— AARP DC volunteers play a critical role in our efforts to help the District’s 50+ live their best lives. The impact our volunteers have on this work cannot be overstated. Through letter writing, attending hearings, giving testimony, participation in rallies, and various other activities we are able to serve the 50+ community on issues that matter most to them. Issues impacting District seniors are experienced differently in each ward, which is why we’ve added a new layer to our volunteer …

— 2018 is going to be exciting. It’s an election year.  AARP DC is keeping a close eye on where candidates stand on the issues that matter most to the 50+ in the District. In May we will release voter guides to help keep the public aware of candidate positions on issues identified in our 2017 Member Survey. We want you informed when it’s time to cast your ballot. We’ll also continue to advance policies that improve the overall quality of …

— Many residents age 50-plus share common goals: They want Washington, D.C., to be a livable community for people of all ages. They want supportive services for an estimated 75,000 unpaid family caregivers. And they want a strong nest egg for retirement. AARP DC is keeping those priorities in mind as it prepares to work with the Council of the District of Columbia in 2018. Two issues top the agenda: relieving the burden on family caregivers and helping D.C. communities become …

— Interested in hearing about the legislative issues AARP DC is tracking for older adults in the District? Want to know more about what’s going on at the local advocacy level, and how you can get involved? Join AARP DC for a live discussion of what’s happening in the DC City Council! When: Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 3:00PM Where: Go to the AARP DC Facebook page to view the live stream! What: Questions are welcome! Simply enter your question in the …

— Your advocacy support is needed – Call your D.C. City Councilmember and ask for a markup on UPOAA! On June 1, 2017,  AARP DC volunteer, Phyllis Pricer delivered testimony to the District of Columbia Council Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety in support of amending the Uniform Power of Attorney Amendment Act of 2017 (UPOAA). Multiple national studies have found that financial exploitation of seniors is the most common and one of the most under-reported types of elder abuse. Financial …

— Between 2005 and 2013, scores of D.C. residents lost their homes because they couldn’t afford to pay small property tax bills. Now, the D.C. government is paying $1 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought by such former homeowners to stop tax-lien investors from taking homes through foreclosure. AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) worked with the District Council to change D.C. tax collection laws in 2014. Under the old system, investors bought property tax liens and then …

— Age-Friendly DC is a coordinated, comprehensive, and collective-action effort with the goal of ensuring that the District of Columbia is a great place for all ages to live, work and play! As a DC resident, you have a say in building a better future for the city. What has improved in your community? What concerns you? We want to hear from you! Please RSVP here for an upcoming listening session in your community. In 2012, Age-Friendly DC implemented a strategic …

Medicare

— At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. Thankfully, President Trump repeatedly said throughout his campaign that he would not allow changes to this vital program. “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago.” More than 72,000 D.C. residents receive Medicare coverage now, and another 110,829 will be eligible for Medicare in the next 15 …

— Earlier this year, Wanda Witter, 80, was broke and homeless. Now, thanks to help from AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE), she has received nearly $100,000 in back Social Security benefits. For 16 years, Witter disputed the amount the Social Security Administration was sending her and returned the checks. Due to her lack of an address, the checks eventually stopped coming. But she kept all of her paperwork, and LCE helped her straighten it out with the government. She …

Voter Guides

— The city of Washington, D.C. utilizes a “strong mayor” and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city’s primary legislative body while the Mayor serves as the city’s chief executive officer.  At-large council positions represent the entire District. The Washington, D.C. City Council is the city’s primary legislative body. The council votes on and drafts legislation, approves the city’s annual budget and sets the revenue required to fund the budget. Additionally, the …