—   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 …

— By Sue Lindsey Carol Downs treasures her collection of pottery. But at age 80, she knows that the day is coming when she will have to part with it. “My daughter recently said to me, ‘Mom, when you move out of this house, I don’t want any of your pottery. I know you love it, but it doesn’t mean the same thing to me,’ ” said Downs, of Alexandria, AARP Virginia’s volunteer president. It’s a theme older people hear from adult …

— “Smart solutions for making your home safe and comfortable.” What if all homes could be suitable for anyone, regardless of a person’s age or physical ability? What if a person who wants to live independently, regardless of his or her age or physical ability, could do just that? On February 27, 2019, Jane King a veteran speaker for AARP conducted a Home Fit Workshop for Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. The Home Fit Workshop provided information to participants on how to …

— With a Little Help from my Friends. . . Villages in Fairfax County Written by Grace Lynch, originally published in the Golden Gazette “Oh I get by with a little help from my friends . . . Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends” For many boomers, maybe most, these sweet, soulful lyrics sung by Ringo Starr so many years ago on the Sgt. Pepper’s album, ring as true now as they did then. Every age has …

— 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 …

— Always seeking ways to “Serve Not to be Served,” members of Brian Jacks’ AARP VA Roanoke and Lynchburg leadership teams met at Gross and Sons Apple Orchard in Bedford County to glean fallen apples for those in need.  This was their first time participating in such an endeavor to support AARP VA’s September focus on hunger.  Brian’s family joined us in the effort.  The effort was set up for us by Sarah Ramey and conducted by Bill Leach of The …

— Be part of an essential conversation to address systemic change for the most vulnerable within our congregations and communities. Join us Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at My Father’s House Christian Church International, located on 4746 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304. Pastors, faith leaders, health care professionals, researchers and community advocates from across the Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia areas will discuss how to support, uplift and encourage family caregivers. Speakers at this discussion include: Pastors Lou …

— 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 …

— Join AARP Virginia as we have a community conversation celebrating African American history. Speakers include Ron Styles, Michelle Oliver, AARP Community Ambassadors, genealogists, and independent historians. This event takes place on May 23, 2018 at the North Park Library, located on 8508 Franconia Rd, Richmond, VA 23227, from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free but space is limited. Please register today by calling 1-877-926-83000 or register online at https://aarp.cvent.com/RichmondNorthParkLibraryGenealogy .

— 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 vision is for a society in which all people live with dignity and purpose, and fulfill their goals and dreams, and Purpose is to empower people to choose how they live as they age. We may be able to assist you by providing a speaker for your next event; this is a free community service …