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Friday Wrap-Up, January 18, 2019 | 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 new Secretary, Robert Torres, relates a bit from the Bgovernor’s Inauguration earlier this week. His message:

“Of the many accomplishments noted – accomplishments that he stressed are ours as a state, not his alone – he (the Governor) highlighted how state efforts have resulted in thousands of Pennsylvania  seniors receiving in-home care as opposed to being placed in a care facility.

“This has been a priority for the Department of Aging, as we know that a majority of seniors prefer the option to age in place. To know that the aging network’s efforts in providing alternatives for seniors has had such a large impact is exciting and makes me hopeful that we can continue to provide thousands more seniors with services and choices that will benefit them.”

Here’s one of the videos about care giving that Pennsylvanians will begin seeing:

And there’s quite a bit about Pennsylvania’s caregiver support program; for more details on Pennsylvania’s Caregiver Support Program, visit

Click here to download the newsletter as a .pdf file.


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



“Shopping With Terminal Cancer”


We have been a follower of this blogsite (Time Goes By | What’s it really like to grow old – for a fairly long time. Author Ronnie Bennett delights her reader with an eclectic menu of just interesting items ranging from art to animals to music and more.

A little over a year ago, she announced she learned she’d developed pancreatic cancer and she’s written several pieces about the disease, the treatments and her outlook on life since as she deals with this.

In this latest post, Shopping With Terminal Cancer, she writes about cleaning out. Her observations are poignant and pertinent for everyone.

“What’s behind our appetite for self-destruction?” – The Conversation

addictive“There seems be an attractive quality to things that are ostensibly unhealthy or dangerous.” Alisusha/

“Each new year, people vow to put an end to self-destructive habits like smoking, overeating or overspending.

“And how many times have we learned of someone – a celebrity, a friend or a loved one – who committed some self-destructive act that seemed to defy explanation? Think of the criminal who leaves a trail of evidence, perhaps with the hope of getting caught, or the politician who wins an election, only to start sexting someone likely to expose him.

“Why do they do it?”

Click here to continue reading this Conversation article about the nature of destructive behaviors.


Lessons about aging – articles worth reading

Aging may not be the way many think it is. These articles tell different stories.

agingJonas Mekas, now 96, lived through another eventful year. – Credit: Edu Bayer for The New York Times”

These 4 New Yorkers Are Experts in Living. What Do They Know That We Don’t? In 2015, we began following six people over age 85. Last year the four remaining showed that old age is not what you think.”The New York Times

How to Get Stronger in the New YearSix ways to build muscle, even if you don’t have much time to work out.” The New York Times

“Age against the machine: the secret to enjoying a long life” – The Guardian

Our wish to everyone this holiday season.

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The Friday Wrap-Up from the Secretary of Aging

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“Study Raises Questions About Oversight Of Facilities That House Foster Youth In PA” – WESA-FM radio

Foster Care Group HomesJose Osario sits in the living room of a cottage at the Children’s Village campus in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. A new report says similar residential facilities for foster children in Pennsylvania do not face enough oversight following reports of abuse. – SETH WENIG / AP

by An-Li Herring

“Foster children who live in residential facilities in Pennsylvania suffered physical and verbal abuse in hundreds of documented cases between 2010 and 2018, according to a new report. The study found that at some facilities, which include group homes and larger institutions, violations continued to occur even after state inspectors recorded earlier instances of abuse.

“Report co-author Elissa Glucksman Hyne considers the repeated violations “really alarming” because, she said, they show that children in foster care are ‘being maltreated by [facility] staff, and it seems nothing is done about it … It’s just business as usual, and nothing seems to happen.’

“‘No child should ever be removed from their home and then harmed in the places that they are supposed to be placed to be safe.’”

Continue reading this Public Radio report, click here.

Friday Wrap-Up, December 14, 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..

Click here download the newsletter as a .pdf file.