— 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 …

— 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. …

— 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?  AARP teamed up with partners: Arlington Neighborhood Village, Arlington Library, and a panel of experts, to bring practical answers to these questions. This workshop, Staying Home: Making Smart Choices for Easy Living, was attended by over 120 people on April 1, …

— Join AARP Virginia for a Volunteering Open House! AARP Virginia’s team of Community Ambassadors serves communities throughout the commonwealth in many ways. From representing AARP at various community events to presenting educational programs and workshops throughout the commonwealth, AARP Virginia volunteers are implementing AARP’s Purpose every day: To empower people to choose how they live as they age.  You’ll learn all the different ways you can volunteer with AARP Virginia to help enhance the quality of life for all as we age. …

— 10.7.2016 From Jim Dau, AARP Virginia State Director: AARP Virginia is looking for a leader to serve as its volunteer State President. Bill Lukhard, an emeritus member of the state’s Executive Council, has very capably been serving as our Acting State President following the departure of previous State President Bob Blancato. In addition to chairing the Executive Council, the State President is the chief volunteer spokesperson and frequently represents AARP Virginia at functions across the state. The State President is …