AARP The Virgin Islands hosted virtual legislative roundtables in March and April. Beginning on March 26, and, led by State Director Troy A. de Chabert-Schuster, AARP – VI staff and volunteers met virtually with local lawmakers to present the issues that AARP is prioritizing in the territory — in particular, its campaign to create a more livable community for people of all ages.
AARP The Virgin Islands conducted a survey last year to better understand what Virgin Islanders felt were the main issues affecting them. The survey found that more than 90 percent of the population felt health care, economic/financial stability and independent living/long-term care were the top three issues. Additionally, AARP-VI talked about the need for better housing, transportation and support for family caregivers.
“AARP in the Virgin Islands is committed to fighting for policies that will empower Virgin Islanders and their families to choose how they live as they age,” said de Chabert-Schuster. “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our territory, we must continue to advocate for older adults, and all Virgin Islanders.”
AARP in The Virgin Islands wants to work with legislators to improve:
Access to services and support for caregivers. This includes passing legislation addressing all forms of elder abuse and the creation of an Advance Directive Registry.
Healthcare quality and access by passing Behavioral Health and Telehealth legislation.
Transportation connectivity and support systems by passing a Complete Streets Policy.
Financial resilience by revising the USVI Probate Code, creating a provision for electronic wills and electronic notaries.
Age-friendly housing through the development of assisted living communities and Medicare certified nursing homes.
To learn more about AARP’s efforts and advocacy work in the Virgin Islands, visit www.aarp.org/vi.