AARP Pennsylvania Brings SELMA to Philadelphia

Posted on 01/22/2015 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Events | Pennsylvania As an exciting addition to the AARP’s Movies for Grownups® initiative, AARP Pennsylvania hosted a screening of the critically acclaimed film, SELMA, on Thursday, January 8th, 3pm at Rave Theatre in University City. Director Ava DuVernay’s SELMA tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. …

Put the Brake on Rate Hikes

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Home & Family | Pennsylvania Thousands of Pennsylvanians who endured last winter’s polar vortex got hit with another chilling blow: electricity bills as high as 600 percent of the average consumer’s monthly cost. The price hikes were due in part to variable rate contracts, which allow energy companies to change rates with market swings. While the high bills were dismissed as a rare occurrence caused by unusual weather, AARP is concerned that consumers could face such high costs again. The state office is pushing for …

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 …