in bringing real possibilities to your community.  Join us at our free informative workshops where you can learn about caregiving, Brain Health, identifying frauds, and more. Socialize with other AARP members at our lunch and dinner groups, free movie screenings and other events. Get connected with many community partner organizations that provide unique tools and programs to tackle issues that matter most …

— Stand Up for Yourself and Your Community: How to Avoid Scams Join us from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 22  at TC Williams High School in the auditorium to the 2019 Senior Law Day. Come hear from experts on how to identify a  possible scam and what to do if you think you or a loved one have been scammed.  Learn what legal documents everyone should have in place and what to expect if not prepared. Did …

— Steve Morrison’s Experience as a Caregiver Inspired Him to Make a Difference for Others Former educator Steve Morrison participates on AARP’s federal and state advocacy teams and serves as AARP’s representative for several organizations that help Northern Virginians stay in their homes as long as they wish. I spoke with Steve over lunch at The Swiss Bakery in Springfield, Virginia. First, tell me about yourself. My name is Steve Morrison. I grew up in Missouri and as a kid I …

— AARP Launches ‘Stop Rx Greed’ Campaign Targeting High Prescription Drug Prices New Campaign Focuses on Federal and State Solutions to Cut Drug Prices Now Are your prescription drug prices outrageously high? Email your story to aarpva@aarp.org RICHMOND — AARP announced the launch of ‘Stop Rx Greed,’ a nationwide campaign aimed at lowering prescription drug prices, in March. The goal of AARP’s sustained campaign is to help drive down drug prices for Virginians and all Americans by advocating for a variety …

— ASHLAND_ Every day, more than 1 million Virginians care for older parents, spouses, and adult children with disabilities, helping with everything from driving to the doctor’s office or getting groceries to balancing checkbooks and helping with medical care. AARP is hosting an event focusing on hearing the needs of family caregivers from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Ashland Theatre, 205 England St., Ashland.  This session will include the free screening of a popular current film that focuses …

— Living with a disability is a challenge more than 950,000 Virginians face. AARP Virginia reminds Old Dominion residents tax relief is available to acquire or rehabilitate homes to make them more compatible for aging in place. Under the Virginia Livable Home Tax Credit program, residents can get a tax credit of as much as $5,000 to purchase an accessible home or up to half the cost of retrofitting an existing residence, with a $5,000 cap. Eligible features include zero-step entrances, …

— Elder abuse measures, college affordability legislation, and redistricting bill among AARP-supported legislation. The Virginia General Assembly passed new laws strengthening protections against elder abuse, made progress toward college affordability, and took a solid first step in an effort to redraw voting districts in a bipartisan way during the 2019 session – actions which AARP Virginia supported. Legislators went home without acting on AARP’s top two legislative priorities. AARP volunteers will return to the General Assembly next year to seek tax …

— 1 in 5 Virginians is a Family Caregiver More than 1 million Virginians care for a parent, spouse or other loved one to help them live safely and independently at home. Being a family caregiver is a labor of love, but it can also take a toll. During the 2019 Virginia General Assembly, AARP fought for common sense solutions to help make family caregivers’ big responsibilities a little easier by asking for a tax credit for caregivers. The legislation did …

— AARP volunteers head to the Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday to ask lawmakers for legislation to provide a tax credit for family caregivers and to help workers save for retirement. “Virginia’s elected officials have a chance to assist family caregivers who spend their own money to keep their loved ones out of nursing homes,” said Jim Dau, AARP Virginia State Director. “These family caregivers are the unrecognized backbone of Virginia’s long-term care system while sacrificing their own financial security; this …

— Thanks to Medicaid expansion, more Virginians ages 19 to 64 will have access to quality, low-cost health insurance in 2019. Eligibility is based on family size and income: An adult who has an income of less than $16,754 or a family of three with an income of less than $28,677 will qualify. Up to 400,000 people will be able to gain coverage, including 95,000 adults between the ages of 50 and 64. Coverage begins Jan. 1, but applications are accepted …

— The rules have changed and now, more Virginians can get low-cost, quality health insurance that covers preventive care, doctor visits, prescriptions, hospitalizations, mental health care, laboratory and x-ray services, rehabilitative services, medical equipment, and more. Beginning January 1, 2019, thousands of Virginians aged 19-64 will be able to get the health care they need so they can have peace of mind and greater financial security. It will help individuals to be more productive in their jobs and allows families to …