— 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!

— More than 80,000 older Pennsylvanians are raising their grandchildren when parents cannot. Pennsylvania allows grandparents and others to petition the court for custody in certain situations. Depending on your specific circumstances, you may be able to ask for physical custody or control and/or legal custody giving you the right to make decisions in the child’s best interest. The court may consider if: The child is substantially at risk due to parental abuse, neglect or incapacity, drug or alcohol abuse The …

—   Saturday April 13 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Continental Paper Grading 3350 Concord Road York, PA  17402     Pre-registration is encouraged at aarp.cvent.com/ShredFestYork or call 1-877-926-8300. This event is open to the public. There is no limit on paper shredding, but we cannot accept electronic recyclable materials. Attendees are also encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to benefit the York County Food Bank. Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. And it’s not hard to imagine, given all …

— AARP Pennsylvania will be in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg at noon on Wednesday, April 10, for a rally to help more older adults receive services they need to remain in their homes and to press for a long-overdue update to the state’s Older Adult Protective Services Act. Currently, older adults rely on state lottery proceeds to fund home- and community-based programs and services. The money is allocated during the state budget process. The new budget is due by Sunday, …

— The bipartisan measure would help employees battle age discrimination Legislation introduced on Thursday would help restore federal age-discrimination protections in the workplace that lawmakers and advocates say were eroded by the Supreme Court. The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA) was introduced by bipartisan teams of legislators in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. POWADA effectively would reverse a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision that made it more difficult for older workers to prove they were discriminated …

— 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 …

— The 2019 Vision Zero Legislative Breakfast was held on January 31 to present state and city legislative opportunities to make Philadelphia streets safer in 2019. Hosted by AARP Pennsylvania, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, and Families for Safe Streets Greater Philadelphia, the event was well attended by state and city representatives, business leaders and advocates. The event featured several speakers, including State Rep. Mary Jo Daley (Pa-148), West Chester Police Chief Scott Brohn, AARP Pennsylvania’s Manager of Outreach and …

— Nearly seven million Latinos in the U.S. provide unpaid care to an aging or older loved one. Many Latino family caregivers see caregiving responsibilities simply as something family members do for one another, and do not seek outside help. AARP and the Ad Council offer support with a new PSA campaign, encouraging Latino caregivers nationwide to access free Care Guides, self-care tips, planning resources, legal and financial guidance, and more.  “Juggling work, personal and caregiving responsibilities can be highly stressful, …

— The Pennsylvania House Professional Licensure Committee is currently considering Senate Bill 780, which would offer state residents more options for health care through telemedicine. It’s time for Pennsylvania to join 25 other states that have already improved access to quality health care by requiring insurers to offer coverage for telemedicine-provided services comparable to that of in-person services.  Telemedicine will expand the availability of health care and home and community based-services (HCBS) and increase the choice of providers, especially in rural …

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— Harrisburg, PA –AARP Pennsylvania today applauded an order by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission that will require 17 electric, natural gas, water and wastewater utility companies to return $320 million to consumers due to changes in Federal Tax law that took effect on Jan. 1. Back in March, AARP Pennsylvania asked the PUC to adjust current customer utility bills to reflect changes in corporate tax obligations included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. That law lowered the …