The following message is sent on behalf of Robert Torres, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Aging.
The results of the 2020 State Plan on Aging survey listed available and affordable housing as one of the critical factors in ensuring age-friendly communities over the next five years. Therefore, we are pleased to share the attached invitation and encourage your participation in the second session of the LGBTQ+ Housing Webinar Series. This session is scheduled for Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM and will cover affordable housing options and supportive services offered locally. We hope you can attend.
“CATE exists to provide affordable and accessible COVID-19 education and testing to low income, vulnerable communities across sixteen counties in Pennsylvania to ensure equality in healthcare and the ability to stay safe, informed, and healthy.”
CATE will be visiting in each of the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources’ Service Area 13 areas.
On August 21, 5-6pm EDT, Senior Planet will host a Zoom discussion about a documentary and its life-changing impact on one Senior Planet member – No RSVP required! (Click here for details).
“Senior Planet members, take a bow – it’s your day. According to the U.S. Census, some 78 million people 65 years and older will live in America by 2035 – a huge age cohort, surpassing the number of the country’s population under the age of 18 (76.7 million) for the first time in U.S. history.
“The launch of National Senior Citizens Day in 1988 acknowledged the contributions of older people, and since then, seniors have been showing their mettle to the world – and aging with attitude!
“For Carol Klenfner, it started with a documentary…about Ping Pong. (Click here to view the documentary for free.) Recently widowed and laid off, the film inspired her to try the sport. ‘Going to my table tennis club got me up and out – and introduced me to a whole new social set. Men and women, older and younger, Americans and folks from other cultures,’ she says. ‘I certainly never expected that I’d take up a new sport in my late 60s, fall in love with it, take it seriously enough to get pro coaching and feel confident enough to put myself out there and compete nationally (and internationally)”
Click here to read this article in its entirery at Senior Planet.
“‘A powerful shift’: Disability advocacy, once an afterthought in presidential races, gains new traction” – STATNews
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by Juliet Isselbacher
“For decades, the disability advocacy community has fought for a permanent — and prominent — place in the mainstream political discussion. The 2020 presidential race has seen a sea change.
“Advocates gained new traction during the campaign, pushing the full slate of Democratic candidates to discuss and define their stances on disability policies like never before. Amid social media pressure from activists, former Vice President Joe Biden, now the presumptive Democratic nominee, put out a full disability platform in May. Advocates say the platform — while not as comprehensive as they had hoped — marks a moment of significant progress after years of disability policy being treated as a political afterthought.
“’To watch the shift from us having to beg candidates — like literally beg candidates — to include the word “disability” as they rattled off diversity categories to [them] coming to us to say, “I want to engage with your folks” … [this] was such a powerful shift,’ said Rebecca Cokley, founder and director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress, a progressive policy think tank.”
Read this article at STATNews its entirety, click here.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair events for Lebanon County, York County and the Capital Area have been combined and redesigned to serve the community virtually.
Originally planned for separate central Pennsylvania locations this fall, the now-virtual Veterans’ Expo will be available online Sept. 15-30 at www.veteransexpo.com.
Presented by OLP Events, the Veterans’ Expo connects active and retired military members and their families with benefits and resources available to them through local community-service providers, healthcare professionals, VA benefits counselors, VFWs and American Legions.
Exhibitors also include continuing-education opportunities and a broad range of businesses, from home improvement, legal services and finance to retirement living and insurance.
The Job Fair has transitioned to virtual as well and has been widened in scope to include both veterans and the area’s civilian community.
Running concurrently with the Veterans’ Expo, the Jobs717 job fair will be open Sept. 15-30 and can be accessed at www.jobs717.com and is open to jobseekers and employers in or near the 717 area code.
During Jobs717, individuals seeking employment can browse through employer thumbnails and select the companies of their choice to learn more information.
Each employer’s custom page will include their company information, website link, job vacancies, social media links, and contact info so jobseekers can connect one-on-one with company representatives.
Employers will represent a large range of industries, including construction, management, administrative/clerical, warehouse, sales, customer service, manufacturing, banking, computer tech/IT and others.
Event sponsors include 50plus LIFE; American Legion Department of Pennsylvania; Church & Dwight Co., Inc.; BusinessWoman magazine; Disabled American Veterans; Pennsylvania State Headquarters VFW; and WHTM abc27.
Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are still available. For more information, call (717) 285-1350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: news release
The Joy of Animals – in and out of COVID-19. | REMINDER, too, register for the “Joy of Animals” Webinar on Monday, August 31.
“Above right, Lincoln Fuller: My wingman, Bear. Above left, Charlotte Wells of Pendleton, Ore.: Mr. Fish was rescued 8 years ago following the death of our beloved Mr. Felix (our 2nd rescue). Fish had been returned twice to the adoption agency, most likely because he behaves like a toddler, opening doors and drawers, dragging things out of the wastebasket, and biting. We’ve cured him of the biting, but the curiosity remains! If he could talk, his favorite word would be, “why?” (as in, why is the candy paper crunchy? why can’t I have my own bar of string cheese?)
These are some of the pets and pet comments that readers sent to Teresa Hanafin at the Boston Globe. Ms. Hanafin is the editor of The Boston Globe‘s newsletter, Fast Forward.
MEB: My rescue dog, Daniel, is a loving, devoted, funny, caring companion. He is the best thing that happened to me since my kids were born 51 and 48 years ago.
Alison, Eric, and Cole Zetterquist: Our endless devotion to Pikachu, our kitty who still loves us even though we named her after a big yellow mouse.
Emily Harting: Found on the sidewalk in August 2017, on a block of junkyards in Brooklyn; we’re coming up on our 3-year gotcha-versary. Lhasa/Shih-Tzu/Maltese mix (we had his DNA done but this is to point out not a big or strong dog, but a lap dog), so badly matted you could not find his face. So badly matted I didn’t know if it was male or female. I thought it was a cocker spaniel, that’s how large it was.
I wished to name him Fenway. My (sorry to say it) Yankees fan partner said absolutely not. BUT since the dog was small and clearly scrappy, that we could name him after Dustin Pedroia, hence Petey.
Love of my life. Greatest dog ever. He came with impeccable manners and so well-trained which is good b/c he had every right to be an [expletive!] and we probably would have kept him anyway.
Betsy G: Tarra (rhymes with CAR) or like the black stuff on the road! English black Lab – 12 years old. My empty nest child that still wants to come home!
Steffen W. Schmidt of Iowa: My pet dog Mad Donna got bitten by some bees, was crying and in pain. It made me nervous and freaked out. The Vet prescribed some medication. I take 4 a day and feel better.
Right now Mad Donna is chasing some chip monks by the composter. They are running away from her laughing but tripping over their Rosaries. They work for the California Highway Patrol (CHIP) as grief counselors.
Alice McCarthy: Stella, ❤️my bull terrier,❤️ makes me laugh out loud EVERY DAY! ‘Nuff said.
Karen Tarr: Our beloved cat, Hobo, passed away last summer at the age of 16. A life well-lived, but we were devastated. In June, my sister-in-law told me she knew someone who had taken a tiny, four-week-old kitten from its feral mom in an effort to control a feral colony of cats, and the kitten was in need of a home.
Little Rusty needed a lot of care in the beginning, but is now 13 weeks old and bouncing around our house like he owns the place. I’ve been working from home during COVID, but today I am back in the office for the first time since March and I am worrying about my kitten. I will still be a stay-at-home-kitten-mom most of the time! My vet said I got a “Corona Pet!”
Colleen Evans: I have 3 small dogs; 2 are rescues from Louisiana. Until last Friday, I also had 2 cats. I had to put my beautiful Coon cat Rosie to sleep. She was 18 and very frail. I also have a black former feral cat. Love all my fur babies. They keep us anchored and give unconditional love. 🐶🐯
Animals can be wonderful companions and take our minds off the stress, anxiety, trauma and uncertainty that abounds during this pandemic period of our lives. If you love animals and want to see how animals can provide soothing, calming and relaxing vibes for you — whether or not you are a pet owner, you’ll want to register for an hour and a half break pandemic to meet several Link partners as they introduce you to their special friends: animals who are making differences in the lives of so many.
When: Aug 31, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: The Joy of Animals – Return engagement
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.