More than 48 million Americans, including 74,000 here in the District, are family caregivers. It is one of the most important jobs we will ever do, and one of the most difficult. Family caregivers help their older parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently – managing medications, preparing meals, helping with bathing and dressing and so much more.
AARP has been fighting to ensure Americans get the Social Security they've earned for decades and we are here to help answer important questions. Questions that we hear often include: When should you claim? How can you maximize your money? How much will you get? Here are answers to some of those questions.
For the first time in over three years, some of the Medicaid requirements waived during the COVID-19 pandemic are now ending. All Medicaid recipients, including those in the District, must take action to confirm they still qualify for the program or risk losing coverage.
In 2023, AARP DC continued its fight for policies that help empower District residents to improve their lives and choose where and how they live as they age. AARP DC has a long history of supporting older District residents who want to live independently as they age, which is why as the District Council crafts its budget for the upcoming year, we are focused on three main objectives. The District Council must increase funding for senior nutrition programs; increase funding to help seniors connect with their community; and ensure appropriate resources are available for grandparents and close relatives caring for a child.
Earlier this month, the Mayor and DC Council were sworn in to begin a new term. The 2022 election and redistricting that happened after 2020 means you may have a new Councilmember representing your Ward. It is important to know how to be in touch with those who represent you, including the At-large Councilmembers. To find out if your Ward has changed and who your Councilmembers are, visit https://dccouncil.gov/, scroll to the bottom of the website and type in your address in the “Find your Councilmember” section. There you will also learn what committees they serve on and how to contact them.
Throughout 2022, AARP DC and its 83,000 members advocated on behalf of all District residents for policies that help empower people to improve their lives and choose where and how they live as they age. There were significant victories both nationally and locally here in the District.