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 …

Caregiving Resources Seen Lagging

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Hilary Appelman Going out to eat was a shared pleasure for Alexa Pepper and her husband, Frank, over three decades of marriage. “We used to go out for lunches and Burger King—nicer places once in a while,” she said. “We loved going out together.” But when her husband began showing signs of dementia 11 years ago, Pepper found her world closing in around her. As he grew increasingly unsteady, Pepper stopped being able to leave him alone at their …

Interfaith Outreach- African American/ Black Communities Come Together

Posted on 04/28/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Health & Wellbeing     AARP’s African American/Black  outreach is centered around driving relevance within the African American/Black community and beyond.  One way AARP accomplishes this is through our faith-based initiative being implemented across Pennsylvania, with special emphasis in Philadelphia county.   AARP effectively provides relevant information and resources to African American/Black communities in many faith-based settings, familiar and trusted. In Pennsylvania AARP staff and volunteers are hard at work offering resources to interfaith communities by giving them the information to make important financial, health and lifestyle …