— By Sue Lindsey Joyce Williams did not expect her experience as an educator to lead to helping feed older residents in need during winter, but that’s exactly what happened. A retired principal of William Byrd Middle School in Roanoke County, Williams, 71, began to volunteer with a program called Soup for Seniors a few years ago and was quickly put on the planning committee. The 11-year-old program, which has strong community support, last year served 525 Meals on Wheels clients …

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— AARP Virginia encourages everyone to help end senior hunger by giving soup and crackers to the Local Office on Aging (LOA)’s annual Soup for Seniors collection. Contributions will make a huge difference in the lives of your homebound neighbors. This year’s goal is 50,000 cans of soup to be delivered to more than 3,500 local residents. The soup collected helps provide a hot meal on a cold day and also reminds them, in the bleakest part of winter, that the …

— Everyone has the time and talents to make meaningful changes in their community; which is why AARP Virginia and the Fairfax County Department of Family Services have teamed up for the Boomers and Older Adults Venture into Volunteering Fair. The event will take place on June 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. – noon at the Franconia Moose Lodge, located on 7701 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315. Community and county agency representatives will be on hand to discuss a wide range …

— Meet Jan Lindsey for brunch on Tuesday, April 11, and you can help advocate for stronger policies for older Arizonans. Lindsey and other volunteers and experts will host some of the 90 state legislators at AARP’s annual nonpartisan lobbying event at 10:30 a.m. on the Capitol lawn. Lindsey, 70, of Fountain Hills, is a retired public school teacher and administrator who chairs the AARP Advocacy Steering Committee for Arizona. The brunch will include AARP staff and representatives of Gov. Doug …

— With the Legislature set to convene Jan. 4, there are a host of issues on the horizon, and AARP New Hampshire is encouraging members to get involved in its Capital City Task Force. The task force advocates for legislation to provide financial security and affordable health care for older state residents, and adequate funding for programs that help them live at home as they age, such as Meals on Wheels. Volunteers visit with elected officials, testify at public hearings, monitor …

— Por Susannah Nesmith Cuando el padre de Betty Black tuvo un derrame cerebral en el 2012, ella se sintió afortunada porque podía cuidarlo en su hogar en Jacksonville. Se había jubilado temprano y podía llevarlo a las citas con el médico. Además, él estaba recibiendo tratamiento para el cáncer de próstata. Sin embargo, a medida que pasaron los meses, se empezó a deteriorar la salud de Black, quien ahora tiene 63 años. “Como lidiaba con un derrame cerebral, cáncer y …

— By Susannah Nesmith When Betty Black’s father had a stroke in 2012, she felt fortunate that she could take care of him at home, in Jacksonville. She had retired early and could take him to doctor’s appointments. He was also undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. But as the months wore on, Black, now 63, found her own health declining. “When you’re treating stroke and cancer and forgetfulness, he was up all day and all night, so I was up all …

—   June 24, 2016   Contact:          Amy Gallant (207) 318-0284 agallant@aarp.org Lori Parham (207) 400-1026 lparham@aarp.org     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   AARP Raises Concerns over Maine’s Threat to End the SNAP Food Nutrition Program   Portland: AARP Maine raised concerns today about the threat by the State of Maine to end the SNAP Nutrition Program. Nearly a quarter of SNAP recipients in Maine are seniors. “Threatening to eliminate this vital program scares seniors and other SNAP recipients who, undoubtedly, …

—   FREE document shredding TODAY, February 4th from 10:30 am until 1:30 pm at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, 4909 North Lake Drive in Roanoke! ROANOKE _ A hot bowl of soup on a cold day will make sure that no senior goes hungry on wintery days when Meals on Wheels programs can’t make their deliveries. The Local Office on Aging (LOA) is collecting canned soup and crackers for area seniors February 1-5 as part of its annual “Soup For …

— Times are tough for Alabamians living on fixed incomes, and battles to stop painful cuts in services may lie ahead. AARP Alabama expects to fight Medicaid cuts in the legislative session that begins Feb. 2. More than 118,000 Alabamians 65 and older are on Medicaid, comprising 11 percent of the state’s Medicaid population. The state office also aims to restore funding for the state Department of Senior Services, which suffered a 5 percent cut in the 2016 budget, reducing programs …