— As I reflect on the accomplishments of AARP DC’s dynamic team of volunteers and staff in 2017, I am proud of our ability to make an impact in the lives of the 50+ residents in the midst of re-establishing a larger identity with the relocation of the AARP District of Columbia State Office to Southeast. This year, we… Amplified the voices of older adults Volunteers and staff listened to the feedback and concerns of more than 200 DC residents at …

— Interested in hearing about the legislative issues AARP DC is tracking for older adults in the District? Want to know more about what’s going on at the local advocacy level, and how you can get involved? Join AARP DC for a live discussion of what’s happening in the DC City Council! When: Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 3:00PM Where: Go to the AARP DC Facebook page to view the live stream! What: Questions are welcome! Simply enter your question in the …

— 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 …

— You, your family and friends are invited to join AARP DC at the kick-off event of the Van Ness Social Club!  When: Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 3 – 7 PM Where: Van Ness Plaza, 4250 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008, (Map It) What to expect: Come out and meet your neighbors! Join us for an afternoon of fun activities including – dance lessons, a Cakewalk, giant chessboard, human bingo, and bubble performance art! Punch and cookies will be …

— Age-Friendly DC is a coordinated, comprehensive, and collective-action effort with the goal of ensuring that the District of Columbia is a great place for all ages to live, work and play! As a DC resident, you have a say in building a better future for the city. What has improved in your community? What concerns you? We want to hear from you! Please RSVP here for an upcoming listening session in your community. In 2012, Age-Friendly DC implemented a strategic …

—           Join the AARP DC State Office for a Community Conversation with the local LGBTQ Community to get an understanding of concerns individuals may be facing living in the District. AARP DC is interested in concerns of the LGBTQ Community and what the State Office can do to help guide the efforts of the Age Friendly DC initiative in making DC a better place for people of all ages.   Wednesday, November 30th  6:00pm-8:00pm Washington Ethical …

— It’s not a stretch to say that Washington, DC is home to one of the most progressive and sizzling food scenes in the world, but are these eateries working to become Age-Friendly Businesses? To answer this question, AARP DC took to the grounds of Citi Open, one of the only ATP 500 level tennis tournaments in the world, to ask attendees about their favorite DC restaurants. As a result, over 200 people, some of whom traveled from as far as …

— The nation’s capital is one of the most livable large cities in the United States, in part because of its extensive bike lanes. But are there enough lanes for the number of riders? AARP DC is encouraging the city to continue to expand its network of bike lanes to help residents get around town in an economic, healthy way. Transportation is key to the city’s age-friendly mission, and bike lanes help commuters and recreational cyclists stay safe from automobile traffic …

— La capital de la nación es una de las ciudades habitables más grandes en Estados Unidos, en parte por su gran cantidad de carriles de bicicletas. Pero, ¿hay suficientes carriles para la cantidad de ciclistas? AARP D.C. alienta a la ciudad a continuar expandiendo su red de carriles de bicicletas para ayudar a los residentes a transportarse por la ciudad de una manera económica y saludable. La transportación es esencial para lograr la misión de la ciudad de hacer una …

— Americans overwhelmingly want to age at home, and a new program in the District of Columbia aims to help residents do just that. The Safe at Home program provides up to $10,000 to eligible homeowners and renters to retrofit their homes to reduce the risk of falls and ease barriers that limit mobility. Common modifications include handrails, grab bars, shower seats, furniture risers, stair lifts and ramps. Applicants must be 60 and older, or between 18 and 59 and living …

— Washington, DC follows the World Health Organization initiative to transform the District into an easier city for growing older. That’s why AARP DC is actively working with the Age-Friendly Business Initiative. This effort brings together business and non-profits in partnership with the Washington DC Economic Partnership to recruit and invite businesses to apply for the designation of being recognized as an “Age-Friendly Business.” So far, the Economic Partnership has recognized 32 District businesses whose products, services, and practices help make …

—   Ron Swanda, is a busy AARP District of Columbia volunteer. He is a member of the State Office Executive Council, a member of the AARP DC Advocacy Team (A-Team), and he is on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Age-Friendly DC Task Force. An avid cyclist, it’s not uncommon to see Ron, a Ward 6 District resident, arrive at his appointments on his bike. For World AIDS Day, Ron shared his personal story about aging and being HIV-positive with a commentary posted …