Category Archives: Events & Actvities

PADDC is accepting applications for POP-UP Talk presenters | complete and send your application today.

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Click here to download the application  

Watch your email in March when we open registration for the PA Community Alliance Summit.  More details to follow.

FREE Training for Family Peer Support Specialist

Here is a free training for a family member to become a Family Peer Support Specialist. The training is a total of five 8-hour days split between 2 weeks.

Check it out if you want to become a Family Peer Support Specialist.
Seats are limited.

You will need this training to become certified when the certification is finished.

In the future, this training will have a fee attached to it so if this is something you want to do, try to attend now when it is free.

If you have any questions, contact me or Jill Santiago, the trainer.
Her contact information is on the flyer below.

Karan A Steele Phone: 724-744-6537 |
Prevention, Education & Outreach Coordinator
Beacon Health Options
P.O. Box 1840
Cranberry Twp., PA 16066-1840



Just released | The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council’s 2018 Request for Proposals (RFP) book

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The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council has released its NEW 2018 Request for Proposals (RFP) book.  Several funding objectives are featured including the promotion of cross disability efforts, employment, and technology.  The Council invites interested groups and organizations to review our RFP and requirements, and to attend one or more of our preproposal conferences (available live or via webinar) to ask questions and learn more about our ideas.

Download the RFP Book, additional forms, and access more information through this link:

Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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Click on the graphic above to read the Presidential Proclamation.


“A shot-in-the-dark email leads to a century-old family treasure — and hope of cracking a deadly flu’s secret” – STATnews

1918 Legacy Better Flu Shots“Health workers prepare to retrieve victims of the 1918 influenza epidemic in St. Louis. – LIBRARY OF CONGRESS VIA AP

by Helen Branswell

“Late one night Michael Worobey began poking around on the internet, looking for descendants of a World War I British military doctor named William Rolland.

“Rolland, a pathologist, had written a report in 1917, the year before the start of the Spanish flu. It described cases of British soldiers in France who had contracted an unusually fatal respiratory illness. Worobey, an evolutionary biology professor with a particular interest in the 1918 pandemic, wanted to know whether any of Rolland’s samples might still be lying about a century later.

“Within a few hours, he had found a possible contact and fired off an email. Across the Atlantic, 5,000 miles away, a retired family physician in England’s picturesque Lake District received it. He replied immediately.

“When Worobey read it, he was thunderstruck. “I almost fell out of my chair, for real,” he recalled. ‘I actually did cry real tears.’”

Continue reading this article at STATnews.

“Medicare To Cut Payments To Nursing Homes Whose Patients End Up Back In The Hospital” – NPR

nursing homesMedicare’s new program will alter a year’s worth of payments to 14,959 skilled nursing facilities across the U.S., based on how often in the past fiscal year their residents ended up back in hospitals within 30 days of leaving. – BSIP/Getty Images

by Jordan Rau

“The federal government took a new step this week to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions of nursing home patients. The move targets the homes’ bottom lines by lowering a year’s worth of payments to nearly 11,000 nursing homes, and giving bonuses to nearly 4,000 others.

“These financial incentives, determined by each home’s readmission rates, significantly expand Medicare’s effort to pay medical providers based on the quality of care instead of just the number or condition of their patients.

“Until now, Medicare mostly limited these kinds of incentives to hospitals, which have gotten used to facing financial repercussions if too many of their patients are readmitted, suffer infections or other injuries, or die.”

Click here to read this article in its entirety at NPR.

nursing homes compareTo compare nursing homes in your area, click here. Nursing Home Compare has detailed information about every Medicare — Opens in a new window and Medicaid — Opens in a new window -certified nursing home in the country. A nursing home is a place for people who can’t be cared for at home and need 24-hour nursing care.

Alzheimers’ Community Forum | November 29

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Click here to register.

December 03 – FREE movie screening: Taking Chance

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“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.

Click here download the newsletter as a .pdf file.