— AARP Ambassador Regina Belle visited Philadelphia recently to honor African American women entrepreneurs and community activists. Celebrating the life of one of America’s most unsung icons and advocate for economic equality, Madam CJ Walker, Belle proudly participated in the 32nd Annual Madame CJ Walker Awards Luncheon & Economic Empowerment Seminar sponsored by AARP PA. “I’m so honored that AARP considered me to be a part of this auspicious event,” said Belle. The gregarious Grammy Award winning vocalist and advocate performed …

— Juggling is Difficult When You Are Always Looking Over Your Shoulder So many issues, so little time.  It’s a common refrain at the State Capitol in Harrisburg (or in Washington, DC for that matter).  Pennsylvania’s elected leaders have completed their hearings on the Commonwealth’s 2018-19 budget and now need to finalize state spending.  But there are numerous other issues they have also vowed to consider in this two year session of the General Assembly, and even though it’s only April …

— SeniorLAW Center and AARP to Leverage Pro Bono Legal Services to Improve Lives of Older Pennsylvanians Former PA Secretary of Aging Leads Innovative Partnership PHILADELPHIA, PA— AARP Pennsylvania and Philadelphia’s SeniorLAW Center today announced a new partnership that will use the power of the city’s most prominent law firms to advocate for issues impacting the lives of older adults. The Pro Bono Action for Community Impact in Pennsylvania, a SeniorLAW Center and AARP Partnership, will leverage pro bono partnerships with …

— AARP Pennsylvania is urging state residents to register to vote by April 16. That’s the deadline to register to vote in the May 15 primary elections. Pennsylvania seats up for election this year include one U.S. Senate seat, all 18 U.S. House seats, governor, lieutenant governor, all 203 state House seats, and 25 state Senate seats. AARP does not endorse candidates but does take a stand on issues that affect people 50-plus and encourages civic engagement. People 50-plus made up …

— Pennsylvania Political Forecast – Cloudy with a 100% Chance of Uncertainty If there were any thoughts that the month of February might clear up some of the issues surrounding the future path of Pennsylvania politics, they’ve been fried by the 80 degree temperatures we experienced in the middle of the month, buried by the foot of snow parts of the state experienced a week later, then blown away by the 75 mile wind gusts that knocked out power to many …

— By Hilary Appelman When a friend and financial adviser asked Kelli Robbins about her plans for retirement, she said half-jokingly, “I’m hoping to work until I’m really, really old.” Maybe her nephews would take over her business and write her a check every month. Or perhaps she would sell the business and live on the proceeds. “So you’d like to hit a home run in the ninth inning,” the friend responded. Robbins, president of Pittsburgh-based Contact One Communications, and her …

— If the First Month of the Year is Any Indication, 2018 Could Turn Pennsylvania Politics Upside Down The history of Pennsylvania politics is full of colorful characters and maneuverings and intrigues that would make the poor little bill in the famous Schoolhouse Rock episode about the legislative process blush.  But 2018 could top the Commonwealth’s rather remarkable political past.  The headline this month is a ruling from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court invalidating Pennsylvania’s Congressional District boundaries and a further announcement …

— Heading to the Flower Show? So are we! AARP Pennsylvania is excited to be heading to the 2018 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show from March 3 – March 11. Join AARP staff and volunteers at the Flower Show to learn about what we’re doing in your local community! We’d love to see you at the Flower Show! If you happen to plan your trip for March 10 – March 11, you’re in for an exciting experience! AARP is proud to unveil a …

— By AARP Pennsylvania State President Joanne Grossi As AARP Pennsylvania’s state president, I have the privilege of helping shape strategic priorities, building community partnerships with key decision makers and serving as AARP’s spokesperson in Pennsylvania. That means I’m fighting for you and your family on issues that matter most. I’m very proud to be part of a team of talented AARP staff and dedicated volunteers working at the state capitol and in communities statewide.  I wanted you to know our …

— WASHINGTON, DC—AARP welcomes passage in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives of the bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (H.R. 3759). The legislation, introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and in the U.S. House by Representatives Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Kathy Castor (D-FL), requires the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a strategy to support the nation’s 40 million family caregivers. …