— 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 …

— AARP Pennsylvania and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation of Pittsburgh are teaming up to help get older adults moving outdoors in connection with the Foundation’s new Senior Connections initiatve — and we need your help. We are looking for volunteers to serve as AARP Park Ambassadors!   As an Park Ambassador, you will: Receive training to lead regular outings in South Park and Frick Park for groups of older adults Promote the program to your community Get exercise and make new friends! …

— AARP Pennsylvania hosted an exclusive Mayoral Roundtable on Livability & Aging in the Lehigh Valley on June 7.  Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez and Easton Mayor Sal Panto, Jr. came together with residents and community leaders to discuss how communities can prepare for an aging population and steps they are taking to make their cities more livable for residents of all ages.   For the Morning Call’s coverage of the event, which includes a short video and …

— AARP LIVABLE COMMUNITIES NETWORK AWARD OFFICIAL RULES NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. BRIEF OVERVIEW: The AARP Livable Communities Network Award (“Promotion”) takes place between February 17 at 9:00am EST and February 28 at 11:59pm EST (“Promotion Period”). The Promotion consists of an award in which community organizations will be recognized for their work creating Livable Communities for adults aged 50 and over. AARP Network of …

— Heading to the Philadelphia Flower Show? So are we!   AARP is proud to participate in the 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show and is excited to present a fun and interactive exhibit space! Join AARP staff and volunteers who will be at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show all week to talk about important issues impacting our local communities, and we’re happy to announce that we’ll be hosting an AARP Block Party on March 18-19! Stop by for fun activities, including …

— AARP Pennsylvania is a proud sponsor of the second Vision Zero Conference for Philadelphia, to be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Led by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the second Vision Zero Conference for Philadelphia to be held at Thomas Jefferson University will carry the theme of “Creating Roadways That Respect Human Dignity.”   According to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, “Invited panelists include speakers from AAA and AARP; Kelley Yemen, the City of Philadelphia Complete Streets Director and …

— At a ceremony held on September 21st, the Borough of West Chester was inducted into the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which helps participating communities become great places for all ages by adopting such features as safe, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, access to key services, and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities. As a member, West Chester will be part of a growing national movement of livable communities striving to meet the needs of their …

— Pennsylvania’s two largest communities, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, have embarked on an ambitious process as members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly communities.  This sounds like a lofty title but the true meaning of this designation is critical for the future of the people that live in these communities. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly communities is an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities program, an international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare for rapid population …

— Today AARP Pennsylvania thanked U.S. Representative Ryan Costello (R-PA8) for endorsing a reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) during a speech yesterday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Millions of older adults rely on the OAA to live with dignity and independence in their communities by receiving age-appropriate meals, access to abuse prevention services, transportation assistance, information referrals and even opportunities to serve their communities. The OAA also saves tax dollars by keeping many seniors out …