Category Archives: Aging

“Out with nursing homes, in with home health care” – Crain’s Chicago Business

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“Northwestern Medicine may have found the one hospital market where investment in long-term care hasn’t paid off: affluent north suburban Lake Forest.

“Northwestern-owned Lake Forest Hospital recently applied to permanently shutter its long-term care unit, Westmoreland Nursing Center, citing increased operating costs, failure to adequately fill 84 beds and flood damage from mid-July.

“In its application to the Illinois Health Facilities & Services Review Board, which decides on health care projects to prevent duplicating services, Lake Forest Hospital noted that it originally planned to close the long-term care facility by the end of the year, but that heavy rain damaged the nursing home and forced early transfer of patients. The board received the hospital’s application to discontinue 660 N. Westmoreland Road on July 28.

“Although the number of people age 65 and up has swelled in recent years to the fastest growing population in the U.S. … “

Continue reading this article in Crain’s Chicago Business.

For those unexpected incidents – it’s better to have a plan. Do you have a plan?

Keystone 6

Several months ago, this site asked for volunteers for an emergency sheltering exercise; yesterday the Keystone 6 exercise became reality.

Everyone of us needs to know about life’s uncertainties, and the best way to grapple with uncertainty is to have a plan and to practice the plan.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMAs) “Plan & Prepare Webpage – This section of the site provides information on how you can plan and prepare to protect your family, property, and community from natural and manmade disasters is a start.

There are other resources right here at the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources | Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area Website.

  • We offer a 2 hour emergency preparedness planning workshop for FREE. The workshop, FEELING SAFE – BEING SAFE, provides tips and resources to help anyone develop a personal plan for emergency situations.

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“Stop Treating 70- and 90-Year-Olds the Same” – New York Times opinion

not the sameHarry Campbell

“Every summer around this time, pediatricians’ offices are flooded with children getting the vaccines they need to start another year of school.

“Doctors base their advice on which shots patients should get when on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine recommendations. The guidelines are presented in two schedules, one for children, the other for adults, both divided into subgroups based on developmental biology and social behaviors common at different ages. Unfortunately, there’s a major problem with the guidelines. And it’s representative of a larger failing in our health care system.

“There are 17 subgroupings for children from birth through age 18. That makes sense because, of course, a 6-month-old has had little time to develop immunity, weighs far less than an 8-year-old and is exposed to fewer people than a teenager. There are five subgroups for adults. But all Americans 65 and older — including the two fastest-growing segments of our population, the 80- to 90-year-olds and those over 100 — are lumped in a single group, as if bodies and behaviors don’t change over the last half-century of life.

“You don’t need to be a doctor to see that this is absurd.”

Read this New York Times opinion column in its entirety, click here.

“PBS Announces Broadcast Premiere for THE VIETNAM WAR” | begins September 17 – PBS

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“ARLINGTON, VA — THE VIETNAM WAR, a new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premiere September 17, 2017, on PBS stations nationwide. The first five episodes will air nightly from Sunday, September 17, through Thursday, September 21, and the final five episodes will air nightly from Sunday, September 24, through Thursday, September 28. Each episode will premiere at 8:00 p.m. ET with a repeat broadcast immediately following the premiere (check local listings).

Beginning Tuesday, October 3, the series will re-air on a weekly basis through November 28, at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings).

On September 17, concurrent with the broadcast premiere, the first five episodes of THE VIETNAM WAR will be available for streaming on all station-branded PBS platforms, including and PBS apps for iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast, and the final five episodes will be available beginning September 24. All episodes will remain accessible until October 3, when the series begins its weekly rebroadcast. During the rebroadcast period, each episode will be available to stream for two weeks. PBS station members with Passport, a benefit for donors, offering extended access to a rich library of public television programming can view the entire series (all 10 episodes) beginning September 17 (contact your local PBS station for details).  The series will also be available in Spanish and Vietnamese on streaming.

A trailer for the film is available hereContinue reading →

Memories of Glenn Campbell in the Friday Wrap-Up, August 11, 2017 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

Each week 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.

In this week’s newsletter, the Secretary remembers Glenn Campbell and points to a Website begun by Campbell’s wife, Kim: “, a website and social movement designed to provide information, inspiration, encouragement, empowerment, and hope to caregivers to care for themselves while caring for others.”

Click here to download the newsletter as a .pdf file. 



“Why Medicaid matters to you” – The Conversation

medicaid and seniors“As more and more seniors need care, their budgets will be strained. As a result, they may rely on Medicaid.”

“Efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare have been suspended for the time being, and many Americans are breathing a sigh of relief. But Obamacare is far from safe, and the same is true for one of the key programs – Medicaid – that the law used to expand health care coverage for millions of Americans.

“While many people may think of Medicaid as a government program that helps only the nation’s poor, that is not accurate. Medicaid helps pay for – and is indeed part of estate planning strategies for – nursing home care and other forms of long-term care. Since all Americans live in communities with elderly people, will grow old themselves or have aging parents, long-term care and how to pay for it is a matter that affects us all, even if we do not realize it.”

Medicaid and seniors

Enter Medicaid. While many may think Medicaid primarily covers poor people, about 28 percent of its overall budget is spent on long-term care.

That money is vital to seniors and to the nursing homes they live in. In 2014, Medicaid paid for 62 percent of nursing home residents. Increasingly, it covers assisted living and in-home care, which many elderly people prefer.

Continue reading this article at The Conversation, click here.

Friday Wrap-Up, August 4, 2017 | 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.

In this week’s newsletter, the Secretary notes:

“What’s often overlooked is that many seniors also experience this problem. During the past several decades, physicians have increasingly prescribed their older patients medication to address chronic pain from arthritis, cancer, neurological diseases, and other illnesses that are often more common later in life. What we are beginning to see is that at times, those prescribed opioids hurt more than they help – while they decrease the pain at first, over time, the pills have less and less effect, and patients need to take more and more to manage the pain. In the past 20 years, the rate of hospitalization among seniors that is related to opioid overuse has quintupled.”

Click here to download the newsletter as a .pdf file.


It’s not only in this state | “Many of state’s elderly residents struggle to pay their bills” – The Boston Globe

by Katie Johnson

“Judi Gorsuch has a degree in literature from Michigan State University. She worked as a flight attendant for 19 years, earning up to $40,000 a year, and spent a decade at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, making $12 an hour before her part-time position was cut.

“Now Gorsuch, 74, lives in public housing near the Prudential Center and relies on her monthly $1,460 Social Security check and $400-a-month pension. Between rent and groceries and medical costs, Gorsuch says she’s lucky if she has any money left at the end of the month. When a new prescription for a bladder condition upped her expenses by $55 a month, she stopped filling it.

“‘I just decided to use Depends,’ she said.”

“Gorsuch, who never married and has no children, is among nearly 300,000 Massachusetts residents age 65 and above whose incomes aren’t enough to cover basic necessities, according to the 2016 Elder Economic Security Standard Index developed at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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“New estimates from the 2016 Elder Economic Security Standard Index™ suggest that half of older adults living alone, and one out of four older adults living in two-elder households, lack the financial resources required to pay for basic needs.”

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Click here to read The Boston Globe article in its entirety.


Need-to-know information about child abuse; elder abuse and abuse of adults with disabilities

An article in today’s Allentown’s Morning Call, highlights the increased number of child abuse reports in the Lehigh / Northampton counties area.

“With new laws expanding the number of people who must report suspected abuse or neglect, and new provisions for jailing those who fail to forward a suspicion, the number of child abuse reports has increased more than 50 percent statewide in two years, according to the state Department of Human Services.”

“The Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) requires the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to annually report to the governor and General Assembly on child abuse in the commonwealth. The report provides information on the efforts to protect and help children who were reported as victims of suspected abuse and neglect.”

child protective2016 Annual Child Protective Services Report

child protective 2A page from the report shows the substantiated child abuse reports by county across the commonwealth.

This 2016 article – “Officials: Pa. elder abuse up; resources aren’t”“Officials: Pa. elder abuse up; resources aren’t” – notes, “County officials and advocates for the elderly nationwide argue that protective resources are wanting even though elder abuse is more common than child abuse.”


Child Abuse:

To report child abuse call 1-800-932-0313. Mandated reporters can report online.

Learn more about protecting Pennsylvania’s children from abuse and neglect.

ELDER ABUSE & Adults with Disabilities Abuse:

To report abuse of elderly individuals or adults with disabilities call the Protective Services Hotline: 1-800-490-8505.

Learn more about reporting elder abuse and abuse of adults with disabilities.




“‘Seasoned?’ ‘Lucky?’ ( readers join the debate over what to call older people “


by Stacey Burling, Staff Writer

“Seasoned. Chronologically gifted. Senior. Just plain old.

“All those words had fans among the readers who responded to my essay on the challenges of describing people over age 65 when some chafe at words that even hint at the possibility that they might be past their prime. What do people in this age group want to be called?

“The good news is that a lot of people are feeling good about aging and are just thankful they’re around. As one online commenter put it: ‘All that matters is that I am looking down at the flowers. Call me what you want, such a minor matter.’

“Sol Mayer, 84, said he and his wife live in a large senior community.”

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