— On September 19, 2018, a devastating fire forced nearly 200 residents of the Arthur Capper Senior Public Housing complex in Southeast DC to flee their homes. Thanks to the quick action of firefighters, first responders and U.S. Marines from the nearby Washington Barracks, there was fortunately no loss of life. However, the building suffered major damage to the upper floors and now has a partially collapsed roof. Since the fire, Capper residents have been temporarily housed in hotels, nursing facilities, …

— 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!

— 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 a bill 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 …

— 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 …

—   AARP District of Columbia State Office Testimony for DC Office on Aging Budget Oversight Hearing Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization April 25, 2018 Testimony delivered by Ward 6 resident and  AARP DC Volunteer Jean Link. AARP is the world’s largest membership organization, with nearly 38 million dues-paying members. AARP District of Columbia State Office (AARP DC) represents more than 89,000 members living in the District of Columbia. AARP DC is pleased to submit this testimony regarding the budget …

— There are over 30,000 veterans living in the District of Columbia, and AARP DC deeply values their service and sacrifice.  We want to do a lot more to support  the needs of local veterans aged 50 and older through resources and advocacy. In order for us to be more effective, we need to hear from you! We will also begin offering Caregiving and Fraud Protection resources and trainings specifically for local veterans and their families. If you are or know …

—  Big drug companies are pressuring Congress to cave on a Medicare deal that lowers prescription drug costs for millions of seniors. Urge Congresswoman Norton to continue raising her voice so the rest of Congress knows we want to make medicines more accessible and affordable, not less. Send Congresswoman Norton  A Message  

— 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 …