— 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 …

— 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 …

— AARP Pennsylvania wants to be sure members know that the deadline to apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program has been extended to Dec. 31. Residents 65 and older, widows and widowers 50 and older, and people with disabilities 18 and older may be eligible. The annual income limits are $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters, not counting half of the applicant’s Social Security income. Last year, nearly 600,000 Pennsylvanians received rebates of as much as $975 for …

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— More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians care for older parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on April 20, 2017, a new law takes effect that will make life a little bit easier for them. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act requires hospitals to: Provide …

— AARP Pennsylvania hosted an exclusive Mayoral Roundtable on Livability & Aging in the Lehigh Valley on June 7.  Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez and Easton Mayor Sal Panto, Jr. came together with residents and community leaders to discuss how communities can prepare for an aging population and steps they are taking to make their cities more livable for residents of all ages.   For the Morning Call’s coverage of the event, which includes a short video and …

— State Senate Approval of Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners Praised by AARP Pennsylvania AARP Pennsylvania praised members of the state Senate for approving legislation that will improve access to health care services by granting full practice authority to the state’s Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). Senate Bill 25, sponsored by State Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46), passed by a 39-10 vote on April 26 and will allow qualified APRNs to practice independently in their field of specialty after completing a …