— 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!

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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 …

— ICYMI: AARP in Your Community – Philadelphia 2018 AARP Pennsylvania is making an impact, right here in Philadelphia and the surrounding region, by participating in local events and connecting with the 50+ community. Here’s a sample of what AARP Pennsylvania staff and volunteers have been up to in the past few months.   Wawa Welcome America AARP Pennsylvania staff and volunteers spent the sunny day at the Independence Mall in Philadelphia. An event flooded with attendees looking to celebrate the birth …

— Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. And it’s not hard to imagine, given all the data breaches in the news lately. Combating fraud is a priority for AARP Pennsylvania and that is why we are launching Operation: Stop Scams. Identity thieves routinely search through dumpsters and trash cans, looking for confidential information. Shredding confidential documents you no longer need is one good way to protect yourself, and the AARP Fraud Watch Network wants to help. AARP Pennsylvania is hosting …

— Warm weather is approaching. At least that’s what we’re hoping! From spring through summer, AARP Pennsylvania is going to have a huge presence at events in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. Some big events to look out for over the upcoming months are PIFA, the Pride Festival, and ODUNDE. Join us at any of these events in your local community.   Asian Heritage Month Celebration – 38th Annual North American Chinese Basketball Tournament Friday, May 25th thru Monday, May 28th, 2018 …

— Scam Jam Program On March 14, AARP Pennsylvania staff and volunteers teamed up with Westinghouse SURE to host an educational program aimed at addressing the major issues surrounding fraud, scams and identity theft that impact the 50+ community. The discussion was monitored by KDKA TV personality, Jon Delano. The event included speakers such as acting PA Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman; Consumer Liaison of the PA Department of Insurance, David Buomo; and David P. Shallcross of the PA Office of the …

— Scams in which fraudsters pretend to be employees of the Internal Revenue Service are the most common complaint seniors reported to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging’s fraud hotline in 2017, according to a report released this week at a hearing. Robocalls and sweepstakes scams were second and third on the list. “In IRS scams, criminals impersonate IRS staff and demand payment for back taxes,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), committee chair, explained at the hearing. “These scammers are absolutely …

— As we prepare to mark National Consumer Protection Week from March 4-10, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General (OAG) and AARP Pennsylvania want to share ways you can protect yourself and your family from scam artists and criminals looking to rip you off. Too many Pennsylvanians become victims of fraudulent telemarketers and a wide variety of scams. In fact, research shows someone’s identity is stolen online every three seconds. To help you keep telephone scammers at bay, OAG operates the …

— With Or Without HQ2: Making Your Community More Livable Could Be Growth’s Secret Sauce By Bill Johnston-Walsh It was headline news recently all across North America: Amazon has narrowed its list of sites for HQ2, its second headquarters, to 20 finalist cities which includes Philadelphia. There’s a lot at stake: The winning HQ2 community could see 53,000 new jobs, $25.7 billion in payroll to Amazon employees and scores of other new companies locating nearby to do business with the online …

— The excitement was evident in Philadelphia recently as AARP PA hosted a free screening of the highly anticipated Disney-Marvel film, “Black Panther.” “Run, don’t walk,” said Darryl Green (pictured), excited to participate in the AARP Movies for Grownups outing celebrating Black History Month. “See you there in a Dashiki!” AARP PA staff and volunteers connected with more than 100 invited movie-goers to view Hollywood’s first cinematic production with a predominantly all-black, superhero cast. “It’s awesome and very well done,” said …