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— During a year when so much attention is focused on the Presidential Election and the Federal Government, statewide offices in Pennsylvania might be overlooked by some.  However, the positions of Attorney General, Auditor General, and Treasurer are important to all Pennsylvanians. These independent state agencies serve key functions that are not within the responsibilities of the Governor or General Assembly. An important factor about these offices is the word “independent”.  Although the occupants of these offices may be from the …

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— At AARP, we are engaging with the community in new and surprising ways. If you’ve been out and about in Philadelphia, chances are that you have seen us at street festivals, city council meetings, or hosting events. But did you know that we are going to be in the LGBT community even more than ever before? Starting on September 26, we will be partnering with SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender Elders) to host a LGBT …

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— Haverford Music Fest This weekend, AARP Pennsylvania was present at the 6th Annual Haverford Music Festival talking about AARP and volunteer opportunities with us. During the event, there was more than 30 artist performances, vendors, food, drinks, and children’s activities.   Feria del Barrio On September 11, during one of Philadelphia’s largest Hispanic-Latino events, AARP Pennsylvania engaged with the community at Feria del Barrio. We talked to participants about AARP, but most importantly, we got to soak up the music, dancing, …

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— The calendar has now moved past Labor Day and that means that election season is upon us.  It is hard not to pick up your remote or a newspaper without seeing a story about the Presidential election.  But it is not only the Presidency that is up for election this year. The results of the races for state and other federal offices will have a profound impact on Pennsylvanians, particularly older Pennsylvanians. Years ago, learning about the views of candidates …

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— While many Pennsylvania children adjusted to a new school year and other Pennsylvanians looked forward to a long weekend to celebrate Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer, the week beginning on Monday, August 29 saw a number of interesting activities and events across Pennsylvania that highlighted issues of importance to older Pennsylvanians. The Pennsylvania Senate confirms Bruce Beemer as Attorney General  The State Senate came back for an unusual session day Tuesday, August 30 to unanimously confirm the …

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— Joys and Challenges Facing Military Caregivers featuring MG Antonio M. Taguba, USA (Ret.) and Meg Kabat, Department of Veterans Affairs Thursday, September 8th 2pm ET/1pm CT REGISTER HERE After his parents became ill, Major General Antonio “Tony” Taguba and his siblings found themselves unprepared to care for them. Faced with tough decisions about health and finances, they found a way to care for their parents the best they could. Join Major General Taguba and Meg Kabat, National Director, Caregiver Support …

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— Caregiving Seminar On June 3, AARP Pennsylvania joined forces with local service providers for a seminar on Caregiving for York County families. Over 60 family caregivers participated in the program that covered caring for loved ones with cognitive impairment, taking time to care for caregivers and local community resources for families caring for loved ones at home. AARP Pennsylvania will be holding another event for York County caregivers on October 19. To can learn more about that program, please contact …

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— Movies for Grown Ups On July 15 and August 5, AARP Pennsylvania hosted two Movies for Grown Ups showings. Both Ghostbusters and Hands of Stone played to more than 215 attendees for each screening. Recently, a special screening of Desert Migration was held on September 15 at the Civic Theatre of Allentown to benefit the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. Sunshine Box Packing On August 2 and September 6, local AARP volunteers packed more than 2000 boxes of food at the …

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— AARP Ambassador Frank Abignale Addresses Crowd in Monroeville On July 13, Frank Abignale, subject of the hit movie Catch Me if You Can spoke to an audience of over 600 at the Monroeville Convention Center as a part of AARP Pennsylvania’s continuing efforts to educate consumers about scams and fraud.  He shared tips and advice to avoid being scammed, discussed his life story as portrayed in the film, and how he’s worked with the FBI for the past 40 years …

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— AME Convention During the week of July 6 through 13, AARP Pennsylvania attended the African Methodist Episcopal Church at their national gathering at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City to promote AARP’s commitment to faith-based community outreach.   Odunde Festival The AARP Block Party at the June 12 Odunde Festival—the nation’s largest African-American street festival– improved our visibility with multicultural audiences and built a better understanding of AARP’s work in the community.  We connected with the 500,000 attendees through …