Monthly Archives: September, 2014

November 18 & 19 – Hearing Loss EXPO 2014

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“Fighting to Honor a Father’s Last Wish: To Die at Home” – The New York Times

LAST WISHMaureen Stefanides at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital with her father, Joseph Andrey, waiting to move to a nursing home despite their efforts to arrange for 24-hour care at his apartment. Credit Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

“Joseph Andrey was 5 years old in 1927 when his impoverished mother sold him to the manager of a popular vaudeville act. He was 91 last year when he told the story again, propped in a wheelchair in the rehabilitation unit of a nursing home where it seemed as though age and infirmity had put a different kind of price on his head.

“Craning his neck, he sought the eyes of his daughter, Maureen Stefanides, who had promised to get him out of this place. ‘I want to go home, to my books and my music,’ he said, his voice whispery but intense.

“He was still her handsome father, the song-and-dance man of her childhood, with a full head of wavy hair and blue eyes that lit up when he talked. But he was gaunt now, warped like a weathered plank, perhaps by late effects of an old stroke, certainly by muscle atrophy and bad circulation in his legs.

“Now she was determined to fulfill her father’s dearest wish, the wish so common among frail, elderly people: to die at home.”

Click here to read this New York Times article in its entirety.

“What Happens When We All Live to 100?” – The Atlantic

“The number of Americans 65 or older could reach 108 million in 2050. That’s like adding three more Floridas, inhabited entirely by seniors.”

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Make time to read this article in the September 17 issue of The Atlantic. Living to 100 and more, according to the article is something that will happen. The article mentions the studies being done at the Buck Institute.

“Most Americans have never heard of the Buck Institute, but someday this place may be very well known.

“Buck is not alone in its pursuit. The University of Michigan, the University of Texas, and the University of California at San Francisco are studying ways to slow aging, as is the Mayo Clinic. Late in 2013, Google brought its trove of cash into the game, founding a spin-off called the California Life Company (known as Calico) to specialize in longevity research. Six months after Calico’s charter was announced, Craig Venter, the biotech entrepreneur who in the 1990s conducted a dramatic race against government laboratories to sequence the human genome, also founded a start-up that seeks ways to slow aging.”


The many sides of “Why I hope to die at 75”

Perhaps you’ve not read the article in the recent issue of The Atlantic.

Ezekeil J. Emanuel, “director of the Clinical Bioethics Department at the U.S. National Institutes of Health and heads the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania”, wrote this article: “Why I hope to die at 75: An article that society and families – and you – will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly.”

Of course, everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion on any topic.

As expected, numerous counter arguments and articles have endorsed or rejected his article.

“Why one prominent doctor says, ‘ hope to die at 75’” – CBS News

“Scholar Zeke Emanuel says he wants to die at 75. Here’s why this author hope to live.” – column, The Washington Post

Washington Post columnist, Ruth Marcus, asks “Why set a deadline on life?”

“… age is no absolute barometer for human vitality and dignity,” writes columnist Victor Hanson.

A few weeks ago, this Washington Post article stated, “The country’s system for handling end-of-life care is largely broken and should be overhauled at almost every level, a national panel concluded in a report released on Wednesday.”

Dr. Emanuel is the son of Benjamin M. Emanuel and Marsha (Smulevitz) Emanuel, and is a divorced father of three daughters. His two younger brothers are Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and Hollywood-based talent agent Ari Emanuel. He has an adopted sister, Shoshana Emanuel. His father’s brother, Emanuel, was killed in the 1936 Arab Riots in the British Mandate of Palestine, after which the family changed its name from Auerbach to Emanuel in his honor. – Wikipedia

Indiantown Gap National Cemetery information

At the VA town hall meeting earlier this week, representatives from the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery provided information with veterans and family members.

Indiantown Gap National Cemetery

Click here or on the above graphic to view and/or download the brochure they made available.

Click here to be redirected to the National Cemetery Administration for even more information.


“A Practical Ministry” – A pastor addresses the needs of his congregation

“Mental Health First Aid is an in-person training that teaches you how to help people developing a mental illness or in a crisis.”Mental Health First Aid Website

“Nathan Krause quickly discovered that opportunities to use his Mental Health First Aid training were abundant among his church members: “I come in contact with various individuals who are having a mental health crisis, either themselves or in their family.”

“While he admits that he had previous notions about mental illness and the stigma often associated with it, “the training helped me understand that it’s never a hopeless situation. Mental Health First Aid has been very effective in helping me understand those stigmas, address them, and dismiss them,” and he now feels as though he knows ‘how to have a dialogue with somebody who might be experiencing a crisis.” Read more of Nathan’s story here.

Mental Health America of Lancaster, Philhaven and the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources have collaborated to bring four iterations of Mental Health First Aid training sessions to Lancaster. Click here to get more information.

Three blind warriors continue to serve in the United States Army

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During the Spirit of America production at the Giant Center last night, Army Special Forces Captain Ivan Castro was introduced; the officer is one of three blind warriors serving with the United States Army.

You can still get FREE tickets to see the United States Army’s Spirit of America production; two shows today at the Giant Center in Hershey. Although Spirit of America is a FREE event, you must obtain a ticket for the location, date and time you want to attend. Today, September 27, there are shows at 2 pm and at 7:20 pm – Visit the Giant Center Box Office to get your free tickets.

Here are three articles about Captain Castro and other blind soldiers:

Department of Aging wrap-up for Friday, September26, 2014

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Each week the Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Aging, Brian M. Duke, releases a Friday newsletter with information relevant to activities, issues and events for older Pennsylvanians and persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth.

Click here to read the September 26  newsletter.

“How to Help Seniors Give Up the Car Keys”


“The decline of cognitive function that comes with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias should not limit a senior’s ability to maintain some independence, even if they have to give up driving. As a senior caregiving professional, you can play a crucial role in assessing a client’s driving ability and helping them transition to using alternative modes of transportation. The key lies in offering a variety of options to help seniors continue to get around.

“Family members may ask to enlist your aid in starting the “car keys” conversation with their loved one. Because seniors tend to respect the authority of a physician or other caregiving professional regarding these matters, they often hear “you need to stop driving” better when it comes from a doctor rather than a family member.

“If you have this conversation with a senior, be empathetic. Imagine how you might feel if you couldn’t drive to work or to the grocery store tomorrow. Consider how limited you might feel if you were not able to come and go from your home at will. By approaching the issue from an empathetic standpoint, you may find the senior becomes more open to hearing you.”

Read this article at in its entirety.

“8 Herbs and Spices That Fight Disease” – next avenue

“These seasonings can protect you from Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and more”

8 spices

(This article previously appeared on

“You already know how important your diet is for health; you know to eat your greens and sample a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day. But do you know that your spice cabinet and herb garden may provide you with powerful protection against disease, as well? Read on to discover eight common pantry items that deliver uncommon health benefits.

Some words of caution: Do not attempt to self-administer these herbs and spices as a cure. While a sprinkle or two in your meal may be good for you (and delicious), eating them in large quantities can pose problems. The therapeutic doses used to produce results in the following controlled studies are a promising step toward proving their worth as remedies in clinical trials. Talk to your doctor about how you can reap the benefits of herbs and spices, and be sure to ask your pharmacist about foods that may trigger reactions or otherwise work against your prescription drugs.”

Read this next avenue article in its entirety, click here.