— 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 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 …

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— 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 …

— From summer to fall, AARP will be at it all! As the summer starts to heat up, AARP Pennsylvania staff and volunteers will be making an effort to be active in the community throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. We hope to catch you at a few of these events. Some big events you can look forward to seeing us at are the Welcome America Concert on Independence, Philly Free Streets, and the Philadelphia Film Festival. For the full list …

— AARP Pennsylvania is a proud sponsor of the 3rd annual Philly Free Streets event. Philly Free Streets, a people-powered initiative of the City of Philadelphia, will block off several miles of vehicular traffic along Broad Street on August 11th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The car-free route spanning several miles from City Hall to Erie Avenue will create a connection between Center City and North Philadelphia where people can bike, walk or play to explore the neighborhoods. This event …

— With warm weather in the forecast it is always nice to get outside. When you’re out and about this spring and summer, look for AARP Pennsylvania in the Pittsburgh community at several exciting events. Whether its service or enjoying some quality time with members of the city and surrounding counties, you can count on AARP being there. Keep a special lookout for us at the upcoming OpenStreets events and PrideFest! Join us at any of these listed events in your …

— 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 …