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Friday Wrap-Up, November 9, 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.

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.


New Palliative Care Guidelines Released

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“New clinical practice guidelines for palliative care have been released by the National Consensus Project, with support from John A. Hartford Association (JAHF) for the evidence review. They include tools, resources and examples to give patients and their caregivers relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness, based on need, not prognosis. The guidelines urge all health care professionals and organizations to integrate palliative care into their services across settings.

“Palliative care is the best friend of the seriously ill,” said JAHF Senior Program Officer Amy Berman.”

Click here or on the graphic to download the guidelines.

“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.”

NeedyMeds is a national non-profit organization that maintains a website of free information on programs that help people who can’t afford medications and healthcare costs.


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Friday Wrap-Up, October 19, 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.



Job Announcement for Compeer Executive Director

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Compeer of Lebanon County, a 501c3 non-profit agency serving residents of Lebanon County who live with mental illness, is searching for a passionate, energetic, organized and articulate person for the position of Executive Director. Compeer has been dedicated to changing lives and making a positive impact to the Lebanon community by supporting individuals on their path to mental wellness since 1999.  Benefits include paid sick leave and a liberal personal leave policy.

Interested applicants should have the following solid skills:

  • Passion for working with those living with mental illnesses
  • Recruitment of volunteers to carry out the agency’s mission
  • Organization for all facets of the direction of the agency
  • Energy and charisma used for alerting community stakeholders to our mission
  • Excellent verbal and written expression skills
  • Education and experience in working in human services fields
  • Ability to serve as an emphatic advocate for the mission of Compeer, and for the greater advancement of mental health awareness and wellness within our communities
  • Ability to educate those who want to know more about our mission and the challenges for those living with mental illness
  • Ability to offer support to those seeking assistance with mental illness related challenges; and support to agency volunteers and clients
  • Flexibility to meet the needs of the agency and its mission beyond the normal workday
  • The highest ethical standards
  • Skills and foresight used when administering fiscal resources of the agency
  • Strong time management skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision
  • Ability to lift at least 25 pounds
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed

Main duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Work in collaboration with Compeer’s Board of Directors
  • Partner with local community groups (United Way, MH/ID/EI, etc.)
  • Grant writing
  • Administration of the agency’s finances
  • Recruitment, training, and on-going support of the volunteers of Compeer and CORPS
  • Support of Compeer’s clients
  • Supervision of additional agency staff
  • Community outreach and mental health advocacy

Education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field
  • Prior experience (3-5 years) working in non-profit agency and/or in mental health field
  • Bilingual a plus

Please email your resume, including references, along with a letter of interest to: by 10/31/18.  Compeer is an equal opportunity employer.

SAVE THE DATE | 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease & related diseases forum

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“Doctors Need to Talk to Families About Guns and Dementia” – The New York Times

” … since 2012, people with dementia used guns to kill themselves or others.”

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by Melissa Bailey, Kaiser Health News

“Some patients refuse to answer. Many doctors don’t ask. Family members worry about offending a suffering loved one. As the number of Americans with dementia rises, health professionals are grappling with when and how to pose the question: “Do you have guns at home?”

“While gun violence data is scarce, a Kaiser Health News investigation with PBS NewsHour published in June uncovered over 100 cases across the United States since 2012 in which people with dementia used guns to kill themselves or others. The shooters often acted during bouts of confusion, paranoia, delusion or aggression — common symptoms of dementia. Tragically they shot spouses, children and caregivers.

“Yet health care providers across the country say they have not received enough guidance on whether, when and how to counsel families on gun safety.”

Read this New York Times article in its entirety here.

“What would an age-friendly city look like?” – The Guardian

age friendly world“As the world’s population grows older and more urban, cities around the world must decide how to adapt.

by Alice Grahame

“‘The first year was a bit like the first year of a marriage – but with 25 people rather than just one.’ That is how Jude Tisdall describes joining a co-housing development purpose-built for women over 50. Tisdall, an arts consultant in her early 60s, moved into the New Ground complex in north London just over a year ago.

“‘I had been mulling over how I wanted to live,’ she says. ‘I’m divorced – my daughters and grandchildren were grown up. I didn’t want to get older on my own. It can be harsh living in London as you age.’

“Tisdall, an arts consultant, was lucky to secure one of the 26 apartments in the development, just a short stroll from the high street and tube station. Its L-shaped design, with a single entrance that takes residents past the common room, is intended to foster casual social interaction, and there is a communal garden and space to cook and share meals together. Residents are aged between 50 and 90.”

Read this article in its entirety at The Guardian.

UDS Presents on Quality Measures for Home and Community Based Services

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United Disabilities Services (UDS) was inducted onto the faculty to present at the Health Care Quality Congress held in Dallas, Texas this October.  The Quality Congress is an official event held by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).  The title of UDS’s educational session was “Merging Social & Medical Models in Home and Community Based Services to fully embrace Person Centered Care through Quality Measures”.

The session focused on how to create quality performance measures using a process improvement analysis.  This is an internal process that UDS affectionately refers to as a PIA. Debra Scheidt, the Executive Director of HCBS was the presenter and went on to identify how to track and trend quality measures “effectivity” and then analyze the data against an original hypothesis to determine next steps for success.  These processes have been widely established in the current UDS quality culture. The outcome has been a decrease in unplanned, preventable hospital admissions for the people they serve.

This conference was designed for the seasoned health care management professional responsible for managing, implementing and assessing the Health Plan Accreditation survey process and those professionals gathering, analyzing or reporting HEDIS data.  Several hundred professionals from as far away as Puerto Rico attended this event.

The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is a tool used by more than 90 percent of America’s health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service. The Health Care Quality Congress offers attendees the first opportunity after the data is released to ask question, learn about the latest developments’ in Health Plan Accreditation and HEDIS measures directly from NCQA, and expand their ability to offer high-quality value-based care to their plan members.

Earlier this year, UDS was an early adopter and as such was awarded full accreditation from NCQA on behalf of Care Management For Long Term Services and Supports. UDS has presented on core measures in best practice webinars for NCQA in the past and was a presenter at the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) conference. That was held in Baltimore, MD in August of this year. UDS took first place in the “Stories from the Field” competition.  UDS also won the video contest and the submission which illustrated the UDS Mission, was shown at the NASUAD conference.

SOURCE: news release