— Join AARP Virginia at one of our many local events AARP Virginia staff and volunteers work together in bringing you real possibilities to your community. We host informative workshops on how to modify your home for easy living, the ABCs of Aging and how you can make your voice heard in Washington.¬†We also work in partnership with many community organizations to connect you to unique tools and programs to tackle issues that matter most to you and your family. Our …

— Thousands of Virginians don’t have health insurance because their employers don’t offer it or they can’t afford it.¬†¬† If Virginia lawmakers were to take advantage of enhanced federal funding, the state could provide Medicaid coverage for up to 300,000 additional individuals. If you don’t have health insurance, we want to hear from you.¬† Tell us how the lack of health care coverage affects your life.¬† We won’t share your story without your permission. Email us at gthompson@aarp.org.   ¬†

— RICHMOND _ ¬†¬†AARP volunteers head to the Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday to ask legislators to improve programs that help Virginians who need health care coverage and those in long-term care facilities, as well as to create a program to help workers save for retirement.   With more than 1.1 million members in Virginia, AARP is the largest organization working on behalf of people age 50+ in the Commonwealth.¬† In recent years, AARP Virginia has successfully fought for protections for …

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— Have you or someone you know had an experience with the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program?¬† We want to hear from you! Many long-term care recipients are medically or emotionally too frail to speak up for themselves.¬† AARP Virginia believes¬†the state Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program,¬†which acts as the voice¬†for these individuals to resolve care problems,¬†should be fully funded to meet the minimum staffing ratio. ¬†The ratio is set by the General Assembly as expressed¬†in¬†the Code of Virginia ¬†Section 51.5 ‚Äď 135, …

—   AARP Virginia state advocacy volunteers will be fighting for Virginians age 50+ at state budget hearings on January 3. The volunteers will speak at regional public hearings of The House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees of the Virginia General Assembly.¬† The committees are holding the hearings to solicit comments from the public on the Governor‚Äôs proposed 2018-2020 biennial state budget. AARP volunteers will tell the legislators to fund programs important to Virginians, especially those in long-term care facilities, and …

— By Sue Lindsey Joyce Williams did not expect her experience as an educator to lead to helping feed older residents in need during winter, but that‚Äôs exactly what happened. A retired principal of William Byrd Middle School in Roanoke County, Williams, 71, began to volunteer with a program called Soup for Seniors a few years ago and was quickly put on the planning committee. The 11-year-old program, which has strong community support, last year served 525 Meals on Wheels clients …

— Richmond, VA — A diverse group of multidisciplinary college students from across the Commonwealth gathered to address the often overlooked issue of caregiver health and wellness at the 2017 ‚ÄúCaring for the Caregiver Intercollegiate Hack‚ÄĚ hosted by VirginiaNavigator‚Äôs Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving. According to a National Alliance for Caregiving Study, there are over 65 million family caregivers in the U.S. providing an average of 20-41 hours per week of care to their loved one ‚Äď and this number …

— NEWPORT NEWS, VA ‚Äď AARP on Monday presented U.S. Representative Bobby Scott with the 2017 ‚ÄėAARP Champion for the 50-Plus‚Äô Legislative Leadership Award for his¬†significant achievements during the 114th Congress.   Scott received this recognition for leadership that benefits the lives of Virginians age 50+ and their families.¬† AARP Virginia staff and volunteer leaders presented Scott with the award on Monday in his Newport News office.   ‚ÄúCongressman Scott once again demonstrated his commitment to serve — and his ability …

— Alexandria and Arlington Commissions on Aging invite you to meet with elected officials* from Senate Districts: Adam Ebbin (D-30), Barbara Favola (D-31), Janet Howell (D-32), Richard Saslaw (D-35), and George Barker (D-39) and from House Districts: Mark Levine (D-45), Charniele Herring (D-46), Patrick Hope (D-47), Rip Sullivan (D-48), and Alfonso Lopez (D-49).   Legislative Forum on Aging Issues Thursday, November¬†09, 2017;¬†¬†from 9:45 a.m. ‚Äď 11:30 a.m. Fairlington Community Center ‚Äst3308 S. Stafford St. Arlington, VA 22206 For more information or …

— AARP Virginia held this live interactive event featuring United States Senator Mark Warner. The main topic of discussion related to healthcare including the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, and lowering prescription drug costs. Senator Warner thanked AARP for being supportive of his new bill the Care Planning Act, which is designed to give those with serious illness the option to make choices about their care. He spoke about how we should fix insurance for small business owners by bringing in …

— Join us for an important conversation with Senator Mark Warner on the future of¬†health care¬†currently being discussed in the U.S. Senate. ¬†The event is on Wednesday, September 27 from 6-7 p.m. EDT, and Senator Warner will take questions from participants on the call. This is your chance to ask questions about the proposals that will affect you and your family.¬† Hear directly from Senator Warner and get the latest information about what is going on in Washington. ¬†Those interested in …