Monthly Archives: September, 2015

“Is It Old Age, or A.D.H.D.?”

ADHD-blogAudrey Niffenegger

by Judith Berck – New York Times blog

“The 73-year-old widow came to see Dr. David Goodman, an assistant professor in the psychiatry and behavioral sciences department at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, after her daughter had urged her to ‘see somebody’ for her increasing forgetfulness. She was often losing her pocketbook and keys and had trouble following conversations, and 15 minutes later couldn’t remember much of what was said.

“But he did not think she had early Alzheimer’s disease. The woman’s daughter and granddaughter had both been given a diagnosis of A.D.H.D. a few years earlier, and Dr. Goodman, who is also the director of a private adult A.D.H.D. clinical and research center outside of Baltimore, asked about her school days as a teenager.”

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Department of Aging wrap-up for Friday, September 25, 2015

PA department of aging logo

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 September 25  newsletter.

Lancaster County Link partners seen at today’s 50 Plus EXPO

Visitors to the On-Line Publishers’ Lancaster County 50 Plus EXPO held today at Spooky Nook Sports had ample opportunity to connect with a host of Lancaster County resources providers; many of the providers who had displays at the EXPO are Link to Aging and Disability Resources partners in the Lancaster or Lebanon partners’ networks.

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YOUR FEEDBACK IS REQUESTED ON THIS CONCEPT PAPER | Pennsylvania Community HealthChoices Program


This document contains …

the commonwealth’s design for Community HealthChoices (CHC).The commonwealth invites feedback on this document from participants, advocacy organizations, providers, managed care organizations, care coordination agencies, legislators, family members and other interested members of the public. Feedback received will be used to finalize the program design and issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) in November 2015.

Feedback is due by 6:00 PM on Friday, October 16, 2015

Please submit your written feedback by mail or email.

By mail, please address to:
April Leonard
Office of Long-Term Living
Bureau of Policy and Regulatory Management
PO Box 8025
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8025

By email, please send your comments to: and include “Community HealthChoices” in the subject line.

This document is available in alternative formats.

To request an alternative format, please call the department of Human Services, Office of Long-Term Living, 717.783.8412.

Persons with a disability who require an auxiliary aid or service may submit comments via the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at

800.654.5984 (TDD users) 800.654.5988 (voice users).

“Stress hormone might play a role in Alzheimer’s” – Futurity

stress hormone“These softer, non-genetic factors that may confer risk of Alzheimer’s disease are much harder to address,” says Todd Golde. “But we need more novel approaches in the pipeline than we have now.” (Credit: David Salafia/Flickr)

“Researchers have uncovered more evidence of a link between the brain’s stress response and a protein related to Alzheimer’s disease.

“A new study with a mouse model and human cells shows that a stress-coping hormone released by the brain boosts the production of protein fragments known as amyloid beta that clump together and trigger the brain degeneration that leads to Alzheimer’s disease.

“The findings contribute to further understanding the potential relationship between stress and Alzheimer’s disease, a disorder believed to stem from a mix of genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors and strengthen the idea of a link between stress and Alzheimer’s disease.”

Continue reading this article at

reading, libraries and end-of-life

This morning one of our Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area partners sent this text message to us:
Interesting- thought you would be interested in this article/book

The article referenced in the above link, “Summer read sparks end-of-life discussion”, brings continuing attention to the discussion about end-of-life awareness and the need to understand that it comes to each of us.

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“For the third year in a row WITF’s Transforming Health teams up with Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central PA and the Central PA library systems to present the ‘Summer Read’. The goal is to ignite meaningful dialogue around aging, death, and what it means to grow old in the 21st century. Through September, the public is invited to participate in ‘A Summer Read’, a unique program encouraging residents to visit local libraries to borrow Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End written by bestselling author Atul Gawande and hold discussions with their book clubs, friends, family and colleagues.” – SOURCE:

“After reading the book, use the discussion guide to continue the conversation with other readers.

Visit any of the following libraries to borrow the book and complete the survey. Surveys are also available online.

Library System of Lancaster CountyLebanon County Library System

The PBS series about end-of-life was aired earlier this year on Frontline: Being Mortal.


Having difficulty hearing? Hearing loss is a common problem. Here are some resources for you.

What is hearing loss?

Hearing loss is a common problem caused by noise, aging, disease, and heredity. Hearing is a complex sense involving both the ear’s ability to detect sounds and the brain’s ability to interpret those sounds, including the sounds of speech. Factors that determine how much hearing loss will negatively affect a person’s quality of life include

  • the degree of the hearing loss
  • the pattern of hearing loss across different frequencies (pitches)
  • whether one or both ears is affected
  • the areas of the auditory system that are not working normally—such as the middle ear, inner ear, neural pathways, or brain
  • the ability to recognize speech sounds
  • the history of exposures to loud noise and environmental or drug-related toxins that are harmful to hearing
  • age.

A Common Problem in Older Adults

Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. Approximately 17 percent, or 36 million, of American adults report some degree of hearing loss.

There is a strong relationship between age and reported hearing loss: 18 percent of American adults 45-64 years old, 30 percent of adults 65-74 years old, and 47 percent of adults 75 years old, or older, have a hearing impairment.

Men are more likely to experience hearing loss than women.

People with hearing loss may find it hard to have a conversation with friends and family. They may also have trouble understanding a doctor’s advice, responding to warnings, and hearing doorbells and alarms.

SOURCE: The National Institutes of Health Senior Institutes


The ( Hearing Loss Association of Pennsylvania State Office ( has information resources that may be helpful for you if you are experiencing hearing loss. Send an email for more information:

There are local chapters, too.

  • Lancaster County – Meets on the third TUESDAY of the month, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., in the months of March, April, May, and September, October, and November. Brethren Village Retirement Center
  • Lebanon County – HLAA Lebanon County, a support group for hard of hearing people,meets the 4th Tuesday of each month (except July, August and December) at 7:00 p.m.,in Freeman Auditorium, Cornwall Manor, Cornwall, Pa.

hearing loss brochures

Department of Aging wrap-up for Friday, September 18, 2015

PA department of aging logo

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 September 18  newsletter.

“How Low Should Your Blood Pressure Be? New study shows fewer heart attacks and deaths in those with lower BP” – nextavenue


“Since an estimated one in three people in the United States has high blood pressure, which puts them at risk for heart disease and stroke, kidney failure and other health problems, determining an ideal blood pressure is vital.

“According to a new study, which was ended more than a year early because of ‘potentially lifesaving information,’ the optimal number may be lower than the current blood pressure guidelines, researchers said Friday.

“Currently, a systolic reading of less than 140 mmHg for healthy adults and 130 mm Hg for adults with kidney disease or diabetes is recommended.”

Continue reading this nextavenue article, click here.

Department of Aging wrap-up for Friday, September 11, 2015

PA department of aging logo

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 September 11  newsletter.