ICYMI: AARP in Your Community – Pittsburgh

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ICYMI: AARP in Your Community – Pittsburgh Park Ambassador Program This summer, AARP PA and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation of Pittsburgh are teaming up to help get older adults moving outdoors. Group walks in local parks are planned by the Allegheny County Parks Foundation, Venture Outdoors, and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. Area AARP volunteers will serve as Park Ambassadors for the program and lead regular outings for older adults in South Park and Frick Park. PrideFest Back in June, AARP …

ICYMI: AARP in Your Community – Lehigh Valley

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Mayoral Roundtable AARP is working to make the cities of the Lehigh Valley the best place to live for people of all ages.  On June 7, AARP hosted Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez, and Easton Mayor Sal Panto for a unique conversation focused on improving the livability of their communities.  Dr. Rodney Harrell, the Director of the Office of Livability Thought Leadership in AARP’s Public Policy Institute, moderated the event, which was attended by 75 community leaders …

ICYMI: AARP In Your Community-York

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ICYMI: AARP in Your Community – York On May 24, York County members relived history at the city’s William C. Goodridge Freedom Center—an important stop on the nation’s underground railroad during the 19th century.  The historic property and museum served as the setting for a reception and educational program that attracted 115 AARP members. The highlight of the program was a presentation by a living history interpreter portraying the character of William C. Goodridge, a former slave who risked his …

A Message from AARP Pennsylvania State President Joanne Grossi

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A Message from AARP Pennsylvania State President Joanne Grossi When I left my federal government job earlier this year, I was asked to join the AARP family as a volunteer. I accepted the appointment of AARP Pennsylvania State President, looking forward to the impact I could make on the 50+ community throughout the Commonwealth. In my role, I have the privilege of helping to shape AARP’s strategic priorities, build community partnerships with key decision makers and serve as AARP’s spokesperson …

ICYMI: AARP In Your Community-Philadelphia and Surrounding Communities

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ICYMI: AARP in Your Community – Philadelphia and Surrounding Communities Philadelphia City Council Hosts Hearing on AARP-Endorsed Bill Improving Pedestrian Safety Back in April, AARP Pennsylvania was pleased to join Philadelphia City Council member Helen Gym for a public hearing on City Bill 161108 that would improve access to the city’s sidewalks and protected walkways–particularly when normal access is disrupted due to construction activity. During the hearing, AARP volunteers testified that a more walkable community allows Philadelphians of all ages …

Family Caregivers in Pennsylvania Now Have More Support. The CARE Act Takes Effect April 20.

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More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians care for older parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on April 20, 2017, a new law takes effect that will make life a little bit easier for them. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act requires hospitals to: Provide …

AARP PA Hosts June 7 Lehigh Valley Mayoral Roundtable on Livability & Aging

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AARP Pennsylvania hosted an exclusive Mayoral Roundtable on Livability & Aging in the Lehigh Valley on June 7.  Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez and Easton Mayor Sal Panto, Jr. came together with residents and community leaders to discuss how communities can prepare for an aging population and steps they are taking to make their cities more livable for residents of all ages.   For the Morning Call’s coverage of the event, which includes a short video and …

AARP PA Praises State Senate Approval of Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners

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State Senate Approval of Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners Praised by AARP Pennsylvania AARP Pennsylvania praised members of the state Senate for approving legislation that will improve access to health care services by granting full practice authority to the state’s Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). Senate Bill 25, sponsored by State Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46), passed by a 39-10 vote on April 26 and will allow qualified APRNs to practice independently in their field of specialty after completing a …

Medicare Voucher Proposal Will Increase Health Care Costs for Older Pennsylvanians

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Medicare Voucher Proposal Will Increase Health Care Costs for Older Pennsylvanians By Joanne Grossi and Bill Johnston-Walsh Major changes being considered by our elected officials in Washington could dramatically increase costs for Pennsylvania’s 2.3 million older adults currently counting on Medicare benefits for their health care needs. That’s because some on Capitol Hill are proposing to replace Medicare’s guaranteed benefits with a voucher program as a way to reduce health care costs.  The voucher program, sometimes known as premium support, …

Legislative Approval of CARE Act Praised by AARP Pennsylvania

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Legislative Approval of CARE Act Praised by AARP Pennsylvania AARP Pennsylvania today praised members of the state House of Representatives for approving the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act that will help more than 1.6 million family caregivers currently assisting older adults at home. Today’s action sends H.B. 1329 to Governor Wolf for his signature. The unanimous vote in the State House of Representatives today (197-0) followed Monday’s unanimous approval by the State Senate. Similar legislation was already passed in …