— 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 …

— ICYMI: AARP in Your Community – York On May 24, York County members relived history at the city’s William C. Goodridge Freedom Center—an important stop on the nation’s underground railroad during the 19th century.  The historic property and museum served as the setting for a reception and educational program that attracted 115 AARP members. The highlight of the program was a presentation by a living history interpreter portraying the character of William C. Goodridge, a former slave who risked his …

— ICYMI: AARP in Your Community – Philadelphia and Surrounding Communities Philadelphia City Council Hosts Hearing on AARP-Endorsed Bill Improving Pedestrian Safety Back in April, AARP Pennsylvania was pleased to join Philadelphia City Council member Helen Gym for a public hearing on City Bill 161108 that would improve access to the city’s sidewalks and protected walkways–particularly when normal access is disrupted due to construction activity. During the hearing, AARP volunteers testified that a more walkable community allows Philadelphians of all ages …

—   Alzheimer’s robbed my mother of her identity, and gifted me with a new one: caregiver. I never wanted to be a caregiver – I don’t know that anyone does – but I accepted this new role and what it meant for my relationship with my mother and struggled from the very start. I had to learn how to continue being me while taking care of someone who was no longer herself – someone who, through the years, would become …

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— Fight Back Against Fraud! Every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen. But you can take steps to protect yourself. Fight back against fraud! Join us for free shredding events in Pennsylvania. AARP Pennsylvania is hosting a number of free shredding events where shredding services will be available to securely destroy your documents containing personal and sensitive information. You can also learn how to protect yourself from fraud and scams. Shredding services are free of charge and are open to the public. …

— Duquesne University’s SBDC is among 17 community-based organizations selected to receive funds to help older adults build the skills to work for themselves The AARP Foundation has awarded a generous grant to Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center to conduct Work for Yourself@50+℠ workshops in Pittsburgh. This national grant initiative is designed to help vulnerable older adults assess opportunities for self-employment, build skills and connect with resources that will enable them to generate income by working for themselves. The Duquesne University …

— AARP Pennsylvanian has played an active role in promoting livable communities in the western and southeast regions of the Commonwealth. While many communities are at different phases of engagement, the livable communities movement is gaining strength at the county and city-level. Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are making great strides towards becoming livable communities, while the Borough of West Chester recently received its age-friendly designation. Open Streets Philadelphia Free Streets – AARP PA was a proud sponsor of the inaugural …

—   One of the difficulties of discussing, debating, and advocating about issues in Harrisburg is the difficulty of making the concern you’re working on sound new and fresh to policymakers.  Long-term care may be the prime example of this – the impact of long-term care on individual Pennsylvania families who are faced with dealing with a loved one in need of long-term care is tremendous, and the impact on the Commonwealth’s budget, and ultimately on the state’s taxpayers, is also …

— In true Pennsylvania Dutch fashion, there was a smorgasbord of activity in Harrisburg this week while the legislature was in session and were negotiating the state budget with Governor Wolf. Here is a recap of some notable issues that could impact Pennsylvanians age 50 and older:   Has PA Made Progress on Addressing Alzheimers? A Capitol hearing room was packed on Wednesday, June 22 as Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne and Alzheimer’s advocates testified before the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee about …

— The World Health Organization declared June 15 World Elder Abuse Day and government officials in Pennsylvania took time away from the other issues being discussed and debated in the State Capitol during a very busy month to recognize and raise awareness about this important concern. A big part of the effort to raise awareness about elder abuse took place in the Capitol Rotunda, where Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack and Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne held a press conference for advocates …