— 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 …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

— Life has hardly slowed down for Jerry Soble after starting his retired life 13 years ago. Soble has always had an active mind. As a young man he attended the Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University) before ultimately opting to volunteer for the military, serving in the US Army. After discharge he began working in the insurance industry. Several years later, a friend presented him with an opportunity to move into the furniture business, where he worked for many …

— 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 400,000 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.    

— 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’s 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 …

— Join us for lunch and hear from medical and community professionals on a wide range of topics that help you stay informed and active.  Inova ACTIVE meets every last Wednesday of the month at 12 noon in the Engh Conference Center of Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. Inova ACTIVE: Adult Community That Is Very Energetic is the name of the monthly active seniors (age 60+) community group co-sponsored by Inova Mount Vernon Hospital and AARP Virginia.  We meet on the last Wednesday …

— AARP is hosting brain health seminars throughout Northern Virginia to explain how smart habits and social interaction can sharpen your mind. The community meetings will focus on five pillars of brain health: diet, regular exercise, social engagement, relaxation and learning new things. AARP volunteers will lead group discussions about how to meet those goals. Events are scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 20, 1-2 p.m., at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lane Road, in Burke; Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2-3 p.m., at Central Community …

— 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. …

— Join us in learning the five pillars of brain healthy behaviors, which research tells us if we undertake starting today, regardless of our age, will help reduce the risk of age-related diseases and optimize our chances of maintaining our cognitive abilities. Share your brain healthy behaviors and be inspired by others. It’s never too late to take charge of our brain health and improve our quality of life.     Five Pillars of Brain Health  Thursday, January 04, 2018  from 2:00 …

— AARP Virginia is partnering with the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. and Manumission Tours to present a very special community conversation and ‘Genealogy 101.” After the workshop and light refreshments, we will take a 9 block historical walking tour and learn about Old Town Alexandria’s historical sites.     An introduction to Genealogy Saturday, October 28, 2017;  from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Charles Houston Recreation Center – 901 Wythe Street Alexandria, VA 22314 Registration is required for this free …

— 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 …