Monthly Archives: May, 2015

At Older Americans Month ends, here is good to know info from the US Census Bureau

A meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens resulted in President John F. Kennedy designating May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month, encouraging the nation to pay tribute to older people across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter’s proclamation changed the name to Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate those 65 and older through ceremonies, events and public recognition.

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44.7 million

The number of people who were 65 and older in the United States on July 1, 2013. This group accounted for 14.1 percent of the total population.

98.2 million

Projected population of people 65 and older in 2060. People in this age group would comprise nearly one in four U.S. residents at that time. Of this number, 19.7 million would be 85 or older.

2.6 million

Projected number of baby boomers in 2060. At that time, the youngest baby boomers would be 96 years old.


The year in which, for the first time, the population 65 and older would outnumber people younger than 18 in the U.S.

Income and Poverty


The 2013 median income of households with householders 65 and older, up 3.7 percent from the previous year.


The percent of people 65 and older (4.2 million) who were in poverty in 2013.

Median net worth for householders 65 and older in 2011.


Percent supplemental poverty rate for those 65 and older, equating to 6.5 million people. Excluding Social Security would leave the majority of this population in poverty.

Serving Our Nation

9.3 million

Estimated number of people 65 and older who were veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces in 2013.



Labor force participation rate for men 65 and older in 2013, significantly higher than the rate for women 65 and older at 13.8 percent.

4.9 million

Number of full-time, year-round workers 65 and older with earnings in 2013, up from 1.5 million in 1993.



Proportion of people 65 and older in 2014 who had completed high school or higher education. S


Percentage of the population 65 and older in 2014 who had earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Marital Status and Living Arrangements


Percentage of people 65 and older who were married in 2014.


Percentage of people 65 and older in 2014 who were widowed.

Computer and Internet Use


The percentage of those 65 and older who reported living in homes with computers in 2013. Additionally, 62.4 percent accessed the Internet through a high-speed Internet connection.



Percentage of citizens 65 and older who reported casting a ballot in the 2012 presidential election.

Home ownership


Percentage of householders 65 and older who owned their homes as of fourth quarter 2014.

Services for the Older Population


Number of continuing care retirement communities in 2012. These businesses employed 426,109 workers and generated $27.7 billion in revenues. In 2007, there were 5,939 such establishments, employing 442,219 people and producing $26.0 billion in revenues. These establishments provide a range of residential and personal care services with on-site nursing care facilities for the elderly and other persons who are unable to fully care for themselves and the elderly and other persons who do not desire to live independently. Individuals live in a variety of residential settings with meals, housekeeping, social, leisure, and other services available to assist residents in daily living.

Number of business establishments providing services for the elderly and people with disabilities in 2012. These businesses employed 911,331 workers and generated $34.4 billion in revenues. In 2007, there were 20,433 such establishments, employing 621,545 people and producing $25.3 billion in revenues. Senior citizens centers are among the establishments in this industry.

On the Map


Percentage of Florida’s population that was 65 and older in 2013, followed by Maine (17.7 percent) and West Virginia (17.3 percent). Alaska had the lowest percentage (9 percent), followed by Utah (9.8 percent) and Texas (11.2 percent).


Percentage of the population in Sumter, Fla., that was 65 and older in 2013 – which led all of the nation’s counties and Chattahoochee, Ga. (3.8 percent) had the lowest percentage. Source:


The estimated July 1, 2014 population of The Villages, Fla., metro area. The Villages, located to the west of the Orlando metro area, was the nation’s fastest-growing metro area between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, with its population increasing by 5.4 percent. The metro area is home to one of the largest age-restricted retirement communities in the world.



The number of people age 100 and older counted by the 2010 Census.


For every 100 centenarian women, the number of centenarian men in 2010.


In 2010, percentage of centenarian men who lived with others in a household, the most common living arrangement for this group. For their female counterparts, the most common living arrangement was residing in a nursing home (35.2 percent).


Number of centenarians per 10,000 people in North Dakota in 2010. North Dakota was the only state with more than three centenarians per 10,000 people.

Department of Aging wrap-up for Friday, May 29, 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 May 29  newsletter.

“No home market in the country, indeed in the world, is quite like this one.” –

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“Some 20 million Americans live in mobile or manufactured home dwellings — that’s about the same as the population of New York City and São Paulo combined. These residents form the foundation of a $7 billion construction and real estate industry, according to a 2014 report from the market research firm IBISWorld.

“But this world exists on the fringes of the legal and economic systems most Americans take for granted. Between a mostly cash purchasing economy; a loan, insurance and tax structure that’s far from the norm; and a tradition of ownership that leaves many residents in limbo — Is it a house? A home on wheels? Do you pay taxes? Get tenants rights? — the whole world lacks stable scaffolding. This market, full of those with “transient incomes,” exists in a perpetual limbo, in an in-between state between known factors, explains MIT real estate economist Albert Saiz. Case in point: As the rest of the housing market is recovering from the 2008 financial crash, the manufactured home industry is plagued with bankruptcy and growing at only about a quarter of the rate of the rest of the market. Which, of course, induces a vicious cycle: skittish investors, even tougher loan situations.”

This is but one of the stories about the subject; click here to read this story in its entirety and other articles about “Trailer Park Nation.”

“Consider the Conversation 2 wins Silver Award of Excellence from Milwaukee Press Club”


On Friday, May 15th, Consider the Conversation 2: Stories about Cure, Relief, and Comfort won Silver in the category of “Best Public Affairs Program, Documentary or News Special” at the Milwaukee Press Club’s 85th Annual MPC Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism ceremony held at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.

Producers Terry Kaldhusdal and Michael Bernhagen were on hand for the ceremony and were honored to accept the award on behalf of the films’ patients and doctors whose stories continue to inspire us all.

American medicine’s success at fighting disease and extending life has created a new problem. That is, the vast majority of patients can now expect to die in a place (a hospital or nursing home) and in a way (with increased quantity, but reduced quality, of life) that most wouldn’t choose if only asked. Talking about dying, which is as natural as birth, is now taboo. And, the reality is patients and families are suffering needlessly. It is a problem we never intended to create and one that must be solved, but how?

Consider the Conversation 2: Stories about Cure, Relief, and Comfort explores the effect of American medicine’s success on the patient/doctor relationship and sheds light on the important role communication plays in helping both patient and doctor navigate the murky waters of severe chronic disease.

The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area partners network has purchased a copy of the groundbreaking film that has now won eleven awards – including two Bronze Tellys and the 2014 Global Film Awards Humanitarian Award as well as a copy of Consider the Conversation: A documentary on a taboo subject. Each film is available for showing by the Link partners’ network and your organization, entity or agency. To find out more about showing these films, text or call 717.380.9714 or complete this box to send an email.


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Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject.  This project sheds light on the 21st century American struggle with communication and preparation at life’s end.  Throughout the film, there are intimate accounts of the emotional, spiritual, physical and social burdens associated with the historical shift that has occurred with dying.  Forty years ago, most people experienced a quick death, but today we are more likely to suffer a slow, incremental dying process.

Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject examines multiple perspectives on end-of-life care and includes information and experiences gathered from interviews with patients, family members, doctors, nurses, clergy, social workers, and national experts from around the country.

Each film is available for showing by the Link partners’ network and your organization, entity or agency. To find out more about showing these films, text or call 717.380.9714 or by completing the above box to send an email.


The following message is from a news release from the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairsva logo

Many have heard the saying, “Poor is the Nation that has no heroes, but beggared is the Nation that has and forgets them.”

On this Memorial Day, let us pause to remember those who gave the last full measure of devotion for our Nation.  Let us remember the special nobility and grace of those who donned the uniforms of our country and sacrificed their lives during times of conflict.  Let us remember—as we renew our commitment to honor those we have lost—that, every day, dedicated men and women put their lives on the line to protect all of us.  We owe them all our deepest gratitude.

Over 70 years ago, on June 6, 1944, 175,000 American, Canadian, and British troops spearheaded the Allies’ assault against the forces of tyranny threatening millions of people across Europe.  Exposed to devastating fire on the beaches of Normandy, those brave souls established a beachhead, began the Allied march across Europe, and sent a message of hope across the continent.  That message, writ large by the hands of heroes, signaled Freedom’s triumph over evil and the preface to peace for a world too long at war.

From the opening rounds of the American Revolution, through the devastation of the Civil War, through World War I, World War II, and Korea, through Vietnam and Desert Storm, to those who have fought—and fight still today—so hard and valiantly in Afghanistan and Iraq, more than a million American Servicemembers have paid the ultimate price to secure the blessings of liberty for our Nation and our allies around the world.

As many of our National Cemetery Administration employees prepare our cemeteries, our national shrines, and work on Memorial Day activities to welcome our guests, I encourage all of us to show our support for Veterans and honor those who have passed by attending or participating in an event at a national cemetery near you.  For a complete listing, please visit:

At VA, we honor those lost in the way we care for those who returned home—and for their families and Survivors.  Thank you for all that you do for Veterans.  It is a privilege to serve with each one of you in fulfilling our sacred mission.

On this Memorial Day, may God bless our Veterans, their families, all of our VA employees and your families, and our great Nation.

Robert A. McDonald

The History of Memorial Day

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.

Click here to continue reading the history at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Website.

“Just How Dysfunctional Is Frail Elder Care in the U.S.?” –

by Joanne Lynn

“Very, very dysfunctional. You need evidence? Try these two tales.

“First, a remarkably illuminating piece of research was released on March 2 concerning the Meals on Wheels program. The title was ‘More than a Meal,’ and it showed that people who got warm meals home delivered by volunteers 5 days per week did better in many ways than people who got frozen food delivered once a week and much better than those who were on a wait list for Meals on Wheels. That finding was not surprising: Our mothers could and did tell us enough to expect that finding, though it is good to have it properly documented.

“What is so profoundly dysfunctional is that there were eight U.S. cities participating that each had waiting lists for Meals on Wheels of more than 6 months. That’s right: The program to provide food so that elderly people could stay at home, live with dignity, and count on a friendly face coming by on most days has a waiting list longer than many needy people’s life spans. What happens when cities build up 6-month waits for food? Most on the waiting list can’t shop; most can’t cook. Some neighbors help out. Some find enough money to get fast food. Many get sick or dizzy and end up in the emergency room, the hospital, and then a nursing home. All are hungry, and none thrive.

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Department of Aging wrap-up for Friday, May 22, 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 May 22  newsletter.

“Our Crazy Treatment of the Mentally Ill” – Town

crazy treatmentPHOTO SOURCE: Town Hall

“A Bronx man died in police custody last week after police responded to a 911 call. An Iraq combat veteran in El Paso, Texas, serving a two-day DWI sentence died after being subdued by guards. A woman died after being Tasered by sheriff’s deputies in a Fairfax, Va., cell.

“What they had in common, besides expiring abruptly while in the hands of law enforcement officers, is mental illness. Denis Reyes was afflicted by bipolar disorder. James Brown reported being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Natasha McKenna had a history of schizophrenia.

“We used to warehouse the mentally ill in overcrowded, unsafe asylums — ‘loony bins’ — where they often got crude or ineffectual treatment, if any, and endured violent abuse. But our civilization has moved past that primitive stage. Now we warehouse them in jails and prisons, where their conditions are often even worse.”

Read this article in its entirety at

NOTE: A Link partner sent this article to us following yesterday’s Lancaster County partners’ network “cross-training” meeting; Natalie Zimmerman’s presentation started the conversation. Natalie facilitated a cross-trainng program which included services and resources provided by Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania, a Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources partner organization.

Discharge Planning Checklist: For patients and their caregivers preparing to leave a hospital, nursing home, or other care setting

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) defines Transition of Care as “The movement of a patient from one setting of care (hospital, ambulatory primary care practice, ambulatory specialty care practice, long-term care, home health, rehabilitation facility) to another.”

It’s a good idea to know about the Transition of Care process; this Discharge Planning Checklist can be helpful for your or your family members.

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Click here or on the above graphic to download the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Discharge Planning Checklist.

The Joint Commission’s Transitions of Care Portal also contains a great deal of information about Transitions of Care.