— 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 …

— By Hilary Appelman Earl Harvey moved into his 86-year-old mother’s Atlantic City home five years ago to help get her medical and financial situations in order. He knew that while his mother, who has dementia, did not need to be institutionalized, she couldn’t live alone. So Harvey, 62, a Philadelphia-based publisher who works from home, and whose three children are grown, became her full-time caregiver. “When my father died, he told me, ‘Take care of your mother,’ ” Harvey said. …

— Mayoral Roundtable AARP is working to make the cities of the Lehigh Valley the best place to live for people of all ages.  On June 7, AARP hosted Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez, and Easton Mayor Sal Panto for a unique conversation focused on improving the livability of their communities.  Dr. Rodney Harrell, the Director of the Office of Livability Thought Leadership in AARP’s Public Policy Institute, moderated the event, which was attended by 75 community leaders …

— 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 …

— By Hilary Appelman Every other Wednesday, Sandra Fair shows up at a community center in West Philadelphia to wash and chop vegetables to make soup. The recipes vary—minestrone, vegetarian chili, and kale and chickpea stew are favorites—but the camaraderie and mission are the same. The soup is distributed to hundreds of older residents, promoting both nutrition and a sense of community. Fair, 65, a former machine operator and concessions manager, said her participation in the Food & Company soup project, …

—   Philadelphia resident Joanne Grossi has recently been appointed as AARP Pennsylvania’s State President. In her new role, Grossi will help shape AARP’s strategic priorities, build community partnerships with key decision makers and serve as AARP’s principal volunteer spokesperson in Pennsylvania. Grossi brings more than 30 years’ experience in public health, public policy and legislative affairs to her new position. Most recently, she served as a Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she worked with federal, …

— On October 3, AARP Pennsylvania hosted a volunteer recognition event to thank the PA volunteers and recognize all of their hard work. Jean Purvis of Butler was selected to receive the 2016 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 …

— Every year, AARP honors an outstanding volunteer who is sharing his or her experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members with the Andrus Award for Community Service. Do you know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older that should receive AARP’s most prestigious volunteer award in Pennsylvania? The deadline has been extended to July 1, so please take a moment to nominate a volunteer now! For many years, AARP Pennsylvania has recognized our amazing volunteers …

— An informed consumer is better prepared to avoid fraud, and AARP Pennsylvania wants residents to have the information they need to safeguard their money. The state office’s award-winning Consumer Issues Task Force promotes financial security and consumer protection by informing people about misleading and abusive marketplace practices. These AARP volunteers travel around the state giving free presentations to community groups on topics such as online safety, identity theft and investment fraud. Older Americans are particularly susceptible to fraud, according to …

— March has been a busy month for the staff and volunteers of AARP Pennsylvania! As the weather started to warm up, so did our community outreach efforts. Here are a few highlights of our recent activities in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties: The Philadelphia Flower Show AARP Pennsylvania was a proud sponsor of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Flower Show in Philadelphia, which ran from March 5th to March 13th. Staff and more than 30 volunteers spoke to attendees about Life …