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“Getting to grips with longevity | Ageing populations could be a boon rather than a curse. But for that to happen, a lot needs to change first” | The Economist

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“‘NO AGE JOKES tonight, all right?’ quipped Sir Mick Jagger, the 73-year-old front man of the Rolling Stones (pictured), as he welcomed the crowds to Desert Trip Music Festival in California last October. The performers’ average age was just one year below Sir Mick’s, justifying his description of the event as ‘the Palm Springs Retirement Home for British Musicians.’ But these days mature rock musicians sell: the festival raked in an estimated $160m.

“There are many more 70-somethings than there used to be, though most of them are less of a draw than the Stones. In America today a 70-year-old man has a 2% chance of dying within a year; in 1940 this milestone was passed at 56.”

Read this article at The Economist in its entirety, click here.

See this related article: “What’s the best age gap in a relationship? – We examine the evidence, from divorce rates to life expectancy.”

Friday Wrap-Up, July 21, 2017 | 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 to download the newsletter as a .pdf file.


New resources providers add to the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources’ Service Area 13’s growing partners’ list

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Six more resources providers have aligned with the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources | Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area in the past 30 days.

The new partner entities are:

To align with the Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area as a partner entity costs nothing. The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources part of the national Aging and Disability Resources Center [ADRC) network.

For more information about how your agency, entity or organization can become a partner, text or call the Lead Link coordinator at 717.380.9714 or email

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) are the first place to go to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability.

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) are a nationwide effort to take a seamless approach in the way we assist seniors and adults with disabilities who need help with activities of daily living. The ADRC in Pennsylvania is known as the Link.


  • Easily connect you to local services/supports through any Link partner agency
  • Explore existing options to ensure a secure plan for independence
  • Assist consumers with applications to determine funding eligibility
  • Help consumers remain or return to their community because of a disability, an illness or accident, or to transition from an institution back to the community
There is no charge for information and assistance provided by any Link or Link partner agency.


Seven Quality of Life Nursing Home Transition Grants from the Paralysis Resource Center Announced

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Short Hills, N.J. (July 13, 2017)- The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, is awarding seven Quality of Life Nursing Home Transition (NHT) grants totaling $280,000 to seven Centers for Independent Living (CILs) nationwide. Quality of Life grants of $40,000 support fellow nonprofits that mirror the Reeve Foundation’s mission and commitment to foster community engagement, enhance independence, and promote healthy self-esteem. The Quality of Life Grant program to date has awarded more than $22 million in grants to more than 2,900 programs since its inception in 1999. Funding for the grants is made available through the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) operated by the Reeve Foundation under a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The PRC’s Nursing Home Transition Grant Program funds Centers for Independent Living across the country to transition people with paralysis living in nursing homes back into their homes or a community-based setting of their choice. Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) passed in 2014, CILs are charged with supporting individuals to transition into community-based settings as a new core service, but CILs often lack the resources to do so robustly. The PRC’s NHT grants serve to supplement the work CILs are already doing to fulfill their responsibilities under WIOA and to help achieve the Reeve Foundation and ACL’s shared mission of full community participation for people with disabilities. For this grant, paralysis is functionally defined as a difficulty and/or inability to move one’s arms and/or legs due to a neurological condition such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, ALS, and many other chronic conditions that coexist with developmental, congenital, and acquired disabilities.

“These grants are intended to improve the quality of life for individuals by becoming part of the solution nationwide to decrease the unnecessary segregation and isolation of individuals living with functional paralysis,” said Maggie Goldberg, VP of Policy and Programs at the Reeve Foundation. “Our new program funding allows us to further help the aging and paralysis populations and create more community inclusion, which is our ultimate goal. We are excited to have this opportunity to expand our grant program, and hope to work with them again in the future.”

These organizations were awarded 2017 Nursing Home Transition Grants:

  • Communities Actively Living Independent & Free (CALIF), Los Angeles, CA
  • Kansas Association of Centers for Independent Living, Topeka, KS
  • Liberty Resources, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
  • Memphis Center for Independent Living, Memphis, TN
  • Progressive Independence, Norman, OK
  • Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc., Utica, NY
  • The Whole Person, Kansas City,MO

These applicants were chosen based on their innovative project designs and scaling up capacity. These funds will allow flexibility in purchasing a variety of nursing home transition needs that are not currently covered by other funding sources such as rental and utility deposits; first month’s rent; moving costs; and startup cost and services. The majority of the funds will be used to purchase home furnishings, assistive technology, personal care attendant services, and internet access. These CILs will also now be able to hire more staff or increase staff hours to help address rural isolation, assist very low income individuals, and provide post transition services.

SOURCE: news release

Request for Information Survey from the Aging and Disability Business Institute

The Aging and Disability Business Institute [operated by National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and a team of partners] has launched a request for information (RFI) survey to better understand the relationships and contracts between community-based organizations (CBOs) and health care entities (such as hospitals, health systems, or payers).

The evolving health care environment has created many new care delivery opportunities that require better integration between the services provided in the medical setting and services/programs provided in the community. Gathering insights into the successes and challenges of partnering with health care entities has become especially critical. Please help strengthen the aging and disability networks by sharing your expertise and experience.

The results of the RFI will help the Business Institute better support disability and aging community-based organizations and others as they capitalize on opportunities to engage in new business arrangements with health care partners and diversify their funding streams—ultimately modernizing their organizations from those dependent on government grants to more entrepreneurial organizations funded in part by health care dollars.

Follow this link to take the survey.

Friday Wrap-Up, July 14, 2017 | 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 to download the newsletter as a .pdf file.


MIPPA HIGHLIGHTS – “Reaching Four Special Populations with Benefits Info” – National Council on Aging [NCOA]

Across the country, State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) [NOTE: In Pennsylvania the program is called APPRISE], Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), and Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) are coming up with new strategies to reach low-income Medicare beneficiaries with information about how Medicare and benefits can keep them healthy and financially secure.

Here are just a few highlights, as submitted in their Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) narrative reports to the Administration for Community Living.

9-1-1 Super Utilizers
Many towns and cities have 9-1-1 “super utilizers”—individuals who are over-reliant on emergency services to manage their chronic conditions. In Colorado, one ADRC has partnered with their community fire department’s Life Safety Team to identify and reach out to 911 super utilizers. The agency has found many of these clients are older/disabled and have not accessed benefits like Extra Help and the Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs), which can help them better manage their health and finances.

The Sandwich Generation
The Minnesota Board on Aging and AAAs sponsor a weekly segment on KARE-11, the state’s largest NBC affiliate. The segment—called Sandwich Generation—provides helpful tips to seniors and those caring for older relatives and children. During one segment, a AAA staff member highlighted the benefits available to Medicare beneficiaries with lower incomes, resulting in an immediate spike to calls to the state’s Senior LinkAge Line®. Following each segment is a 30-second ad for the state’s information hotline; MIPPA staff also developed a Sandwich Generation guide that is featured on the TV station’s webpage.

Helping the Homeless
Recent widespread flooding in California caused a sharp increase in the homeless population, both chronic and new, who struggled with lost documents, eligibility forms, and program renewal notices. The Santa Clara HICAP (California SHIP) has focused on reaching these beneficiaries through partnerships with community clinics, the Hospital to Home Collaborative, and the Gardner Family Health Network. Of special note is their outreach reach to patrons of Dignity on Wheels—a mobile van that offers laundry and shower services to the homeless.

Mine workers
In West Virginia, MIPPA agency representatives attended five United Mine Workers of America events, where thousands of coal miners and their family members gathered. The miners—some of whom were in jeopardy of losing their health benefits and miner pensions—learned about Medicare insurance options, Extra Help, and MSPs. Many miners were unaware of the two benefits, and already have family members who may be eligible for assistance.


“We Need More Doctors With Disabilities” –

“One-fifth of all Americans have a disability, but less than 1 percent of doctors do. That’s slowly starting to change—to the benefit of medicine and patients.”

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When Dr. Bliss Temple was in training, she remembers being in an elevator wearing her white coat and her stethoscope when a patient who was using a wheelchair got in. Temple is paraplegic; she also uses a wheelchair.

“We checked out each other’s chairs, and then he looked at me and said, ‘Oh! You’ve joined the enemy.’

“More than 56 million Americans have a disability of some kind—nearly a fifth of the country. Yet a vanishingly small percentage of doctors have a disability of any kind—estimates vary and data is scant, but the consensus suggests that the number is somewhere around 1 percent.”

Read this article at in its entirety, click here.

“How one Islamic community center found tranquility during Ramadan” – WITF

ann wengerAnn Wenger greets worshippers at the Islamic Center of Lancaster during Ramadan. (Emily Previti/WITF)

by Emily Previti, WITF

“When I arrived at the Islamic Center of Lancaster on a balmy Sunday night, I was greeted by a white, middle-aged woman. I was there for iftar, the meal Muslims eat after sundown each night of Ramadan to break the daily fasts required of healthy adults during the month-long Islamic holiday.

“On this particular evening, the community iftar included a group from St. Paul’s United Methodist Church whose pastor had invited me to observe the interfaith activity.

“Ann Wenger informed me she wasn’t with the church, nor is she Muslim.

“‘I am with Tranquility Force,’ Wenger explained. ‘We’ve just been hanging out in the parking lot during iftar and prayers during Ramadan. Just to keep watch.’

“When we first met, Wenger was alone.

“But she said she’s usually joined … ”

Read this WITF article in full; click here.


“Aging in the Right Place” – National Council on Aging

by Amy Ford

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“Marie shuffles cautiously across the kitchen floor, a small cup of black coffee shaking slightly in sore hands. She gently settles into her favorite chair at the table, and sets the coffee down on a placemat lined with photos of her 10 great-grandchildren.

“Marie lives alone in the home she and her husband bought at the beginning of their marriage. She’s sharp and still spends time with her great-grandkids and goes to church on Sundays, but physical limitations have caused her to slow down.

“Daily living has become more difficult, and she has had to give up taking friends to the doctor, volunteering at the local school, and driving at night. So it was no surprise to Marie when her family recently expressed how worried they are about her living alone. But sitting at the table, she can’t imagine leaving the house she has called home for more than 50 years.

“If you know someone like Marie, you know the decision to stay or go can feel overwhelming.”

Read this article in its entirety, click here.