— 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!

— By Hilary Appelman Bob Devers is so devoted to preparing taxes for others that even a recurrence of cancer last spring couldn’t keep him away. “I needed a goal,” said Devers, 72, of Myerstown. After surgery and radiation treatments for sinus cancer, by year’s end he was ready to return to his 13th year as an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteer, providing free tax help to Pennsylvanians. “It’s something I look forward to—the joy and sense of accomplishment,” said Devers, who …

— Tonight, when we tell our grandbabies a bedtime story…don’t tell them a fairy tale. Instead, pass on the stories of real African American heroes…from a man who started a movement with a dream, to a woman who helped put astronauts into space. We celebrate Black History Month by celebrating the real possibilities. Learn more about your dreams and possibilities at aarp.org/blackcommunity. Pass Black History on to future generations through stories, movies, music and events. This Black History Month, AARP Pennsylvania …

— Heading to the Flower Show? So are we! AARP is excited to host the AARP Block Party at the 2019 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show on March 9 – March 10. Join AARP staff and volunteers at the Flower Show to learn about what we’re doing in your local community and to have some fun at our new, interactive exhibit. If you happen to plan your trip for March 9 – March 10, you’re in for an exciting experience! AARP is proud to unveil …

— Voters age 50 and older were the deciding factor in last year’s midterm elections, according to the National Election Pool Exit Poll results. The findings confirmed that 50-plus voters made up the majority of voters in Pennsylvania (57%) and 56 percent nationally. Candidates who ignored older voters, Pennsylvania’s most powerful voting group, paid a price on Election Day. Older voters held candidates accountable for not finding common ground on the issues that matter to them and their families. What they …

— By Cristina Rouvalis A year ago, Jimmy Kilgallen was maneuvering his electric wheelchair across a treacherous intersection in Pittsburgh. Just as he approached the sidewalk at the corner of Penn Avenue and 40th Street, a car slammed into the back of his chair. For Kilgallen, 66, life has changed dramatically since that hit-and-run accident in his Lawrenceville neighborhood. After multiple surgeries, he lost all the toes on his left foot. Now he’s behind on the rent and worries he will …

— Cristina Rouvalis Hace un año, Jimmy Kilgallen estaba maniobrando su silla de ruedas eléctrica mientras cruzaba una intersección peligrosa de Pittsburgh. En el momento en que se acercaba a la acera en la esquina de Penn Avenue y 40th Street, un auto lo impactó por la parte de atrás de la silla. A Kilgallen, de 66 años, la vida le cambio drásticamente desde este accidente donde el conductor se fugó en su vecindario de Lawrenceville. Después de varias cirugías, perdió …

— AARP Pennsylvania Project Grant 2019 “Quick action” grants to make communities livable for people of all ages AARP invites you to submit application for quick-action projects that can help YOUR community become more livable. Applications are now being accepted for small grants to improve housing, transportation, public space, and other community elements that support great places for all people of all ages. Applications are due by December 3, 2018, 5:00 pm ET and all projects must be completed by May 6, …

— John Sparvero of Pittsburgh has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2018 AARP Pennsylvania Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. Named for AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the award recognizes outstanding individuals who are making their communities better in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission, vision and commitment to volunteer service, and who inspire others to volunteer. …

— AARP Pennsylvania and the City of Easton Present The First-Ever Easton Senior Fest You’re invited to this FREE, fun and informative event on August 21 that celebrates older adults and their families in the community. The full day program will feature performances by the Easton Municipal Band, a free picnic lunch and other fun activities. You can also visit with representatives from local senior service organizations, including: AARP Pennsylvania AARP United Healthcare Supplemental Insurance CarePatrol Maintain Your Independence Meals on …

Travel Safe With Your Medications

— By Hilary Appelman Jack Walmer and Lynn Alexander don’t travel much, but at least twice a year they fly to see their daughter, Kira, who lives in Denver and previously lived in New Orleans and Nashville. “We fly to wherever Kira is,” Alexander said. Because they fly, the State College couple plan to apply for new, federally required REAL ID driver’s licenses when they become available in Pennsylvania next year. As of October 2020, anyone 18 or older will need …