Monthly Archives: May, 2018

“Quest for Affordable Housing Drives People Away From the Coasts” – Stateline

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“The high cost of housing seemed to sap Americans’ taste for coastal cities last year as cities in Texas and Arizona gained more population than New York City or Los Angeles for the first time in a decade, according to census population estimates released today.

“‘What started as a promising decade for big cities is starting to crumble a little bit for them,’ said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, in an email. “The Great Recession put the brakes on dispersal to small metro areas, suburbs and the Sun Belt; but those trends are beginning to resume again.’

“San Antonio’s population grew by 24,200 between 2016 and 2017, the largest gain among cities, with Phoenix not far behind at 24,000.”

Click here to read this Stateline article in its entirety.

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The Pennsylvania State Data Center has lots of information, including housing and population data — click here to download the above graphic as a .pdf file..


“It’s Time to Support Young Caregivers” – National Council on Aging

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by Jason Resendez

“While Alzheimer’s disease is most common among peopled aged 65 and older, its effects are being felt more and more by young people. In fact, 1 in 6 millennial caregivers—at an average age of 27—is caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, according to a recent report from UsAgainstAlzheimer’s and the USC Roybal Institute on Aging.

Lisette Carbajal was in her 20s when she noticed her father’s symptoms. According to Lisette, ‘One of the reasons why I’m so vocal about my dad’s disease is because I hope that no one else my age, 20 or 30 years from now, has to take care of their dad beginning at 20 years old.’”

Click here to read this article in its entirety.

Perspective| “Unseen face of the opioid epidemic: drug abuse among the elderly grows” – The Washington Post

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by Joe Davidson

“The face of the nation’s opioid epidemic increasingly is gray and wrinkled.

“But that face often is overlooked in a crisis that frequently focuses on the young.

“Consider this: While opioid abuse declined in younger groups between 2002 and 2014, even sharply among those 18 to 25 years old, the epidemic almost doubled among Americans over age 50, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.”

Read this Washington Post column in its entirety, click here.

“In Elderly Hands, Firearms Can Be Even Deadlier” – The New York Times

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by Paula Span

“Barbara Herrington, a geriatric care manager in Polk County, Fla., was calling on a 72-year-old woman with dementia and a long history of alcoholism.

“Ms. Herrington knew her client would be angry that morning. Her daughter had taken the car away the day before because her mother was ignoring a neurologist’s instructions to stop driving and was heading out at night to buy liquor.

“The door to the woman’s small home stood open — she often left it unlocked for her caregivers — so Ms. Herrington knocked, then leaned in and called her client’s name.

“‘She came out of the bedroom holding a pistol with both hands,’”

Click to continue reading this article at The New York Times.


On Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, we remember

Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.

memorial dayMany veterans are buried abroad, near where they died during battle. Pictured is an American cemetery in Impruneta, Italy.

“Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2018 occurs on Monday, May 28. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.” –


Friday Wrap-Up, May 25, 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 download the newsletter as a .pdf file.

The newsletter announces this: “Wolf Administration Launches Pennsylvania’s Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force”


Pennsylvania Releases Community HealthChoices Q&A Document.

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has released a comprehensive Questions & Answers document for Community HealthChoices (CHC). CHC, the commonwealth’s managed long term services and supports program, has been implemented in the southwest region of the state and is scheduled to be rolled out in the southeast in January 2019, followed by the rest of the state in January 2020. The Q&A document is a product of multiple stakeholder events and previous FAQs put together for both providers and participants.

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The CHC Question and Answer Document is searchable and clickable.

For more information about Community HealthChoices click here.



Programs And Benefits For Older Pennsylvanians In Pennsylvania’a Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs Veterans Resource Guide

“May is Older Americans Month. Did you know that the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ has an online publication called the Veteran Resources Guide? The Guide, a product of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans Services, is a consolidated listing of programs, benefits and services for veterans and their families offered by state agencies. It specifically contains information from the PA Department of Aging including information on employment, health and wellness, help at home, housing, insurance, legal assistance, prescriptions, and more! ”

Click on the graphic below to download the resource guide as a .pdf format. veterans resource guide

Webinars: an initiative to support programs to end homelessness in Pennsylvania

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Announcing The Disability Collection

People with disabilities make up 20% of the population, but less than 2% of media. To help the media #GetReal, Oath, the National Disability Leadership Alliance, disability leaders, and Getty Images are partnering to create #TheDisabilityCollection with authentic images of people with disabilities.

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Learn more at

American Association of People with Disabilities Website