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Every year, AARP honors an outstanding volunteer who is sharing his or her experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members with the Andrus Award for Community Service. Do you know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older that should receive AARP’s most prestigious volunteer award in Pennsylvania? The deadline is June 3, so please take a moment to nominate a volunteer now! For many years, AARP Pennsylvania has recognized our amazing volunteers through events, special …

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State Plan on Aging This week the Pennsylvania Department of Aging held the first two of three scheduled hearings on the 2016-2020 State Plan on Aging, which must be submitted to the federal government as required by the Older Americans Act.  This week’s hearings took place in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, while Philadelphia will host the third hearing on May 24 at Drexel University.  You can read the draft State Plan here. Any member of public was invited to present a …

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Google announced this week that they would no longer accept advertising from payday lenders, an important step forward in the effort to fight one of the worst types of financial abuse against consumers.  This is a battle many consumer groups, including AARP, have been fighting successfully in Pennsylvania for years, but it’s also something consumer groups must constantly remain vigilant about, because payday lenders are persistent in their efforts to expand their markets. Why are we concerned about payday lending?  …

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As deadlines loom for action on the state budget and other critical matters, lawmakers returned to the State Capitol this week with a heightened sense of urgency.  A number of issues rose quickly to the surface, including renewed interest in legislation which would expand the scope of practice of nurse practitioners.  This bill has been introduced in the General Assembly for at least the past eight years, but it has suddenly gained momentum in the legislative process. So what has …

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From finding a job to making the most of your work day, AARP will present free a webinar titled Trade Your Dress Shoes for Slippers: The Inside Scoop on Being a Teleworker,”  Tuesday May 10th. Sharon Emek, Founder and CEO of Work At Home Vintage Experts (WAHVE) and former professor at Rutgers, will give you tips on teleworking, help you avoid work-from-home scams and find reputable employers who are hiring teleworkers. She’ll be joined by AARP North Carolina volunteer Stan C. Kimer …

Marjorie Pratt, 77, relies on her landline phone to keep in touch with her far-flung family and local activities. Photo by Sam Gause

By Hilary Appelman As secretary-treasurer of the Windfall United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, the Gideons Auxiliary and the Windfall Grange, Marjorie Pratt makes a lot of phone calls—whether to line up contributions for Grange pancake and dairy suppers, to let parishioners know that church services have been canceled or to check in on friends. “It’s absolutely vital,” the retired postal clerk said about her landline phone. “We have no other means of communication.” Pratt, 77, said the closest place she …

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Over the last few weeks, the presidential candidates made frequent appearances across the Commonwealth, hosting town halls, rallies, and private appearances leading up to the April 26th PA primary. While I’d like to think it was to enjoy a taste of the good life in the Keystone State, it had more to do with the influence primaries have on the presidential election later this fall.   In November, when voters hit the polls and select our next President of the …

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When it comes to landing a job, you can’t just be a little better than the competition — you have to stand out from the crowd! Our interactive webinar Beat the Competition, Stand Out from the Crowd & Land Your Next Job, will help you learn dynamic ways to write cover letters and resumes that get noticed. Plus, learn how you can make an impression that helps you move from job seeker to employee. Get the details here. [Photo credit: …

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New law will help 1.6 million family caregivers statewide More than 1.6 million family caregivers across Pennsylvania will receive critical assistance to help older loved ones remain at home following Governor Tom Wolf’s signature today on the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. Today’s action by the Governor means Pennsylvania’s CARE Act will take effect in April of 2017. The bill (HB 1329) was unanimously approved by both chambers of the General Assembly earlier this month. “AARP led the fight …

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Are you a family caregiver running on an empty tank? Don’t miss our interactive webinar that will help you learn how to take care of yourself as you care for a loved one. We’ll share practical advice and firsthand experience on how you can balance your physical, mental and emotional health! Register now for details. [Photo credit: i-stock.com/Cathy Yeulet]