Category Archives: Events & Actvities

The latest YouTube video series interview is posted; this video interview is with APPRISE coordinators.

The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources Service Area 13 partners’ network video interview series continues with this just-added interview with APPRISE coordinators from Berks County and Lebanon Counties. Lancaster County’s APPRISE coordinator was unavailable for this interview.

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APPRISE Coordinators Rosa Velez from the Berks County program and Teresa Hilderbrandt, Coordinator for Lebanon County discuss the benefits of working with a certified APPRISE representative to discuss the most appropriate health insurance Medicare supplement program for your needs. In Lancaster County, the Coordinator is Kim Skinner. All three counties offer in-person and over the phone appointments addressing key elements to determine the plan best for your needs such as your yearly income, chronic diseases you may have and the prescription medications you are currently taking.


This interview series features Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources | Service Area 13 partners relaying information about partner agency’s / organization’s services and programs that are available for:

  • persons age 60 and over
  • persons with a disability
  • veterans
  • family members and
  • caregivers

located in either Berks, Lancaster or Lebanon Counties.


To contact the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources,

call 1-800-753-8827


Service Area partner agencies / organizations / entities with the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources wishing to be included in this interview series may contact the Link coordinator for more information. Call/text: 717.380.9714 or email blllink@mail.com

“Two Team Photos, One Difference: The Cheerleader With Down Syndrome” – The New York Times

“A junior high cheerleading team took nearly identical photos with and without Morgyn Arnold. The school called the publication of the photo without her a mistake that is under investigation.”

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by Amanda Morris

“Morgyn Arnold is a natural cheerleader. She grew up supporting her six older siblings at sporting events in Utah and followed in her father’s and sister’s footsteps by becoming a cheerleader herself.

“For Morgyn, who has Down syndrome, being on the Shoreline Junior High School cheer squad gave her a chance to make friends and feel included after transferring to the school last summer.

“But when the school yearbook came out a few weeks ago, Morgyn, 14, was not in the team’s photo or listed as part of the squad. The school has since apologized for what it called an ‘error,’ but Morgyn’s sister Jordyn Poll said she believed that the exclusion was intentional.’

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

 

“Mysteries of Mental Illness” | a special WITF event

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“Explore the story of mental illness in science and society, tracing the evolution of this complex topic from its earliest days to present times. Join WITF for a free documentary screening and panel discussion around Mysteries of Mental Illness Monday, June 21 at 7pm. Watch selected clips of Mysteries of Mental Illness, followed by a panel discussion exploring the topic with local experts.

“The four-part series examines the dramatic attempts across generations to unravel the mysteries of mental illness and give voice to contemporary Americans across a spectrum of experiences.”

WITF (public broadcasting) Monday, June 21 at 7pm

Click here to register

Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2021

Did you know? Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.”

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“Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2021 will occur on Monday, May 31.

“Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

Read more about the history of Memorial Day at History.com.


This Webpage at the Veterans Affairs Website has more history about Memorial Day.


May is Older Americans Month!

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Every May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM). The theme for 2021 is “Communities of Strength.” 

Older adults have built resilience and strength over their lives through successes, failures, joys, and difficulties. Their stories and contributions help to support and inspire others. This OAM, we will celebrate the strength of older adults and the Aging Network, with special emphasis on the power of connection and engagement in building strong communities.

There are many things we all can do to nurture ourselves, reinforce our strength, and continue to thrive. Connecting with others is one of the most important—it plays a vital role in our health and well-being, and in that of our communities. From finding joy in small things and sharing our stories, to looking at the big picture and giving to others, join us in promoting the ways we are connected and strong.

The ACL has created a website that provides activity ideas, social media resources and other materials to help you observe Older Americans Month.

 

monthly Monday Death Cafe continues on May 17 | you may register to attend now.

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Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrcOihpjspHNN79DNu1LnOTQzgn–_PKrj
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email.

“Many Older Adults Lack Even Simple, Helpful Equipment” – The New York Times

“Railings, grab bars, shower chairs and other inexpensive devices can make it easier to continue living at home, but not enough older people acquire them.”

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by Paula Spahn

“In 2019, John Hancock had become so disabled after a hospitalization that he went close to a year without being able to take a bath or a shower. Using a walker, he could, with difficulty, move around the townhouse in Baltimore where he lived with his daughter and grandson. But because he felt too unsteady to climb into the tub, one of them had to help him with sponge baths.

“Then a program at Johns Hopkins called CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place — Advancing Better Living for Elders) sent a nurse, an occupational therapist and a repair person to provide some inexpensive assistive devices. ‘It made a tremendous difference in my life,’ Mr. Hancock, a retired school cook, said.

“Over several visits, the team asked about his needs and priorities and supplied a shower chair and a rubber bath mat. The repair person installed grab bars around the tub, attached a hand-held shower nozzle and added a railing next to the toilet. Mr. Hancock learned how to use it all.

“’I feel safe and I feel secure,’ he said recently. ‘I don’t have to call somebody to help me. I feel independent, and I’ve been independent all my life.’ Recovering well from a recent stroke, Mr. Hancock, now 64, can not only bathe on his own but can also cook for himself, manage stairs and go to church.”

Click here to read this article in its entirety at The New York Times.


Be sure to register for this Link-sponsored Webinar:

May 6, 2021 @ 11:00 am – “Is Assistive Technology just a device?” | Shelly Houser, presenter (Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VwCzY-5-SN2j6GtFNokISA. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.)

“What And When Is National Healthcare Decisions Day 2021?” – Cake

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by Kimberly Charleson

“There’s a day for everything under the sun. You’ll find some bizarre ones, like National Chopsticks Day and National Cherry Pie Day. But National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is one of the most important, and it’s celebrated each year to shed light on the importance of advanced care planning.

Advanced care planning involves documenting and deciding your wishes in case you become too sick or unable to make your wishes known in the future.

“Healthcare decisions are not easy to talk about and can range from palliative care and hospice to the type of funeral you’d like. The best way to be prepared is to start end-of-life planning early.

“Each year, National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) falls on the same day in April — April 16.”

Read more here.

Pennsylvania Relay is excited to announce the launch of our desktop Real-Time Text Trial. We are looking for testers in Pennsylvania.

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Register to attend here.

Link Service Area 13 partners launch YouTube channel.

youtube channelWe’ve been announcing this project for several months at the separate Link cross-training meetings — now the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources | Service Area 13 YouTube channel has launched.

You can access it here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZwmzU3Q5WW8SZK4COihQMA

Margie Pizarro will be interviewing Service Area 13 Link partner agencies to learn more about their services and programs in 15 minute ZOOM interviews. Those interviews will be posted at the Link Service Area 13 YouTube channel for everyone to view and share.

If you are a Link partner agency/organization and would like to be a featured interview in this series, let us know.

Call or text: 717.380.9714 or email blllink@mail.com to get on the schedule.