— 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 …

— Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. Shredding confidential documents you no longer need is one good way to protect yourself, and the AARP Fraud Watch Network wants to help you do that. Bring any confidential documents to the Art of Aging Expo on October 2, 2018 at the Danville Technology Center, and we’ll shred them for free in the parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Shredding only takes a few minutes and can save you lots of …

— Are you a caregiver for family or a friend?  Are you a professional caregiver?  If the answer is YES, then this event is for you. A FREE Caregiver Workshop, Caring for the Caregiver, will be held from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on September 14, at Danville Community College, Oliver Hall in the Temple Building.  This Workshop is appropriate for those who care for children or adults with a variety of cognitive or physical disabilities and disorders. Nationally acclaimed AARP speaker and …

— Meet new friends and have fun while staying healthy as part of Roanoke’s newest walking group. We are moving forward! Walking is a terrific way to keep your mind and body healthy, meet new friends and enjoy the beautiful weather as summer transitions into fall. The walking group is scheduled to meet most Monday mornings and we walk rain or shine. The detailed schedule including locations, routes and times is listed below. Walking for Grownups is free, open to all …

— AARP celebrated their 60 years anniversary at the Lynchburg ballpark on Thursday, July 12th. The Hillcats played the Potomac. AARP staff and volunteers were out there in full force to engage with the game attendees on the importance of voting in this Novembers elections and provided information on brain health. Not everyone is aware of brain health or the need for concern over it.  Jerry Padgett, a Lynchburg native who works in the mental health field, knows about the importance …

— The Roanoke AARP VA Leadership Team often works closely in collaboration with the Local Office on Aging.  In June, the LOA had “Let’s Do Lunch”, its annual fundraising event.  Tickets sold covered the cost of the lunch and also funded two Meals on Wheels for needy seniors.  This year there was an all time high of customers who dined on site at North Roanoke Baptist Church.  Entertainment was provided by Jane Powell, a gifted singer and local celebrity.  A total …

— RICHMOND – AARP Virginia State Director Jim Dau today praised members of the Virginia House of Delegates for passing a state budget that includes Medicaid expansion.  The bipartisan effort increases access to health care for 400,000 Virginians, including 95,000 people over 50 who are not yet eligible for Medicare.   “The Virginia House of Delegates helped lead the way on this important move to provide health insurance coverage to more Virginians who need it. Going back to the regular session …

— RICHMOND – AARP Virginia State Director Jim Dau today lauded lawmakers for bipartisan efforts to increase access to health care for 400,000 Virginians, including 95,000 people over 50 who are not yet eligible for Medicare.   “On behalf of all Virginians age 50 and older, especially those 95,000 that will now have much-needed access to health coverage, we graciously thank those state senators who worked across the aisle to do the right thing and vote to expand Medicaid in Virginia. …

— Alzheimer’s Association presents Let’s Wash Up! The 2nd annual Prince William Area Dementia Caregivers Symposium Saturday, June 9, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. James J. McCoart Administration Building 1 County Complex Court, Woodbridge, VA 22192 People with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias slowly become less able to take care of themselves. Bathing is often the most difficult personal care activity that caregivers face. It’s normal to feel some frustration when best efforts to help are not working. Join AARP …

— Professionals from nonprofit organizations, county government, and faith based organizations are invited to attend, along with family caregivers. This is the required seminar for those pursuing Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) certification, to qualify through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. To see if you qualify, please visit the NCCDP website at www.nccdp.org. You are also welcome to come for the education only, without seeking certification. The seminar will cover the following modules: Diagnosis, Prognosis, Treatment, Communication, Feelings, Depression, Repetitive …

— Over one million Virginians are caring for older parents or loved ones, helping them live independently at home. AARP wants to help, which is why we have teamed up with Mount Vernon at Home and the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter to present a Caregiver College. Over the course of six weeks we’ll discuss legal and financial planning, healthy living, communications, self-care, and much more. Classes will be held at the Hollin Hall Senior Center, located on 1500 Shenandoah …