— 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 …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

— It’s Open Enrollment season! Now is the time to do research and determine which health plan is best for you, and your family in the year ahead. Here’s some information that may help with this process… Medicare Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15 – December 7, 2017. You can compare the plans available in your area, and enroll in a new plan if you choose, by visiting Medicare.gov or calling 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227). AARP advises to consider the “Four C’s” when reviewing …

— This is an important time in the development of DC budget for fiscal year 2017. Each Council committee has completed budget oversight hearings on the proposed budget for the DC government agencies they oversee. Now the Committees are making changes to the Budget. Budget mark-ups are the first sign of how the Council wants to modify the mayor’s budget – perhaps taking up recommendations the public and service providers have made. There will be other chances to influence the budget …

— Speakers from the Mayor’s Office on LGBTQ Affairs and a range organizations representing the transgender community and advocates for older LGBTQ residents convened an interactive discussion called, “State of the Union for LGBTQ Elders in D.C.” The Black History Month event was hosted by AARP DC, Sage/DC and PRiSM, the AARP LGBT employee group. Offering opening remarks was Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) who recognized the LGBTQ community for their strong advocacy work that resulted in several human rights successes …

— The following feature was written by Brenda C. Siler, associate state director for communications in the AARP District of Columbia State Office. It’s been interesting for me and my siblings to learn about a significant part of our Dad’s military history through the recently published book authored by Linda Hervieux, Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes, at Home and at War. We learned that our Dad, Floyd Siler, Sr., landed on Utah Beach in Normandy on D-Day as …

— In the D.C. area, too many hardworking Americans 50 and older are struggling. Through no fault of their own, they’re struggling to hold on to their jobs, homes, food supply, social connections and basic legal rights. That’s why on this September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, AARP Foundation is working with our supporters to spearhead A Celebration of Service on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Our goal: to pack more than one million meals that will be …

— By Bob Stephen and Rosa Maymi As you’re mapping out your retirement plan, don’t forget to include Social Security and Medicare in your thought process. When it comes to enrolling in these hugely important programs, timing is everything. Enrollment doesn’t usually happen at the same time, and both deserve special attention. Let’s take a close look at each. Social Security When You Are Eligible for Social Security Benefits Your eligibility for full Social Security benefits depends on when you were …

— In 2015, Capital Pride celebrates its 40th year in the nation’s capital. Embracing Pride year-round is what local organizers are promoting. Capital Pride Week is June 3 -14, 2015.  In 1975 Capital Pride was a one-day block party for a few hundred people.  With the theme “Have Pride 365” Capital Pride is a non-profit organization that produces one of the largest LGBTQ Pride celebrations in the country, according to the official 2015 Pride Guide.  That’s growth! Pride is defined as …

— By Nicole Duritz Forty two million Americans provide support to older parents, spouses and other loved ones. If you’re caring for a loved one, you may not think of yourself this way, but you are likely a family caregiver. Maybe you took on the role suddenly, or perhaps the responsibility evolved over time. While each family situation is unique, you can learn a lot from those who have been on this path before you. Here’s some advice from AARP and …