Category Archives: Education

“The latest blood pressure guidelines: What they mean for you” – The Conversation

new blood pressureNew blood pressure guidelines from the American Heart Association. CC BY-SA

by John Warner

Updated blood pressure guidelines from the American Heart Association mean that many more Americans, notably older people, are now diagnosed with high blood pressure, or hypertension. This may sound like bad news, but the new guidelines highlight some important lessons we cardiologists and heart health researchers have learned from the latest blood pressure studies. Specifically, we have learned that damage from high blood pressure starts at much lower blood pressures than previously thought and that it is more important than ever to start paying attention to your blood pressure before it starts causing problems.

“High blood pressure accounts for more heart disease and stroke deaths than all other preventable causes, except smoking.”

Read this article in its entirety at The Conversation.

“Do you know someone who needs to ‘hang up the keys’?” – AARP

when to quit driving

“There’s nothing more important than an older loved one’s safety. And when someone you care about is still driving, it’s crucial to pay close attention to their habits and, possibly, talk with them about planning for a life without driving.

Of course, it’s never easy to know the right time for them to “’hang up the keys,’ but these discussions can be easier. To help you, AARP Driver Safety has created an easy-to-complete program called We Need To Talk.

This FREE online seminar offers practical tips and advice in three interactive sessions:

  1. The Meaning of Driving – Find out what driving means to older adults and the emotions they may face when they have to give it up.
  2. Observing Driving Skills – Learn to notice and assess your loved ones’ driving skills objectively and talk about alternatives to driving.
  3. Planning Conversations – Discover ways to have “the talk” while encouraging independence. It’s a difficult conversation to initiate, but with the right tools, you can really make a difference in the life of an older driver.

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AARP Driver Safety offers many valuable educational programs. Click here to find out more.”

April 28 – National Drug Take Back Day

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DRUG TAKE-BACK LOCATIONS.Do your part and take back those prescription pills –

If you need assistance in finding a treatment provider or funding for addiction treatment, please call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or contact your local county drug and alcohol office.



What is Person-Centered Counseling?

“Person-centered counseling (PCC) allows individuals to be engaged in the decision making process about their options, preferences, values, and financial resources. Individuals in need of services or who are planning for the future have access to one-on-one counseling in a variety of settings, including within the home, community residence, acute care hospital, school settings, or several other settings based on the individual’s needs.

“PCC is a valuable tool for the aging and disability networks that can improve access to care through streamlined partnerships, technology, and resources that put the focus on the needs of people and their caregivers.

“A person-centered system recognizes that every individual is unique and the system must be able to respond flexibly to each individual’s situation, strengths, needs and preferences. Person-Centered Counseling is centered on the individual and their personal goals and desires, and is much broader in scope than any formal assessment or eligibility determination process tied to a public or private program.


The Person-Centered Counseling Training Program

“The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is offering a course designed to help individuals build competency working with person-centered counseling (PCC). There are 23.6 million people in need of PCC every year. The practice of person-centered counseling is built on the principle that individuals receiving counseling should be given power over the options surrounding the services they are receiving. This includes allowing the individual to choose where they would like to access counseling. Person-centered counseling centers on the specific needs of an individual, their families, and their caregivers, tailoring resources to fit their unique needs.

“This course is split in six parts, spanning from an introduction to No Wrong Door Systems to the role of advocacy. While the majority of the components are online, course 2B: Person-Centered Thinking and Practice is held in-person. Interested parties may register for a free trial of the first part of the course here.


PA Higher Education Consortium’s 2018 Symposium at Hershey Lodge

journey of inclusion

While most are counting down for the New Year, we invite you to countdown with us the days until Symposium 2018 – The Journey of Inclusion: Experiencing the College Years.

Click here!

… for more information and details about the day with our Award-Winning Authors, International Leaders and Innovators – John O’Brien, Bruce Uditsky, and Cate Weir.

Scholarship Available

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship to attend the Symposium please see the application below:

Click here for Symposium Scholarship Application 



“Got Cancer Questions? This Little-Known Hotline Is Here To Help” – NPR

by Courtney Columbus

cancer centerJill Wiseman answers questions for the Contact Center based at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. – Robert Hood/Fred Hutch News Service

“If you were worried you had cancer, who would you call for information? Chances are a federally-funded cancer helpline isn’t the first place that pops into your mind.

“But for 40 years, a helpline funded primarily by the National Cancer Institute has been answering people’s questions about cancer.

“It’s a source of information for people who have been called back for a follow-up after routine screenings and are worried they might have cancer. And it can also help cancer patients get information about participating in clinical trials and help them figure out questions to ask their doctors.”

Continue reading this article, click here.

National Cancer Institure Contact Center—Cancer Information Service


Friday Wrap-Up, June 2, 2017 | a message from the Secretary of Aging, including Pennsylvania’s CARE Act.

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.

And the Secretary’s lead item in this week’s “Wrap-Up” is “Pennsylvania’s passage of the Caregiver, Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act.”

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

The Secretary notes “AARP Pennsylvania has developed a cut out card that can be folded around your insurance card to keep in your wallet or purse. This way you will have valuable information about this new law at your fingertips should you need it.”

“Fresh Food By Prescription: This Health Care Firm Is Trimming Costs — And Waistlines” – NPR

by Allison Aubrey

trimming waistlinesRegistered dietitian Anna Ziegler counsels Tom Shicowich, who has a Type 2 diabetes. Since enrolling in the Fresh Food Pharmacy program, Shicowich has lost about 45 pounds. His A1C level has dropped significantly. – Allison Aubrey/NPR

“The advice to eat a healthy diet is not new. Back around 400 B.C., Hippocrates, the Greek doctor, had this missive: Let food be thy medicine.

“But as a society, we’ve got a long way to go. About one out of every two deaths from heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes in the U.S. is linked to a poor diet. That’s about 1,000 deaths a day.

“There are lots of places to lay the blame. Calories are cheap, and indulgent foods full of salt, sugar and fat are usually within our reach 24/7.

“So, how best to turn this around? Consider Tom Shicowich’s story. It begins with a toe. His left pinky toe.”

Continue reading this NPR article, click here.

Army OneSource offers FREE online behavioral health continuing education courses

caring for those who serve

Military Families face some unique challenges. In today’s Military culture, many Service members experience multiple deployments. This can leave them with health concerns, such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), domestic violence issues and suicidal tendencies. Now more than ever, Military Families need our support.

Army OneSource can help. FREE online behavioral health continuing education courses are available (through August 26, 2017) to help inform health care providers, physicians and first responders about Military culture and the traumas of war. We want to help those who, in the course of their work, come into contact with a Service member, Family member or Veteran.

If you treat Service members, strengthen your knowledge – Take advantage of this FREE resource. Register and complete a continuing education course today. 

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Log in to the Army OneSource Member Sign-In Page and click “My Courses” to complete this important and timely training today.

To register for courses:

  • After logging in, select “Bring Them the Rest of the Way Home,” from the navigational toolbar.
  • Click “Army OneSource Online Training” and select “Add to Cart.”
  • Select “Checkout,” then update your contact information when asked, and click “Submit Order.”
  • Once you submit your order, you’ll be able to see the continuing education under “My Courses” and begin the online course.

Behavioral Health Continuing Education Courses help service providers better understand Military culture and the traumas of war. Thank you for your interest in caring for those who serve.



“New Home Alone Alliance Video Series Brings Together AARP and VA to Support Family Caregivers” | Videos are in English and Spanish

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An email from the VA Caregiver Support program contained this important message that really is helpful for anyone who is a caregiver. The videos offer

“The New Home Alone Alliance Video Series Brings Together AARP and VA to Support Family Caregivers. AARP partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a Home Alone Alliance member, to release a video series instructing family caregivers how to perform mobility-related tasks.

“Please see the evidence-based video series (below) that include input from both practicing clinicians and family caregivers. We encouraged you to view the video series to enhance your Veteran’s care at home and/or share with other Caregivers that may benefit from the instructional series.”



Preparing Your Home for Safe Mobility

Getting from a Car to a Wheelchair

What to Do When Someone Falls

Using a Walker or Cane and Navigating Stairs

Moving from a Walker to Shower or Bed


Serie para cuidadores familiares: Cómo preparar tu hogar para la movilidad segura

Serie para cuidadores familiares: Salir del auto a una silla de ruedas

Serie para cuidadores familiares: Cómo usar un andador o un bastón y subir o bajar las escaleras

Serie para cuidadores familiares: Llegar del andador a la ducha o la cama

Serie para cuidadores familiares: Qué hacer cuando alguien se cae


“With VA’s Caregiver Support Line assistance is just a quick phone call away. Whether you’re in need of immediate assistance or have questions about what services you may be eligible for, the caring licensed professionals who answer the support line can:

  • Tell you about the assistance available from VA.
  • Help you access services.
  • Connect you with the Caregiver Support Coordinator at a VA Medical Center near you.
  • Just listen, if that’s what you need right now.

“If you’re just getting started with VA, calling the Caregiver Support Line is a great first step to take to learn more about the support that’s available to you.”