Monthly Archives: March, 2017

Friday Wrap-Up, March 31 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

From the newsletter:

“Under the (Trump Administration’s proposed budget cuts) released blueprint, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposed to receive nearly an 18% funding reduction, which would bring one of the government’s largest and most far-reaching departments to its lowest level in nearly two decades. HHS supports everything from medical research to drug safety to training the healthcare workforce. While the blueprint released did not specify any funding cuts to the Older Americans Act Services that are under HHS’ Administration for Community Living, some specific cuts have been announced, including: the elimination of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (administered by the U.S. Department of Labor), the Senior Corps Program (administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant; and a 20% cut to the National Institutes of Health, which would take away nearly $5.8 billion dollars from medical researchers at universities across the country who are diligently seeking cures for cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease just to name a few research items, and significantly decreases funding for health professions and nurse training programs.”

Each week the Office of the Secretary of Pennsylvania’s 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 download the March 31 newsletter.

Just released Field Guide to Managed Care – American Society on Aging

Click here to read The Field Guide to Managed Care: A Primer – a 74 page new field guide that features articles from numerous experts and explores the landscape of managed care. This resource explains what managed care is, why it is necessary, and how community-based organizations (CBOs) and healthcare entities are establishing partnerships and creating new opportunities. The Field Guide to Managed Care also includes case studies that detail lessons CBOs have learned in their experiences through managed care.

managed care field guide

Therapeutic couples retreats | FREE to ALL current and former service members

caron veterans healing

Click here: https://www.caron.org/our-programs/breakthrough-at-caron/specialized-programming/veterans-healing-through-connection

“States of Grace” [a journey of loss, relilience and renewal … and caregiving] | Tuesday, April 4 at the Ware Center

STATES OF GRACE

Click here for more details about the April 4 event and the APRIL 5 thru 7 “Symposium on Belonging” at Millersville University.

 

Special Webinar | “For Men Who Think of Sirens as Driving Music: Addressing the Emotional Needs of First Responders and Public Safety Officials. “

responder Webinar

click on the graphic to download as a .pdf file for sharing or printing.

Click here to register for the Webinar.

 

Information about the 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease & related disorders regional forum in Philadelphia on April 12

philly forum

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“Today’s Research on Aging: Family Caregiving” – Population Reference Bureau

“Although some people receive care from paid caregivers, most rely on unpaid assistance from families, friends and neighbors.” – SOURCE: “Caregiving Takes Many Forms” –  KRCU Public Radio

caregiving heart

“In the United States, the vast majority of care that allows older people to live in their own homes is provided by family members who do not receive pay for their services. As the older share of the population increases and people live longer with chronic disabling conditions, particularly dementia, meeting the care needs of older Americans will become more challenging for families.

This report highlights recent National Institute on Aging-supported research on the impact of caregiving on family members, the dynamics of caregiving within extended families, and the future need and availability of family care. As policies deemphasize nursing home care in favor of community-based long-term support services, a better understanding of the family’s central role in caregiving is needed.”

Click here to continue reading this report.

 

 

“Brain changes can leave seniors vulnerable to scams” – Futurity.org

“Nearly one in 20 older adults can expect to be financially exploited beyond age 60, an incidence rate that is higher than many age-related diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, and arthritis.”

senior scams

“Older adults who have fallen for scams by friends, relatives, or strangers behave just as their peers who have avoided rip-offs do. They are able to balance their checkbooks. They can remember and evaluate information. Their personalities are normal, and their arithmetic is fine.

“But their brains are different.

“For the first time, researchers have found a biological basis for financial exploitation in the elderly.”

Read this article in its entirety at Futurity.org.

Statewide Employment Opportunities for Veterans Employment Representatives (Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry)

veteran employment

Veterans Employment Representative 1 and Veterans Employment Representative 2

Employment Opportunities:  The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry currently has a grand total of five vacancies for Veterans Employment Representatives.  There is one vacancy for Veterans Employment Representative 1 in Philadelphia.  The agency is willing to fill this vacancy with a service-connected disabled veteran (job code VER1D) or an eligible veteran (job code 06370).  There are four vacancies for Veterans Employment Representative 2 — one in each of the following counties:  Allegheny, Berks, Butler, and Dauphin.  The agency is willing to fill these positions with a service-connected disabled veteran (job code VER2D), an eligible veteran (job code 06380) or an eligible spouse (job code VER2S).

Nature of Work for Veterans Employment Representative 1: You will provide job related information and outreach services to disabled veterans and other veterans to assist them in finding employment.  You will interview veterans, take employment requests from employers (job orders) and refer veterans to employers or other services.

In order to be considered for Veterans Employment Representative 1, applicants must pass the civil service exam for Veterans Employment Representative 1, and must show three years of responsible public contact work in veterans’ affairs or employment service work; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training.  College coursework can substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Nature of Work for Veterans Employment Representative 2You will provide job related information and outreach services to disabled veterans and other veterans to assist them in finding employment.  You will interview veterans, take employment requests from employers (job orders) and refer veterans to employers or other services.  You will also promote the employment of veterans through personal visits or formal presentations to companies, businesses, and veterans’ organizations.

In order to be considered for Veterans Employment Representative 2, applicants must pass the civil service exam for Veterans Employment Representative 2, and must show one year as a Veterans Employment Representative 1; OR 5 years of responsible public contact work in veterans’ affairs or employment service work; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training.  College coursework can substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Necessary Special Requirement (all job titles except VER1S and VER2S)

Completion of service in a branch of the United States Armed Forces separated with other than a dishonorable discharge.

Clarification of Necessary Requirement (all job titles except VER1S and VER2S)

This means you must have served on active duty for a period of more than 180 days and have been discharged or released with other than a dishonorable discharge or discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected compensated disability.

If you were a member of the Reserves or National Guard and had more than 180 days of active duty (not active duty for training) and were discharged or released with other than a dishonorable discharge or were released from active duty because of a service-connected compensated disability, you also meet this requirement.

Clarification of Necessary Requirement for VER1S and VER2S – Eligible Spouse

If you are the spouse of a veteran who died of service-connected disabilities or a spouse of an active duty veteran forcibly detained or missing in action (MIA) or a spouse of a 100% disabled veteran, you also meet the Necessary Special Requirement.

Starting Salary for Veterans Employment Representative 1$36,342/annually, plus benefits

Starting Salary for Veterans Employment Representative 2$41,135/annually, plus benefits

Have questions?  Please call Jeanne Block at (717) 772-1853.

How to ApplyApply online at www.scsc.pa.gov.  Log in to the Online Services section of the homepage.  Select View Open Announcements & Apply from the menu, and reference announcement #2014-078 for Veterans Employment Representatives to submit your application and schedule your civil service exam.  When completing your application, you must first determine which one veterans’ status listed above applies to you. Refer to the PRIORITIES IN HIRING section to help you determine which veterans’ status to choose when applying.  You must submit Application Supplement #2014-078-1 and documents verifying veterans’ status.

Veterans:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs.  To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit the veterans section of www.scsc.pa.gov.

Location for Veterans Employment Representative 1:

PA CareerLink Philadelphia West, 3901 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA  19104

Locations for Veterans Employment Representative 2:

 PA CareerLink Pittsburgh/Allegheny County, 304 Wood Street, Wood Street Commons, Pittsburgh, PA  15222

PA CareerLink Berks County, 1920 Kutztown Road, Reading, PA  19604

PA CareerLink Butler County, 112 Hollywood Drive Suite 203, Butler, PA  16001

PA CareerLink Capitol Region, 100 North Cameron Street Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA  17101

“Childhood Trauma Effects Often Persist Into 50s and Beyond” – next avenue

aces economic toll

by Emily Gurnon

“The responses to an open-ended online survey question were heart-wrenching.

“‘Those five years ruined everything. My self-identity is sad, melancholic, shy, retiring and angry… never content or at peace.’

“‘t has hampered me all my working life.’

“‘Problems with relationships with the opposite sex my whole life made me think something was wrong with me.’

“‘I will never know the person I could have become….’

“Lasting Scars of Childhood Sexual Abuse

“All of those comments were made by adult men who had experienced sexual abuse at the hands of clergy, particularly priests, when they were children.”

Continue reading this article at next avenue, click here.

See this article posted here a year ago, “Lebanon County partners’ network FREE Special workshop: “Moving toward trauma-informed care is success” for more about adverse childhood experiences.

“His program included this exceptional (click on the graphic to watch the) “less than 18 minute” TEDTalk.

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