Sharp Divide in Race for Governor

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Pennsylvania By Hilary Appelman Property taxes and health care spending are among the top issues facing Pennsylvania voters Nov. 4 as they choose between incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf. The AARP Bulletin asked the two campaigns about issues of interest to older voters. Each campaign responded by email. Property taxes. Education spending has been a hot issue, and that’s of critical importance to many older Pennsylvanians because of its direct impact on property taxes. More than …

Faith-based Grants to Fight Hunger

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Pennsylvania AARP Pennsylvania and AARP Foundation are offering $10,000 in grants to faith-based organizations in Philadelphia’s African American community to fund projects aimed at relieving hunger among people age 50-plus. Nearly 6 percent of Pennsylvanians in that age group are at risk of hunger. A 2010 study by the nonprofit Food Research and Action Center found that 16.2 percent of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older did not have enough money to buy food at some point in the previous year. In …

AARP Pennsylvania Issues Statement in Response to Approval of Waiver Expanding State Medicaid Program

Posted on 08/28/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Pennsylvania AARP Pennsylvania Issues Statement in Response to Approval of Waiver Expanding State Medicaid Program AARP Pennsylvania released the following statement in response to federal officials today approving a waiver to expand Medicaid for Pennsylvania:  “AARP Pennsylvania is pleased that an agreement has been reached to provide health coverage to more than 500,000 hard-working Pennsylvanians – including 90,000 residents age 50-64 – many of whom are either between jobs or in jobs without health coverage. AARP Pennsylvania was one of many …

Hunger Grants for the Fight against Hunger Insecurity

Posted on 08/26/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Pennsylvania Today, thousands of older adults are experiencing hunger and there are even more at risk due to the recession. In Philadelphia over 330,000 people are at risk for hunger, and nationally nearly 9 million older adults face food insecurity. Therefore, AARP-Pennsylvania and AARP Foundation are pleased to announce an opportunity to all faith-based organizations to apply for hunger micro grants. These grants are aimed to relive hunger among people age 50-plus in Philadelphia’s African American community to fund 2014 hunger relief projects. In …

Join Center in the Park for Falls and Flu Prevention Day Fair

Posted on 08/21/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Pennsylvania Older adults are an important part of the Philadelphia County community. Influenza (commonly known as “the flu”) is a contagious disease that can be severe and life-threatening, especially for adults 65 years of age and older. AARP community partner Center in the Park will be sponsoring a flu prevention fair. Protecting the health of our aging community is a key priority for Center in the Park, and that’s why they have joined the National Council on Aging’s Flu + You program, which …

There’s an App for That: iPad Revolutionize Reading Tutoring in Philadelphia Public Schools

Posted on 08/20/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Pennsylvania Technology has changed the way we do nearly everything. Whether you want to communicate with someone, order food, or play a game, there’s an app for that. Last semester, with a grant from McLean Contributionship, Philadelphia AARP Experience Corps volunteers used iPads to deliver support to first and  second grade students struggling with reading. What tutors and children alike learned was that using tech for learning can be a lot of fun. Twenty iPads were granted to four Philadelphia public …