AARP Blacksburg Chapter #2613
Serving the New River Valley Since 1976

Study seeks participants interested in fitness trackers

Have you considered using a fitness tracker? If so, you might be interested in being a participant in our study on the use of fitness trackers.

We are looking for people who are willing to use one of our fitness trackers and the related app on a smartphone for two to three months, and to share their usage, perceptions and feelings about this usage.

Eligible participants must be at least 18 years of age, agree to wear our fitness tracker and use the associated app on their smartphone (iPhone or Android), and answer questions before, during, and after the use of the fitness trackers. The research involves an initial meeting with the researchers, a mid-study online survey, and a final meeting. Meetings are held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

The study is strictly confidential and approved the VT Institutional Review Board (17-221).

Participants receive:

$15 for the initial session

$5 for the mid-study survey

$20 for the final session

Those completing all study requirements are entered into a drawing for one of four fitness trackers (one on 10 chances approximately).

If you are interested, please contact us at


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This page is used to post announcements about chapter activities.
An affordable housing project is near completion located on Givens Lane. The project is called Fieldstone and includes 60 affordable senior units. Contact Matthew Clemons, Community Manager, at 540.605.8156 or for details.
Chapter Members Receive Awards


Val Colouni’s diligent, informative, and occasionally passionate coverage of national and state policy issues was gratefully recognized by a Chapter Service Award.  He urged action to address possible harm from the Equifax data breach, drew our attention to important state-level deliberations and actions, monitored Supreme Court cases related to gerrymandering and voting rights, and urged us to vote, among other topics during the year.

Terry Wildman completed his second term as President and received a Chapter Service Award to recognize his leadership.  In addition to managing general Chapter business, Terry and his wife, Sue, were generous hosts of two memorable summer picnics at their farm home for all members, and he shared unique memories and perspectives in his monthly newsletter reflections. 

Molly McClintock’s volunteer profile demonstrates just how many worthy community causes benefit from her enthusiastic and effective involvement.  Molly was awarded the Chapter Spirit Award in 2017 to recognize her very significant work with the Blacksburg Refugee Partnership, her contributions to the Lifelong Learning Institute where she is a key member of the Program and Volunteer Committees, and the Christmas Store (among others).  







TimeBank helps connect people to exchange skills and services, using time rather than dollars. When a member provides one hour of service for someone, they earn one Time Credit. They can then spend this Time Credit by receiving an hour of service from someone else. The possibilities for exchange are endless and may include home repair, animal care, yard work, cooking lessons, computer instruction, etc. All services are valued equally, and all members are respected for what they have to offer. It is an old idea made new - the idea that our community is stronger when neighbors make a practice of helping each other.

The NRV TimeBank is excited to be partners with AARP counting many AARP members among their ranks. The membership of the NRV TimeBank has access to a valuable pool of skills and a social network that keeps everyone engaged in the community.

If you would like more information on the mission and activities of the TimeBank or on how to join go to

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Tips for Handling Cyber Threats


Following a presentation by an active FBI agent at our March member meeting, the agent offered some additional advice as follows:

Here are links to additional resources to help with online questions.


– - good resource for online safety.  Easy to understand user guides for applications

– – an information website from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) with lots of tips and resources

– – a global online safety awareness campaign to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online


Reporting Cyber crimes

The Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3, gives the public a way to report suspected Internet crimes. Since its beginning in 2003, the IC3 has collected more than 3 million complaints — from small to significant dollar losses

–      File a complaint online at

–      IC3 will thoroughly review your complaint and may share information with the appropriate federal, state, local, or international law enforcement or regulatory agencies for criminal, civil, or administrative action

The Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) is an independent collaborative of scientists, health professionals, scholars and policy experts from around the world working in areas of brain health related to human cognition. Learn more about their work here: