—   By Reverend Doctor Kendrick E. Curry, AARP DC State President A little over 2 months ago, I was selected to serve as AARP DC’s volunteer State President. With more than 87,000 AARP members in the District, I still marvel at the collective power we have to make a positive difference in our community. The local budget season is heating up, and we need your help to ensure your Councilmembers include funding for critical programs in the final budget. On …

— Do you know a volunteer, over the age of 50, who’s made a significant impact on your neighborhood? Now’s your chance to get them recognized – nominate that volunteer superstar for AARP’s most prestigious community service award. What is it? The Ethel Percy Andrus Award, named after AARP’s founder, aims to shine a light on outstanding local volunteers who donate their skills, time and love to their communities. AARP DC will be accepting nominations until July 15, 2019, and the …

— AARP DC Advocates for #2020AgeFriendlyBudget AARP District of Columbia will continue to fight for what is in the best interest of our 88,000 members and all District residents age 50 and older. AARP District of Columbia’s legislative and regulatory goals in 2019 will protect and strengthen the programs to maximize independence for District residents to remain in their homes as they age (i.e., age in place). Such programs include: assistance for family caregivers, home and community-based programs, and nutrition services. …

— Wednesdays at the Wilson Building (W@W) is a video series that provides brief updates on the current state of the District, encourages advocacy and connects policy experts to District residents. AARP DC will report on what’s going on with District Council at the Wilson Building and the Mayor’s offices, with a focus on issues that contribute toward an Age-Friendly city where individuals of all ages can live, work and play. To get involved in this important advocacy effort: Follow AARP …

— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP DC is providing opportunities to connect and help build a city for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Looking ahead to the 2020 city budget, AARP District of Columbia and the DC Senior Advisory Coalition are hosting a Lobby Day, on Tuesday, April 30, at the Wilson Building, which houses the offices of the mayor and D.C. Council. AARP supports legislation to increase funding for programs that would assist the district’s 75,200 family caregivers. The organization is also advocating for more investment in home- and community-based support services, particularly transportation assistance and home-delivered meals. Want to make your …

— AARP Campaign Targets High Prescription Drug Prices Today, AARP announced the launch of ‘Stop Rx Greed,’ a nationwide campaign aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. The goal of AARP’s sustained campaign is to help drive down drug prices for  District residents and all Americans by advocating for a variety of legislative, executive, and regulatory actions at both the federal and state level. The Stop Rx Greed campaign will include national television, radio and digital ads, editorial content, emails to members, …

— Three billion dollars. That’s how much older Americans are losing to abuse and financial exploitation every year, and that’s only the reported amount. At AARP, staff and volunteers alike are working hard every day to fight elder abuse and exploitation across the country. Right here in the District, AARP DC is supporting the bill re-introduced by Councilmember Anita Bonds that proposes the creation of an Elder Abuse Response Team (EART) in Washington, DC. The team — whose goal is to …

— If you are a D.C. resident 65 or older, you may be eligible for a property tax credit. AARP Foundation, together with AARP District of Columbia, is rolling out a program—AARP Foundation Property Tax-Aide—to help homeowners, renters and cooperative-housing shareholders apply for the benefit. Eligible older adults could receive up to $1,000 and, in some cases, also reduce their property tax bill by half. AARP Foundation estimates that nationwide only about 8 percent of those eligible for property tax relief …

— As the City Council begins working on the 2020 budget, AARP DC is advocating for items on the Age-Friendly DC agenda, including preventing elder abuse and ensuring that older adults have access to home- and community-based support services. Another priority is improving city transportation and upgrading outdoor spaces. Stay up to date at aarp.org/dc.

— The President’s Two Cents: Budget Matters In order to achieve the benefit of being an Age Friendly City,  advocates understand that the DC budget season never really ends. How the city allocates its financial resources has quite a tangible effect on our everyday lives. Our city services for older adults are coordinated through the lens of the Older Americans Act. It is a model of a core staple services, that falls short of the needed resources to maintain an Age Friendly …

— Does your community group need a speaker for an upcoming event? AARP DC staff and volunteers can deliver presentations on a variety of topics, including fraud, caregiving and financial planning. The presentations range from 20 to 45 minutes and are available to groups of 15 or more in the District of Columbia. Well-suited for civic organizations, church groups and senior villages, each talk can be tailored to fit the group’s needs. To request a speaker, go to states.aarp.org/request-aarp-dc-speaker and submit …