— 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. Please join AARP DC this Pride season, at the following events and activities! Silver Pride Wednesday, May 30, 3:00 p.m. — 7:30 p.m., HRC Building, 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW Come learn and celebrate! This event for LGBTQ seniors will host an array of activities, including a tea …

— Chances are, you’ve acquired good communication skills over the years. Why not share them with children? AARP DC is recruiting volunteers for AARP Foundation Experience Corps, a program that places adults 50 and older in elementary school classes and after-school programs to tutor kids in reading and literacy. Volunteers find it gratifying to help the students—most of whom improve academically—and to stay physically and mentally active. Volunteers must commit to giving at least five hours a week, on two to …

— Do you have a flair for painting, poetry or some other form of creative expression? Here’s a chance to be recognized for your work. In cooperation with the Beacon newspapers, AARP DC is cosponsoring the Beacon Celebration of the Arts contest for amateur artists 50 and older in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. The contest has four categories: painting, photography, poetry and sculpture/3D (including pottery, jewelry, textile arts and more). Artists may submit entries by jpeg from April …

— It’s tax time, and AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) wants District residents to know they may be eligible for a little-known tax break for low- to middle-income residents. The program, called Schedule H, provides rebates of up to $1,025 for those whose property taxes or rent exceed a certain portion of their adjusted gross income (AGI). To be eligible, homeowners or renters must have lived in the District for the entire 2017 calendar year. AGI must not exceed …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Are you new to your neighborhood or looking for ways to get involved? AARP DC wants residents to know there are eight member-led AARP chapters in the District, which offer health and wellness fairs, presentations on caregiving and fraud prevention, and outings such as Potomac River cruises and Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park. The Southwest Waterfront chapter, for example, has been active for 25 years, providing a variety of service opportunities, as well as programs to help keep …

— AARP DC is hosting a free party to watch and participate in the AARP Online Career Fair on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. Job seekers 50-plus are invited to visit prospective employers’ virtual booths and chat online with company representatives. They can also ask questions in webinars and chat with career coaches online. Workers 50-plus typically experience longer bouts of unemployment than their younger counterparts, and this event aims to shorten the duration. The watch party is …

— For more than 40 years, AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) has delivered assistance to low-income older residents of the nation’s capital. But did you know LCE makes house calls? The Homebound Elderly Project (Project HELP) connects lawyers with low-income people 60-plus who cannot leave home to seek legal assistance. The lawyers handle a variety of civil cases, but no criminal cases. Services include preparing wills and assisting with landlord disputes, evictions, foreclosures and scams. LCE also will administer …