— 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 …

— By Cristina Rouvalis When a sales representative for an electricity supply company came to her Greens­burg home in 2013 promising lower bills, Ronel Baccus said she would consider it. Although she never signed up, she said the alternative energy supplier switched her service over without her knowledge. Baccus, 51, suffered sticker shock as her electric bills climbed from $60 to $260 a month. She has asked the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project to help her get a refund for those higher …

— 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 …

— Wealth Expert Offers Tips for Retirement Readiness On Thursday, October 6, AARP joined the PA Conference for Women to talk about Financial Security. With the help of Deborah Owens, a wealth coach and leading authority on financial security, hundreds of women were able to learn valuable tools to become financially stable. Owens  spoke to women at two separate workshops at the PA Conference for Women, outlining what she believes are the seven wealthy habits necessary for financial success: Have a …

— AARP Pennsylvania is reminding Keystone Staters that the deadline to apply for the state Property Tax/Rent Rebate program has been extended until Dec. 31. The program is available to Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers 50 and older, and people with disabilities 18 and older. The annual income limits are $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can …

— Article by Bill Johnston-Walsh, AARP Pennsylvania State Director Today, a secure retirement is out of reach for thousands of Pennsylvanians, especially those who work for small businesses. Pennsylvanians, like many across the country, face a retirement challenge. According to a 2016 report from the Pennsylvania Independent Fiscal Office, Pennsylvania’s 65-plus population will grow 31.5 percent from 2015 to 2025 while the rest of the population contracts. Nearly half of baby boomers and Gen X’ers will lack the income to meet …

— 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 …

— With a new AARP study showing retail prescription prices have increased six times faster than the general inflation rate since 2006, AARP Pennsylvania is reminding older residents that they can receive help paying for prescription medications from the state’s PACE and PACENET programs. According to a report released earlier this month by the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI), the average annual cost of therapy for one prescription drug totals more than $11,000, which equals a startling 75% of the average …

— By Kathryn Canavan When Gary Rauschenberger walks through the Walmart near his Butler home, shoppers who spot him say, “Oh, that’s my tax man.”“That’s my nickname—the tax man,” he said. Rauschenberger, 64, is not a paid tax preparer. He’s a retired banker who volunteers with Tax-Aide, an AARP Foundation program with IRS-certified tax preparers who help taxpayers complete their returns for free. Since the program was created in 1968, it has helped more than 50 million taxpayers file their taxes. …