Monthly Archives: September, 2018

LGBT Older People: Our right to a peaceful life

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Friday Wrap-Up, September 28, 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.

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The Friendship Line | a 24-hour toll-free hotline/warmline for older and disabled adults

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The Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line is the only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. We also make on-going outreach calls to lonely older adults.


Phone: 415.750.4111

To make a referral right now, please fill out the Friendship Line Intake Form.



Berks County Link partners’ network co-sponsors “Scams Against Seniors” workshop | A FREE event.

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Notes from the Pennsylvania Council on Aging [PCoA] | Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging [P4A] | Pennsylvania Department of Aging [PDA] Convention”

On September 11-14, 2018, the 40th Annual Pennsylvania Council on Aging [PCoA] | Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging [P4A] | Pennsylvania Department of Aging [PDA] ConventionConvention was held in Gettysburg at the Wyndham Hotel.


Faith Haeussler, the new Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Council on Aging, opened the Joint Council/Regional meeting on Wednesday, which was attended by 32 of the 67 counties of Pennsylvania. Haeussler formerly was the project manager for the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources.

Edward Rozell, Central Regional advisory council Chairman, representing Juniata county and 13 out of the 15 members of the 13 counties in the central region, attended.

Meetings and discussions were held on Thursday and Friday including PA Supreme Court Elder Justice Updates, Governor’s Blueprint for a Hunger Free PA, Reauthorization of the Older American Act Information and  Advisory, PA’s Response to the Opioid Crisis, and PA’s Grandparents Raising their Grandchildren Due to the Opioid Crisis.

A highlight of the convention was a panel of former PDA Secretaries including Alma Jacobs appointed in 1985, Richard Browdie appointed in 1990, Lori Gerhard  appointed in 2002, and Brian Duke, appointed in 2011, celebrating 40 year of Aging Experience.  Alma Jacobs brought back memories of the PACE car that traveled the 67 counties in PA to enroll seniors in the PACE prescription drug program over 30 years ago.

Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne gave the welcome address because Governor Tom Wolf was unavailable. The convention included members from the PCoA (PA Council on Aging), PDA (PA Department of Aging), and P4A (PA Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

2018 conference photoMembers of the Central Regional PDoA advisory council – Front row (L to R): Andrea Addison (Dauphin) Ed Rozell (Chairman, Juniata) and Farida Zaid (Union/Snyder),  Back row (L to R) Shaun Hayes (Mifflin), Larry Reissiger (Perry), Jerry Brown, Vice Chairman, (Cumberland), and  “Butch” Graybill (Juniata). Absent when picture was taken were Vicki Baer, Secretary (York), Mark Berg (Adams), George Jenkins, (Franklin), Thomas Cypher (Huntingdon/Bedford/Fulton), Holli Wise (Snyder), Thomas Kloss and Brian Long (Lancaster) counties.

NOTE: PCoA meetings are held the 1st Monday in January, March, May, July, and November and also meet at the annual 3-day convention in September.  The council is looking for new members (note: no dues and mileage is compensated) to serve on the advisory council board.  For additional information, please contact Ed Rozell at 717 463 2108 or

SOURCE: news release 

Mark your calendar for National Good Neighbor Day on September 28

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“Isolation and loneliness affect millions of people, and especially seniors. Thank you so much for taking a minute out of your day to think about what a difference it could make to be a good neighbor.

“Reaching out, spending time, and creating connections are all great ways to help you and your neighbors live longer, more meaningful, and richer lives. Helping seniors who are isolated is one of AARP Foundation’s major goals, and we couldn’t do it without you. But the Good Neighbor ChallengeSM is just the beginning!

aarp foundationThis message is shared from an email from the AARP Foundation.

Disability Rights and Public Policy in Pennsylvania commemorative conference at Millersville University on September 28

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“The Pennhurst story is highlighted this week when Millersville University hosts a forum on disability rights and history on Friday, September 28. Prominent advocates, policymakers, and scholars will address the history of disability rights and current concerns in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Joining Smart Talk on WITF today (9:00 – 10 am live) to discuss the forum and the Suffer the Little Children report are Professor Dennis Downey, Ph.D., Professor of History Ermeritus and Reporter Bill Baldini.” – WITF

“Older workers still punching the clock — for many different reasons” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

older workersBill Priatko, 86, of North Huntingdon … is a long-time soda fountain operator at Kennywood Park.” (Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)

by Tim Grant

“At 86 years old, Bill Priatko jump-starts every workday with a vigorous three-mile walk and 155 Marine-style pushups, getting energized for another five-hour shift working the soda fountain at Kennywood Park.

“’I don’t call it work,’ he said. ‘Really, it’s like a hobby. I come over here every morning, five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Just enough for me to enjoy it. And I can’t wait to see the kids and work with them.’

“He starts the shift with a ritual that Rodgers and Hammerstein might appreciate and that his young co-workers seem to enjoy. ‘I sing this little ditty to them: ‘Oh, what a beautiful morning. Oh, what a beautiful day. I’ve got a wonderful feeling. Everything’s going our way.’

“And they all go ‘Yeah!’

“For Mr. Priatko, a former Pittsburgh Steeler, the job at the West Mifflin amusement park is a retirement gig.”

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Landis Communities and Friends Life Care Join to Launch Continuing Care at Home program in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties


Lititz, PA – Landis Communities is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Friends Life Care to launch a Continuing Care at Home (CCaH) program in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. This arrangement will allow both organizations to expand their missions through the innovative Friends Life Care service and exceptional senior care. This new offering is a membership-based program designed to help people remain in their home as they age and can be utilized for care at home, if and when needed, and even residence-based care as those needs may evolve. The program, launching in October 2018, will therefore give older adults another option to remain living where they choose for as long as possible.

“Friends Life Care offers the first and largest continuing care at home program in the country,” explained Evon Bergey, VP of Community Initiatives at Landis Communities. “The Friends Life Care program provides a truly unique combination of care coordination and financial benefit needed to help ensure older adults have the resources and support that they will need to remain in their own homes as they age. If care is ever needed, it will be coordinated by Friends Life Care and provided by our trusted network of caregivers.”

“We are delighted to join resources with Landis Communities and bring our distinctive services to Lancaster and Lebanon Counties,” said Carol A. Barbour, president of Friends Life Care. “Friends Life Care’s philosophy is centered upon vitality, independence, growth and resilience and enables us to launch and maintain a strong partnership with Landis Communities.”

The composition of America’s aging population is changing greatly, mainly due to the very important baby boomer generation. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 8.7 million people will be 85 or older by 2030 — the year when all baby boomers join the 65 and older population. According to research, nearly 90% of people want to stay in their own home as they age. This partnership with Friends Life Care to expand the time-tested Continuing Care at Home program provides people with more options to age in place.

Landis Communities and Friends Life Care will begin holding informational seminars in October 2018. These seminars will provide additional detailed information regarding membership in the Continuing Care at Home program. Online webinars will also be made available.

Landis Communities owns and operates Landis Homes, a Continuing Care Retirement Community/ Life Plan Community serving nearly 900 residents, in addition to a number of living options and services for seniors in the area. Friends Life Care is a not-for-profit, mission-focused Quaker-Based organization known for its expertise, integrity and product strength, all vital components for a successful partnership with Landis Communities. More information about Friends Life Care and Landis Communities and dates for seminars and webinars can be found at or by calling 1-844-2Landis (1-844-252-6347)

Landis Communities delivers an array of services and housing options throughout the Lancaster County area. Known for enriching lives, they provide caring, high quality service to persons helping them live full lives with access to the services they need. Landis Communities began in the early 1960s when Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities (now EMM) started exploring how they might develop a community for retired mission workers, pastors and others. The organization now operates across a widening spectrum of services based on personal preferences, physical needs and financial resources. Landis Communities is a conference related ministry of LMC: A Fellowship of Anabaptist Churches and Atlantic Coast Conference of Mennonite Church USA. 

Friends Life Care offers long-term care protection by providing wellness programs, home health care, related personal care services and facility care to enrolled members in the Philadelphia and Delaware areas. Individuals and couples become members of Friends Life Care in order to protect their independence, guard their financial security and gain peace of mind. All member care is coordinated by a team of credentialed and selected professionals and provided by carefully screened aides.


Friday Wrap-Up, September 21, 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.