Alan Ward of Valencia, who survived a heart attack in May, checks his blood pressure using telemedicine. Photo by Eric Prine.

— By Cristina Rouvalis When Alan Ward, 65, had a massive heart attack in May, he was rushed from his doctor’s office in rural Pennsylvania to UPMC Passavant Hospital outside Pittsburgh for emergency surgery. Blockages had closed 99 percent of an artery, but he has made a strong recovery, thanks in part to the follow-up care. Ward, a retired baker and photographer, checks in with his medical team every morning—without ever leaving his home in Valencia. Using a touch-screen tablet, he …

AARP PA Holiday Scam

— The holiday season is one of the busiest times of year for scammers. Don’t put yourself at risk. Learn how to protect yourself from holiday scams. Here are five tips for avoiding holiday scams: Keep your eyes peeled for gift card cons. When purchasing gift cards, make sure to purchase from counter attendants or from customer service. Thieves will copy the codes on cards that are on display on a rack, then call for a card balance after the holidays. Once …

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— Duquesne University’s SBDC is among 17 community-based organizations selected to receive funds to help older adults build the skills to work for themselves The AARP Foundation has awarded a generous grant to Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center to conduct Work for Yourself@50+℠ workshops in Pittsburgh. This national grant initiative is designed to help vulnerable older adults assess opportunities for self-employment, build skills and connect with resources that will enable them to generate income by working for themselves. The Duquesne University …

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— It has been quite the month!  Some would say that only fools try to predict what will happen in public affairs because inevitably the outcomes will make the predictors look foolish.  There are many pundits looking back at the results of the November 8 elections with those thoughts in mind. A Few Facts To Get Us Started… Pennsylvania voters were of many different minds as they cast their ballots on Election Day.  In the most high-profile race, Pennsylvania defied the …

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— The holidays aren’t always the happiest time of year – especially if you’re dealing with the stress of being a family caregiver. Or what if, you’re a long-distance caregiver that will return home for the holidays? AARP is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to present a very special webinar titled, “Caregiving & the Holidays: Signs, Expectations & Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers,” on Tuesday, December 6th at 3pm ET Ruth Drew, who is Director of Family and Information Services at the …

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— Don’t miss out! Register today for the free webinar, “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer.” Join AARP on Thursday, December 1st for a free webinar. “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer” will feature the inspiring true-life story of a dog named Bella who helped her owner, Jean Baur, find a sense of belonging and confidence after being downsized by her job. The webinar airs live at 2 p.m. CT on Thursday, December 1st …

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— AARP Pennsylvanian has played an active role in promoting livable communities in the western and southeast regions of the Commonwealth. While many communities are at different phases of engagement, the livable communities movement is gaining strength at the county and city-level. Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are making great strides towards becoming livable communities, while the Borough of West Chester recently received its age-friendly designation. Open Streets Philadelphia Free Streets – AARP PA was a proud sponsor of the inaugural …

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— Wealth Expert Offers Tips for Retirement Readiness On Thursday, October 6, AARP joined the PA Conference for Women to talk about Financial Security. With the help of Deborah Owens, a wealth coach and leading authority on financial security, hundreds of women were able to learn valuable tools to become financially stable. Owens  spoke to women at two separate workshops at the PA Conference for Women, outlining what she believes are the seven wealthy habits necessary for financial success: Have a …

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— AARP has announced actress and advocate Holly Robinson Peete will headline a live,  Online Family Caregiving Fair scheduled for Thursday, November 17. Registration for the Online Family Caregiving Fair HERE Peete, who is best known for her roles on 21 Jump Street and Hanging’ with Mr. Cooper, simultaneously cared for a father with Parkinson’s disease and a son with autism.  She will discuss juggling caregiving and work, facing hurdles as a family caregiver and balancing caring for yourself while caring …

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— Looking for a job but feeling overwhelmed by the countless number of online resources? Get expert tips and advice on how to cut through the clutter and find the job that’s right for you. Don’t miss our free webinar “Navigating Cluttered Job Search Sites,” featuring Jobs Expert Kerry Hannon. 3 p.m. ET/2pm CT, Thursday, November 10. Register HERE Kerry Hannon, AARP’s jobs expert, is an award-winning author and nationally recognized authority on career transitions and retirement. Her latest book is …