— 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 by nominating them 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 9, 2018, and the winner will receive …

— Do you paint or draw? Perhaps you make pottery, jewelry or sculpt. Or do you enjoy digital photography or poetry? In whichever of these arts you shine, you are invited to enter your best works in the Celebration of the Arts — a competition for amateur artists 50 and over who live in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Winners will receive awards, cash prizes (up to $100), as well as the opportunity to exhibit in one or more …

— Our Special Online Sessions Can Help You Balance Them Juggling It All: Tips for Working Caregivers Part 1: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Did you know that six out of 10 Americans are taking care of a loved one age 50 or older — and many are doing it while also trying to earn a living? You want to balance your caregiving responsibilities with everything …

—   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 …

— Our online Q&A sessions can help you keep your loved one secure. Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe at Home Part 1: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Nearly half of family caregivers are caring for a loved one who still lives in his or her home. Another 35 percent share a home with the loved one in their care. You want a safe and secure home …

— Join two live webinars to find out how to identify and react to changes in your loved one’s behavior AARP Family Caregiving Online Learning Series Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs More Care Tuesday, January 23, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …

— National Family Caregivers Month – celebrated each November – is a time to recognize the daily contributions of a silent army of Americans who help their loved ones remain at home, where they want to be. While these family caregivers wouldn’t have it any other way, they need some support. AARP is fighting to support America’s 42 million family caregivers – including the estimated 75,000 family caregivers in DC. From local advocacy to workshops, tools and resources, here are just …

— If you have a loved one in the hospital, chances are you’re already benefiting from AARP DC’s efforts to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. Now, AARP DC is making it easy to understand what the law means to you. The CARE Act allows every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver. The hospital records the caregiver’s contact information and notifies that person before the patient is discharged. Hospital staff must also instruct the caregiver on how to …

— Having a loved one in the hospital can be stressful. But for family caregivers, the challenge may be even greater when the patient comes home and needs help with follow-up medical care. That just got easier for D.C. caregivers with passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. The new law, backed by AARP DC, allows hospital patients to designate a family caregiver and requires the hospital to record the caregiver’s contact information in the patient’s chart. In addition, …

— During August and September, connect with AARP through free interactive in-person events that mix fun with purpose! From AARP TEK workshops where you learn to use your mobile or pad devices to engaging with fellow family caregivers to get support and new ideas. Explore the events offered right here in the District. See the AARP TEK schedule here: http://goo.gl/ZXL8krFind a Carversations event here: http://goo.gl/wPwMsd

— Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act of 2015 into law. The CARE Act requires that hospitals provide patients with an opportunity to select a caregiver after hospital admission, and it requires that hospitals record contact information for the caregivers and consult with them about the patient’s care plan after discharge.  “As a city, we are committed to making sure that every Washingtonian can live in their homes independently, for as long as they choose.  …

—   AARP presents CAREversations: A FREE and Fun Event for Family Caregivers. These DC events are engaging, interactive sessions to explore the needs of caregivers sharing tips and tools. At CAREversations, attendees will learn how to build caregiver support networks, tips to care for yourself and where to find local resources. Seats are limited to the first 40 RSVPs. #iHeartCaregivers     Dates and locations include: Sunday, June 5, 2016 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. …