Caregiving Event in Philadelphia

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

Local Resources 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

Local Resources 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 …

Interfaith Outreach- African American/ Black Communities Come Together

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

Local Resources     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 …

Bill Would Let Phone Companies Stop Landline Service

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources The General Assembly is considering legislation (HB 1608) that would allow phone companies to stop offering landline service if at least two other telecommunications companies offer phone services to residential customers in the area. If the measure becomes law, the companies could raise rates for landline users or eliminate basic service to save money. AARP Pennsylvania opposes the measure. “There are many rural areas in Pennsylvania where cellphone service is not reliable,’’ said Ray Landis, AARP state advocacy manager. In …

Insurance Marketplace Opens; Multiple Options for Consumers

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources By Hilary Appelman • Anna Cordella has paid thousands of dollars to keep her health insurance coverage since she was laid off in 2012. Her eligibility runs out Dec. 31, but she’s not panicked. The next day, her coverage will begin under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law, which prohibits insurers from denying coverage or charging higher premiums based on preexisting medical conditions, “is the best thing that ever happened,” said the Norristown resident, who turns 64 this month. …

Help Buying Fresh Produce

Posted on 06/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program offers four $5 checks to help pay for fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs at about 190 farmers markets and 800 farm stands statewide. Residents 60 and older (or turning 60 before Dec. 31) qualify for the program if their income does not exceed  about $21,200 for an individual and about $28,700 for a couple. The checks are redeemable at qualified farmers markets and roadside stands. Locations for the distribution of the checks are available from …