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Saturday webinars | Link Service Area 13’s second “Let’s get Tech Savvy” webinar video on Windows 10 is here.

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“In the USA, only 59% of people over the age of 65 use the Internet daily, as opposed to 86% of all adults under 65.”

That’s the entire reason the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources’ Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area  scheduled the Saturday morning (March 6 and March 27) webinars. These are the first two in a series of planned webinars that are designed to erase and lessen the fears that many people may have about using digital technology.

It’s tough trying to deliver taking training about how to use a smart phone, a tablet or a computer to persons who may not have the technology, the experience or the connectivity. It’s also tough to not have internet access and technological skills needed to find a Covid vaccination site. Or to file an online unemployment claim. Or to schedule a medical appointment.

But the intent of this series of webinars is to lessen the trepidation and the uncertainty of the technology in small bite-sized blocks of 30 to 40 minute online webinars. The Link coordinator hopes that caregivers, family members and agency resources who interact with persons with low or no digital savvy will share the webinar information with them.

Here are the video recordings of the first two Saturday’s “Baby Steps” Webinars:!Agtzmyc10ssBgxni4YdAzYOFpFiO?e=Sdb3wR

The next Webinar will be scheduled for Saturday morning, April 17 and will be announced at the Link Website and hopefully in local media. For more information about upcoming Webinars, send an email to or call / text: 717.308.9714.

Those who’ve ventured into owning a smart phone know “how many times a day your phone, computer, tablet, watch and other gadgets buzz or ding. It gets annoying and distracting.”

Upcoming webinars will deal with smart phone questions, but here’s a Kim Kommando column that’s especially topical: “How to stop junk text messages and spam for good.”

webinar: “The Rise of Alcohol Use During COVID-19: An Epidemic in Plain Sight”


Tuesday, April 6, 2021 – 2:15 pm ET 

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, excessive drinking affected approximately 50 million Americans and was the 3rd largest preventable cause of death in the United States. Alcohol elevates the risk of almost all chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes and is closely tied to mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. In the past year, alcohol consumption has increased 14% across the board, with heavy drinking rates for women increasing 41%. Surveys have shown that only 2% of excessive drinkers receive any treatment due to a variety of barriers to care. This webinar will introduce a no-shame, labels optional, evidenced-based approach to treating excessive drinking employed at Tempest, a digital recovery platform.

This is a Mental Health America Webinar.

In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month, join us for this 60-minute webinar where we will discuss:

  • The rise in alcohol sales and use during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Why drinking is a common coping mechanism;
  • How to know if and when your alcohol consumption becomes a problem;
  • And how excessive alcohol use changes the brain, and how to reverse those changes.

This webinar will be recorded and available to the public within 1 week. We do not offer CEUs, but certificates of attendance will be available after the event.


“The Richness of Middle Age | Growing up has no expiration date.” – Psychology Today

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by Cecilia Dintino PsyD

“At 55, Gail started therapy with the question, “Who do I want to be when I grow-up?”

“Can we take a moment to think about this?

“What does it mean to be a grown-up?

“Do we progress on a singular path towards a final destination?  Is grown-up an outcome that once accomplished, means we are all set?  How long are we set for?  Or does midlife mean it’s time to fasten our seat belt for the inevitable decline and descent?

“These are questions Gail wanted to figure out.”

Continue reading this article at Psychology Today, click here.


What is “nursing home transition” and why does it matter?

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This morning, the Disability Empowerment Center (DEC) hosted an informational, interactive Webinar to familiarize people with its recently enhanced nursing home transition program and to introduce Deborah Stumpf, Nursing Home Transition Coordination Specialist.

Executive Director, Dan Stroup, opened the Webinar by telling Webinar attendees the purpose of Centers for Independent Living. He explained that DEC has been facilitating nursing home transition but by adding Deb Stumpf, the emphasis will be “beefed up.

Click here (or on the above graphic) to see a very short video about nursing home transition.

Pennsylvania’s  Nursing Home Transition (NHT) Program was developed to assist and empower consumers who want to move from a nursing facility back to a home of their choice in the community. NHT also helps the Commonwealth rebalance its long-term living systems. When given choice, an overwhelming number of people say they want to age in place in their homes rather than in institutions. Yet, in publicly funded programs, the bias has always been toward institutional care. NHT provides the opportunity for individuals and their families or caregivers to be fully informed of all long-term services and supports options, including the full range of available home and community-based services (HCBS). Through the NHT program, individuals can receive the guidance and support they need to make informed choices about their long-term services and supports. The program assists individuals in moving out of institutions and eliminates barriers in service systems so that individuals receive services and supports in settings of their choice.

Two Link Service Area-13 Link to Aging and Disability Resources partner agencies are Centers for Independent Living. DEC is the designated CIL for Lancaster and Lebanon Counties and Abilities In Motion is the designated CIL for Berks County.

For more information about nursing home transition call:

Berks County – Abilities In Motion: Toll Free: 1-888-376-0120

Lancaster County – Disability Empowerment Center: 717-394-1890

Lebanon County – Disability Empowerment Center:  717-769-2922


“Fast Forward: Take control of the rest of your life” |

next avenue has an extremely helpful Webpage that’s got templates that help organize important stages of a life – your life. Three easy to manage and free separate courses (1) Assemble your team; (2) Share your plan and (3) Complete an advance directive lead the organized path. And there’s a downloadable Master Plan Checklist with fillable ,pdf templates that culminates with an Advance Care Directive.

“One of the hardest parts about aging is preparing for it. That’s why most of us haven’t.

“If you were to ask around, one out of three of us don’t even know who would take care of us should we need it — or have any sort of advance directive.

“It’s understandable. These tasks can be difficult, daunting and emotional. Many of us put it off until it’s too late.

“Still, every day is a new opportunity to change that, and that’s why we’re here. We’ve put together step-by-step instructions to get that plan in place for the coming years and decades of your life.

“The first step: Sign up for our email course, Assemble Your Team. For seven days, we’ll break down the task of preparing for aging into smaller, more manageable parts. And once that’s done, we’ve got even more to help you.

“Ready to get started? Let’s go!?

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“Planning for our lives as older adults can dramatically increase our well-being.”

“Roads Are Getting Deadlier For Pedestrians; Fatality Rates Are Worse For Minorities” – NPR

pedestrian deathsLast summer, Lucy Le was killed on a street near her Virginia home by a neighbor backing out of her driveway. Her daughter, Laura Pho, now draws a new memorial to her mother every day on the pavement where she died. “It’s my meditation,” she says. “It’s my way of honoring her.” – Courtesy of Laura Pho

by Camila Domonsoke

“Every day, Laura Pho walks outside her home and creates a new memorial — a chalk drawing, usually of a heart — on the patch of pavement where her mother died last summer.

“‘I can see it from my office window,’ Pho says. ‘It’s nice to be able to see just these bright, beautiful drawings that remind me of my mother, who was also bright and beautiful.’

‘Pho’s mom, Lucy Le, was out for her daily meditative walk when a neighbor backing her SUV out of her driveway struck and killed her. Pho ran out immediately to the scene, and her life ‘shattered into a million pieces,’ she says.

“Lucy Le’s death was part of a tragic trend. According to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Administration, which tracks pedestrian fatalities, America’s roads are getting deadlier.”

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

“Why is sleep important? We ask neuroscientists, doctors, and NASA” – TopTenReviews

Sleep is important(Image credit: Getty)

by Claire Davies

“Sleep. We all do it, and some of us do it better and for longer than others. But why do we sleep and why is sleep important? These may seem like obvious or basic questions, but the answers are neither obvious nor basic, as a lot of human sleep remains uncharted territory. Science now knows more about it compared to even ten years ago, but most sleep experts agree there are still many riches to discover.

“Type the word ‘sleep’ into Google, as many people are during Sleep Week, and you’ll be met by a sea of articles discussing why sleep is important – and why it can sometimes be so difficult to fall asleep. Regular questions include, ‘How many hours of sleep do you need?’ and ‘How can I sleep instantly?’ As a species, we seem obsessed with slumber numbers: how much, how fast, and also what does our age have to do with it? And it isn’t just Google being asked why sleep is important – doctors are regularly quizzed, usually by folk who are at their wits’ end over poor sleep.

“For some, good sleep is an elusive beast, and cruelly it seems like the more a person struggles to sleep, and the more effort they put into trying, the more they struggle. And on it goes. But understanding the importance of sleep and how to let it happen (because we can’t make it happen), the sooner you’ll return to what feels like healthy, happy snoozing for you. It’s also worth remembering – as neuroscientists and sleep doctors are now reminding us – one size does not fit all when it comes to getting some decent shut-eye.”

Read this article at TopTenReviews in its entirety, click here.

“How’d We Get Here? The History of Nursing Homes” – next avenue

“From colonial almshouses to privatization and regulation – Once people have a sense that there is money to be made, they look to get involved.”

History-of-nursing-homes.inside.Almshouse in London Town, Anne Arundel County, Md. in the 1930s, history of nursing homes  |  Credit: Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

by Grace Birnstengel

“We are currently at a pivotal point in the nation’s history of caring for the most frail and vulnerable. The way leaders respond to the horrific toll the pandemic has taken on nursing home residents will determine the future of nursing home care for years, possibly decades, to come.

“This is not the first — or second — time where massive outrage has led to calls for significant change and reform in nursing homes. The problems that plague today’s nursing homes are, in many ways, reminiscent and tied to their history in the United States.

“As our 85-and-over population continues to grow, nursing home care is an increasing reality for many of our oldest old who require medical and personal care that can’t be met in home or through community services.

“Today’s nursing homes — also called skilled nursing facilities — include medical care and meals and sometimes offer activities and programming to keep residents engaged. They’re also used as rehabilitation centers for older people recovering from illness or injury between hospitalization and going home. Many have memory care units separated from other residents to assist those with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

“To understand how and why nursing homes evolved into their current iteration requires going back hundreds of years — all the way back to the 17th century.”

Continue reading this article at next avenue, click here.

You’re invited to the PA Council on Aging’s first-ever Social Isolation Symposium

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Continuing its work on the growing issue of social isolation among older adults, the Pennsylvania Council on Aging (PCoA) is hosting a Social Isolation Symposium on Tuesday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 24 to present information and resources to individuals who work with older adults, including caregivers and health care staff; stakeholders, and the public.

This first-of-its-kind event in Pennsylvania will feature nationally-known speakers focusing on the impact of social isolation, and how to get older adults engaged to ensure their continued health and wellbeing.

The two-day virtual event offers attendees a chance to participate in more than a dozen workshop sessions or select those of particular interest. Session topics include older adult suicide prevention; how to prevent social isolation among LGBTQ older adults; engaging, supporting and empowering family caregivers; using partnerships and collaborations to reduce social isolation; staying social in a socially distanced world; getting seniors online, and more.

Click here to see the schedule of presentations and to register for one or more presentations.

“American Rescue Plan Improves Senior Health and Financial Security” – National Council on Aging


“The American Rescue Plan, signed into law by President Biden on March 11, includes critical relief to older adults in need as the nation continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly 30 million Americans have contracted COVID-19, with the death toll now surpassing 532,000. Eight in 10 deaths reported are adults aged 65+.

Key Takeaways

  • The American Rescue Plan includes important provisions that will help older adults get the supports they need at home and boost their financial security.
  • The $1.9 trillion relief package also includes health care improvements that will make it easier for adults aged 55 to 65 to afford care.
  • NCOA has championed many key provisions in the bill to increase funding, including for nutrition programs and community services.

“The $1.9 trillion relief package is a step forward in ensuring resources are targeted to the most vulnerable. The law is expected to contribute to greater economic stability—potentially reducing the adult poverty rate by more than a quarter and the child poverty rate by half. Below you’ll find a summary of the final package, including several of NCOA’s priorities.”

Click here to read the NCOA article in its entirety.