— Worried about keeping the heat on? AARP Pennsylvania reminds members and their families that utility companies statewide are required to provide customer assistance programs. Individuals with monthly income up to $1,508 and couples with up to $2,030 may be eligible. For information, call the number on your electric or natural gas bill and ask specifically about the customer assistance program. For a list of utility hotlines, click here. If you don’t get a response or have a complaint, call the …

— President of NE PA AARP Chapter Receives Andrus Award for Community Service   NE PA Chapter President Carl Yanowski (second from right) receives the 2017 AARP Pennsylvania Andrus Award for Community Service.  Presenting the award to Yanowski are (from right) AARP Pennsylvania Volunteer State President Joanne Grossi, AARP Pennsylvania State Director Bill Johnston-Walsh and Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne. Carl Yanowski of Dunmore has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the …

— Mayoral Roundtable AARP is working to make the cities of the Lehigh Valley the best place to live for people of all ages.  On June 7, AARP hosted Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez, and Easton Mayor Sal Panto for a unique conversation focused on improving the livability of their communities.  Dr. Rodney Harrell, the Director of the Office of Livability Thought Leadership in AARP’s Public Policy Institute, moderated the event, which was attended by 75 community leaders …

— 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 …

— By Hilary Appelman Every other Wednesday, Sandra Fair shows up at a community center in West Philadelphia to wash and chop vegetables to make soup. The recipes vary—minestrone, vegetarian chili, and kale and chickpea stew are favorites—but the camaraderie and mission are the same. The soup is distributed to hundreds of older residents, promoting both nutrition and a sense of community. Fair, 65, a former machine operator and concessions manager, said her participation in the Food & Company soup project, …

—   Philadelphia resident Joanne Grossi has recently been appointed as AARP Pennsylvania’s State President. In her new role, Grossi will help shape AARP’s strategic priorities, build community partnerships with key decision makers and serve as AARP’s principal volunteer spokesperson in Pennsylvania. Grossi brings more than 30 years’ experience in public health, public policy and legislative affairs to her new position. Most recently, she served as a Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she worked with federal, …

— March has been a busy month for the staff and volunteers of AARP Pennsylvania! As the weather started to warm up, so did our community outreach efforts. Here are a few highlights of our recent activities in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties: The Philadelphia Flower Show AARP Pennsylvania was a proud sponsor of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Flower Show in Philadelphia, which ran from March 5th to March 13th. Staff and more than 30 volunteers spoke to attendees about Life …

— Every month, millions of Pennsylvanians receive their electric utility bill and I would guess that many of us look at the total, maybe grumble a little, then make a payment and go on with our business.  I would also hazard a guess that most consumers don’t know how to read or understand their utility bills, and don’t know exactly what the charges are for or how one could be saving money.  Do you know the difference between ‘supplier’ and ‘distributor’?  …

— Fight Fraud-Shred Instead in York!   Reduce your chances of becoming a victim of ID theft by safely destroying your personal documents with the help of AARP Pennsylvania, York County Economic Alliance and Continental Paper Grading at a free Shredding Event:  Saturday, September 19 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Continental Paper Grading 3350 Concord Road York, Pa 17402 Bring your unwanted documents and files and watch them get shredded on site. There is no fee for this community service. However, we will …

— You’re likely to live a longer, healthier life if you stay active, and AARP members can trim costs as well with a 20 percent discount from Venture Outdoors. The nonprofit connects people of all ages and physical capabilities to recreational opportunities in southwestern Pennsylvania. Activities include kayaking, hiking, biking and fly-fishing, which promote endurance, flexibility, balance and strength—fitness goals recommended by the National Institute on Aging. People who are physically active and maintain a healthy weight live about seven years …