On the Road to Safer Driving

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

AGE-FRIENDLY | Health & Wellbeing | Volunteering By Hilary Appelman John Sparvero’s first car was a 1949 Ford coupe with a stick shift and no air conditioning or seatbelts, nicknamed “Patches” because of the repairs he’d made to the back seat. Today, Sparvero’s minivan has a sensor that turns his high-beam headlights on and off automatically and a backup camera that alerts him when a car or person is within 100 feet. “My first car, the only radio I had was AM,” said Sparvero, 78, a retired …

Posted on 02/26/2015 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing       PA Hunger Rountable Report 2015 AARP Pennsylvania released today, ‘Hunger Among 50+ Adults in Pennsylvania: A Summary of Roundtable Discussions’, created in partnership with the AARP Foundation. The report is a result of convened discussions with key stakeholders in two separate roundtables, held in Philadelphia in 2013 and in southwestern Pennsylvania in 2014, for participating groups to learn how hunger affects Pennsylvania’s aging population and to share workable solutions to this important issue. Hunger among seniors is …

Fraud Watch Network Offers Tips on How to Spot and Avoid Romance Scams

Posted on 02/11/2015 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Community | Home & Family  As lovers and those looking for love prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network releases new tips on how Pennsylvanians can protect themselves from scammers taking aim at their hearts and their pocketbooks. Scamming thousands of men and women each year – most over age 40 – romance swindles consistently make Top Scams lists, including those of the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov). The average per-victim loss is $10,000, according to MoneyGram. Other Valentine’s Day cons include: …

AARP Fraud Watch Network Launches Education Effort to Foil Tax Identity Thieves

Posted on 01/26/2015 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Uncategorized To coincide with Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is launching an education effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams, releasing a new video, a tip sheet and encouraging people to take advantage of AARP’s free tax preparation services. Many taxpayers are putting themselves at greater risk of tax identity theft according to a recent national study released by the AARP Fraud Watch Network in conjunction with the education campaign to help prevent scammers …

AARP Pennsylvania Brings SELMA to Philadelphia

Posted on 01/22/2015 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Events As an exciting addition to the AARP’s Movies for Grownups® initiative, AARP Pennsylvania hosted a screening of the critically acclaimed film, SELMA, on Thursday, January 8th, 3pm at Rave Theatre in University City. Director Ava DuVernay’s SELMA tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. …

Put the Brake on Rate Hikes

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Thousands of Pennsylvanians who endured last winter’s polar vortex got hit with another chilling blow: electricity bills as high as 600 percent of the average consumer’s monthly cost. The price hikes were due in part to variable rate contracts, which allow energy companies to change rates with market swings. While the high bills were dismissed as a rare occurrence caused by unusual weather, AARP is concerned that consumers could face such high costs again. The state office is pushing for …