— Mayor Sherman Lea Receives City‚Äôs Certification, Reflects Focus on Helping Residents of All Ages ¬† ROANOKE _ AARP today presented Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea with the city‚Äôs enrollment certificate in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities.   ‚ÄúWe are committed to our senior population and making our community friendly to people of all ages,‚ÄĚ 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 …

— RICHMOND _ On Friday, February 9, 2018 the¬†Virginia House of Delegates passed legislation H.J. 103 that could help more Virginians save for retirement, this bill will now go to the Senate.¬† An AARP survey reveals that many voters in the Commonwealth are extremely worried about their ability to build nest eggs and believe lawmakers should support the creation of a Virginia Public-Private Retirement Savings Plan. An AARP telephone survey conducted in January of registered voters in Virginia ages 18-64 shows …

— Thousands of Virginians don’t have health insurance because their employers don’t offer it or they can’t afford it.¬†¬† If Virginia lawmakers were to take advantage of enhanced federal funding, the state could provide Medicaid coverage for up to 400,000 additional individuals. If you don’t have health insurance, we want to hear from you.¬† Tell us how the lack of health care coverage affects your life.¬† We won’t share your story without your permission. Email us at gthompson@aarp.org.   ¬†

— RICHMOND _ ¬†¬†AARP volunteers head to the Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday to ask legislators to improve programs that help Virginians who need health care coverage and those in long-term care facilities, as well as to create a program to help workers save for retirement.   With more than 1.1 million members in Virginia, AARP is the largest organization working on behalf of people age 50+ in the Commonwealth.¬† In recent years, AARP Virginia has successfully fought for protections for …

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— Have you or someone you know had an experience with the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program?¬† We want to hear from you! Many long-term care recipients are medically or emotionally too frail to speak up for themselves.¬† AARP Virginia believes¬†the state Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program,¬†which acts as the voice¬†for these individuals to resolve care problems,¬†should be fully funded to meet the minimum staffing ratio. ¬†The ratio is set by the General Assembly as expressed¬†in¬†the Code of Virginia ¬†Section 51.5 ‚Äď 135, …

—   AARP Virginia state advocacy volunteers will be fighting for Virginians age 50+ at state budget hearings on January 3. The volunteers will speak at regional public hearings of The House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees of the Virginia General Assembly.¬† The committees are holding the hearings to solicit comments from the public on the Governor‚Äôs proposed 2018-2020 biennial state budget. AARP volunteers will tell the legislators to fund programs important to Virginians, especially those in long-term care facilities, and …

— December 13, 2017¬†‚ÄĒ AARP arranged a dinner for members and guests at the FireFlies restaurant in Del Ray, a quaint historic neighborhood in greater Alexandria.¬† The dinner was a chance for AARP members to catch-up with each other on the busy season and introduce guests to AARP Northern Virginia volunteering opportunities.¬† Bernice Countenay coordinated this event for 28 people, and was assisted by Nancy Crespo, Effie Upshaw, Gaile Harrell, and Reed Eldridge.¬† This was the 5th dinner evening offered in …

— AARP Volunteers were awarded for their exemplary efforts at the 2017 All Volunteer Assembly (AVA). Devoted to honoring AARP Virginia‚Äôs most dedicated volunteers, this year‚Äôs AVA highlighted individuals committed to community service and helping everyone age with dignity and purpose. The highly distinguished Andrus Award for Community Service was awarded to Russell Schiavone of Roanoke. Since joining the Roanoke Community Ambassador Leadership Team in 2014, Schiavone has offered his expertise to various groups throughout the Roanoke area on issues like …

— Richmond, VA — A diverse group of multidisciplinary college students from across the Commonwealth gathered to address the often overlooked issue of caregiver health and wellness at the 2017 ‚ÄúCaring for the Caregiver Intercollegiate Hack‚ÄĚ hosted by VirginiaNavigator‚Äôs Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving. According to a National Alliance for Caregiving Study, there are over 65 million family caregivers in the U.S. providing an average of 20-41 hours per week of care to their loved one ‚Äď and this number …

— ELECTION DAY is exactly one week away!¬† This year we will vote for our next Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and our members for the House of Delegates.     Some important information for Registered Voters in Virginia: Deadline to request an Absentee Ballot be mailed to you is Tuesday, October 31st by 5:00 p.m. Click on this link for information about Absentee Voting, in-person Absentee Voting, and listing of every County & City Voter Registrar Office in Virginia.   …