— 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 …

— AARP is more than just a non-profit organization that promotes advocacy. AARP volunteers actively participate in community events to help others better enhance core attributions such as health care, employment, retirement planning, and even personal goals and concerns. Every organization serves a purpose and behind each purpose lies a goal. In a single event, multiple participants came together to bring forth an underlying basis of all the many opportunities and resources available to the local community of Northern Virginia. As …

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— 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 …

— Join two live webinars to find out how to identify and react to changes in your loved one’s behavior AARP Family Caregiving Online Learning Series Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs More Care Tuesday, January 23, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …

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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 – 135, …

— Senior Services of Alexandria and AARP Virginia present the 2017-2018 Speaker Series Event. The January 20th Speaker Series will be held at Immanuel Church on the Hill (3606 Seminary Rd) from 10:00 am – noon.  Please join us as Bobbi Carducci, the author of “Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver” talks about her journey as a caregiver.  Her story is one of honesty that will resonate to caregivers. There will be representatives from Insight Memory Care and Legacy Navigator talking about …

— 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 “Caring for the Caregiver Intercollegiate Hack” hosted by VirginiaNavigator’s 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 – and this number …

— By Gil Klein Earl Ragland, 65, a retired railroad worker in Richmond, said he depended on his wife to organize the budget, pay bills and manage the household. When she died two years ago, he was at a loss for what to do. A local support agency, Senior Connections, used No Wrong Door, an innovative referral system, to get Ragland enrolled with organizations that helped him set up a budget, pay his bills, and get assistance for food and utilities. …

— For over half a century, AARP has been the nation’s leading social change organization defending, representing, and advancing the needs and wants of people 50-plus. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all as we age and we envision a society in which all people live with dignity and purpose, and fulfill their goals and dreams. We may be able to assist you by providing a speaker for your next event; this is a free community service …

— Virginia is home to an estimated 140,000 people with Alzheimer’s dementia, and the disease takes a toll on family caregivers as well. AARP Virginia is a member of the Northern Virginia Dementia Care Consortium and is cosponsoring its 31st Annual Caregiver Conference. Participants can learn more about what dementia is and how to care for themselves, as well as a loved one with the disease. The conference will be Friday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Korean …

—  Join Us for 2017 Senior Law Day!  The seventh annual Senior Law Day will be held on Saturday, October 14, at TC Williams High School auditorium from 9:00 am-12:30 pm. The topic will be “Aging in Alexandria: Planning for Life Transitions.” Local experts will discuss legal and financial considerations related to life transitions, support services and senior residential living options. As we age planning for life transitions can difficult to navigate. Participants will hear from local experts from the Alexandria Bar …