A highly engaged and diverse group of about 50 DC residents walked through snow drifts and a brief snow flurry on a cold Saturday morning to talk with Denise Rolark Barnes, AARP DC State President; Louis Davis, AARP DC Senior State Director; and Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas.
Many of the most influential community organizations were represented in the audience at the Woodridge Branch library, including Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners and citizen council members, as well as other local, elected officials. About 50 percent of the audience appeared to be “boomers” under age 65.
Davis explained how the smart meters being installed in DC homes and businesses will affect residents, and provided written background and contact information. Barnes informed the audience of resources available to help them take advantage of currently available benefits of the new federal health reform Act. She also discussed how DC Villages are making it easier for Washingtonians to remain in their own homes as they age.
Audience members were encouraged to volunteer with AARP, and information was shared about how to become an AARP DC volunteer. Attendees learned how to save money by having their taxes prepared and filed for free by well-trained, AARP Tax Aide program volunteers. They responded with interest to all the information shared by the AARP leaders. Attendees raised a number of neighborhood issues with the councilmember who often directed his paid staff members at the event to follow up to assist the residents.
The next Coffee Talk community conversation will be held in Ward 8. One discussion will focus on AARP DC’s recent survey results on health reform and smart meters. For information on date, time and location, call the AARP DC State Office at 202-434-7715 or visit the AARP DC website.