Author Archive: berkslancasterlebanonlink

“They give love a bad name” | The FTC wants you to know about “romance scams.”

romance scams

by Jin Kreidler

“Leaving broken hearts and empty bank accounts, romance scammers give love a bad name. Now that you know how many people experience romance scams, and how to spot the scams, take some anti-scam action this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re wondering if that interesting person who just messaged you is for real, looking forward to February 15 discounts on chocolates, or thinking about friends who are out in the online dating world, here are some messages to know and share about romance scams.

  • If an online love interest you’ve never met in person asks you for money, that’s a scam. No matter what story they tell you.
  • Never send money or gifts to anyone you haven’t met in person — even if they send you money first.
  • Only scammers tell you to buy gift cards, wire money, or buy cryptocurrency. And once you send that money, you won’t get it back.

Continue reading this Federal Trade Commission article, click here.

“State Department of Aging offers older Pennsylvanians new resources to arrange COVID-19 vaccinations” – WITF

“We need to foster these community-based solutions.”

vaccine call lineSOURCE: WITF article

by Kiley Koscinski/WESA

(Pittsburgh) – After weeks of criticism from older Pennsylvanians struggling to get COVID-19 vaccine appointments, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday two state agencies are stepping up to help people over the age of 65 book COVID-19 vaccine appointments over the phone.

“The state’s Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE,  is a low-cost prescription program for older adults; it has launched a dedicated unit at its Harrisburg-based call center to help its 275,000 cardholders arrange vaccination appointments. Operators will also be working with cardholders to arrange for transportation to vaccination sites; they’re also working with PACE’s pharmacy network members to vaccinate at a cardholder’s residence, if necessary. Enrollees can call 1-800-225-7223.

“For other older adults, PA Link is now taking calls from people who don’t have access to a computer. Operators will assess the caller’s situation, offer guidance and transfer to a scheduling team. For callers with transportation needs, PA Link will also be able to contact partners with their local Area Agency on Aging to assist with coordinating rides.”

Continue reading this article at WITF, click here.


Celebrate with us! On 2-1-1 Day

2-1-1 day

On February 11, 2021 the national 211 resource will celebrate 211 Day to celebrate this incredible resource and those who make it possible.

The date 2/11 is an homage to the three-digit number anyone in need can dial in order to connect to a call center by phone, text or web search to obtain local resources across the U.S.

PA 211 East, United Way of Lancaster County’s signature program covers seven counties throughout Pennsylvania: Berks, Carbon, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill. The 12 employees work day-in and day-out to assist countless residents year-round.

You can learn more about PA 211 East and their services HERE.

This year all United Way of Lancaster County donations collected on 211 Day will go directly to PA 211 East. This will translate into more community members getting the assistance they need.

Join us in supporting this vital resource on 211 Day by visiting one of the participating locations who will be collecting donations and handing out 211 stickers, magnets, pens and more!

You can drop off your donation in person or you can visit this link:

“How to Age Successfully | Aging begins at birth. Therefore, focus on ‘success’ as soon as possible.” – Psychology Today

aging well

by Shoba Sreenivasan, Ph.D., and Linda E. Weinberger, Ph.D.

“Aging is an inevitable process. People often lament growing older, except perhaps older aged children and adolescents who frequently want to be older because of the accompanying perks. The negative association adults have with aging may be due to their belief that the process carries debilitation and loss. It is important to recognize that there is a difference between ‘usual aging’ and ‘successful aging.’

“What is successful aging? Theorists developed many conceptualizations including the following: – Continue reading this article at Psychology Today magazine, click here.

“The Second COVID-19 Shot Is a Rude Reawakening for Immune Cells” – The Atlantic

“Side effects are just a sign that protection is kicking in as it should.”


by Katherine J. Wu

“At about 2 a.m. on Thursday morning, I woke to find my husband shivering beside me. For hours, he had been tossing in bed, exhausted but unable to sleep, nursing chills, a fever, and an agonizingly sore left arm. His teeth chattered. His forehead was freckled with sweat. And as I lay next to him, cinching blanket after blanket around his arms, I felt an immense sense of relief. All this misery was a sign that the immune cells in his body had been riled up by the second shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, and were well on their way to guarding him from future disease.

“Side effects are a natural part of the vaccination process, as my colleague Sarah Zhang has written. Not everyone will experience them. But the two COVID-19 vaccines cleared for emergency use in the United States, made by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, already have reputations for raising the hackles of the immune system: In both companies’ clinical trials, at least a third of the volunteers ended up with symptoms such as headaches and fatigue; fevers like my husband’s were less common.

“Dose No. 2 is more likely to pack a punch—in large part because the effects of the second shot build iteratively on the first.”

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

How to Choose a Nursing Home – National Institute on Aging

A nursing home, also known as a skilled nursing facility, provides a wide range of health and personal care services.

nursing home

“These services typically include nursing care, 24-hour supervision, three meals a day, and assistance with everyday activities. Rehabilitation services, such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy, are also available.

“Some people stay at a nursing home for a short time after being in the hospital. After they recover, they go home. However, most nursing home residents live there permanently because they have ongoing physical or mental conditions that require constant care and supervision.

“If you need to go to a nursing home after a hospital stay, the hospital staff can help you find one that will provide the kind of care that’s best for you. If you are looking for a nursing home, ask your doctor’s office for recommendations. Once you know what choices you have, it’s a good idea to:

“Consider what you want. What is important to you—nursing care, meals, physical therapy, a religious connection, hospice care, or special care units for dementia patients? Do you want a place close to family and friends so they can easily visit?”

Continue reading this article at the National Institute of Aging.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health Nursing Home Information Webpage.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health Nursing Care Facility Locator Webpage.

What’s on the other side? | “Can Robert Bigelow (and the Rest of Us) Survive Death?” – The New York Times

other side

“What’s across the River Styx? Robert Thomas Bigelow would like to know. Wouldn’t anyone, especially now? But Mr. Bigelow is not just anyone, or any 76-year-old mourning a wife and confronting his own mortality. He’s a maverick Las Vegas real estate and aerospace mogul with billionaire allure and the resources to fund his restless curiosity embracing outer and inner space, U.F.O.s and the spirit realm.

“Now he’s offering nearly $1 million in prizes for the best evidence for ‘the survival of consciousness after permanent bodily death.’

essay competition

“In other words, was Hamlet right to call death an inescapable boundary, ‘the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns?’ Or does consciousness in some form survive bodily death — what the Dalai Lama called how we merely ‘change our clothes’?

“Is Raymond Chandler’s Big Sleep only a nap?

“Mr. Bigelow believes so. ‘I am personally totally convinced of it,’ he said.”

Click here to read the New York Times article in its entirety.

Click here to be redirected to the Bigelow Institute for Conscious Studies. 

“‘Cruel’ Digital Race For Vaccines Leaves Many Seniors Behind” – Kaiser Health Network

vaccines-online_1350x900“Glitchy websites, jammed phone lines and long lines outside clinics are commonplace as states expand who’s eligible to be vaccinated. The oldest Americans and those without caregivers and computer skills are at a distinct disadvantage.” (LYDIA ZURAW/KHN ILLUSTRATION; GETTY IMAGES)

by Will Stone

“The efforts to vaccinate people 65 and older have strained under the enormous demand that has overwhelmed cumbersome, inconsistent scheduling systems.

“The struggle represents a shift from the first wave of vaccinations — health care workers in health care settings — which went comparatively smoothly. Now, in most places, elderly people are pitted against one another, competing on an unstable technological playing field for limited shots.

“’You can’t have the vaccine distribution be a race between elderly people typing and younger people typing,’ said Jeremy Novich, a clinical psychologist in New York City who has begun a group to help people navigate the technology to get appointments. ‘That’s not a race. That’s just cruel.’

“While the demand is an encouraging sign of public trust in the vaccines, the challenges facing seniors also speak to the country’s fragmented approach, which has left many confused and enlisting family members to hunt down appointments.”

Continue reading this article at Kaiser Health Network, click here.

Be part of the new way to Relay!

pa relay tester

Sign Up Here to be a Tester!

an invitation from the Pennsylvania Council on Aging: Directions For Connections

directions for connections

The Pennsylvania Council on Aging are looking for people all across the state to submit their ideas and programs for our upcoming virtual Directions for Connections – A Social Isolation Symposium on March 23 and March 24 of 2021. The information for them to submit their ideas and programs is listed on the above flyer and also can be found here.