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— Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs around! But what if you were a Family Caregiver for a loved one at the same time? It’s called the “Sandwich Generation” and people are feeling the pressure of being squeezed between all the other layers of life as a family caregiver and a parent. Register for AARP’s interactive webinar, “Family Caregivers Feeling Squeezed: Life in the Sandwich Generation.” Featuring Charima Young, ASD Outreach Georgia and Britnee Fergins, a mother of …

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— First Energy Rate Increase Request Would Impact Millions of Pennsylvanians Every month Pennsylvania residents pay for electric service. It used to be a fairly simple process – the local electric company would send a bill charging each customer for the amount of electricity the customer used, with additional charges to account for the costs of running the electric company, the power plants, and the poles and wires that delivered the electricity to homes. The whole process of delivering electricity to …

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— Today’s job search is dramatically different than it was when you started your career. Join AARP’s Nora Duncan for a free webinar titled “Adaptability! Using New Realities to Get a Job” Thursday evening July 21st 7PM ET/ 6PM CT. Nora will share lessons she learned while searching for a job with 15 years of experience and her personal story of what it took to get back to work during her seven and a half month job search.  Like Nora, whether …

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— After a whirlwind of activity in the past two weeks, members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly left town late on Wednesday, July 13, after passing legislation which completed work on the 2016-17 state budget. Before getting into what that final piece of legislation was, it may help to give a brief overview of the how the state budget process evolved this year. First, it’s important to know that in Pennsylvania our fiscal year begins on July 1 each year and …

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— By Kathryn Canavan Florence Atkinson, 79, of Millvale, doesn’t fret about the cost of her prescriptions. She has diabetes, cancer and a leaky heart valve, but she also has a PACE card. The cost of widely used prescription drugs jumped 81 percent from 2006 to 2013, according to a recent AARP report. If your prescription costs are shooting up, Pennsylvania’s Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly may help. It picked up most of the tab for nearly 250,000 older Pennsylvanians …

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— Pennsylvania’s elected leaders continued high-pressured negotiations on a 2016-17 state budget as the calendar moved closer to the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year on June 30.  As of this writing, the Pennsylvania House had passed a budget bill and the Senate amended it to pass a different version of a state budget and send it back to the House. Negotiators from the Senate and House are working on a compromise, but they need to determine if the level of …

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— Stop spending time trying and start spending more time doing when it comes to everyday technology! Now a days advancements in technology, much of which you may already own, are allowing Family Caregivers to be the best that they can. Join Tricia Sandiego and Mike Lee as they team up to maximize your potential  in AARP’s latest webinar, “Lighten the Family Caregiver Load Using Everyday Technology.” Register now to watch live at 2PM ET/ 1PM CT on Wednesday, June 29. …

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— In true Pennsylvania Dutch fashion, there was a smorgasbord of activity in Harrisburg this week while the legislature was in session and were negotiating the state budget with Governor Wolf. Here is a recap of some notable issues that could impact Pennsylvanians age 50 and older:   Has PA Made Progress on Addressing Alzheimers? A Capitol hearing room was packed on Wednesday, June 22 as Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne and Alzheimer’s advocates testified before the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee about …

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— The World Health Organization declared June 15 World Elder Abuse Day and government officials in Pennsylvania took time away from the other issues being discussed and debated in the State Capitol during a very busy month to recognize and raise awareness about this important concern. A big part of the effort to raise awareness about elder abuse took place in the Capitol Rotunda, where Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack and Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne held a press conference for advocates …

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— If you’re a 50+ job seeker, what’s the first thing you should do? Don’t miss our interactive webinar “Target, Conquer & Focus: Getting Back to Work” Tuesday, June 14th at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT!  Holly Brack — National Program Coordinator at AARP Foundation with over 20 years of experience teaching job search skills — will help you learn how to target your job search, conquer the job application, focus on yourself and stay strong. She’ll be joined by Back to …