— 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 …

— Communities across Virginia are working each and every day to become more livable for residents of all ages. In support of that work, AARP is excited to be able to provide funding to organizations through the AARP Community Challenge to help them jumpstart progress on ongoing work. These “quick action” grants are being distributed to 129 organizations, with at least one in every state, Washington D.C, and Puerto Rico, including right here in Virginia. The Community Challenge grants provide communities …

—  Updated AARP Livability Index Reveals the Top 10 Cities in America WASHINGTON, DC—Despite continued suburban sprawl, communities across the nation are taking steps to become better places to live and age in, according to data analyzed from the newly updated AARP Livability Index. More communities are enacting policies to improve livability with notable increases in housing trust funds that set aside revenue for a variety of affordable housing strategies—now in over 200 counties. Along with overall livability trends, AARP identifies …

— It’s known as the Star City of the South, a gem nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains that has become a cultural, recreational and business hub of the region. And now, the historic city of Roanoke has earned another appealing distinction: designation as an AARP Age-Friendly Community. The moniker is given to cities, towns and rural areas whose leaders have committed to develop or improve features that make a place more livable at any age, such as sidewalks, access to …

— If you are an older adult, caregiver, professional, para-professional or student in aging, health or related fields, and if you are interested in health and wellness you should attend. The purpose of the conference is to educate seniors, caregivers, family members, senior service providers, students and the community on healthy aging. The 22nd Annual Healthy Aging conference is free and open to the public. Guest speakers Dr. Ayn Welleford, Chair of VCU’s Department of Gerontology. Topics will include nutrition for …

— Mayor Sherman Lea Receives City’s Certification, Reflects Focus on Helping Residents of All Ages   ROANOKE _ AARP today presented Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea with the city’s enrollment certificate in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.   “We are committed to our senior population and making our community friendly to people of all ages,” the mayor said.   At an event at Roanoke City Hall with the Local Office on Aging and other city officials, Roanoke became the 202nd city …

— AARP Funds Quick Action Community Project in Farmville to Make Community More Livable AARP Virginia announced that Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity is a winner of the AARP Community Challenge.  The challenge aims to create change and improve quality of life at the community level by supporting quick action projects by local organizations.   “Thanks to the hard work and leadership of Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity, more members of the Charlotte County community will be able to live in …

— You can access the list of Hunger Action Month activities and area food banks by clicking here. If you have any questions about Hunger Action Month or AARP Virginia’s hunger efforts in general, please contact Brian Jacks, Associate State Director – Community Outreach for the Southwest Region, at bjacks@aarp.org or 540-266-0562. Thank you for your efforts to make sure no one goes hungry!

—   Alexandria residents are invited to a presentation on creating livable communities, Wednesday, June 21 at Beatley Central Library at 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, VA from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m, and light refreshments will be served. AARP has helped the state of Virginia provide citizens with livable communities ever since its creation in 1958, and thanks to both AARP and Senior Services of Alexandria, residents will have a chance to offer their ideas and suggestions on …

— By Gil Klein In downtown Alexandria, known as Old Town, pedestrians fill the sidewalks on pleasant days, walking past outdoor cafes and 18th-century buildings with shops and galleries. Joggers and bicyclists enjoy riverside pathways. The city is often touted as a great place to live and work. But is that also true for its older residents? That’s what longtime AARP volunteer Jane King wants to find out. She helped Alexandria become Virginia’s first member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly …

— Recognize an exceptional Virginia volunteer! AARP Virginia seeks nominees for the 2017 Andrus Award for Community Service Winner to receive $500 for nonprofit of their choice Know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older? Show your appreciation by nominating her or him for the 2017 AARP Virginia Andrus Award for Community Service, named for AARP’s founder, Ethel Percy Andrus. AARP’s most prestigious volunteer award recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills in ways that significantly enrich the lives of others. …