— You’re invited to join AARP members from across Pennsylvania when we take over the State Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg for a rally at noon Wednesday, April 10. The rally is the centerpiece of AARP Pennsylvania’s Lobby Day at the State Capitol.  Preceding the Rotunda event, members will will be visiting with legislators to discuss issues face to face, including ways to reduce prescription drug costs, protect state lottery funds for senior programs and increase protections to prevent elder abuse. Here’s …

— By Hilary Appelman Bob Devers is so devoted to preparing taxes for others that even a recurrence of cancer last spring couldn’t keep him away. “I needed a goal,” said Devers, 72, of Myerstown. After surgery and radiation treatments for sinus cancer, by year’s end he was ready to return to his 13th year as an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteer, providing free tax help to Pennsylvanians. “It’s something I look forward to—the joy and sense of accomplishment,” said Devers, who …

— AARP PA officials recently presented State Treasurer Joe Torsella with the AARP Super Saver award for his work to help Pennsylvanians better save for retirement at meeting of the York County Economic Alliance Leadership Luncheon Series. The Super Saver award recognizes Torsella’s leadership in assembling a task force of legislators, business leaders and government officials that is studying how to improve retirement savings for state residents. AARP state and national experts are part of the Treasurer’s task force that is …

— As Valentine’s Day approaches and millions of Americans meet others on matchmaking websites, dating apps and social media, 28 percent of Pennsylvania residents polled in a new AARP survey reported that they, a family member or a friend have encountered attempted financial scams while seeking friendship or love interest online. To help empower people to take steps to protect themselves and their family members, the AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched an educational campaign to raise awareness of online-based relationship …

— Voters age 50 and older were the deciding factor in last year’s midterm elections, according to the National Election Pool Exit Poll results. The findings confirmed that 50-plus voters made up the majority of voters in Pennsylvania (57%) and 56 percent nationally. Candidates who ignored older voters, Pennsylvania’s most powerful voting group, paid a price on Election Day. Older voters held candidates accountable for not finding common ground on the issues that matter to them and their families. What they …

— A newly-released Politico-AARP poll shows Pennsylvania voters age 50 and over believe health care and protecting the future of Social Security will be the most important issues in determining how they cast ballots in next month’s mid-term elections. “Voters age 50 and over will once again most likely decide the mid-term elections, said Bill Johnston-Walsh, AARP’s Pennsylvania state director. “Candidates that connect with older voters should enjoy a significant advantage at the ballot box next month.” AARP has teamed with …

— By Cristina Rouvalis In the Nov. 6 election for governor, incumbent Tom Wolf (D), 69, and former state Sen. Scott Wagner (R), 63, are campaigning on markedly different approaches to issues affecting older people—health care, retirement savings plans, property taxes and Medicaid. Health care Wolf points to his success launching Community HealthChoices, a managed-care program for long-term Medicaid recipients. Thanks to this effort, 50,000 older people have been able to stay in their homes longer and avoid institutions. Wolf also …

— What if you could close down a city street and use it for a few hours of healthy community fun—without motor vehicles? You’d have OpenStreetsPGH, a series of free summer events that open up more than three miles of streets in downtown Pittsburgh for resident’s enjoyment. People of all ages can walk, bike, skate, dance, shop, sightsee, enjoy children’s activities, meet their neighbors and more. AARP Pennsylvania is cosponsoring the events, which are organized by businesses, nonprofit organizations and neighbors. …

— If the First Month of the Year is Any Indication, 2018 Could Turn Pennsylvania Politics Upside Down The history of Pennsylvania politics is full of colorful characters and maneuverings and intrigues that would make the poor little bill in the famous Schoolhouse Rock episode about the legislative process blush.  But 2018 could top the Commonwealth’s rather remarkable political past.  The headline this month is a ruling from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court invalidating Pennsylvania’s Congressional District boundaries and a further announcement …

— By AARP Pennsylvania State President Joanne Grossi As AARP Pennsylvania’s state president, I have the privilege of helping shape strategic priorities, building community partnerships with key decision makers and serving as AARP’s spokesperson in Pennsylvania. That means I’m fighting for you and your family on issues that matter most. I’m very proud to be part of a team of talented AARP staff and dedicated volunteers working at the state capitol and in communities statewide.  I wanted you to know our …