Monthly Archives: July, 2017

September 08 – Lebanon VA Medical Center 2017 Community Mental Health Summit – Register today!

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It’s not only in this state | “Many of state’s elderly residents struggle to pay their bills” – The Boston Globe

by Katie Johnson

“Judi Gorsuch has a degree in literature from Michigan State University. She worked as a flight attendant for 19 years, earning up to $40,000 a year, and spent a decade at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, making $12 an hour before her part-time position was cut.

“Now Gorsuch, 74, lives in public housing near the Prudential Center and relies on her monthly $1,460 Social Security check and $400-a-month pension. Between rent and groceries and medical costs, Gorsuch says she’s lucky if she has any money left at the end of the month. When a new prescription for a bladder condition upped her expenses by $55 a month, she stopped filling it.

“‘I just decided to use Depends,’ she said.”

“Gorsuch, who never married and has no children, is among nearly 300,000 Massachusetts residents age 65 and above whose incomes aren’t enough to cover basic necessities, according to the 2016 Elder Economic Security Standard Index developed at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

living below the line

“New estimates from the 2016 Elder Economic Security Standard Index™ suggest that half of older adults living alone, and one out of four older adults living in two-elder households, lack the financial resources required to pay for basic needs.”

elder economic security standard

Click here to read The Boston Globe article in its entirety.


Need-to-know information about child abuse; elder abuse and abuse of adults with disabilities

An article in today’s Allentown’s Morning Call, highlights the increased number of child abuse reports in the Lehigh / Northampton counties area.

“With new laws expanding the number of people who must report suspected abuse or neglect, and new provisions for jailing those who fail to forward a suspicion, the number of child abuse reports has increased more than 50 percent statewide in two years, according to the state Department of Human Services.”

“The Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) requires the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to annually report to the governor and General Assembly on child abuse in the commonwealth. The report provides information on the efforts to protect and help children who were reported as victims of suspected abuse and neglect.”

child protective2016 Annual Child Protective Services Report

child protective 2A page from the report shows the substantiated child abuse reports by county across the commonwealth.

This 2016 article – “Officials: Pa. elder abuse up; resources aren’t”“Officials: Pa. elder abuse up; resources aren’t” – notes, “County officials and advocates for the elderly nationwide argue that protective resources are wanting even though elder abuse is more common than child abuse.”


Child Abuse:

To report child abuse call 1-800-932-0313. Mandated reporters can report online.

Learn more about protecting Pennsylvania’s children from abuse and neglect.

ELDER ABUSE & Adults with Disabilities Abuse:

To report abuse of elderly individuals or adults with disabilities call the Protective Services Hotline: 1-800-490-8505.

Learn more about reporting elder abuse and abuse of adults with disabilities.




“‘Seasoned?’ ‘Lucky?’ ( readers join the debate over what to call older people “


by Stacey Burling, Staff Writer

“Seasoned. Chronologically gifted. Senior. Just plain old.

“All those words had fans among the readers who responded to my essay on the challenges of describing people over age 65 when some chafe at words that even hint at the possibility that they might be past their prime. What do people in this age group want to be called?

“The good news is that a lot of people are feeling good about aging and are just thankful they’re around. As one online commenter put it: ‘All that matters is that I am looking down at the flowers. Call me what you want, such a minor matter.’

“Sol Mayer, 84, said he and his wife live in a large senior community.”

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18 Enlightening facts about caregivers … and why we should appreciate them more – Association for Long Term Care Planning

18 caregiver facts

Friday Wrap-Up, July 28, 2017 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

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 newsletter as a .pdf file.

“The hidden extra costs of living with a disability” – The Conversation

living with a disabilityA woman is escorted from protest opposing cuts to Medicaid in front of Senator Mitch McConnell’s office on Capitol Hill on June 22, 2017. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

“Disability is often incorrectly assumed to be rare. However, global estimates suggest than one in seven adults has some form of disability.

“The term ‘disability’ covers a number of functional limitations – physical, sensory, mental and intellectual. These can range from mild to severe and might affect someone at any time across the lifespan, from an infant born with an intellectual impairment to an older adult who becomes unable to walk or see.

“What is perhaps less well-known is that studies consistently show that people with disabilities are disproportionately poor. They are more likely to become poor and, when poor, are more likely to stay that way, because of barriers to getting an education, finding decent work and participating in civic life. Taken together, these barriers significantly and adversely impact their standard of living.

“However, a new body of research reveals another major barrier, previously missing from most studies: People living with disabilities also face extra costs of living.”

Continue reading this article at The Conversation, click here.

Today is the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act


July 26, 2017 marks the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Celebrations of the signing of the ADA by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990 are taking place across the nation.

The ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) give civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. The ADA and ADAAA also assure equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities for access to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications.

“Nearly 37 million people in our country have a disability and nearly 25% of today’s 20 year olds will experience disability in their lifetime. Since 1991, the 10 regional ADA Centers in the ADA National Network have provided free, confidential and accurate information, resources and training on the ADA to businesses, employers, state and local governments, people with disabilities and their families, advocates, and veterans across the United States,” said Barry Whaley, Director of the Southeast ADA Center.

Through the outreach, training and technical assistance the ADA National Network has done to promote voluntary compliance with the ADA, people with disabilities have better access to businesses, buildings, employment, state and local government programs and services, and increasing opportunities for equal and full participation in civic and community life. (SOURCE: news release

“For people with disabilities, the unemployment rate is still pretty high” – MARKETPLACE

Economy Adds More Jobs Than Expected In April“Linda Wright (C), 57, attends a job conference for unemployed people with disabilities at Manchester Community College in Manchester, Connecticut. – Christopher Capozziello/Getty Images”


“If you’re a person with a disability, you’re much likelier to have a harder time finding employment.

“According to the Department of Labor, in 2016, the unemployment rate for the general population was 4.6 percent. But for people with disabilities? It was stuck around 10.5 percent. That’s about where it was in 2015, too, meaning that despite the ebb and flow of the labor market, employment prospects didn’t change too much for people with disabilities.

“‘I don’t really see the employment rate for people with a significant disability going up. It just seems to have plateaued,’ said Greg Thompson, the executive director of the Personal Assistance Services Council in Los Angeles. ‘And unfortunately there’s a lot of disincentive for somebody with a significant disability to return to work because they lose all their benefits.’

“Thompson was injured in a water skiing accident in 1977, when he became quadriplegic. After his injury, he went through rehabilitation at Rancho Los Amigos in Los Angeles.”

Click here to continue reading this MARKETPLACE article.

“Getting to grips with longevity | Ageing populations could be a boon rather than a curse. But for that to happen, a lot needs to change first” | The Economist

stonesThe Rolling Stones

“‘NO AGE JOKES tonight, all right?’ quipped Sir Mick Jagger, the 73-year-old front man of the Rolling Stones (pictured), as he welcomed the crowds to Desert Trip Music Festival in California last October. The performers’ average age was just one year below Sir Mick’s, justifying his description of the event as ‘the Palm Springs Retirement Home for British Musicians.’ But these days mature rock musicians sell: the festival raked in an estimated $160m.

“There are many more 70-somethings than there used to be, though most of them are less of a draw than the Stones. In America today a 70-year-old man has a 2% chance of dying within a year; in 1940 this milestone was passed at 56.”

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

See this related article: “What’s the best age gap in a relationship? – We examine the evidence, from divorce rates to life expectancy.”