Allentown Event Aims to Help Caregivers

Allentown Event Aims to Help Caregivers

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Pennsylvania More than 1.8 million Pennsylvanians are caring for frail family members, and as the population ages, even more Keystone Staters are likely to find themselves in that role. AARP Pennsylvania is sponsoring a free event April 29 in Allentown to inform caregivers about local resources and raise public awareness of caregivers’ needs. The program kicks off at 5 p.m. at the Kasych Family Pavilion on the Cedar Crest Campus of the Lehigh Valley Health Network. The featured speaker will be …

Elder Abuse is a Growing Concern

Elder Abuse is a Growing Concern

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Pennsylvania By Cristina Rouvalis Here’s the dire situation presented to Renee Martin, director of education and outreach for the state attorney general’s office: A 72-year-old Lancaster County man was in danger of losing his home because his drug-addicted son had stolen thousands of dollars from his accounts. The tip came from a woman living next door to the man. Martin contacted the Lancaster County Office of Aging, which had already been looking into the case. But their investigation turned up something …

1.1 million

1.1 million

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work | Pennsylvania That’s how many Pennsylvanians were kept out of poverty by Social Security income each year, on average, from 2010 to 2012, according to an AARP Public Policy Institute report. Of those, 773,000 were 65 or older. Nationally, Social Security kept more than 22 million people out of poverty; over 15 million were 65-plus.

AARP Testifies at House Democratic Policy Hearing Opposing Changes to Default Electricity Service for Consumers

AARP Testifies at House Democratic Policy Hearing Opposing Changes to Default Electricity Service for Consumers

Posted on 01/23/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Advocacy | Money & Work | Pennsylvania BEFORE THE PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE DEMOCRATIC POLICY COMMITTEE   Testimony of SONNY POPOWSKY AARP PENNSYLVANIA EXECUTIVE COUNCIL  Regarding  Pennsylvania Electricity Default Service and Senate Bill 1121   Harrisburg, Pennsylvania January 23, 2014      Chairman Sturla, Chairman Daley and Members of the House Democratic Policy Committee My name is Sonny Popowsky, and I am appearing here today as a volunteer member of the Executive Council of the Pennsylvania AARP.  Prior to my retirement in October 2012, I served as the Consumer Advocate of Pennsylvania …

PA Issue Summary: Senate Bill 1121 Would End Default Electricity Service and Auction Off Consumers to Unregulated Suppliers

PA Issue Summary: Senate Bill 1121 Would End Default Electricity Service and Auction Off Consumers to Unregulated Suppliers

Posted on 12/11/2013 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Advocacy | Home & Family | Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1121 Would End Default Electricity Service and Auction Off Consumers to Unregulated Suppliers           Issue Background Currently, more than 60% of Pennsylvania households receive default service from their electric utilities which purchase generation in the competitive wholesale markets and provide it to retail customers with no additional markup or profit margin. Residents who shop for electricity on the retail market use default electric service plans as the baseline to compare prices. Pennsylvanians have made …

Volunteers Improve Communities—Lend a Hand

Volunteers Improve Communities—Lend a Hand

Posted on 12/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Pennsylvania | Volunteering By Cristina Rouvalis Since retiring as a computer company executive in 2000, John Kelly has spent every tax season helping people who dread the April 15 deadline. He and other AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers convert that anxiety into relief when they prepare tax returns for free and file them electronically. When taxpayers walk out the door, “they are all smiles,” said Kelly, 73, of Maple Glen. As the district manager for eight Tax-Aide sites in Philadelphia, Kelly trains 30 to …