— You’re invited to join AARP Pennsylvania on June 7 for an exclusive Mayoral Roundtable on Livability & Aging in the Lehigh Valley.  Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez and Easton Mayor Sal Panto, Jr. will come together with residents and community leaders to discuss how communities can prepare for an aging population and steps they are taking to make their cities more livable for residents of all ages. Date:              Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Time:              2:00 PM – …

— Join us for free webinars and live chats on how to use the latest tech tools. Technology can help you connect with friends and family, drive more safely, control home automation, search for jobs, care for loved ones, learn new skills, and more. But there’s so much new “tech” that it can be hard to keep track of it and how it can help you. Register for AARP’s Online Technology Fair and gain access to free live webinars, video chats …

— By Hilary Appelman Every other Wednesday, Sandra Fair shows up at a community center in West Philadelphia to wash and chop vegetables to make soup. The recipes vary—minestrone, vegetarian chili, and kale and chickpea stew are favorites—but the camaraderie and mission are the same. The soup is distributed to hundreds of older residents, promoting both nutrition and a sense of community. Fair, 65, a former machine operator and concessions manager, said her participation in the Food & Company soup project, …

— State Senate Approval of Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners Praised by AARP Pennsylvania AARP Pennsylvania praised members of the state Senate for approving legislation that will improve access to health care services by granting full practice authority to the state’s Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). Senate Bill 25, sponsored by State Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46), passed by a 39-10 vote on April 26 and will allow qualified APRNs to practice independently in their field of specialty after completing a …

— Operation: Stop Scams On April 30, AARP Pennsylvania hosted a free shredding event at the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge of Pennsylvania, located on North Broad Street in Philadelphia. Nearly 400 cars lined up to shred over 16,000 pounds of documents containing sensitive information that could be used by identity thieves. Individuals were invited to bring unwanted documents containing sensitive or personal information and watch them be shredded. This free event drew a tremendous crowd and kept the shred trucks grinding for four …

— Candidates’ Forums AARP was one of several sponsors to a Candidates’ Forum in the city of York on May 1 which attracted 200 residents to hear from two mayoral candidates and four candidates for city council.   AARP volunteers were part of the coordinating committee for the event and helped to formulate candidate questions on making the city more livable for people 50 and older.  If you are interested in local advocacy and connecting with elected officials on important issues impacting …

— Legislative Expos and Fairs Volunteers recently represented AARP PA at legislative expos and fairs for Senator Boscola, Senator Browne, Representatives McNeil, Schlossberg, Schweyer, and Simmons.  At these events our volunteers spoke with the legislators’ constituents and provide the latest educational material that AARP has to offer and provides information on our legislative priorities that affect people age 50+. Operation: Stop Scams AARP is always cautioning our members and the 50+ community to vigilant against frauds and scams.  In April, AARP …

— State Plan on Aging In May, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging held 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.  AARP volunteer Connie Kovka testified at a Department of Aging hearing in Pittsburgh on May 18. She spoke about the State Plan on Aging, discussing the need for greater attention to family caregiving issues in the State Plan. Any member of the public was invited …

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— Fight Back Against Fraud! Every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen. But you can take steps to protect yourself. Fight back against fraud! Join us for free shredding events in Pennsylvania. AARP Pennsylvania is hosting a number of free shredding events where shredding services will be available to securely destroy your documents containing personal and sensitive information. You can also learn how to protect yourself from fraud and scams. Shredding services are free of charge and are open to the public. …

— More than half of Americans are at risk of being unable to cover basic living expenses when they retire, according to a 2013 Fidelity Investments study. Do you worry about your financial future—and if so, what can you do to prepare? Pittsburgh’s WQED television and AARP invite Pennsylvanians to a sneak preview of a new public television documentary, When I’m 65, on Wednesday, April 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. The video explores why many people have a hard time …