Monthly Archives: February, 2018

Eight agencies become Link to Aging and Disability Resources partners.

newest link partners

The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources’ Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area continues to add partner agencies the list of exceptional resources. Last month, these resources providers became partners.

CaptionCall – Lancaster & York Counties

Chestnut Knoll Senior Living Personal Care & Memory Care

Compass Mark

Longwood Manor Personal Care

South Asian Association of Lancaster

StoneRidge Retirement Living

Support Connections of Lebanon County (SCLC)

Susquehanna Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

To align with the Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area as a partner entity costs nothing. The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources part of the national Aging and Disability Resources Center [ADRC) network.

For more information about how your agency, entity or organization can become a partner, text or call the Lead Link coordinator at 717.380.9714 or email

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) are the first place to go to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability.

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) are a nationwide effort to take a seamless approach in the way we assist seniors and adults with disabilities who need help with activities of daily living. The ADRC in Pennsylvania is known as the Link.


  • Easily connect you to local services/supports through any Link partner agency
  • Explore existing options to ensure a secure plan for independence
  • Assist consumers with applications to determine funding eligibility
  • Help consumers remain or return to their community because of a disability, an illness or accident, or to transition from an institution back to the community
There is no charge for information and assistance provided by any Link or Link partner agency.




“Am I Going Blind?” – The New York Times

going blindBen Wiseman

by Frank Bruni

“They say that death comes like a thief in the night. Lesser vandals have the same M.O. The affliction that stole my vision, or at least a big chunk of it, did so as I slept. I went to bed seeing the world one way. I woke up seeing it another.

“This was about four months ago, though it feels like an eternity. So much has happened since. I don’t mean all the tests and procedures: the vials upon vials of blood; the mapping of major arteries in my neck; the imaging of tiny vessels in my brain; the first injection of an experimental treatment (or, maybe, a placebo) into my right, dominant eye, where the damage occurred; then the second injection; and then, last week, the third.

“I mean the rest of it. I went to bed believing that I was more or less in control — that the unfinished business, unrealized dreams and other disappointments in my life were essentially failures of industry and imagination, and could probably be redeemed with a fierce enough effort. I woke up to the realization of how ludicrous that was.”

Click here to read this New York Times column about vision loss in its entirety.

going blind logo

Going Blind: Coming out of the dark about vision loss is a movie that looks at several of the leading contributors to vision loss and blindness and features conversations with real people with these issues. The movie is a good conversation starter and has been shown at senior centers, senior residences, libraries and retirement communities. Your Link partners’ network has the film and would like to offer to screen it with your organization, group or club. Contact the Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area coordinator. Call or text: 717.380.9714. Email:

“Elder Abuse Is the ‘Silent Epidemic of Our Time’” – Route Fifty

“The opioid abuse crisis may be contributing to a ‘staggering’ spike in adult protective services caseloads. And local officials fear the problem will only get worse.”

elder abuseAn elderly woman who has suffered abuse by a relative sits in her room in a retirement community in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

by Quinn Libson

“Five years ago, the vast majority of cases being investigated by Adult Protective Services agencies in places like Fairfield County, Ohio, which includes the far southeastern suburbs of Columbus and borders the state’s Appalachian region, could be categorized as neglect or self-neglect. These cases might involve hoarding behaviors on the part of older adults, seniors that are incapable of staying on top of critical medication routines, or an older person going without food or proper sanitation.

“‘Basically older people who were no longer able to take care of themselves or their own basic needs,’ is how Janet Stout, a Fairfield County APS caseworker, described these cases. Fast forward to today, and Stout’s work looks very different.”

To continue reading this article at Route Fifty, click here.


“Lost Art Of Bending Over: How Other Cultures Spare Their Spines” – NPR

Bending-motionSource: Courtesy of Jenn Sherer/Spinefulness

by Michaeleen Doucleff

“To see if you’re bending correctly, try a simple experiment.

“‘Stand up and put your hands on your waist,’ says Jean Couch, who has been helping people get out of back pain for 25 years at her studio in Palo Alto, Calif.

“‘Now imagine I’ve dropped a feather in front of your feet and asked to pick it up,’ Couch says. ‘Usually everybody immediately moves their heads and looks down.’

“That little look down bends your spine and triggers your stomach to do a little crunch. ‘You’ve already started to bend incorrectly — at your waist,’ Couch says. ‘Almost everyone in the U.S. bends at the stomach.’”

Click here to read this NPR article in its entirety.

Friday Wrap-Up, February 23, 2018 | 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.

Stopping scams targeting older consumers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a long history of protecting people from scams.  As part of its ongoing efforts to protect people in every community, the FTC recently took steps to stop two schemes harming older adults: a tech support scam and a sweepstakes scam.

senior scams

This latest tech support scam, which appears to impact older adults, has a lot in common with other scams we’ve seen. Some scammers pretend to be calling from the technical support department of a well-known company. Others send pop-up messages warning you about a problem with your computer. They want you to believe your computer is infected with a virus, or that a hacker is trying to access your computer. It’s all a ploy to get you to pay for bogus technical support you don’t need. Find out how you can help someone you know recognize and avoid a tech support scam.

The other operation appears to target older adults with a sweepstakes scam. The companies behind the scam send mailers that make people think they’ve won a $1 million prize (or more!), and that the recipient only needs to pay a small fee to claim it. Find out how you can help someone you know avoid a prize or sweepstakes scam.

If you think you see a scam, talk with someone. Your story could help someone avoid that scam. Then report it to the Federal Trade Commission at Your story could help the FTC stop the scammers.

SOURCE: news release

“I’m autistic. I just turned 36 — the average age when people like me die.” – Vox

“The stress of living with autism is exhausting.”

autisticVox – Shutterstock

by Sarah Kurchak

“On March 21, 2017, CNN published an article on a new study from the American Journal of Public Health that found the average life span of an autistic person is 36 years. I wasn’t shocked by this news. I know how dire things can be for so many of us on the spectrum, but that number struck me for a very specific reason. I had just turned 35 the previous month.

“Since I learned this news, I’ve been anticipating the milestone of turning 36 with a mix of confusion, dread, and a host of other feelings I can’t quite articulate.”

Read this Vox First Person narrative essay in its entirety, click here.

Millersville University’s slate of “accessible perfomances”

accessible performances

Download the above graphic as a .pdf format; click here: Accessible Performances Flier

Homelessness | a real issue in the United States.

It is a growing crisis for many. Across the nation and right here in Berks, Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

Families and individuals who have no access to safe, affordable shelter. At the Traveling Resource and Information Fairs held across this part of Pennsylvania a few weeks ago, the question of housing was a number one priority for the persons displaced following the ravages of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Articles as these, “The Number of Homeless People in America Increased for the First Time in 7 Years” and “Affordable Housing Crisis Forces U.S. Homeless Numbers Up for First Time Since Great Recession” point to the nationwide phenomenon.

homelessness everywhere

In metropolitan areas, homelessness can occur because of “runaway rents, stagnant wages and vanishing affordable housing” claims this New York Times article.

Homelessness is, in fact, caused by tragic life occurrences like the loss of loved ones, job loss, domestic violence, divorce and family disputes. Other impairments such as depression, untreated mental illness, post traumatic stress disorder, and physical disabilities are also responsible for a large portion of the homeless. Many factors push people into living on the street. Acknowledging these can help facilitate the end of homelessness in America.”

Perhaps, the idea of multi-generational housing is due to be recycled. Generations ago, it was not at all uncommon to have three generations sharing the same residence. Shared housing is another option that is being revisited and accepted.

Here are a few articles about each”

How a return to multigenerational living is shifting the housing market: Shifts in senior living, immigration, and affordability have brought extended families together under the same roof.

“America at Home: Grandparents in the Attic, Children in the Basement”: A decade or so ago, as demographers began reporting an uptick in shared and multigenerational housing, the trend again looked to be economically driven, this time by the Great Recession.

“Co-living – the companies reinventing the idea of roommates”: It’s a Three’s Company, Golden Girls or Friends concept that capitalizes on multiple incomes combining to save on costs and to stymie or inhibit social isolation.



Friday Wrap-Up, February 16, 2018 | 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.