—   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 …

— Caring for a loved one? Have caregiving challenges and questions? AARP Virginia is sponsoring Navigating the Caregiving Journey conference in Woodbridge on April 13. This annual event connects family caregivers with support and solutions; empowers family caregivers with insights and information; and educates and informs family caregivers with engaging and enlightening presentations. . The goal of the conference is to connect you with support and solutions; empower you with insights and information, and educate you with engaging and enlightening presentations. …

— AARP Virginia encourages everyone to help end senior hunger by giving soup and crackers to the Local Office on Aging (LOA)’s annual Soup for Seniors collection. Contributions will make a huge difference in the lives of your homebound neighbors. This year’s goal is 50,000 cans of soup to be delivered to more than 3,500 local residents. The soup collected helps provide a hot meal on a cold day and also reminds them, in the bleakest part of winter, that the …

— 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 members across Virginia join together in local communities through independently incorporated chapters. These chapters offer informational programs, advocacy and service opportunities. You can join an AARP Chapter to meet new people, give back, and have fun. Chapter activities can include meals, cultural outings and trips, and for many, community service is a major priority. Click here to find a chapter near you!    Bayside Chapter #4798 The Bayside Chapter #4798 is looking to grow its membership base in the City …

— 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, February 13th 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 …

— No matter where you are in the journey of family caregiving – just beginning to anticipate a need, helping to coordinate a big move, or taking care of a family member full-time – having a good framework to help guide both you and your loved one will make the process easier. During this session, we will share a framework to help you make plans to care for friends, family members, or loved ones. You will have the opportunity to connect …

— 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 …

— Get Your Questions Answered at AARP’s Free Webinar for Family Caregivers Navigating Insurance for Caregivers Part 1: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Caring for a loved one and have questions about their insurance options? Good news! AARP’s two-part question and answer webinar has the answers—and it’s free to attend. Register now to get expert advice about Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and other payment options. The webinar will also cover …

— AARP members and non-members are invited to a free screening of WHAT THEY HAD starring Hilary Swank, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster, and Michael Shannon. WHAT THEY HAD centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother’s (Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother (Blythe Danner) and her father’s (Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together. Rated R for language including a brief sexual reference. Audio assistance is unavailable …

— Are you caring for a relative in your household who has a disability or chronic condition? Learn to apply for up to $400 in reimbursement for respite services. The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services is offering up to $400 in reimbursement per family for respite services to assist Virginians with disabilities or chronic conditions and the family members who provide their care. Priority will be given to assisting caregivers for loved ones with dementia, as well as, helping …