Help Protect Consumers from Skyrocketing Electric Rates!

Posted on 06/24/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Home & Family AARP is fighting to ensure that you have continued access to affordable and stable electricity service in your home.  Right now, the Pennsylvania legislature is considering House Bill 2104 that would protect consumers from skyrocketing electric rates. Consumers statewide are still recovering from electricity rate sticker shock that slammed thousands of households across Pennsylvania. While electricity marketers attributed the crisis to a “once in a lifetime” polar vortex, we’re all still vulnerable to future rate spikes, perhaps as soon as soaring temperatures …

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

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

Home & Family 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 …

Caregiving for the Caregiver: Mind, Body and Soul in Philadelphia

Posted on 06/10/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Home & Family AARP Pennsylvania recently joined organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, Home Instead, PCA, and Boomers R Heroes for a special event, “Caregiving for the Caregiver: Mind, Body, and Soul.” The morning session took place at the WHYY Media Commons where CBS 3 and the CW Philly 57’s Emmy Award-winning health reporter Stephanie Stahl, served as the moderator for a panel discussion on the needs of family caregivers. The featured speakers on the panel were experts in the caregiving industry answering questions …

Caregiving Event in Philadelphia

Posted on 06/2/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Home & Family More than 1.8 million Pennsylvanians are caring for frail family members, and as the population ages, even more are likely to find themselves in that role. To inform caregivers about local resources and raise public awareness of caregivers’ needs AARP Pennsylvania is sponsoring a free event in Philadelphia at the WHYY Media Commons in Philadelphia on June 9, 2014 from 10:00am-1:30pm. The featured speakers will be experts in the caregiving industry, and local providers will answer questions about in-home services. …

Experience Corps Brings Adults Back to School

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Home & Family People who sign up to volunteer with AARP Experience Corps are finding themselves back in the classroom. And they are loving it. Just ask Marlo Bender about her work as a tutor with AARP Experience Corps. As a volunteer in Tempe, Arizona, Bender is just as excited to be in the classroom as the kids are to have her. “It’s magical,” says Bender of her experience. “When my students realize they’re reading, not just word-for-word but fluently, their faces light …

Caregiving Resources Seen Lagging

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

Home & Family 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 …