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]

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Big Week for Family Caregivers In Pennsylvania This was the week that family caregivers all across Pennsylvania had been patiently awaiting for the past 15 months.  Early in 2014, AARP volunteers in Allegheny County paid a visit to their State Representative, Hal English, to talk to him about some of the difficulties family caregivers face in caring for their loved ones.  A particular issue caught the attention of Representative English, who serves on the House Aging and Older Adult Services …

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Legislative Approval of CARE Act Praised by AARP Pennsylvania AARP Pennsylvania today praised members of the state House of Representatives for approving the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act that will help more than 1.6 million family caregivers currently assisting older adults at home. Today’s action sends H.B. 1329 to Governor Wolf for his signature. The unanimous vote in the State House of Representatives today (197-0) followed Monday’s unanimous approval by the State Senate. Similar legislation was already passed in …

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You’re Invited to Our Virtual Viewing Party: Staying Competitive with Work & Jobs! Register and watch our online lessons on your computer or mobile device. As a thank you, everyone who registers will receive a free stainless steel travel mug! Watch the videos – which will teach you how to use Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogs, YouTube and more to stay competitive in the job market.  You can take a short quiz for a chance to win our grand prize – a $250 …

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New Department of Labor Rule on Investment Advice Protects Consumers We need to turn our attention to Washington, D.C. this week for an important development for anyone that has used, or thought about using, a financial advisor as they plan for their future. Twenty-five years ago, most workers in the United States received standard advice when thinking about their retirement income.  The advice centered around what was described as a “three-legged stool”, meaning that they would be relying on three …

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An informed consumer is better prepared to avoid fraud, and AARP Pennsylvania wants residents to have the information they need to safeguard their money. The state office’s award-winning Consumer Issues Task Force promotes financial security and consumer protection by informing people about misleading and abusive marketplace practices. These AARP volunteers travel around the state giving free presentations to community groups on topics such as online safety, identity theft and investment fraud. Older Americans are particularly susceptible to fraud, according to …