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—   One of the difficulties of discussing, debating, and advocating about issues in Harrisburg is the difficulty of making the concern you’re working on sound new and fresh to policymakers.  Long-term care may be the prime example of this – the impact of long-term care on individual Pennsylvania families who are faced with dealing with a loved one in need of long-term care is tremendous, and the impact on the Commonwealth’s budget, and ultimately on the state’s taxpayers, is also …

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— Unstuck! Lightening the Heart of the Family Caregiver With Humor featuring Peter Rosenberger Thursday, August 25th  7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT Listen up family caregivers: humor is an expression of a healthy heart — not a defense mechanism! After more than 30 years as a family caregiver for his wife, Gracie, including 78 operations, 60 doctors in 12 hospitals and $9 million in medical bills, Peter Rosenberger has learned: it’s OK to laugh! Join him for this free online event …

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— Looking for new opportunities or help with a job search? Come to the Pennsylvania Conference for Women on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The event will feature sessions on health, personal finance, executive leadership, entrepreneurship, work/life balance, branding and more. AARP Pennsylvania will be onsite with a photographer, offering free headshots (as time allows) for use in online career profiles such as LinkedIn. Attendees also can learn about Life Reimagined, which helps people navigate transitions …

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—   Most fiction publishers would reject the saga of Kathleen Kane for being too unrealistic for fiction. The unhappy tale came to a close in Pennsylvania this week, as Attorney General Kane was convicted by a jury in Montgomery County on Monday evening. She was found guilty of nine counts of perjury, obstruction and other charges for orchestrating a leak of secret grand jury information to a Philadelphia newspaper with the aim of embarrassing a political foe. After lying about …

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— There are many uncomfortable issues that individuals try not to think about too much, until it impacts your family.  For many families in Pennsylvania, one of those issues is turning out to be drug addiction. Fortunately (or unfortunately) it is not the kind of drug addiction that has been immortalized as a part of the late 60’s counter-culture movement, or even the cocaine epidemic that impacted lives in the 80’s and 90’s.  This addiction crisis isn’t limited to younger people; …

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— Interview skills can always be improved and practiced, so don’t miss out and go into your next interview cold! AARP wants to help you by taking you behind the scenes of an interview, and help you learn what questions to ask, and what questions to avoid.  Don’t miss our interactive  webinar “Interview Intel: Behind the Scenes Advice to Win Your Job” featuring AARP Jobs expert Kerry Hannon  Tuesday August 9th at 3PM ET/ 2PM CT. Be sure to Register NOW! …

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— Determining the amount and type of care needed for a loved one is one of the most difficult and gut-wrenching decisions a family must make.  When someone is in need of help or long-term care, numerous factors must go into the decision. Is a family member available and willing to become a caregiver?  Is the caregiver able to handle physical effort that may be necessary?  Is it affordable to employ someone to help?  Where can a family find someone that …

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— Big billboards line many Pennsylvania highways to advertise the jackpots for the Powerball and MegaMillions lottery games. Tickets are sold in almost every state in the nation, and when the number on those billboards gets very high, as it did in January when the Powerball jackpot reached $1.6 billion, lines begin to form wherever lottery tickets are sold. Those of us that work on issues impacting older Pennsylvanians see those numbers and secretly hope they will continue to go up …

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— Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs around! But what if you were a Family Caregiver for a loved one at the same time? It’s called the “Sandwich Generation” and people are feeling the pressure of being squeezed between all the other layers of life as a family caregiver and a parent. Register for AARP’s interactive webinar, “Family Caregivers Feeling Squeezed: Life in the Sandwich Generation.” Featuring Charima Young, ASD Outreach Georgia and Britnee Fergins, a mother of …

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— First Energy Rate Increase Request Would Impact Millions of Pennsylvanians Every month Pennsylvania residents pay for electric service. It used to be a fairly simple process – the local electric company would send a bill charging each customer for the amount of electricity the customer used, with additional charges to account for the costs of running the electric company, the power plants, and the poles and wires that delivered the electricity to homes. The whole process of delivering electricity to …