Monthly Archives: April, 2016

Millersville University Event: An Evening with Dr. Christina Crosby

Here’s an upcoming important event being hosted by the President’s Commission on Gender & Sexual Diversity, Women & Gender Studies at Millersville University and the Office of Diversity & Social Justice.

Dr. Christina Crosby will speak on Tuesday April 26, 2016 at 7:00pm in Myers Auditorium, McComsey Hall at Millersville University. This is free and open to the public.

Dr. Christina Crosby has worked at Wesleyan University since 1982, where she is Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her subfields are Victorian studies and Feminist Studies.  She has published The Ends of History: Victorians and the ‘Woman Question’ and essays and reviews in Victorian Studies, PMLA, College English, and elsewhere. Her current book project is autobiographical: “An Account of Myself,” an exploration of living with a spinal cord injury, drawing on feminist theories of embodiment, queer phenomenology, and critical disability studies.”

Click here to read In Books, a Lifeline, her background and experience will provide an interesting context and subject matter for her visit.

Also you may want to read The New Yorker Magazine article, “A Professor’s Memoir Inside a Ravaged Body.”


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“Not Taught in Med School: Interpreting Dreams of the Dying” -next avenue


“A hospice doctor’s TEDx Talk about his research on end-of-life dreams”

by Emily Gurnon – next avenue

“When Dr. Christopher Kerr was a young physician, he visited a patient he calls Tom, who was very ill. Outside the room, Kerr told a nurse they could try antibiotics — that Tom had more time.

“‘Nope, he’s dying,’ the nurse replied, without even looking up.

“How did she know? Kerr asked.

“ ‘Because he’s seen his deceased mother,’ the nurse said.

“Kerr, chief medical officer at Hospice Buffalo in New York, discovered he needed to learn more about what end-of-life experiences meant.

“He then led a research team from the Palliative Care Institute in Cheektowaga, N.Y. in a long-term study on dreams and visions in the dying. Based on extensive interviews with people who were dying, they examined what their dreams and visions consisted of, whether they perceived them as positive or negative and whether the dreams might serve as a predictor of when death would come.”

Continue reading this next avenue article and watch the TEDTalk video, click here.

“Older Americans Act Reauthorization signed into law”

We are very pleased to share with you that, today, President Obama signed into law S.192, the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016. As stated by NASUAD’s Executive Director, Martha Roherty, “NASUAD and our membership are very grateful to the President, Members of Congress, and their staff who have worked tirelessly to pass this important piece of legislation. We particularly want to thank the President for his support of older persons and individuals with disabilities.

“The legislation includes many important provisions which seek to modernize the OAA to reflect the current and future realities of the Aging Network. NASUAD is very supportive of the language that amends the Act to promote state flexibility, person-centeredness, and cultural and linguistic competence in the administration and delivery of OAA services. Additionally, NASUAD supports the provisions in the bill to increase elder justice efforts across the country. We are also supportive of the increased funding authorizations for crucial OAA services.”

Of note for I&R/A professionals, the bill recognizes the important role of information and referral in serving older adults and persons with disabilities through Aging and Disability Resource Centers, which are defined as follows:

“(4) The term ‘Aging and Disability Resource Center’ means an entity, network, or consortium established by a State as part of the State system of long-term care, to provide a coordinated and integrated system for older individuals and individuals with disabilities (as defined in section 3 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12102)), and the caregivers of older individuals and individuals with disabilities, that provides-

“(A) comprehensive information on the full range of available public and private long-term care programs, options, service providers, and resources within a community, including information on the availability of integrated long-term care services, and Federal or State programs that provide long-term care services and supports through home and community-based service programs;

“(B) person-centered counseling to assist individuals in assessing their existing or anticipated long-term care needs and goals, and developing and implementing a person-centered plan for long-term care that is consistent with the desires of such an individual and designed to meet the individual’s specific needs, goals, and circumstances;

“(C) access for individuals to the full range of publicly-supported long-term care services and supports for which the individuals may be eligible, including home and community-based service options, by serving as a convenient point of entry for such programs and supports; and

“(D) in cooperation with area agencies on aging, centers for independent living described in part C of title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 796f et seq.), and other community-based entities, information and referrals regarding available home and community-based services for individuals who are at risk for residing in, or who reside in, institutional settings, so that the individuals have the choice to remain in or to return to the community.”

To access the legislation, visit:


terms & definitions | ADRC

terms and definitions

The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources an Aging and Disability Resource Center.

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These terms, and others, are identified and defined in the Older Americans Act of 1965 and amended in 2006.

The term ‘Aging and Disability Resource Center’ means an entity established by a State as part of the State system of long-term care, to provide a coordinated system for providing –

  • comprehensive information on the full range of available public and private long-term care programs, options, service providers, and resources within a community, including information on the availability of integrated long-term care;
  • personal counseling to assist individuals in assessing their existing or anticipated long-term care needs, and developing and implementing a plan for long-term care designed to meet their specific needs and circumstances; and
  • consumers access to the range of publicly-supported long-term care programs for which consumers may be eligible, by serving as a convenient point of entry for such programs.

The term ‘at risk for institutional placement’ means, with respect to an older individual, that such individual is unable to perform at least 2 (two) activities of daily living without substantial assistance (including verbal reminding, physical cuing, or supervision) and is determined by the State involved to be in need of placement in a long-term care facility.

The term ‘neglect’ means-

  • the failure of a caregiver (as defined in paragraph (18)(B) or fiduciary to provide the goods or services that are necessary to maintain the health or safety of an older individual; or
  • self-neglect.

The term ‘‘nonprofit’’ as applied to any agency, institution, or organization means an agency, institution, or organization which is, or is owned and operated by, one or more corporations or associations no part of the net earnings of which inures, or may lawfully inure, to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.

The term ‘‘older individual’’ means an individual who is 60 years of age or older.

The term ‘State system of long-term care’ means the Federal, State, and local programs and activities administered by a State that provide, support, or facilitate access to long-term care for individuals in such State.



Profile America Facts for Features: Older Americans Month: May 2016

The United States Census Bureau provided this information.

President Kennedy first celebrated older Americans by designating May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month. After a meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens, Kennedy encouraged all Americans to pay tribute to older people across the country. Every President since has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May in support of older Americans. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter’s proclamation changed the name to Older Americans Month. This month continues to be a time to celebrate those 65 and older through ceremonies, events and public recognition.

46.2 million

The number of people who were 65 and older in the United States on July 1, 2014. This group accounted for 14.5 percent of the total population. The 65 and older population grew from 44.7 million in 2013. Source: 2014 Population Estimates <> <>

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. Source: 2014 National Population Projections, Table 3 <>

2.4 million

Projected number of baby boomers in 2060. At that time, the youngest baby boomers would be 96 years old. Source: Population Estimates and Projections <>


The year in which, for the first time, the population 65 and older would outnumber people younger than 18 in the U.S. Source: 2014 National Population Projections <>

Income and Poverty


The 2014 median income of households with householders 65 and older. Source: Income and Poverty in the United States: 2014, Table 1 <>


The percent of people 65 and older who were in poverty in 2014. Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2014, Table 3 <>


The median net worth for householders age 65 and older in 2011. Source: Survey of Income and Program Participation, Net Worth and Asset Ownership of Households: 2011 <> Continue reading →

Friday Wrap-Up, April 15, 2016 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

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Check out the listings of events for the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources partners’ networks in Berks, Lancaster and Lebanon Counties.

Click here to read the entire newsletter

Webinar on April 20: The Role of the Aging and Disability Networks in Serving Veterans through the Veterans Choice Act

Join the Administration for Community Living and Veterans Health Administration on Wednesday for a webinar on opportunities for Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, and State Units on Aging to serve veterans using Veterans Choice Act funds. Learn about the VA’s December 2015 final rule allowing the aging and disability networks to serve as providers for VA-funded services and the work ACL and VA have been doing to position the networks for this opportunity.


  • Kevin Foley, VA Choice Program Manager, Administration for Community Living
  • Dan Schoeps, Director, Purchased Long Term Services and Supports, Geriatrics and Extended Care, Veterans Health Administration

The webinar is the first focused on serving our nation’s veterans.

Space for this Webinar is limited; please register by 5:30pm (EST) on Tuesday, April 19th.  This webinar will be recorded and made available to access on both the Administration for Community Living’s VD-HCBS webpage and through the Aging & Disability Resource Center/No Wrong Door Technical Assistance Exchange.

Click here to register.

If you have any questions or accommodation requests, please email:

“REV UP: Register, Educate, Vote and Use your Power”

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The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)  will advocate for policies that allow people with disabilities to fully participate in the political process, including ensuring the accessibility of polling locations and through promoting the availability of accessible voting technology.

Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power! Make the DISABILITY VOTE Count!

Click here for more information.

Cake … it’s an app | “CAKE is the easiest way to think about death. Own your future, gift your past at today.”


It’s new!

It’s catching the attention of lots of people. Maybe it’s for you … or your family?

“You may think CAKE is kind of a strange name for a service that helps you think through your end of life preferences.

“We chose the name because it articulates the two parts of our mission:
1) making it easy to
2) celebrate life.

“We wholeheartedly believe that expressing what you want at end of life is all about living well and celebrating life’s moments.  It’s about milestones–big and small–that we all experience.  Getting clear on what you want at end-of-life, and making sure your loved ones know, is not morbid at all: it’s a gift.  It grants you and the people you care about the freedom to savor every moment of your life.

“We also want this service to be as easy to use as possible–that is, a piece of CAKE :)”


“Becoming Trauma-Informed: What Does this Mean for Non-Clinical Staff?”

Addressing trauma is now the expectation, not the exception, in behavioral health and community organizations.  There is an urgency to spread the understanding of trauma far beyond the scope of the clinical and peer work force to ensure everyone in an organization is becoming trauma-informed.  But, what does “becoming trauma-informed” mean for direct care behavioral health and community providers?

Join the upcoming webinar to learn the basics of trauma and why all individuals working in behavior health and community services need to embrace trauma-informed care.  Explore the change in thinking and behavior that is at the core of “becoming trauma-informed.”  Learn how to apply this approach in everyday interactions and how it strengthens our programs and environments for everyone involved.

At the end of this training, participants will:

  • Be aware of the definition, prevalence and impact of trauma;
  • Be aware of the paradigm shift that is critical to becoming trauma-informed;
  • Increase their understanding of the need for everyone in an organization to embrace this approach;
  • Be able to identify three ways in which they can apply trauma-informed principles in their daily work.

National Council for Behavioral Health

Date: Tuesday, April 19th
Time: 2 pm ET
Duration: 1 hour