— Meet new friends and have fun while staying healthy as part of Roanoke’s newest walking group. We are moving forward! Walking is a terrific way to keep your mind and body healthy, meet new friends and enjoy the beautiful weather as summer transitions into fall. The walking group is scheduled to meet most Monday mornings and we walk rain or shine. The detailed schedule including locations, routes and times is listed below. Walking for Grownups is free, open to all …

— Communities across Virginia are working each and every day to become more livable for residents of all ages. In support of that work, AARP is excited to be able to provide funding to organizations through the AARP Community Challenge to help them jumpstart progress on ongoing work. These “quick action” grants are being distributed to 129 organizations, with at least one in every state, Washington D.C, and Puerto Rico, including right here in Virginia. The Community Challenge grants provide communities …

— The Virginia Museum of Transportation, Inc. is holding a Volunteer Open House on July 24, 2018 from 5:30-7:30pm. This is an opportunity to meet with other volunteers and staff, and learn more about becoming a part of the team. Volunteers are the heartbeat of any non-profit and help make the Virginia Museum of Transportation a success. If you have a love for transportation and want to give back to the community, this is the place! We are looking for volunteers in …

— The Roanoke Community Ambassador Leadership Team met on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at the Local Office on Aging.  The group shared personal experiences such as a planned mission trip, recent certification in Career Facilitation, experiences volunteering in helping with SOL school testing supervision, as well as facilitating and participating in a 6 weeks Chronic Disease Self-management Workshop. Members of the group also reported recent successes that included the Movies for Grownups Series, the Walking Group, the Salem Senior Fun and …

— It’s known as the Star City of the South, a gem nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains that has become a cultural, recreational and business hub of the region. And now, the historic city of Roanoke has earned another appealing distinction: designation as an AARP Age-Friendly Community. The moniker is given to cities, towns and rural areas whose leaders have committed to develop or improve features that make a place more livable at any age, such as sidewalks, access to …

— AARP Virginia invites members and their guests to join them at Shakers Restaurant for an evening of food and fun from 5:00 pm to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. AARP has reserved the back room of Shakers Restaurant for members and their guests to enjoy dinner together with a 10% discount on dinner entrees. Full menu ordering is available. No seminar program or products will be sold at this event. Come as you are and leave as you wish. Shakers Restaurant is …

— Mayor Sherman Lea Receives City’s Certification, Reflects Focus on Helping Residents of All Ages   ROANOKE _ AARP today presented Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea with the city’s enrollment certificate in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.   “We are committed to our senior population and making our community friendly to people of all ages,” the mayor said.   At an event at Roanoke City Hall with the Local Office on Aging and other city officials, Roanoke became the 202nd city …

Soupforseniors

— 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 …

— Always seeking ways to “Serve Not to be Served,” members of Brian Jacks’ AARP VA Roanoke and Lynchburg leadership teams met at Gross and Sons Apple Orchard in Bedford County to glean fallen apples for those in need.  This was our first time participating in such an endeavor to support AARP VA’s September focus on hu     nger.  Brian’s family joined us in the effort.   The effort was set up for us by Sarah Ramey and conducted by …

— On Saturday, September 16, 2017, the annually held Grandparents’ Day occurred at the Roanoke based Virginia Museum of Transportation sponsored by AARP Virginia and staffed by the AARP Roanoke Area Leadership Team with volunteers also from the Southwest Roanoke and the Eureka Chapters of AARP.   Grandparents were admitted free with reduced admission for all others.  Trains pulled by a diesel engine were available for rides and a concession stand had offerings for lunch.  AARP Virginia provided backpacks for visitors …