Florence Atkinson credits Pennsylvania’s PACE program for her fight cancer. Photo by Matt Roth

— By Kathryn Canavan Florence Atkinson, 79, of Millvale, doesn’t fret about the cost of her prescriptions. She has diabetes, cancer and a leaky heart valve, but she also has a PACE card. The cost of widely used prescription drugs jumped 81 percent from 2006 to 2013, according to a recent AARP report. If your prescription costs are shooting up, Pennsylvania’s Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly may help. It picked up most of the tab for nearly 250,000 older Pennsylvanians …

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— Pennsylvania’s elected leaders continued high-pressured negotiations on a 2016-17 state budget as the calendar moved closer to the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year on June 30.  As of this writing, the Pennsylvania House had passed a budget bill and the Senate amended it to pass a different version of a state budget and send it back to the House. Negotiators from the Senate and House are working on a compromise, but they need to determine if the level of …

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— Stop spending time trying and start spending more time doing when it comes to everyday technology! Now a days advancements in technology, much of which you may already own, are allowing Family Caregivers to be the best that they can. Join Tricia Sandiego and Mike Lee as they team up to maximize your potential  in AARP’s latest webinar, “Lighten the Family Caregiver Load Using Everyday Technology.” Register now to watch live at 2PM ET/ 1PM CT on Wednesday, June 29. …

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— In true Pennsylvania Dutch fashion, there was a smorgasbord of activity in Harrisburg this week while the legislature was in session and were negotiating the state budget with Governor Wolf. Here is a recap of some notable issues that could impact Pennsylvanians age 50 and older:   Has PA Made Progress on Addressing Alzheimers? A Capitol hearing room was packed on Wednesday, June 22 as Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne and Alzheimer’s advocates testified before the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee about …

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— The World Health Organization declared June 15 World Elder Abuse Day and government officials in Pennsylvania took time away from the other issues being discussed and debated in the State Capitol during a very busy month to recognize and raise awareness about this important concern. A big part of the effort to raise awareness about elder abuse took place in the Capitol Rotunda, where Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack and Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne held a press conference for advocates …

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— If you’re a 50+ job seeker, what’s the first thing you should do? Don’t miss our interactive webinar “Target, Conquer & Focus: Getting Back to Work” Tuesday, June 14th at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT!  Holly Brack — National Program Coordinator at AARP Foundation with over 20 years of experience teaching job search skills — will help you learn how to target your job search, conquer the job application, focus on yourself and stay strong. She’ll be joined by Back to …

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— AARP Pennsylvania Takes Caregiving and Social Security Message to Washington, DC Earlier this year, AARP Pennsylvania was proud to announce the passage of the Caregivers, Advise, Record, and Enable Act which would help the 1.6 million family caregivers across the Commonwealth. Now caregivers are looking to the United States Congress to bring them more good news from the national perspective. AARP has endorsed a pair of family caregiver bills that have been introduced in the US Congress. The first is …

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—   This spring has been a busy time for AARP Pennsylvania staff and volunteers across the Commonwealth. As the weather warmed up, so did activities in the Lehigh Valley area. In addition to participating in local events and community service projects, AARP has been discussing important issues like caregiving and fraud prevention. Here’s just a sample of what AARP has been up to in the Lehigh Valley area:   Prepare to Care Events On April 13 and April 23, AARP PA …

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—   This spring has been a busy time for AARP Pennsylvania staff and volunteers across the Commonwealth. As the weather warmed up, so did activities in Philadelphia. In addition to participating in local events and festivals throughout Philadelphia, AARP has continued its partnership with key stakeholders on initiatives to ensure that Philadelphia is a livable community for all. AARP has also been active on caregiver issues and fraud prevention. Here’s just a sample of what AARP has been up to in Philadelphia:   …

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— This spring has been a busy time for AARP Pennsylvania staff and volunteers across the Commonwealth. As the weather warmed up, so did activities in York. In addition to carrying on our community service work through volunteers, AARP has continued its partnership with key stakeholders on initiatives to ensure that York is a vibrant and enjoyable community for all. AARP has also been active on caregiver issues and fraud prevention. Here’s just a sample of what AARP has been up to …