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We may be isolated, but we don’t have to be alone. AARP Community Connections is a new website that offers steps to find help – or give it – during the coronavirus pandemic. At a time when people are self-isolating, the website connects you to support in your community. It also enables you to join or organize your own online mutual aid group to stay connected, share ideas and help your family, neighbors and those most affected by COVID-19.
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The spread of the coronavirus across our country has created a very stressful environment for all Americans and especially older people and those with underlying health conditions who are at heightened risk. During these difficult days, I want to assure you that AARP is actively engaged in our nation’s response to the outbreak, and we are working hard to help our members, their families and broader community understand how to protect themselves.

Some of the steps we are taking include:
MAR 16, 2020
We’re writing with an important message to let you know that we have canceled our external events until further notice. While convening events is a core part of our mission, we have changed our approach in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
SEP 17, 2019
 Join us in your community for a walk in the park, a movie screening, Dinner, Lunch, an educational workshop, and more. We are in our community helping you make the most of it. Learn how AARP Virginia is working to help you Take on Today and Everyday in the Commonwealth.
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Sign up for this webinar to learn what kinds of census scams are out there and how to report them.
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AARP Grandparents Photo & Video CONTEST
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Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, reminds the public that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency also reminds everyone to be aware of scammers who try to take advantage of the pandemic to trick people into providing personal information or payment via retail gift cards, wire transfers, internet currency, or by mailing cash, to maintain Social Security benefit payments or receive economic impact payments from the Department of the Treasury.
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WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment.
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AARP Virginia volunteer reporter Charles Blake has been exploring his creative side while practicing social distancing. Have you been focusing on a hobby while self-isolating? Charles would like to tell your story, too. Contact him at CharlesBlake1938@gmail.com.
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AARP Pets of AARP Photo & Video CONTESTOFFICIAL RULES
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Getting your newborn a Social Security Number is important. If your child is born in a hospital, the easiest way to secure a Social Security Number is when you give information for your child’s birth certificate. If you wait to apply for a number at a Social Security office, you may encounter delays while we verify your child’s birth certificate.
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“I want you to hear directly from me how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our services. The first thing you should know is that we continue to pay benefits. Be aware that scammers may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic is stopping your Social Security payments but that is not true. Don’t be fooled.
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THE BEGINNING: In 1975 a small group of seniors met to talk about a possible organization to enhance the social life and community activities for persons in their age group. They called themselves the LEISUREES and Clarence Jenicks (deceased) was chairman.
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Music has always played a big part in the lives of Buck and Betty Buckeridge. The Leesburg couple, both in their 90s, met in the band room at Michigan State University, where both played the clarinet. Within weeks, Buck was telling friends that he had met the girl he would marry.
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