— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Pennsylvania for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

—   AARP Pennsylvania and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation of Pittsburgh are teaming up to help get older adults moving outdoors through the Foundation’s Senior Connections initiative. Join us for a group walk in Frick Park with Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor, and sign up for free “Park Ambassador” training to learn the fundamentals of leading group outings in your local park. Both events will be led by Venture Outdoors and are designed for older adults of various fitness levels.   …

— AARP Pennsylvania invites everyone to get active with Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Erika Strassburger at Schenley Park, one of the community’s most beautiful assets, on Thursday, July 12. This is a great opportunity to get some fresh air, meet some new people, and hear from a local legislator about current city initiatives. The Venture Outdoors staff have planned a low intensity walk through the park in order to accommodate participants with varying levels of physical fitness. This walk is free for all individuals 50-plus …

— By Hilary Appelman Terry Hudon hid the fact he was gay when he served in the Navy, and he understands the isolation that can bring. So Hudon knows how much his visits mean to a gay, disabled veteran at the VA hospital in Aspinwall, just outside Pittsburgh. Hudon, 70, said he believes his visits are the only time the veteran speaks to another gay person. “He just lights up when he sees us,” Hudon said, after a visit with a …

— 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 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 …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

— The PA General Assembly is currently considering legislation (SB 780 and HB 1648) that would recognize telemedicine as a solution to improving health care access. AARP PA strongly supports the proposed legislation. You can learn more about the issue below. What is Telemedicine? Telemedicine or telehealth embraces the use of computers, cellphones or other communication technology to provide patients with the health care they need, when they need it.  It doesn’t replace one-on-one, in-person interactions with a doctor, nurse or …

— As you get together with your family for the holiday season, take the time to celebrate each other, reflect on the past year, and prepare to usher in a new one. Take advantage of the family gathering to check in on each other’s health and well-being and, just as importantly, discuss the needs of loved ones who may need a family caregiver. Start the Conversation From recognizing that a loved one needs help, to determining which family members or friends …

— By Cristina Rouvalis Jane Johnson’s hands and knuckles are so swollen from her arthritis that she can no longer wear her rings and perform simple every­day tasks. “I can’t open a bag of potato chips,” she said. “My hands hurt when I drive.” The 75-year-old retired teacher dreaded driving for an hour and a half from her home in rural Franklin to a recommended specialist in Pittsburgh. Instead of traveling such a long distance, she drives seven miles down the …