— AARP East Regional Vice President Kelly A. Clark announces that Troy A. De Chabert-Schuster – a distinguished member of the community, business entrepreneur, and educator in the Virgin Islands for more than 17 years – has been appointed State Director for AARP in the Virgin Islands, effective August 15, 2016. As State Director, De Chabert-Schuster will be responsible for leading and directing the advocacy and community outreach work of AARP and its members in the Virgin Islands.  “With an exceptional …

— Local officials want to improve Virgin Islanders’ health, but to work effectively, they need to know what the population’s health habits are. The V.I. Department of Health’s Division of Chronic Disease and Prevention is conducting a telephone survey to ask residents about their personal health habits. The results will guide public health efforts to help those living with chronic diseases to stay as healthy as possible. The local survey is part of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System developed by …

— Each year, residents of the Virgin Islands come together on the island of St. Croix to present one of the largest displays of agricultural products, livestock, arts, crafts and good food to the Caribbean. As the year’s largest event, the Agricultural and Food Fair (Ag Fair), draws thousands of fairgoers from all four US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the US, and many other island nations down the Caribbean island chain. For more than more than 25 …

— For over 10 years AARP Virgin Islands, under the leadership of State Director Denyce Singleton, has been advocating that Government Employee Retirement System ( GERS) members, both retirees and current workers, familiarize themselves with the challenges GERS is facing and urge decision makers to take immediate action.               In 2005 AARP partnered with the Advocates for the Preservation of the Retirement System, (APRS) and made some headway with the passage of Act 6794, the Retirement System Reform Act of …

—   The Government Employees Retirement System of the Virgin Islands (GERS) is in a very precarious position. The System’s Board of Trustees, its administrator, its staff and even its consultants and actuary have all warned the public that the System is nearing collapse. Earlier this year the actuary estimated the System’s life to be no more than 8 years if drastic actions were not taken immediately to enable the pension fund to become self-sustaining. To date, no positive action has …

— Rikki Nelthropp joins the AARP VI Executive Council Margaret “Rikki” Nelthropp is the CEO of the Virgin Islands Medical Institute (VIMI) the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for the U.S. Virgin Islands; a role she assumed in July 2011. VIMI is contracted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), and its VIMI’s mission includes three main points. First and foremost it is to improve the quality of healthcare in the U.S. Virgin Islands for Medicare beneficiaries. VIMI also serves as …

—          AARP Virgin Islands  is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  4093 Diamond Ruby, Ste 6 Christiansted, VI 00820 About AARP Virgin Islands has about 20,000 members in the VI – that’s 20% of the VI population! AARP is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all generations through positive social change. Mission AARP is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive social …

— AARP Virgin Islands is once again making preparations for a major volunteer event! That event is officially known as the St. Croix Agricultural and Food Fair or Ag Fair to most. It is the ultimate good time for both young and old alike.  “Ag Fair,” according to AARP State Director, Denyce Singleton, “Is the event everyone plans to attend. Whether it is to volunteer at the AARP VI booth or to take advantage of the sights and sounds of the …