Category Archives: Aging

April 01 – FREE WEBINAR: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Webinar

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This webinar will give grandparents raising grandchildren and anyone working with them, tips and resources that are available in Pennsylvania.

Things to Keep in Mind When Working With Grandfamilies

Families come in all shapes and sizes.
Grandparents or even Great-Grandparents, raising their grandchildren (Grandfamilies) are becoming more and more prevalent and these families have a unique set of needs.
In order to be an effective service provider for your grandfamilies take a look at these tips below which come directly from individuals who have raised or are currently raising their grandchildren.

What is The Grandfamilies Act, and How Will it Impact Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren?

This project was developed, in part, under grant number 1H79SM082194-02 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S.

What is “nursing home transition” and why does it matter?

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This morning, the Disability Empowerment Center (DEC) hosted an informational, interactive Webinar to familiarize people with its recently enhanced nursing home transition program and to introduce Deborah Stumpf, Nursing Home Transition Coordination Specialist.

Executive Director, Dan Stroup, opened the Webinar by telling Webinar attendees the purpose of Centers for Independent Living. He explained that DEC has been facilitating nursing home transition but by adding Deb Stumpf, the emphasis will be “beefed up.

Click here (or on the above graphic) to see a very short video about nursing home transition.

Pennsylvania’s  Nursing Home Transition (NHT) Program was developed to assist and empower consumers who want to move from a nursing facility back to a home of their choice in the community. NHT also helps the Commonwealth rebalance its long-term living systems. When given choice, an overwhelming number of people say they want to age in place in their homes rather than in institutions. Yet, in publicly funded programs, the bias has always been toward institutional care. NHT provides the opportunity for individuals and their families or caregivers to be fully informed of all long-term services and supports options, including the full range of available home and community-based services (HCBS). Through the NHT program, individuals can receive the guidance and support they need to make informed choices about their long-term services and supports. The program assists individuals in moving out of institutions and eliminates barriers in service systems so that individuals receive services and supports in settings of their choice.

Two Link Service Area-13 Link to Aging and Disability Resources partner agencies are Centers for Independent Living. DEC is the designated CIL for Lancaster and Lebanon Counties and Abilities In Motion is the designated CIL for Berks County.

For more information about nursing home transition call:

Berks County – Abilities In Motion: Toll Free: 1-888-376-0120

Lancaster County – Disability Empowerment Center: 717-394-1890

Lebanon County – Disability Empowerment Center:  717-769-2922


The Penn State Harrisburg Smart Home Research Initiative (SHRI) Committee invites you to attend a Virtual Symposium on The Future of Aging.

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The Future of Aging: Smart Home Technology, Healthcare, Research, and Practice

The Penn State Harrisburg Smart Home Research Initiative (SHRI) Committee invites you to attend a Virtual Symposium on The Future of Aging on April 9, 2021, 11:30-2:30 pm.  

A major goal of the symposium is to bring together public and private entities that share interests in advancing innovations that improve the quality of life for older adults and individuals with disabilities. The program includes several Guest Speakers, Research Presentations, and a Panel Discussion.  Breakout rooms are designed to give participants an active role in discussing symposium topics.  A complete program is available on the registration page.

To register, please click here:  Registration is open until midnight on April 6, 2021.

“Fully Vaccinated and Time to Party: If You Are 70” – The New York Times

“Older Americans still make up a majority of those who have been inoculated, and many are taking advantage and venturing out.”

older people are back“Marcia Bosseler, 85, is back to playing Ping-Pong — and beating all the men, she says — at her apartment complex in Coral Gables, Fla.” Credit. … Scott McIntyre for The New York Times

by Jennifer Steinhauer

“Bobby Stuckey flipped through receipts this month, surprised to see a huge increase in cocktail sales, the highest in the 17-year history of his restaurant, even though the bar section has been closed. The septuagenarians are back.

“’Every night we are seeing another couple or a pair of couples in the dining room, and they feel so much relief,’ said Mr. Stuckey, the owner of Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, Colo. ‘Covid was hard on everybody, but you can’t even think of the emotional toll in this group. They haven’t gone out. They want to have the complete experience. It is just joyful to see them again.’

“Older people, who represent the vast majority of Americans who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, are emerging this spring with the daffodils, tilting their faces to the sunlight outdoors. They are filling restaurants, hugging grandchildren and booking flights.

“Marcia Bosseler is back to playing Ping-Pong — and beating all the men, she says — at her apartment complex in Coral Gables, Fla.”

Read this article at The New York Times in its entirety, click here.

“How’d We Get Here? The History of Nursing Homes” – next avenue

“From colonial almshouses to privatization and regulation – Once people have a sense that there is money to be made, they look to get involved.”

History-of-nursing-homes.inside.Almshouse in London Town, Anne Arundel County, Md. in the 1930s, history of nursing homes  |  Credit: Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

by Grace Birnstengel

“We are currently at a pivotal point in the nation’s history of caring for the most frail and vulnerable. The way leaders respond to the horrific toll the pandemic has taken on nursing home residents will determine the future of nursing home care for years, possibly decades, to come.

“This is not the first — or second — time where massive outrage has led to calls for significant change and reform in nursing homes. The problems that plague today’s nursing homes are, in many ways, reminiscent and tied to their history in the United States.

“As our 85-and-over population continues to grow, nursing home care is an increasing reality for many of our oldest old who require medical and personal care that can’t be met in home or through community services.

“Today’s nursing homes — also called skilled nursing facilities — include medical care and meals and sometimes offer activities and programming to keep residents engaged. They’re also used as rehabilitation centers for older people recovering from illness or injury between hospitalization and going home. Many have memory care units separated from other residents to assist those with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

“To understand how and why nursing homes evolved into their current iteration requires going back hundreds of years — all the way back to the 17th century.”

Continue reading this article at next avenue, click here.

You’re invited to the PA Council on Aging’s first-ever Social Isolation Symposium

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Continuing its work on the growing issue of social isolation among older adults, the Pennsylvania Council on Aging (PCoA) is hosting a Social Isolation Symposium on Tuesday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 24 to present information and resources to individuals who work with older adults, including caregivers and health care staff; stakeholders, and the public.

This first-of-its-kind event in Pennsylvania will feature nationally-known speakers focusing on the impact of social isolation, and how to get older adults engaged to ensure their continued health and wellbeing.

The two-day virtual event offers attendees a chance to participate in more than a dozen workshop sessions or select those of particular interest. Session topics include older adult suicide prevention; how to prevent social isolation among LGBTQ older adults; engaging, supporting and empowering family caregivers; using partnerships and collaborations to reduce social isolation; staying social in a socially distanced world; getting seniors online, and more.

Click here to see the schedule of presentations and to register for one or more presentations.

Register for the online launch event of the first UN Global report on ageism (18 March)

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DATE: 18 March 2021
TIME: 13:00 – 14:00 CET (Geneva) | 7:00 – 8:00 AM Eastern Time

Through an interactive and engaging discussion, this online event will challenge how we think, feel and act towards age and ageing. The event will launch the first UN Global report on ageism, developed by WHO, OHCHR, UNDESA, and UNFPA. The report presents the latest evidence on a topic that has only gained greater relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will highlight what we know about ageism, why it matters, and how we can tackle it. It will also kick off a global conversation that concerns us all and in which we all should have our say. People that join the first conversation will be provided with resources to spark their own conversations.

  • Ageism refers to how we think (stereotypes), feel (prejudice) and act (discrimination) towards others or ourselves based on age.
  • Ageism against older and younger people is highly prevalent worldwide.
  • Ageism exists in our institutions, our relationships and ourselves, and affects us from childhood into older age.
  • Ageism has an impact on all aspects of people’s health and costs individuals and society billions of dollars.
  • Ageism can be combatted. Join the event to learn how.

This online event will be held in English on Zoom and requires pre-registration

Help spread the word about ageism by using and following the hashtag #AWorld4AllAges.

This event is a side event of the 46th session of the Human Rights Council.

Saturday webinars | Link Service Area 13 kicks off “Let’s get Tech Savvy” webinar series designed to help you get connected.

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“In the USA, only 59% of people over the age of 65 use the Internet daily, as opposed to 86% of all adults under 65.”

That’s the entire reason the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources’ Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area  scheduled the Saturday morning (March 6) webinar. This was the first in a series of planned webinars that are designed to erase and lessen the fears that many people may have about using digital technology.

It’s tough trying to deliver taking training about how to use a smart phone, a tablet or a computer to persons who may not have the technology, the experience or the connectivity. It’s also tough to not have internet access and technological skills needed to find a Covid vaccination site. Or to file an online unemployment claim. Or to schedule a medical appointment.

But the intent of this series of webinars is to lessen the trepidation and the uncertainty of the technology in small bite-sized blocks of 30 to 40 minute online webinars. The Link coordinator hopes that caregivers, family members and agency resources who interact with persons with low or no digital savvy will share the webinar information with them.

For instance, here’s a video recording of Saturday’s “Baby Steps” Webinar:!Agtzmyc10ssBgxni4YdAzYOFpFiO?e=Sdb3wR

The next Webinar will be in two weeks and will be announced at the Link Website and hopefully in local media. For more information about upcoming Webinars, send an email to or call / text: 717.308.9714.

Those who’ve ventured into owning a smart phone know “how many times a day your phone, computer, tablet, watch and other gadgets buzz or ding. It gets annoying and distracting.”

Upcoming webinars will deal with smart phone questions, but here’s a Kim Kommando column that’s especially topical: “How to stop junk text messages and spam for good.”

“‘Providers Don’t Even Listen’: Barriers To Alzheimer’s Care When You’re Not White” – NPR

200489720-001As a researcher at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, Alice Mukora says she understands the need to enroll diverse populations in Alzheimer’s research. But that would be more likely to happen, she notes, if people of color had better experiences getting Alzheimer’s care.” – Siri Stafford/Getty Images

by Jon Hamilton

“Many members of racial and ethnic minority groups say they face extra barriers when seeking care for a friend or family member with Alzheimer’s disease.

“Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American caregivers were far more likely than whites to encounter discrimination, language barriers and providers who lack cultural competence, according to a report released Tuesday by the Alzheimer’s Association.

“‘Among nonwhite caregivers, half say they’ve faced discrimination when navigating through the health care system,’ says Maria Carrillo, the association’s chief science officer. Just 17% of white caregivers reported that sort of problem.

“Black caregivers were most likely to report barriers, followed by Native American, Asian American and Hispanic caregivers.

“One major concern reported by those trying to get treatment or other support for a loved one is that ‘providers don’t even listen to what they are saying, perhaps because of their race, color or ethnicity,’ Carrillo says. ‘What they’re experiencing is actually affecting their care,’ she notes.”

Read this NPR article in its entirety, click here.

Online learning and connecting | several articles for digital users of all levels

fatigue - connectionThe Internet and meeting platforms as Zoom have provided exceptional ways for people to stay connected over the past year. Perhaps going forward, digital conferencing computer applications and programs will be the connection of choice for so many reasons.

On March 6, the Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Link partners’ network will be offering this free Webinar that’s geared for persons who may need a little boost and confidence building in getting started on digital highway.

March 06 – A webinar especially for seniors and others who may be a little skeptical about digital devices and the Internet: “BABY STEPS #1: Let’s Get Tech Savvvy!

Here are a few articles that may be of interest for you: