— 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 to …

— It’s that time of year for holiday visits with friends and family.  Research shows staying socially engaged is good for the brain and one of the five pillars of brain health.  Add in the other four recommended by experts and you will have the recipe for a brain healthy party. The next pillar of brain health is Discover: Learn new things. Our brain is stimulated and grows when we learn new things or pursue new interests. Give party guests a …

— Rocky Mount AARP Chapter: Staying Involved The  Rocky Mount AARP Chapter #0508 has been giving back to their community and providing their members a forum to socialize and get involved for over 50 years. They meet monthly on the second Wednesday. Join them at their Wednesday, December 12th meeting, covering the topic of caregiving from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Essig Recreational Center (295 Technology Drive, Rocky Mount, VA 24151).     At their most recent chapter meeting …

— 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 …

— By Sue Lindsey Pat Jones Scott’s mission is preparing others to take care of disabled loved ones. “I will go wherever I’m needed to talk about caregiving,” said Scott, 73, of Mechanicsville, a volunteer who leads several workshops a year based on AARP’s Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families. Scott believes caregivers should be trained in what to expect—preparation she didn’t have when her husband, Joe Scott, then 76, suffered a stroke just six weeks after their wedding …

— Care Enough to Know Join AARP Virginia for a free conference to learn about local resources available to help family caregivers from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 3rd. With thousands of people sharing the huge responsibility of caring for older parents, loved ones, friends and neighbors, helping them to live independently at home, many caregivers are unaware of what support services and resources are available. Event attendees will enjoy a boxed lunch provided with a free gift …

— Are you ready to FEED? Want to get hands-on and help feed kids and low-income seniors? Sign up online at www.faswva.org/volunteer for one of Feeding America Southwest Virginia new volunteer opportunities. Volunteers are needed Monday through Thursday from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. and on Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to prepare food, cook, and clean in the Community Solutions Center Kitchen at 2328 Melrose Ave., NW in Roanoke. Groups of up to 12 can be accommodated for this activity. Volunteers …

— Empoderando y Abrazando a la Familia de los Cuidadores Cuidar de una persona con Alzheimer o algún tipo de demencia nos trae muchos retos y situaciones inesperadas. En reconocimiento del Mes Nacional de la Familia de Cuidadores, Fuerza Contra Alzheimer’s y AARP Virginia tienen el honor de invitarlo a un evento especial para la familia de cuidadores. Domingo 18 de Noviembre, 2018 de 3:00 a 5:30 pm Iglesia Católica Santa Ana, 5300 N. Calle 10, Arlington, Va. 22205 Haz click …

— Here are some things caregivers should focus on when preparing for Hurricane Florence or other emergencies: Financial and legal preparedness: Ensure key documents for financial records, health care power of attorney and other advance directives are easy to access in case of an emergency. Perhaps make electronic copies available via a secure online storage app. Alerts and warnings: Set up wireless emergency alerts on smartphone; get a weather radio, check out other options. Emergency communication plans: With contact lists always …

— You are invited to the Peninsula Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) Council 23rd Annual Senior Safety Summit on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.  This year’s theme is “Situational Awareness:  Seniors Stay Alert” The event will take place at the Northside Christian Church, 1300 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown, VA 23693. Join us for a morning filled with information, exhibits, entertainment, and door prizes. There will also be free on-site document shredding located in the church parking lot …

— AARP Virginia participated in the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Family Caregiver Stakeholder Workgroup to help spur even better supports for caregivers in Virginia. The Workgroup’s report outlines ten goals and fifteen recommendations to support and grow the capacity of family caregivers to perform critical caregiving tasks.  AARP Virginia is grateful to DARS and the Workgroup members for their invaluable efforts in researching and crafting the report. Click here to see the 2018 Family Caregiving Report.