— AARP’s purpose is to empower people to choose how they live as they age. As such, AARP is pleased to sponsor the Washington Wizards’ Wizdom Dance Team, a dance troupe cast from a field of 50-plus adults in the DC, Maryland and Virginia region. Watch the Wizdom Dance Team perform at an upcoming Wizards game, and get to know AARP staff and volunteers! An hour before each game, visit AARP in the Sales Center of the Capital One Arena (3rd …

— AARP DC Advocates for #2020AgeFriendlyBudget As we begin a new executive, legislative, and regulatory session, 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 …

— 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!

— 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 …

— 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.

— 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 …