— Eating fresh vegetables and fruits is part of a healthy lifestyle, but it can be expensive. That’s why AARP Pennsylvania wants residents on fixed incomes to know they may be eligible for four $5 checks redeemable at qualified farmers markets and roadside stands, beginning June 1. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program offers the checks to Pennsylvanians 60 and older whose annual income does not exceed $22,311 for an individual or $30,044 for a couple. The checks are distributed first …

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— More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians care for older parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on April 20, 2017, a new law takes effect that will make life a little bit easier for them. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act requires hospitals to: Provide …

— AARP Pennsylvania hosted an exclusive Mayoral Roundtable on Livability & Aging in the Lehigh Valley on June 7.  Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez and Easton Mayor Sal Panto, Jr. came together with residents and community leaders to discuss how communities can prepare for an aging population and steps they are taking to make their cities more livable for residents of all ages.   For the Morning Call’s coverage of the event, which includes a short video and …

— Join us for free webinars and live chats on how to use the latest tech tools. Technology can help you connect with friends and family, drive more safely, control home automation, search for jobs, care for loved ones, learn new skills, and more. But there’s so much new “tech” that it can be hard to keep track of it and how it can help you. Register for AARP’s Online Technology Fair and gain access to free live webinars, video chats …

— By Hilary Appelman Every other Wednesday, Sandra Fair shows up at a community center in West Philadelphia to wash and chop vegetables to make soup. The recipes vary—minestrone, vegetarian chili, and kale and chickpea stew are favorites—but the camaraderie and mission are the same. The soup is distributed to hundreds of older residents, promoting both nutrition and a sense of community. Fair, 65, a former machine operator and concessions manager, said her participation in the Food & Company soup project, …

— State Senate Approval of Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners Praised by AARP Pennsylvania AARP Pennsylvania praised members of the state Senate for approving legislation that will improve access to health care services by granting full practice authority to the state’s Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). Senate Bill 25, sponsored by State Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46), passed by a 39-10 vote on April 26 and will allow qualified APRNs to practice independently in their field of specialty after completing a …

— Operation: Stop Scams On April 30, AARP Pennsylvania hosted a free shredding event at the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge of Pennsylvania, located on North Broad Street in Philadelphia. Nearly 400 cars lined up to shred over 16,000 pounds of documents containing sensitive information that could be used by identity thieves. Individuals were invited to bring unwanted documents containing sensitive or personal information and watch them be shredded. This free event drew a tremendous crowd and kept the shred trucks grinding for four …

— Candidates’ Forums AARP was one of several sponsors to a Candidates’ Forum in the city of York on May 1 which attracted 200 residents to hear from two mayoral candidates and four candidates for city council.   AARP volunteers were part of the coordinating committee for the event and helped to formulate candidate questions on making the city more livable for people 50 and older.  If you are interested in local advocacy and connecting with elected officials on important issues impacting …

— Legislative Expos and Fairs Volunteers recently represented AARP PA at legislative expos and fairs for Senator Boscola, Senator Browne, Representatives McNeil, Schlossberg, Schweyer, and Simmons.  At these events our volunteers spoke with the legislators’ constituents and provide the latest educational material that AARP has to offer and provides information on our legislative priorities that affect people age 50+. Operation: Stop Scams AARP is always cautioning our members and the 50+ community to vigilant against frauds and scams.  In April, AARP …

— OpenStreetsPGH AARP Pennsylvania has been working to make Pittsburgh a more livable community for all as we age. To that end, AARP PA staff and volunteers were at the OpenStreetsPGH events on May 28 and will be at the June 28 and July 30 events. If you missed us on May 28th, stop by our information booth in Market Square on June 28 and July 30 to learn what we are doing in the community. The routes for the event dates …