Category Archives: Events & Actvities

Better Hearing and Speech Month Award


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Hamilton Relay, contracted service provider for Pennsylvania, is currently seeking nominations for the 2018 Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award.

Nominations are due April 2nd. Please read the above nomination information letter and click here to download the scholarship application.

Nominations are sought for individuals who are hard of hearing, late-deafened or have difficulty speaking and who have been a positive influence in Pennsylvania, demonstrating commitment to volunteerism, leadership, advocacy and enhancing the lives of those around them.

The award will be presented during Better Hearing and Speech Month in May.

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

This week the Secretary writes about the 2018 Direct Care Worker (DCW) of the Year Award Nomination Extension.

The DCW of the Year Award was established to recognize the outstanding work of home-care aides who bring care home to thousands of older Pennsylvanians every day so they can remain in their homes

  • Demonstrate the commonwealth’s commitment to elevating the profession of direct-care workers
  • Spotlight the value and rewards of serving as a professional caregiver

The nomination deadline for this year has been extended to Friday, January 26, 2018.

Please click here to submit your nomination.

“The part of aging that people don’t talk about — and 5 ways to deal with it” – The Lebanon Daily News

by Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News

“For years before her death at age 96, Nancy Lundebjerg’s mother underwent a long, slow decline.

“Arthritis made it hard for Margaret Lundebjerg to get around. After two hip surgeries, she needed a walker when she was out and about.

“Incontinence was a source of discomfort, as was the need to rely on aides to help her perform daily chores.”

aging“When families avoid talking about an aging parent’s frailty or serious illness, the person with the condition can become isolated and family relationships can become strained.”

“Little by little, Margaret became frail and isolated. “There was a sadness to seeing my mother’s circle of life become diminished,” said Nancy Lundebjerg, 58, CEO of the American Geriatrics Society, who wrote about her experiences in the organization’s journal.

“The anguish accompanying aging isn’t openly discussed very often, nor is its companion: grief. Instead, these emotions are typically acknowledged only after a loved one’s death, when formal rituals recognizing a person’s passing —the wake, the funeral, the shiva — begin.

“But frailty and serious illness can involve significant losses over an extended period of time, giving rise to sadness and grief for years.”

Continue reading this article at the Lebanon Daily News Website.


Pennsylvania announces “Traveling Resource and Information Fair series” | invites resources providers to participate to share programs


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Click here to see all the information you need about these upcoming Resource and Information Fairs in each of the counties in Link Service Area 13.

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Register now for these important FREE trainings: QPR and MHFA

WellSpan Philhaven is offering two very important training programs … with multiple training dates in 2018. And the programs are FREE.qprTo register for any of the above QPR trainings, click here: www.

mhfaTo register for any of the above Mental Health First Aid trainings, click here: www.

PA Higher Education Consortium’s 2018 Symposium at Hershey Lodge

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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 



Friday Wrap-Up, December 15, 2017 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

Each week 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 to download the newsletter as a .pdf file.

This week the Secretary writes about older Pennsylvanians and “families affected by mental health and substance use disorders.”


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY – “Developing Solutions for Social Isolation in the United States: Learning From the World”

We’re providing a total of $2.5 million in funding, looking for the best ideas from around the world that can address social isolation in the United States.


by Maryjoan Ladden

I remember reading the story of a dying patient who, when asked who to call as his life was ending, he replied, ‘no one.’ He had absolutely no immediate family or close friends. Dr. Druv Khullar who wrote the piece noted ‘the sadness of his death was surpassed only by the sadness of his solitude. I wondered whether his isolation was a driving force of his premature death, not just an unhappy circumstance.’

“This profoundly sad story struck me to my core.

“Not everyone has a social network to call on when they need people by their side. Many people feel disconnected from society and from life, and that contributes to a host of physical, mental and emotional health problems. In fact, according to experts, social isolation is as bad for your health as smoking, obesity, elevated blood pressure, and high cholesterol.”

Click here to continue reading.


If you have an idea from abroad that just might work in America, see our new Call for Proposals!


See full Call for Proposals for more information.


Hamilton Relay Offers $500 Scholarships: Application deadline is March 1, 2018

Creating opportunities for higher education is a priority for Hamilton Relay. The goal of the Hamilton Relay Scholarship is to support students who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking in their post-secondary education.

The Hamilton Relay Scholarship is extended to a qualifying high school student living within one of the states where Hamilton Relay is the contracted telecommunications relay and/or captioned telephone service provider. This includes California, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington.

In each of these states, a $500 scholarship will be awarded to one eligible applicant. All applicants must meet eligibility requirements and submit required application materials prior to the March 1, 2018 deadline.

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

Scholarship Application . Word file|

Scholarship Application .pdf

For additional information and questions, please contact Customer Care at 800-618-4781 or


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