— 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 …

— On April 11th members of Fredericksburg Chapter 3396 prepared lunch for residents and staff at The Thurman Brisben Shelter. President Sally Cooney Anderson, Community Service Chairman Juanita Channel, Janice Feagan, Andy Gaeta and Carlos Enrique (a prospective Chapter member) served a nutritious lunch which included chicken noodle soup, ham and turkey sandwiches, salad, sliced fresh fruit and lemonade. They fed approximately 30 people.  Joe Hargrove, the shelter’s volunteer coordinator, mentioned that it was a great change from the usual lunch …

— Rita Ricks, spiritual and business coach, inspirational speaker, workshop facilitator, and award-winning entrepreneur and author, presented a program entitled “Speaking to Your Spirit” to members of Fredericksburg AARP Chapter 3396 on April 3, 2018. She encouraged her listeners to renew “the person within” and embrace their G.I.F.T.S. which include being “Grateful” for each day; being “Intentional” by bringing their lives into focus because this is their time, their journey; being “Fearless” by stepping out of their comfort zone; living for …

— By Tamara Lytle When Suba Saty was growing up in small towns in Iowa and Tennessee, his was the only family from India, so teachers often asked him to give short speeches about his native country. Saty further developed his speaking talent in the Air Force before he retired as a lieutenant colonel. “It was fun presenting to a group, sharing ideas, connecting with the audience,” he said. Now Saty, 60, of Fairfax Station in Northern Virginia, uses those same …

— Longstanding AARP Community Partner, Bedford Ride, would like your help assisting with the transportation assistance program offered to residents of Bedford County at a low or no cost basis. Bedford Rides assists cancer patients, dialysis patients, veterans, and many more community members who need help getting to their doctor’s appointments. The Bedford Ride Transportation Assist Program was founded in 2001 after two independent studies found that transportation to medical appointments was a huge problem for Bedford. This lack of transportation …

— 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 …

— Arts Across Generations is a new AARP Blacksburg Chapter initiative. The program will take place June 1, 2018 in conjunction with Blacksburg’s Art Walk, the deadline for submissions is April 15.  The program’s aim is to solicit, jury, display, and celebrate artworks created my multi-generational artists (e.g., a high school student and a grandparent; local artist and a neighbor enrolled in elementary school). Pairs do not have to be related, but at  least one artist must be a resident of …

— 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 …

— Join us for a free fraud fighting event Every day, hundreds of local residents lose their hard-earned money to a variety of fraud schemes. In fact, every 2 seconds, a con artist steals someone’s identity! To strike back against scammers, AARP Virginia and Fairfax County Government’s Silver Shield Task Force are bringing together top experts and law enforcement officials to present at a free informational Scam Jam. The Presenters will discuss scams targeting Virginians, such as fake solicitor schemes, bogus …

— ARE YOU CARING FOR AN OLDER ADULT OR LOVED ONE? Over one million Virginians are caring for older parents or loved ones, helping them to live independently at home. It’s a labor of love, to be sure. And a huge responsibility. AARP wants to help make this big responsibility a little easier. That’s why we have teamed up with Mount Vernon at Home and the Alzheimer’s Association® National Capital Area Chapter to present the Caregiver College.  Over the course of six …

— Shredding is the safest way to dispose of confidential documents. AARP Virginia and the Alta Vista Chamber have teamed up to hold an annual cleanup and free shredding day. We will be meeting at the Alta Vista Fire Station parking lot, located on 1280 Main Street, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 21st. This event will take place rain or shine. If you are interested in participating or volunteering, go to www.altavistachamber.com for more details.