— By Sue Lindsey After her husband died, Nancy Kampschror, 89, of Falls Church, had two bad experiences with accountants before trying AARP Foundation’s free tax preparation program, Tax-Aide. Since then she has returned for the past 12 years, toting big tins of cookies and candy to thank the volunteers. “You can’t imagine how carefully they do these taxes,” Kampschror said. Tax-Aide preparers found deductions that paid accountants had overlooked. Funded by grants from AARP Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service, …

— Join us for lunch and hear from medical and community professionals on a wide range of topics that help you stay informed and active.  ACTIVE meets every last Wednesday of the month from noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Engh Conference Center of Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. ACTIVE: Adult Community That Is Very Energetic is the name of the monthly active adults’ community group co-sponsored by Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, Mount Vernon at Home, and AARP Virginia. Last Wednesday of each month 12 …

— Sign Up for Our Free Online Work and Skills Event Online Career Networking Expo: Spotlight on Part-Time Work and Skills Thursday, January 24, 2019, 1-4 p.m. ET Looking for part-time work? AARP’s Online Career Networking Expo is bringing the employers, the skills and the possibilities of part-time work to you! This free, unique event lets you network with employers online and learn how to improve the skills that can get you noticed. Tune in to expert-led webinars such as: Age-Proof Your …

— Get Your Questions Answered at AARP’s Free Webinar for Family Caregivers Navigating Insurance for Caregivers Part 1: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Caring for a loved one and have questions about their insurance options? Good news! AARP’s two-part question and answer webinar has the answers—and it’s free to attend. Register now to get expert advice about Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and other payment options. The webinar will also cover …

— AARP members and non-members are invited to a free screening of WHAT THEY HAD starring Hilary Swank, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster, and Michael Shannon. WHAT THEY HAD centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother’s (Michael Shannon) urging to deal with her ailing mother (Blythe Danner) and her father’s (Robert Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together. Rated R for language including a brief sexual reference. Audio assistance is unavailable …

— 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 …

— AARP Virginia encourages everyone to help end senior hunger by giving soup and crackers to the Local Office on Aging (LOA)’s annual Soup for Seniors collection. Contributions will make a huge difference in the lives of your homebound neighbors. This year’s goal is 50,000 cans of soup to be delivered to more than 3,500 local residents. The soup collected helps provide a hot meal on a cold day and also reminds them, in the bleakest part of winter, that the …

— AARP Virginia has recognized Governor Ralph Northam and five lawmakers for supporting policies to help Virginians save for retirement and care for loved ones in their homes. Northam (D-Virginia), Senator George L. Barker (D-Alexandria), and Delegate Christopher K. Peace (R-Mechanicsville) were named 2018 “Capitol Caregivers,” a bipartisan group of 65 elected officials from 24 states. These leaders have advanced policies that support family caregivers, who help care for their parents, spouses and other loved ones. “On behalf of the more …

— The Wildlife Rescue League is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Virginia’s native wildlife through rehabilitation and education. It accomplishes these goals in three ways: 1) operating a wildlife assistance helpline that provides the public with advice, resources and referrals to licensed wildlife rehabilitators 2) providing transportation of wildlife from area vets to rehabilitators and 3) educating the public about how to co-exist with our wild neighbors and to prevent situations that lead to the need for rehabilitation. Wildlife …

— 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 …