— A little over 2 months ago, I was selected to serve as AARP DC’s volunteer State President. With more than 87,000 AARP members in the District, I still marvel at the collective power we have to make a positive difference in our community. The local budget season is heating up, and we need your help to ensure your Councilmembers include funding for critical programs in the final budget. On April 1, I was privileged to emcee the Senior Advisory Coalition …

— 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 – nominate that volunteer superstar 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 15, 2019, and the …

— AARP DC Advocates for #2020AgeFriendlyBudget 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 for family caregivers, home and community-based programs, and nutrition services. …

— 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!

— Does your community group need a speaker for an upcoming meeting or event? AARP DC staff and volunteers can deliver presentations on a variety of topics to groups of 15 or more anywhere in Washington, D.C. The presentations are well suited for civic organizations, church groups, senior villages, etc. We can tailor the length of the talk to fit the group’s needs. Topics include: Caregiving (30-45 mins.) –  Attendees will be informed of the available resources important for family caregivers and …

— Beginning February 1 and continuing through April 15, AARP Foundation is providing tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. There’s no fee, and AARP membership is not required. The program is offered at a dozen sites across DC, including recreation centers, libraries and other convenient locations. Click here to view a brochure of the 2019 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites in the District. “During tax season stress levels, for many of us, tend to run north of calm. This free …

— 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. Check out their YouTube series here! Watch the Wizdom Dance Team perform at an upcoming Wizards game, and get to know AARP staff and volunteers! What: AARP members and their guests may purchase tickets online at …

— 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.

— Aging in place means being able to travel confidently in the community, whether to shop, dine out or connect with friends. Capitol Hill Village, which serves Capitol Hill residents, won an AARP Community Challenge grant to help low-income older adults better navigate transportation. The organization is using the funds for training that will help residents understand transportation technology and the options available in the capital city. Training will include speakers, live demonstrations and practice activities. The Community Challenge Grant program …

— AARP District of Columbia asked, and artists 50-plus answered, submitting creations for the Beacon Celebration of the Arts contest. AARP, in conjunction with the Beacon newspaper, sponsored the inaugural competition, open to nonprofessional area artists age 50 and over who live in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. More than 400 artists submitted over 900 pieces of art! All winning works and honorable mentions will be on display for the public. Admission is free. When: November 29 – December …

— 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, …

— Here at AARP, we are committed to helping all individuals 50+ live their lives with dignity and honor — that includes those who are lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and others. Join AARP DC this year at the following events and activities! AARP on Tap Come join AARP DC for a drink, storytelling and support. AARP DC will be hosting listening sessions this year for each letter of the LGBT spectrum. We’re sharing information from Maintaining Dignity: A Survey of …

— There are eight volunteer-led AARP Chapters in the District, which offer health and wellness fairs, presentations on relevant topics, community service opportunities and fun outings. Find an AARP Chapter near you by searching here, and get involved! Join us in congratulating two AARP Chapters that received AARP grant funding to support projects in DC. Elementary School Uniforms for Students Penn Branch Chapter 3473 purchased school uniforms, backpacks, coats and more for students in need at Randle Highlands Elementary School in …