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REGISTER to attend this WEBINAR: The true cost of growing old in America.

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WEBINAR: Turning gray and into the red. The true cost of growing old in America: Implications for States

How much does it cost an older resident in your state to stay independent and cover their expenses? During this webinar, attendees will hear about the Elder Index, a tool that measures cost of living for older adults in every state and county in the U.S. Listen in and learn how it can inform your planning and evaluation.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT


Pennsylvania Correctional Industries offers hard surface sanitizer disinfectant for government agencies and non-profits, too.

Pennsylvania Correctional Industries (PCI) has a available for purchase a hard surface disinfecting spray that is effective against coronavirus.

PCI cannot sell materials to for profit organizations. However, it can sell materials to all state agencies, local/county governments, and non-profits / 501-C(3) organizations.big house disinfectant

Click here to see the Housekeeping Products and Services Guide.

Pennsylvania Correctional Industries (PCI) is a Bureau of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) that employs inmates to produce a variety of items that are available for sale to non-profit organizations and government entities located throughout Pennsylvania.

2020 Pennsylvania LGBTQ Needs Assessment

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PLEASE participate in Pennsylvania’s LGBTQ community needs assessment. The goal of this survey is to gather information to better understand the health status and health care experience of you and our community.

Deadline is April 24th!

Your responses to this survey are anonymous. They do not ask for your name, address, or phone number. All responses will be kept confidentially. They do not record participants’ computer user IDs, IP addresses, and/or other tracking information. You will not be identified in any way. Saved data is stored in a secure place. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible by law. This survey is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. An independent non-profit organization is conducting the survey and summarizing all findings.

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“Netflix’s ‘Crip Camp’ Is For Everyone” – Forbes

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by Andrew Pulrang

“Nomination for most repeated sentence in an article on disability culture this year:

“‘You need to see Crip Camp!’

“I put off watching the new Netflix documentary, Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution. As a disability rights colleague commented on my Facebook page, ‘Sometimes, when a film is loudly touted as “it’s about disability and you should see it,” it feels like homework.’ I heard nothing but excitement about the film for months leading up to its release, and almost universal praise once it came out. Still, I hesitated.

“I knew a lot about Crip Camp before it even came out. I have been disabled all of my life, and I have been involved in the disability culture and activism for all of my adult life. And Crip Camp has been talked about in the disability community for months.

“Crip Camp follows a group of disabled youth … ”

Read this artice in its entirety at Forbes magazine, click here.

Help with your phone & Internet services during the COVID-19 outbreak

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The new AARP Community Connections website can help people start a group, join a group or find support in uour community.

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Making Connections 

Across the country, people are informally organizing online mutual aid groups to stay connected, share ideas and help those most affected by the global coronavirus pandemic. The new AARP Community Connections website can help people start a group, join a group or find support in their community.

You can start a group or join a group. Here are Community Connections groups established in our Service Area:

Berks CountyBerks Mutual Aid SocietyOffer HelpRequest Help

Lancaster County | Covid-19 Mutual Aid – Lancaster PAOffer HelpRequest Help

“Self Certify Yourself” for a CaptionCall phone

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Here is some exciting news for ALL who may have Hearing Loss !

CaptionCall has come up with a Self-Certifying process on its website.

This means YOU can get a captioning phone to communicate with family.

Just go to – click ORDER PHONE and become certified for a phone.

There is NO cost for this and there is NO monthly cost.

Extraordinary times | Being prepared in the time of COVID-19 (The Conversation Project)

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The Conversation Project has created a specific and succinct worksheet especially for documenting your healthcare wishes during the time of COVID-19. Please click on the above graphic (or here) to download, complete and discuss with your health care decision maker and family.


Coronavirus Resources for Pennsylvanians provided by Senator Casey’s office

There continues to be a lot of concern about the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Pennsylvania and across the country.  I’m reaching out to share some resources to help you, your family and your community navigate the challenges of these extraordinary times.

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There is a lot of concern right now about the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Pennsylvania and across the country.

Below you will find resources to help you, your family, and your community navigate the challenges of this difficult time.  This page will be updated regularly to best reflect the most updated information available.

Senator Casey’s office remains ready to meet the needs of Pennsylvanians remotely.  Should you need direct assistance, please contact the office either by phone at (202) 224-6324 or on my website here.

Additionally, Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system from Commonwealth agencies for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19.

Grandparent scams in the age of Coronavirus


“Grandma: I’m in the hospital, sick, please wire money right away.” “Grandpa: I’m stuck overseas, please send money.” Grandparent scams can take a new twist – and a new sense of urgency – in these days of Coronavirus. Here’s what to keep in mind.

“In grandparent scams, scammers pose as panicked grandchildren in trouble, calling or sending messages urging you to wire money immediately. They’ll say they need cash to help with an emergency – like paying a hospital bill or needing to leave a foreign country. They pull at your heartstrings so they can trick you into sending money before you realize it’s a scam. In these days of Coronavirus concerns, their lies can be particularly compelling. But we all need to save our money for the real family emergencies.

“So, how can we avoid grandparent scams or family emergency scams? If someone calls or sends a message claiming to be a grandchild, other family member or friend desperate for money:

  • Resist the urge to act immediately – no matter how dramatic the story is.
  • Verify the caller’s identity. Ask questions that a stranger couldn’t possibly answer. Call a phone number for your family member or friend that you know to be genuine. Check the story out with someone else in your family or circle of friends, even if you’ve been told to keep it a secret.
  • Don’t send cash, gift cards, or money transfers– once the scammer gets the money, it’s gone!

“For more information, read Family Emergency Scams. And if you get a scam call, report it to the FTC at|

SOURCE: news release