AARP PA Awards Hunger Grants to Philadelphia Area Faith-Based Organizations

Posted on 12/3/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Events | Local Resources | Pennsylvania | Press AARP Pennsylvania recently awarded $10,000 in grants to faith-based organizations in Philadelphia. The grants were awarded to assist in fighting hunger among people age 50+ in Philadelphia’s African American community by funding hunger relief projects led by twenty faith-based organizations. Awardees were presented the grants at a brunch hosted on AARP Pennsylvania on Friday, November 21, at the First District Plaza. Hunger continues to adversely impact the lives of the 50+ in Pennsylvania, with nearly 6 percent of persons in …

Top Legislative Goal: Help for Caregivers

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Pennsylvania By Cristina Rouvalis Two years ago, Joanne Griffiths was healthy and vigorous at 63, walking all over Disney World with her grandkids. A month later, after carotid artery surgery, she suffered a stroke that left her unable to walk or lift her left arm, reducing her voice to a barely audible rasp. Joseph, her husband of 41 years, became her full-time caregiver. It’s been a jarring change for a couple who used to trek two miles in their neighborhood just …

AARP PA Hosts Financial Security Pre-Game with Philadelphia 76ers

Posted on 11/24/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Events | Local Resources | Money & Work | Pennsylvania AARP Pennsylvania hosted a pre-game event with the Philadelphia 76ers on November 19, 2014, for members, volunteers, and consumers interested in avoiding scams and frauds during the holiday season. Volunteer Richard Saunders of the Consumer Issues Task Force presented efforts of AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and tips for consumers in the Hall of Fame Club at the Wells Fargo Center. Richard provided tips like as shredding all bank and credit card statements, not giving out vital personal information over the …

AARP Pennsylvania Convenes Philadelphia-area Law Enforcement and Fraud Experts on Preventing Crime and Identity Theft during the Holiday Season

Posted on 11/12/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Events | Local Resources | Pennsylvania AARP Pennsylvania hosted an educational workshop with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office on Saturday, November 8, at the African American Museum of Philadelphia, to educate the 50+ in Philadelphia about identity fraud, crime prevention and what consumers can do if they’ve been victimized by identity thieves.  AARP Pennsylvania also hosted a Shred-it©truck on-site that provided free document destruction services for dated documents containing personal information.   Attendee Alberta Copeland, from West Philadelphia, came to the workshop because her personal information …

Heating Assistance is Available

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Pennsylvania Winter is coming, and the cost of heating a home may be particularly burdensome to people on fixed incomes. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can help both homeowners and renters. “Energy assistance is an essential safety net,” said Steve Gardner, AARP associate state director for communications. “Pennsylvanians should not have to choose between buying food and medicine or staying warm this winter.”  Applications are being accepted for both monthly cash assistance and crisis grants to help with emergencies …

AARP Alerts Pennsylvanians to Ebola-Related Frauds and Scams

Posted on 10/31/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Advocacy | Money & Work | Pennsylvania | Press As the nation becomes increasingly concerned about the Ebola virus, experts report more incidents of online scams preying on people’s fear and a desire to help. AARP Pennsylvania is taking the lead in alerting citizens to these scams and providing information to prevent consumer fraud, crimes that affected over fifty thousand Pennsylvanians in 2013. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has seen and received consumer complaints about a variety of products claiming to either prevent the Ebola virus or treat …