Monthly Archives: January, 2015

Department of Aging wrap-up for Friday, January 30, 2015

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Each week the Pennsylvania Department of Aging 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 January 30  newsletter.

“He Asked 1500+ Elders For Advice On Living And Loving. Here’s What They Told Him.” – The Huffington Post


by Nico Pitney | Huffington Post

“Karl Pillemer has spent the last several years systematically interviewing hundreds of older Americans to collect their lessons for living.

“Pillemer admits he’s an advice junkie. He’s also a Ph.D. gerontologist at Cornell University.

“Some years ago, after turning 50, he wondered whether there is something about getting older that teaches you how to live better. ‘Could we look at the oldest Americans as experts on how to live our lives?’ he asked. ‘And could we tap that wisdom to help us make the most of our lifetimes?’

“His first book, ‘30 Lessons for Living,’ synthesized advice from over 1,000 elders on topics like happiness, work, and health.

“Now Pillemer has followed up with ‘30 Lessons for Loving,’ which features practical wisdom from over 700 older Americans with 25,000 collective years of marriage experience. One couple he profiles was married for 76 years. Another interviewee describes divorcing her husband, then remarrying him 64 years later.”

Click here to read this Huffington Post article in its entirety.


Lancaster County Link partners near 90!

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The collaborative partner list in Lancaster County is approaching the 90 mark; click here to see the complete list of core and collaborative partners.

Here are the most recent partners:

These core and collaborative partners constitute the Lancaster County partner network of resource providers of the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources. The Link network of Lancaster County agencies/entities/organizations provides information and resources for persons aged 60 and over; persons with a disability; veterans; family members and caregivers.

If you would like more information about how to become a collaborative partner (there’s no cost) or to align with any county partners’ network in the Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area, text or call the Lancaster County coordinator, 717.380.9714.

Or email

There is no charge to become a collaborative partner with the Lancaster County Partners of the Pennsylvania Link To Aging and Disability Resources.

The best states to grow old in & the worst states to grow old in – 24/7 Wall St.

“The U.S. elderly population is growing rapidly. The number of Americans 65 and older grew from 35 million in 2000 to 41.4 million in 2011 and to an estimated 44.7 million in 2013. This trend is expected to continue as members of the baby boomer generation reach retirement age.

“While it can be difficult to grow old in some U.S. states, life for seniors is often far worse in many other countries. Still, the United States will face increasingly large challenges. In the coming years, state officials, families, and individuals will need to pay more attention to the needs of the elderly — to improve medical care, access to services, infrastructure, or other amenities.” – 24/7 Wall St. article

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“Obama’s middle-class economics: where’s the affordable housing?” – The Conversation

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MIA from US housing policy. Shutterstock

“President Barack Obama, in his annual address to the country last week, stressed the importance of keeping “the dream of homeownership alive for future generations of Americans.” One of the main ways he plans to do that involves lowering mortgage premiums.

“Renters, who make up about 35% of American households, as usual were left out in the cold.

“Although the speech stressed the importance of ‘helping folks’ afford a home, Obama never mentioned the importance of helping them find an affordable one, regardless of whether it’s rented or owned. Simply put, renters are largely invisible in federal housing initiatives.

“Instead, middle-class families were encouraged to plunge further into debt to chase the dream of homeownership. So much for ‘middle-class economics.’

“Still waiting to recover

“It has been more than 30 years since a president mentioned the need to increase affordable housing in a State of the Union address. In 1981, just days before he left office, Jimmy Carter argued that more money needed to be spent on rental vouchers and public housing. Since then, presidents have extolled the benefits of homeownership but have been unwilling to acknowledge why so many middle-class renters are unwilling or unable to buy houses.

“While wealthy American households can buy homes because most have recovered from the financial crisis, most households are still waiting to bounce back.”

Read this article at The Conversation in its entirety, click here.

“Expanding Social Security Is the Cheapest Way to Bring More Security to America’s Retirees” – Alternet

There are many ways to spread the cost of better benefits.

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from a new book, “Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All,” published by The New Press, 2015, all rights reserved.

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Department of Aging wrap-up for Friday, January 23, 2015


Newly appointed to the position of Secretary of the Department of Aging, acting Secretary Teresa Osborne, continues the Friday wrap-up.

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Each week the Pennsylvania Department of Aging 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 January 23  newsletter.

State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Forum – A report on the September 24, 2014 convocation

Within Recommendation 1 of the Pennsylvania State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders a goal was established by the Committee to hold an annual summit or forum in order to evaluate progress of the Plan, strengthen partnerships, build community support for the Plan, recognize excellence and identify next steps. The inaugural forum took place on September 24, 2014 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The Forum brought together over 150 participants, including government officials, Alzheimer’s Association chapters, other advocacy groups, and leading academic researchers. The keynote speaker was Dr. Randi Chapman, Director of State Affairs for the National Alzheimer’s Association. Breakout sessions for each of the seven (7) recommendations identified action steps for the implementation of the Plan. Due to the number of goals and strategies, the level of detail reported varied. This report provides a high-level overview of the concepts and discussions from the breakout sessions.

Click here or on the graphic below to download the summary report of the First Annual Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Forum.

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“Caregiver wage, overtime protections struck down” – disabilityscoop

“A federal judge has put a stop to a new rule requiring that in-home care workers assisting people with disabilities be paid minimum wage and overtime.

“U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said this week that the U.S. Department of Labor overstepped its authority when it moved to mandate pay protections for caregivers.

“Under a law dating to back to the 1970s, in-home care workers have been classified much like baby sitters and exempt from many wage protections. The Obama administration sought to change that, instituting regulations — which were set to take effect this month — mandating that the nation’s 2 million home care workers receive at least the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour and qualify for time-and-a-half for working more than 40 hours per week.

“Trade groups representing agencies that employ many in-home care workers challenged the new requirements and in two rulings — one in late December and a second this week — Leon put a halt to the Labor Department regulations.

“‘While the Department of Labor’s concern about the wages of home care providers is understandable, Congress is the appropriate forum in which to debate and weigh the competing financial interests in this very complex issue affecting many families,’ Leon wrote in his latest opinion.”

Read this article in its entirety here.

“7 Surprising Causes of High Blood Pressure” – next avenue

Salt, stress and drinking too much alcohol aren’t the only culprits


By Sheryl Kraft |

“Quick — what causes high blood pressure? The first culprits that pop into your mind are likely to be: eating too much salt, being stressed out all the time and alcohol abuse. And you would be right, but there are also less obvious causes of high blood pressure, a condition that affects about one in three, or 78 million, adults in the United States.

“‘The best data demonstrates that hypertension is almost unavoidable as we age,’ says Dr. Clyde Yancy, chief of cardiology and associate director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute in Chicago, Ill. ‘Once we reach age 55, we have a 90 percent chance of becoming hypertensive.’”

Click here to read more about the seven surprising causes.