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Seen at yesterday’s Lebanon County’s 50+ Festival

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Yesterday, Lebanon County’s 50+ Festival was the place for the county’s seniors to visit scores of area resources providers including lots of Link to Aging and Disability Resources partners. Additionally, there were numerous opportunities for attendees to attend information workshops, health screenings and entertainment, too.

Here are some scenes from yesterday’s 50+ Festival:

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Pennsylvania’s New Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card Design

The Pennsylvania EBT card is the way individuals access their food, medical and/or cash benefits. This email is to inform you that Pennsylvania will be utilizing a new design on the EBT card for new enrollments and lost, stolen or damaged cards. The new card will no treplace the existing cards that individuals already have.

Click on the graphic below to download the complete brochure for any questions you may have.

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SOURCE: email OLTL COMMUNITY HEALTHCHOICES

 

“‘I like giving the gift of time’: Time banks build economies — and communities — without the almighty dollar” – The Washington Post

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by Justin Wm. Moyer

“On a recent spring morning, Susan Alexander left her Maryland home, climbed into her Volkswagen Passat and drove about three miles to pick up two strangers. She battled rush-hour traffic on the Capital Beltway and George Washington Memorial Parkway before dropping them off curbside at Reagan National Airport.

“She didn’t earn a dime for her trouble, and that was the point.

“There and back, the trip took about 90 minutes — worth about $40 if Alexander, a retired government intelligence analyst, were an Uber driver. Instead, she’s a member of the Silver Spring Time Bank — one of more than 100 such exchanges around the world trying to build community by exchanging time credits for services instead of dollars and cents.

“‘I have time,’ she said. ‘I like giving the gift of time to other people.’”

Continue reading this Washington Post article in its entirety here.”


Timebanking Basics

Timebanking is a time-based currency. Give one hour of service to another, and receive one time credit. You can use the credits in turn to receive services — or you can donate them to others.

An hour of service is always one time credit regardless of the nature of the service performed.

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Here’s more information about “how to start a Timebank.”

There’s a Timebank in Phoenixville and one in Allentown and one in York.

SOURCE: Timebanks.org

Webinar: Transition to OBRA Waiver as Part of Community HealthChoices Implementation

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The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) will be presenting webinars to provide service coordinators (SC) with information about how the implementation of Community HealthChoices (CHC) will impact Attendant Care and Independence Waiver participants who are under 21 years of age. All Phase 3 (Lehigh/Capital, Northwest and Northeast counties) SCs serving participants who are under 21 years of age should plan to attend this webinar.

The implementation of CHC will change the way Attendant Care and Independence Waiver participants who are under 21 years of age receive their Medicaid waiver services. All Attendant Care and Independence Waiver participants who live in Phase 3 and are not yet eligible for CHC because they are under 21 years of age will transition to the OBRA Waiver until they become eligible for CHC.

Please register for one of the following dates:

May 14, 2019 at 10:00 AM  •  May 15, 2019 at 2:00PM

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the OLTL Participant Helpline Monday through Friday at 800-757-5042 from 9 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 4 pm or email RA-PWCHCWaiverProTra@pa.gov.

Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards design is changing

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Pennsylvania’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) wanted to make sure you are aware of the change in the design of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. This will be a phased in approach, so both the new design and the old ACCESS design will remain in circulation with old cards being replaced as needed. Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services (DHS) is NOT requiring individuals to get a new one and people can continue to sue their existing card.

Click here to download a “How to use your EBT card” pamphlet.

 

 

TEDxTAlk | “Dementia is preventable through lifestyle. Start now.”

NOTE FROM TED: Please do not look to this talk for medical advice. We’ve flagged this talk for falling outside TEDx’s curatorial guidelines. This talk represents the speaker’s personal views and experiences with nutrition, mental health, and human biology. TEDx events are independently organized by volunteers. The guidelines we give TEDx organizers are described in more detail here: http://storage.ted.com/tedx/manuals/t…

“Health and science journalist Max Lugavere has always been close with his mom. When she began to show signs of dementia in her early fifties, it shook him to his core. Wasn’t dementia an old person’s disease? And with drug trials having a near 100% failure rate, what was there to do? In 2017, a leading Alzheimer’s organization recognized for the first time that one third of dementia cases may be preventable. And so Max decided to devote himself to figuring out how he and his peers could best avoid the disease.

In this illuminating talk, Max discusses the fascinating diet and lifestyle changes associated with significant risk reduction for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and what that means. For more, pick up his New York Times bestselling book, GENIUS FOODS. Max Lugavere is a filmmaker, author, and TV personality. He is the director of the upcoming film BREAD HEAD, the first-ever documentary about dementia prevention through diet and lifestyle, and is publishing his first book in early 2018 documenting his findings on how to optimize focus, productivity, mood, and long-term brain health with food.

Lugavere is a regularly-appearing “core expert” on The Dr. Oz Show, has been featured on NBC Nightly News, in the Wall Street Journal, and has contributed as a health journalist to Medscape, Vice/Munchies, the Daily Beast, and others. He is a highly sought-after speaker and has been invited to keynote events such as the Biohacker Summit in Stockholm Sweden, and esteemed academic institutions like the New York Academy of Sciences. His newest book, GENIUS FOODS, is a New York Times best seller.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16 | it’s about the importance of advance care planning … for everyone!

Monday, April 16, 2019 – It’s the day after TAX day.

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“National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.”

“Across the country, every healthcare facility will participate as the flagship venues for the public engagement. Other participating organizations/facilities that have their own physical spaces will engage in activities as well. Those organizations that lack physical spaces will work in conjunction with others or at non-healthcare venues (libraries, grocery stores, drug stores, etc.) to support the initiative. A variety of churches, synagogues, and mosques around the country will also support the effort by highlighting the importance of advance care planning with their congregations.”

Why do we need a National Healthcare Decisions Day?

Here is a template of the Advance Health Care Directive Form with Instructions

Here is a template of the Advance Health Care Directive Form with Instructions (Directiva anticipada de atención de la salud) in Spanish.

Here is a template of Pennsylvania’s Advance Care Directive.

 

Constance: assures personalized, one-on-one conversational check in service for seniors.

Lancaster, PA – March, 2019 – Integrated Platform Services LLC today announced a new subscription check-in and reporting service for families of seniors who live independently. The service, named Constance™, targets the families of the 87% of Americans over the age of 65 who, according to AARP, would prefer to live on their own.

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Constance™ provides daily human interaction with seniors to check on mood, meals, medications, appointments, and more. The check-ins are used to generate electronic updates for family members — typically members of the “sandwich generation” who find it increasingly difficult to balance support for their aging parents with managing their own busy lives. With a focus on overall wellbeing, Constance™ addresses the most important factors impacting healthcare outcomes: early detection of medical conditions, care plan adherence, and social engagement.

The service is delivered by carefully selected and trained team who call each senior for a personalized, one-on-one conversation. Unlike other personal care services, the reports are immediately available to family members via a smartphone app on iOS and Android devices.

Families using the service have confidence that the needs of their loved one will be identified and reported, allowing them to continue living independently. Constance subscriber Suzette Mullen commented, “My sister and I look forward to getting the reports every day. The daily updates have really connected us as we navigate (my mom’s) care from a distance.” Members also look forward to interacting with the Constance Family Coordinators. A senior using the service, Patricia Roberts, recently said, “It made me feel very safe to know you were calling me this morning.”

CEO and cofounder Henry Yaeger commented, “We started Constance because we want to apply business solutions to a huge and growing societal challenge. Demographic shifts and longer distances are leaving families unprepared for the demands of supporting their loved ones as they age. Our service allows seniors to continue to live independently, while giving their families the comfort of knowing they are always being looked after.”

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ABOUT CONSTANCE

Constance is a service of Integrated Platform Services LLC, a company based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Constance helps seniors maintain independence by facilitating communication between seniors, their family members, and others. The high-touch service is supported by a cloud-based, HIPAA-compliant platform that enables the Constance team to efficiently provide services, while native mobile apps keep family members informed. Constance is a Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources partner entity.

Register for this Webinar meeting.

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“Do People With Disabilities Earn Equal Pay? | America Counts: Stories Behind the Numbers” – US Census Bureau

Overall, workers with a disability earn less than workers who do not have a disability. Yet, depending on the types of work they do, much of the difference in median earnings disappear.

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Today, a record 9 million people with a disability work. While these workers, age 16 and older, are spread throughout the labor force, workers with a disability tend to concentrate in certain jobs depending on their age and particular disability.

Among people working similar jobs and schedules, the median earnings for workers with a disability are either very close to, or not different from, earnings for workers with no disability.

The most common occupation for people with a disability is janitors and building cleaners, where about 300,000 workers with disabilities find employment. They make up 11 percent of workers in this occupation.

Other large occupations for workers with disabilities are:

  • Drivers/sales workers/truck drivers.
  • Cashiers.
  • Retail salespersons.
  • Laborers and freight, stock and material movers.

Continue reading this US Census Bureau article, click here.