Category Archives: Events & Actvities

March is Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.”

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Shown above clockwise from top right: First WAVES Machine Gun Instructors. Collection: National Archives “Women in the Military” collection on Historypin
http://www.historypin.com/map/#/geo:26.011201,-80.14949/zoom:15/dialog:8647025/tab:stories_tab_content/Sojourner Truth, three-quarter length portrait, standing, wearing spectacles, shawl, and peaked cap, right hand resting on cane. By Popular Demand: “Votes for Women” Suffrage Pictures, 1850-1920 – https://www.loc.gov/item/97513239/Dr. Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian of Congress, Image credit: Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian of Congress. Photo by Shawn Miller. – Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California. Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection. https://www.loc.gov/resource/fsa.8b29516/

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:

“Vaccine Signups Cater to the Tech-Savvy, Leaving Out Many” – Stateline

tech savvy vaccinations“Mary Christian, 71, spent hours on both her cellphone and iPad trying to arrange an appointment online for a COVID-19 vaccination through the Mississippi State Department of Health website and on its listed registration phone line. Older adults across the country who can’t easily navigate online technology are finding it difficult to sign up for appointments.” Rogelio V. SolisThe Associated Press

by Jenni Bergal

“Like millions of older adults across the country, Allan Potter and his wife, Vicki, are eager to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“The Potters, who live in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, are prime candidates. They’re both 73. He suffers from a neuromuscular disorder. She has multiple myeloma. They hoped to sign up for the shots and get them quickly.

“But they don’t have a computer or a smartphone. And, as in many states and counties, that’s a problem because most of the registration and appointment-setting is being done online.

“’Not all of us have a computer or are on the internet,’ Allan Potter said. ‘We’re old-school. We’ve got a landline and that’s it. It’s very frustrating.’

“While many older adults have access to the internet and are tech-savvy, others are not. And even some of those who are used to going online are having a hard time navigating complicated registration websites. Others who are being left out include low-income residents who may not have the technology and people in rural areas with poor internet connections.

“Many older people are turning to adult children, other family members or friends to help them. Others are just left out.”

Continue reading this article at Pew Trusts, click here.


Click here to register for a Special Link Webinar: 

“BABY STEPS #1: Let’s Get Tech Savvvy!”

 

 

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

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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.

The next Death Cafe is slated for Monday, February 22 | You may register to attend now.

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You are invited to attend this FREE Death Cafe via ZOOM. Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpceuhqzsuGtP4CL-7TyXAYI9NqCmtSJNL

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

webinars: Understanding Decisional Capacities of Older Adults and Exploring Male Caregiving for People Living with Dementia

ADVANCING STATES WEBINARS

Understanding Decisional Capacities of Older Adults

Capacity assessments of older adults is steeped in the fundamental tensions between two core ethical principles: autonomy (self-determination) and protection (beneficence). Adult Protective Services caseworkers must often consider the impact of cognitive functioning on a person’s risk for elder abuse, exploitation, and neglect.

In this webinar hosted by ACL’s Adult Protective Services Technical Assistance Resource Center, Dr. Sheri Gibson of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs will address the very complex topic of decisional capacities in older adults, which involves knowledge of medical and psychological syndromes, clinical assessment, ethics, and the law. Attendees will learn a conceptual framework used by psychologists to assess a person’s ability to make decisions or perform tasks as they pertain to legal standards, and methods to enhance the referral process for a formal capacity evaluation.

This webinar will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.

REGISTER HERE


Exploring Male Caregiving for People Living with Dementia

Effective Alzheimer’s disease and dementia caregiving requires skills and understanding that are not entirely intuitive. For many men, these challenges are heightened because they are not socialized to be caregivers. This does not mean that males aren’t eager to be caregivers. However, because of the ever-changing nature of dementia disease, caregiving cannot be approached as a problem to be solved. This webinar will discuss burdens specific to male caregivers, including skill-building, asking for and receiving help, and self-care. A male caregiver will join the presenter to provide a first-person perspective.

This webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET.

REGISTER HERE

“Talking About Death Is Hard, but Some Groups Embrace It” – AARP

“Amid COVID-19 losses, death cafés provide supportive settings for discussions about mortality”

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by Robin L. Flanigan

“Death has never been easy to talk about in our culture, but COVID-19 has thrust the taboo subject into the spotlight.

“And some groups, called death cafés, are making it less fraught to discuss topics around dying, including fears, spirituality and ethics. With more than 400,000 Americans dead from the coronavirus, mortality is something that is on many people’s minds — whether they’re having a direct experience with it or not.

“With tea and cake or other treats, death cafés — in 73 countries and now mostly virtual — are open to anyone interested in delving into the issue of mortality. With no agendas, only unstructured conversation, their objective is to increase awareness of death in a supportive way while helping people make the most of their lives.”

Click here to continue reading this article at AARP.org.


The Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area of the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources has been hosting local Death Cafes for the past five years. Due to COVID-19, our Death Cafes have been held virtually via ZOOM for the past year.

The next Death Cafe is tonight — you can still register to come to tonight’s Death Cafe held in collaboration with the Exeter Community Library:

You are invited to a Zoom Death Cafe.
When: Jan 28, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMld-CpqDguE91tCwdVKhnLQ5_bCMTyUjJl

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Then in March, there’s another one that’s being held in collaboration with Lebanon County’s Age Wave Initiative’s Advance Care Planning Coalition. 

You are invited to a Zoom Death Cafe.
When: Mar 15, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqc-ytqDooGtDOCNiObvO8EXSN_V0rqno1

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The Veterans Breakfast Club Goes National

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This week, the Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) launched its effort to extend its programs to veterans and non-veterans nationwide. Since 2008, the VBC has served mostly the greater Pittsburgh area with weekly local meetings to unite veterans within the community and share their stories. Following the organization’s success and strategic shift to virtual programming last year, the VBC is scaling up to extend its geographic reach.

“To ensure that the living history of U.S. veterans will never be forgotten, Veterans Breakfast Club (VBC) announced today the national expansion of its nonprofit organization. Founded in 2008, VBC is dedicated to creating communities of listening around veterans and their stories to connect, educate, heal and inspire. Through diverse virtual programming, VBC is cultivating the only community of its kind, bringing together veterans, their families and civilians to share, celebrate and preserve veterans’ stories.”

Continue reading all about the Veterans Breakfast Club’s announcement, click here.

“Review: ‘Supernova’ is a quiet burning star of a love story” – Associated Press

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by Mark Kennedy

“The actors Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth have been friends for 20 years and that is plainly evident watching them play longtime lovers in the wrenchingly beautiful film ‘Supernova.’

“The award-winning duo are like a well-worn sweater onscreen, comfortable and lived-in, showing the kind of tart affection people show when ardor’s lust has given way to the slow burn of adoration.

“In a scene early on in ‘Supernova,’ Tucci’s character asks Firth’s character how things are going. ‘It’s fine for me,’ comes the steady reply. Tucci knows better: ‘Liar,’ he says, simply.

“He’s right because the film is about impending loss: Tucci’s Tusker has early onset dementia and Firth’s Sam is thrust into the position of watching the possibility of his love outlast his lover.

“Writer-director Harry Macqueen’s script is as spare and natural as the setting — England’s Lake District, with its ancient stone walls and rolling misty green countryside. Dementia is never mentioned and referred to only obliquely, as in ‘the bloody thing.’”

Read this film review in its entirety here.


Click here to watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4Vk0CVcDts


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Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day | “Online Holocaust Denial Report Card: An Investigation of Online Platforms’ Policies and Enforcement” – Anti-Defamation League

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Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorating the victims of the horrific crimes committed by the Nazis and their supporters. This is a day to hear powerful stories from Holocaust survivors, liberators and witnesses; a day to recommit to the fight against antisemitism, including efforts to root out Holocaust denial; and a day for the world to educate itself about all issues related to the Holocaust and genocide.

“The Holocaust, the systematic murder of approximately six million Jews and several million others by the Nazis, is one of history’s most painstakingly examined and well-documented genocides.

“Nevertheless, in the decades since World War II, a small group of antisemites has repeatedly attempted to cast doubt on the facts of the Holocaust concerning Jewish victims. They claim that Jews fabricated evidence of their genocide to gain sympathy, extract reparations from Germany and facilitate the alleged illegal acquisition of Palestinian land to create Israel.

“This phenomenon, known as Holocaust denial, is founded on stereotypes of Jewish greed, scheming, and the belief that Jews can somehow force massive institutions — governments, Hollywood, the media, academia — to promote an epic lie. In the United States, until the early 2000s, Holocaust denial was dominated by the extremist right, including white supremacists, who had a vested interest in absolving Hitler from having committed one of the most monstrous crimes the world has ever known. Today, Holocaust denial in the U.S. has moved far beyond its original fringe circles on the extremist right to become a phenomenon across the ideological spectrum.

Continue reading this article at the Anti-Defamation League Website, click here.