Monthly Archives: February, 2019

“Study Finds Spike In Pennsylvania Child Abuse-Related Deaths” – WESA-FM

Josh Shapiro“Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Aug. 14, 2018. A Pennsylvania grand jury says its investigation of clergy sexual abuse identified more than 1,000 child victims.” — MATT ROURKE / AP

“A state study released Thursday (February 14, 2019) found the number of Pennsylvania children killed or nearly killed after abuse had occurred spiked recently, increases likely driven by a new definition of abuse and an uptick in its reporting in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic clergy child sexual abuse scandals.

“The state Human Services Department report into fatalities and near fatalities during 2015 and 2016 showed both types of reports were up sharply after being fairly level for the preceding six years.

“The number of substantiated fatalities and near fatalities ranged between 80 and 92 from 2009 through 2014. In 2016, that number was 127.”

Read this WESA-FM article in its entirety here.

June 10 – Full-Day Dementia Conference | Save the date

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“The soaring cost of US child care, in 5 charts” – The Conversation

childcare costs“Children can get quite expensive. silentalex88/”

by Heidi Steinhour

“The cost of having children in the U.S. has climbed exponentially since the 1960s. So it’s no wonder the growing crop of Democratic presidential candidates have been proposing waysto address or bring down the costs tied to raising a family.

“Most recently, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she wants to provide universal access to child care. According to her proposal, the U.S. would partner with local governments and other organizations to provide various child care options, paying for it with revenue from her wealth tax.

“Whether or not Warren’s proposal becomes law, the data show a worsening problem. In 2015, American parents spent, on average, US$233,610 on child costs from birth until the age of 17, not including college.”

Click here to read this article in its entirety at The Conversation.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Works For Me Website no longer affiliated with PA Department of Human Services

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Sent on behalf of Lynn A. Kovich:

Dear Department of Human Services Stakeholders,

The Department of Human Services is sending this announcement to inform audiences that the former “Works for Me” website, which was developed as part of a broader “Works for Me” campaign several years ago, is no longer affiliated with the PA Department of Human Services, Department of Labor & Industry, Department of Education or any other commonwealth agencies.

A third party has purchased this domain and created a website that uses terminology and information resembling the previous “Works for Me” website. The site asks for personal data in exchange for information related to employment resources. However, there is no indication of who is collecting this information and how this information is being used.

Individuals should not provide their personal information on the “Contact Us” page, as it does not appear to meet the criteria for a trusted website. Additionally, we ask that you do not refer people you work with to this page. Again, this website no longer represents the former “Works for Me” campaign, nor the state of Pennsylvania.

In addition, we ask that if you have any “Works for Me” posters or other materials displayed, that these be removed. We do not want to put anyone’s information at risk.

We are currently working to revise and republish content that formerly existed on the old “Works for Me” website. We will keep you all appraised as the new page nears completion and is launched as a resource for you and individuals you work with.

Thank you,

Lynn A. Kovich, M.Ed.

Deputy Secretary

“Being 97.”

From an exceptionally well crafted blogsite (Time Goes By: What it’s really like to grow old) comes this fascinating 18 minute video.

Reader Jack Handley sent this video of 97-year-old Herbert Fingarette, a U.S. philosopher who once published a book about death. As the video page notes, in that book

”Fingarette contemplated mortality, bringing him to a conclusion that echoed the Epicureans: in non-existence, there is nothing to fear.

“But as Being 97 makes evident, grappling with death can be quite different when the thoughts are personal rather than theoretical. Filmed during some of the final months of Fingarette’s life, the elegiac short documentary profiles the late philosopher as he reflects on life, loss, the many challenges of old age, and those lingering questions that might just be unanswerable.”

Fingrette died in 2018.

Here is The New York Times obituary for Mr. Fingarette. And here is a comment about that obituary, “Heavy Drinking” and the NYT’s Offensive Obit on Herbert Fingarette.”

Hamilton Relay seeks nominations for 2019 Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award

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Download the questionnaire to nominate an individual, click here.


“The Dangers of Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers” – AARP

“Some can be deadly. Some hit older adults harder than others. How to know how much is too much”

Various pills bottles and heap of drugs

by Betsy Stephens

“If the good news is that over-the-counter pain killers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen won’t put you at risk for addiction issues like prescription opioids or narcotics can, the less good news is that no pain pill comes without the potential for problems, says Nitin Sekhri, medical director of pain management at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y.

“Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, is considered the safest option by many, and yet, Sekhri notes, it’s still to blame for about 50 percent of acute liver failures in the U.S. Acetaminophen also is the leading reason behind calls to poison control and to blame for more than 50,000 emergency room visits a year.

“Often problems arise from people not realizing they’ve taken as much acetaminophen as they have. The over-the-counter painkiller isn’t just in Tylenol: It shows up in remedies meant to fight allergies, colds, flu, coughs and sleeplessness. It’s also an ingredient in prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Percocet.”

Read this article in its entirety at AARP, click here.


OPINION: “‘Grandmother effect’ helps explain human longevity”


by Haider Warraich

Not long after our first child was born, my wife and I contacted my mother in Pakistan to see if she could come and stay with us for a while in Durham, N.C., where I was training to be a cardiologist. We were overjoyed when she agreed. But when she arrived at the airport counter to collect her boarding pass, she learned that her valid visa had been unceremoniously cancelled without any reason given.

“That she couldn’t come see her only granddaughter (and help out her parents) was devastating for all of us. But as two recent articles published in Current Biology show, the presence of grandmothers goes far beyond sentimental implications: They may be responsible for the success of the human species.

“First, some background:

“Evolutionary biologists have long been struck by two unique features of humans. The first is that we enjoy some of the longest life spans in the animal kingdom. In just the past 200 years, there has been an unprecedented increase in how long we live, not just in the richest countries but also in the poorest. We have moved so far away from our hunter-gatherer ancestors that their life spans are more similar to those of apes and chimpanzees than to modern human beings.

“This feature is coupled with another.”

Click here to continue reading this STATNews article in its entirety. 

Technology and home health care: a match?

We’ve been reading so much about advantages that aging persons can accrue with the introduction of emerging technology, we decided to list some of the articles.

Aging In Place Technology Watch shares this in today’s newsletter: “… it’s good to see that Envoy (concierge service for independent living), Kindly Care (home care agency), Caremerge (home care platform), and Seniorlink (care coordination) are in their same businesses from 2016 – and others from the period like Envoy and CareLinx received additional investment and moved forward.

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“New Tech Options are Helping Seniors Age in Place – Systems that offer reminders and assistance are creating ‘monitored independence.’”Scientific American

“Smart Home Technology Becomes a Must-Have in Senior Living”Senior Housing News

A 2016 article | “Home care robotics market set to quadruple – The robots are finally coming home, but the undisputed category leader isn’t what you had in mind.”ZD Net

“A Glimpse at Healthcare Technology May Give Signs to the Future of Home Care”HomeCareDaily

“Home Instead Inc. — the international franchise company behind the Home Instead Senior Care network — is joining forces with senior-friendly tablet startup GrandPad in an attempt to reduce client loneliness and improve connectivity.”Home Health Care News

“Where the Home Health Aide Shortage Will Hit Hardest by 2025” Home Health Care News

“African-American women with HIV often overlooked, under-supported” – The Conversation

black women“From left to right: Toya Tolson, Shawnte’ Spriggs, Sophia Harrison, Marcella Wright and Deborah Dyson. These women are aging with HIV, sometimes with other diseases and always with other challenges. Aamir Khuller, CC BY-NC-SA”

by Thurka Sangaramoorthy

“The face of HIV in the United States has long been white gay men, even though the epidemic has had a devastating and disproportionate impact on African-American communities.

“This is especially true among women; 60 percent of newly diagnosed cases of HIV in women in 2017 were African-American. Yet, African-American women’s voices are notoriously absent from the national discourse on HIV.

“Largely invisible to a fractured health care system, these women are often breadwinners and matriarchs whose families count on them for support and care.

“Treatments to help people who are HIV-positive manage their illness and survive into older age have improved greatly, yet the unique health needs of African-American women living and aging with HIV – estimated at about 140,000 – are often ignored.”

Click here to read this article at The Conversation in its entirety.