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

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

AARP Poll of Pennsylvania Likely 50+Voters Shows “Anxiety Index”

Posted on 08/19/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Poll of Pennsylvania Likely 50+Voters Shows “Anxiety Index” Voters Worry Secure Retirement Slipping Away, Want to Elect Candidates Who Address Economic Security AARP Pennsylvania today released a new election year poll showing that 50+ voters in November elections worry a secure retirement could be out of reach for them. Voters also want candidates to focus on improving financial security, as they believe incomes have not kept up with their cost of living, especially health costs, taxes and retirement security. …

Erie Caregiving Forum Offers Help for Those Caring for Loved Ones at Home

Posted on 07/24/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Health & Wellbeing More than 100 Erie area families caring for loved ones at home or anticipating care for themselves or family members adults recently attended a special AARP Pennsylvania Caregiving Forum held earlier this month at Erie’s Blasco Memorial Library.  The event featured Elaine Ryan, vice president of State Advocacy and Strategy Integration in AARP’s Government Affairs group who lead’s AARP’s efforts to help family caregivers fill gaps in the nation’s long-term health care system. Ryan herself is an experienced family caregiver, whose commitment to …

New Scorecard Gives Pennsylvania Low Marks for Serving Older, Disabled Residents

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Pennsylvania today warned that a new study ranking Pennsylvania 42nd nationally in meeting the long-term care needs of older residents calls for across the board improvements, with particular emphasis on enhancing caregiving affordability and access. The ranking comes from a new comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation. Raising Expectations 2014: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with …

Putting Fresh Food on the Table

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing In a state where more than 12 percent of households are at risk of hunger, the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program can help those on fixed incomes put fresh produce on the table. Nearly 9 million Americans age 50 and older are at risk of hunger—a 79 percent increase over the last decade, according to the AARP Foundation Drive to End Hunger. State residents age 60-plus may be eligible for the program if their annual income is less than $21,590 …

AARP National Caregiving Expert Amy Goyer Headlines Allentown Forum

Posted on 05/7/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Health & Wellbeing More than 150 Lehigh Valley residents recently attended a special Caregiving Forum at an Allentown hospital that provided practical advice for individuals currently caring for loved ones at home or anticipating care for themselves or family members. Hosted by Nancy Werteen of WFMZ-TV, the program addressed  questions from caregivers in the audience through an outstanding panel of experts that included:  Author and nationally-known AARP expert Amy Goyer; the chief of geriatric trauma at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN); the head …