Category Archives: Events & Actvities

“It’s ‘time change’ time. Get set to move your clocks back an hour this weekend” – CNN

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“It’s the first weekend in November. You know what that means: It’s time to “fall back.”

“Or more specifically, time for us to move our clocks back as daylight saving time comes to an end.
“It happens at 2 a.m. Sunday, in essence allowing most Americans to relive the 1 a.m. hour all over again.
So people will get an extra hour to sleep or party or maybe go over that sample ballot before voting in Tuesday’s midterms.”

Friday Wrap-Up, November 2, 2018 | 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.

This week the Secretary writes about the horror of the events at Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh in Allegheny County.

Also listed in the Friday Wrap-UP are upcoming events about Link partner events listed at the Service Area 13 Website.

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Special Town Hall Meeting on November 9 | Find out more about programs and services for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking to communicate over the phone.

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Berks County Link partners’ network collaborates in 1st Annual Scams Against Seniors Symposium

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Pennsylvania’s senior population grew by 13.5 percent from 2010 to 2016, according to a recent research report from the Pennsylvania State Data Center, which analyzes data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania’s total population rose just 0.6 percent over that span.

Reports about scammers and con artists targeting persons age 6o and over are increasing. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, “senior citizens especially should be aware of fraud schemes for the following reasons:

  • Senior citizens are most likely to have a “nest egg,” to own their home, and/or to have excellent credit—all of which make them attractive to con artists.
  • People who grew up in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s were generally raised to be polite and trusting. Con artists exploit these traits, knowing that it is difficult or impossible for these individuals to say “no” or just hang up the telephone.
  • Older Americans are less likely to report a fraud because they don’t know who to report it to, are too ashamed at having been scammed, or don’t know they have been scammed. Elderly victims may not report crimes, for example, because they are concerned that relatives may think the victims no longer have the mental capacity to take care of their own financial affairs.
  • When an elderly victim does report the crime, they often make poor witnesses. Con artists know the effects of age on memory, and they are counting on elderly victims not being able to supply enough detailed information to investigators. In addition, the victims’ realization that they have been swindled may take weeks—or more likely, months—after contact with the fraudster. This extended time frame makes it even more difficult to remember details from the events.
  • Senior citizens are more interested in and susceptible to products promising increased cognitive function, virility, physical conditioning, anti-cancer properties, and so on. In a country where new cures and vaccinations for old diseases have given every American hope for a long and fruitful life, it is not so unbelievable that the con artists’ products can do what they claim.”

Today over 100 persons attended the Scams Against Seniors Symposium — A Michael Meitzler Award Event at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 430 S 7th Ave, Reading, PA 19611.  Today’s event featured information tables with local and state resources, speakers, including Rev. Dr. Ronald W. Costen, PhD. & Attorney at Law-Elder Justice Specialist and Mary Bach from AARP’s Consumer Task Force and workshops on frauds, scams and identity theft from the PA Office of Attorney General & The PA Crime Prevention Officers’ Association.

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Other resources include:

The Pennsylvania Crime Prevention Officers’ Association

Pennsylvania Attorney General

Berks County Area Agency on Aging

Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resource


More about Michael Meitzler

“Berks man’s legacy helps keep senior citizens safe from scams” Reading Eagle

“Berks Co. man’s remains found in home nearly 3 years after death” – WFMZ-TV69


Seniors are in denial about their vulnerability | “It’s estimated that one in five Americans over the age of 65 are victims of financial abuse—and the average loss is a staggering $120,300. Financial abuse can the the form of a scam, or it can also be perpetrated by family or friends who syphon off money from older loved ones. Nearly half of older Americans surveyed recently by Wells Fargo reported they know someone who had been a victim of a scam.” – Money Magazine

 

 

SAVE THE DATE | 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease & related diseases forum

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Hamilton Relay Offers $500 High School Scholarships: Application deadline is January 18, 2019

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As the Telecommunications Relay and/or Captioned Telephone service provider for the state of Pennsylvania, Hamilton Relay acknowledges that opportunities for higher education affect the future of Pennsylvania’s high school students.

We are pleased to once again extend the Hamilton Relay Scholarship opportunity to graduating high school seniors in Pennsylvania who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking to assist in their goals of continuing their education.

Please share the attached scholarship application and information with your eligible students. Hamilton Relay selects one candidate from each of the states where Hamilton is the contracted service provider. All candidates are required to submit an application, write an essay under the topic of communication technology and provide a letter of recommendation in order to qualify. The application documents can also be found online at www.hamiltonrelay.com.

The scholarship deadline is January 18, 2019 and applications must be received or postmarked by this date. The scholarship is in the amount of $500 and the winner will be determined on or before February 28, 2019.

Hamilton Relay is excited to give back to the community by offering this scholarship opportunity to students who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking. We look forward to learning more about the outstanding students in Pennsylvania.

Download the Hamilton Relay Scholarship Guidelines and Application and apply today!

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Friday Wrap-Up, October 12, 2018 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

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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.

Click here download the newsletter as a .pdf file.

 

UDS Presents on Quality Measures for Home and Community Based Services

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United Disabilities Services (UDS) was inducted onto the faculty to present at the Health Care Quality Congress held in Dallas, Texas this October.  The Quality Congress is an official event held by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).  The title of UDS’s educational session was “Merging Social & Medical Models in Home and Community Based Services to fully embrace Person Centered Care through Quality Measures”.

The session focused on how to create quality performance measures using a process improvement analysis.  This is an internal process that UDS affectionately refers to as a PIA. Debra Scheidt, the Executive Director of HCBS was the presenter and went on to identify how to track and trend quality measures “effectivity” and then analyze the data against an original hypothesis to determine next steps for success.  These processes have been widely established in the current UDS quality culture. The outcome has been a decrease in unplanned, preventable hospital admissions for the people they serve.

This conference was designed for the seasoned health care management professional responsible for managing, implementing and assessing the Health Plan Accreditation survey process and those professionals gathering, analyzing or reporting HEDIS data.  Several hundred professionals from as far away as Puerto Rico attended this event.

The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is a tool used by more than 90 percent of America’s health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service. The Health Care Quality Congress offers attendees the first opportunity after the data is released to ask question, learn about the latest developments’ in Health Plan Accreditation and HEDIS measures directly from NCQA, and expand their ability to offer high-quality value-based care to their plan members.

Earlier this year, UDS was an early adopter and as such was awarded full accreditation from NCQA on behalf of Care Management For Long Term Services and Supports. UDS has presented on core measures in best practice webinars for NCQA in the past and was a presenter at the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) conference. That was held in Baltimore, MD in August of this year. UDS took first place in the “Stories from the Field” competition.  UDS also won the video contest and the submission which illustrated the UDS Mission, was shown at the NASUAD conference.

SOURCE: news release

Town Hall Meeting – November 9 | Learn more about programs and services that allow individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind or have difficulty speaking to communicate over the phone

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Friday Wrap-Up, September 28, 2018 | 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.

Click here download the newsletter as a .pdf file.