Tips to Stay Safe and “Beat the Heat”

Posted on 07/28/2015 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Staying cool during a blistering summer can mean the difference between life and death, as more Americans die from heat waves than all other natural disasters combined. Older adults stand a greater risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion because their bodies do not easily adjust to changes in temperature, making it critically important for people to check on older family, friends, or neighbors, especially those without air conditioning in their homes. Symptoms of heat-related illness can be slow to develop …

Protect Yourself from Being Overcharged at the Grocery Store

Posted on 07/27/2015 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Fraud Questions about accurate pricing at the supermarket recently made national headlines when the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs found Whole Foods stores were systematically overcharging consumers for pre-packaged foods. In more than 80 cases ranging from grab-n-go sandwiches and salads to packaged lunch meat, the items were short the labeled weight. Pennsylvania is particularly vulnerable to a similar consumer deception according to Mary Bach, noted consumer advocate and chair of the AARP Pennsylvania Consumer Issues Task Force. Bach …

Walkability Workshop Proposes Improvements to Busy Pittsburgh Intersection

Posted on 07/22/2015 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Community | Livable Communities Making one of downtown Pittsburgh’s most dangerous intersections safer for pedestrians was the focus of a recent workshop featuring AARP experts, city officials and urban planning leaders. Located in Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle, the intersection of Penn Ave., Liberty Ave. and Stanwix St. has long been considered particularly dangerous for pedestrians. The busy intersection brings several streets to a point, which causes confusion with both drivers and pedestrians. To address the issue, AARP and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership sponsored a two …

Beware Imposter Scams Targeting Grandparents

Posted on 07/9/2015 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

About AARP | Community | Fraud AARP Pennsylvania is warning consumers about reports of active imposter scams across Pennsylvania that target grandparents and are designed to steal money or personal information. Here’s how it works: You receive a call, usually late at night, from someone pretending to be your grandson or granddaughter. They tell you they’re in trouble and need you to wire them money immediately. The caller also may pose as an attorney or law enforcement official contacting you on behalf of a friend or …

Caring for Mom is a Big Job. I Could Use a Little Help.

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Caregiving     What the CARE Act Means for Caregivers   Being a family caregiver is more than a “9 to 5” responsibility – you are there for the discomfort at 4 a.m. and the pain that doesn’t get a break on the weekend. You work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, always with your loved one in mind. This may last a few weeks or a few months, but it is a burden of love that 2.7 million Pennsylvanians …

AARP Applauds State House Approval of CARE Act

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Caregiving AARP Applauds State House Approval of CARE Act AARP Pennsylvania praised members of the state House of Representatives for last night approving the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act that will help residents caring for an aging parent or loved one at home. “Most seniors who receive assistance at home rely exclusively on unpaid family caregivers for help,” said AARP Pennsylvania State Director Bill Johnston-Walsh. “The CARE Act will provide much-needed support to the more than 2.7 million Pennsylvanians currently …