— Senior Services of Alexandria and AARP Virginia present the 2017-2018 Speaker Series Event. The January 20th Speaker Series will be held at Immanuel Church on the Hill (3606 Seminary Rd) from 10:00 am – noon.  Please join us as Bobbi Carducci, the author of “Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver” talks about her journey as a caregiver.  Her story is one of honesty that will resonate to caregivers. There will be representatives from Insight Memory Care and Legacy Navigator talking about …

—   AARP Virginia had fun on purpose at Almost Christmas, Movies for Grownups screening.  A total of 70 guests shared laughs, popcorn and bottled H2O at the Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center.  The movie was a chance for AARP members and non-members to enjoy an afternoon free of the holiday shopping frenzy.   This event allowed AARP Southeast Virginia to introduce all the great ways the 50+ plus community can be engaged and empowered through campaigns and events.

— December 13, 2017 — AARP arranged a dinner for members and guests at the FireFlies restaurant in Del Ray, a quaint historic neighborhood in greater Alexandria.  The dinner was a chance for AARP members to catch-up with each other on the busy season and introduce guests to AARP Northern Virginia volunteering opportunities.  Bernice Countenay coordinated this event for 28 people, and was assisted by Nancy Crespo, Effie Upshaw, Gaile Harrell, and Reed Eldridge.  This was the 5th dinner evening offered in …

— Join us for lunch and hear from medical and community professionals on a wide range of topics that help you stay informed and active.  Inova ACTIVE meets every last Wednesday of the month at 12 noon in the Engh Conference Center of Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. Inova ACTIVE: Adult Community That Is Very Energetic is the name of the monthly active seniors (age 60+) community group co-sponsored by Inova Mount Vernon Hospital and AARP Virginia.  We meet on the last Wednesday …

— AARP Volunteers were awarded for their exemplary efforts at the 2017 All Volunteer Assembly (AVA). Devoted to honoring AARP Virginia’s most dedicated volunteers, this year’s AVA highlighted individuals committed to community service and helping everyone age with dignity and purpose. The highly distinguished Andrus Award for Community Service was awarded to Russell Schiavone of Roanoke. Since joining the Roanoke Community Ambassador Leadership Team in 2014, Schiavone has offered his expertise to various groups throughout the Roanoke area on issues like …

— AARP is hosting brain health seminars throughout Northern Virginia to explain how smart habits and social interaction can sharpen your mind. The community meetings will focus on five pillars of brain health: diet, regular exercise, social engagement, relaxation and learning new things. AARP volunteers will lead group discussions about how to meet those goals. Events are scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 20, 1-2 p.m., at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lane Road, in Burke; Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2-3 p.m., at Central Community …

— Richmond, VA — A diverse group of multidisciplinary college students from across the Commonwealth gathered to address the often overlooked issue of caregiver health and wellness at the 2017 “Caring for the Caregiver Intercollegiate Hack” hosted by VirginiaNavigator’s Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving. According to a National Alliance for Caregiving Study, there are over 65 million family caregivers in the U.S. providing an average of 20-41 hours per week of care to their loved one – and this number …

— Newport News, Virginia – AARP Virginia invites you to a free Movies for Grownups screening. The movie is Almost Christmas and it will be shown at 2 .m. Thursday, December 14 at the Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center, 2410 Wickham Ave, Newport News, VA 23607. From comedy writer and director David E. Talbert, Almost Christmas tells the story of a beloved father who only asks that his family will get along this holiday season. The movie has a star-studded cast …

— By Gil Klein Earl Ragland, 65, a retired railroad worker in Richmond, said he depended on his wife to organize the budget, pay bills and manage the household. When she died two years ago, he was at a loss for what to do. A local support agency, Senior Connections, used No Wrong Door, an innovative referral system, to get Ragland enrolled with organizations that helped him set up a budget, pay his bills, and get assistance for food and utilities. …

— ELECTION DAY is exactly one week away!  This year we will vote for our next Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and our members for the House of Delegates.     Some important information for Registered Voters in Virginia: Deadline to request an Absentee Ballot be mailed to you is Tuesday, October 31st by 5:00 p.m. Click on this link for information about Absentee Voting, in-person Absentee Voting, and listing of every County & City Voter Registrar Office in Virginia.   …