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Penn State Health fields Community Health Needs Assessment; seeks community member input

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Penn State Health is undertaking a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and would appreciate your assistance.

In addition to perspectives from the community partners, they want to learn about the health needs and experiences of community members. They are especially interested in hearing from underserved, low-income, racial and ethnic minorities, veterans, seniors, homeless, those struggling with chronic disease, mental health, substance use issues, or other vulnerable populations.

English: https://tinyurl.com/2021chna (or https://redcap.link/hj22fsbz)

Spanish: https://tinyurl.com/2021chna-es (or https://redcap.link/68dqzblt)

The survey is for adults age 18 years or older and will take about 10 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous and confidential. The deadline for survey completion is April 1, 2021.

If you have any questions, or if you would like paper copies of the survey to share with your clients and program participants, please contact: Rachel Weber at CHNA@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or 717.531.3962.

Tracie Young, a Link webinar presenter is page one news in LNP – Always Lancaster

 

raven ridge page oneravens ridgephotos from this LNP – Always Lancaster photo collection.

The above photos (and others) and this article (“How this eagle ended up caught in a Manheim Township manure pile”) are about Tracie Young and her not-for-profit organization of passion, Raven’s Ridge Wildlife Center

In July and August of 2020, the Link Service Area 13 (Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Counties) hosted two webinars that intended to provide an escape from the stresses, resultant isolation and uncertainty of COVID-19 by inviting several Link partners introduce the webinar attendees to their animals and to talk a bit about the therapeutic benefits of animals.

joy of animals 2Tracie and her black vulture rescue were part of the second webinar and the participants who attended the webinar were so delighted with Tracie’s black vulture, Barron Von Vulture. He was a consummate gentleman as he sat next to her on the Adirondack chair while she tickled under his neck and talked about him and several of the other animals she and Raven’s Ridge Wildlife Center have rescued and rehabilitated. 

“You missed your chance to be a prodigy, but there’s still growth left for grownups.” – The New Yorker

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new skillsThe joys—and occasional embarrassments—of being a novice could be an antidote to the strain of being a perfectionist. – Animation by Luke Wohlgemuth

by Margaret Talbot

“Among the things I have not missed since entering middle age is the sensation of being an absolute beginner. It has been decades since I’ve sat in a classroom in a gathering cloud of incomprehension (Algebra 2, tenth grade) or sincerely tried, lesson after lesson, to acquire a skill that was clearly not destined to play a large role in my life (modern dance, twelfth grade). Learning to ride a bicycle in my early thirties was an exception—a little mortifying when my husband had to run alongside the bike, as you would with a child—but ultimately rewarding. Less so was the time when a group of Japanese schoolchildren tried to teach me origami at a public event where I was the guest of honor—I’ll never forget their sombre puzzlement as my clumsy fingers mutilated yet another paper crane.

“Like Tom Vanderbilt, a journalist and the author of “Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning” (Knopf), I learn new facts all the time but new skills seldom. Journalists regularly drop into unfamiliar subcultures and domains of expertise, learning enough at least to ask the right questions. The distinction he draws between his energetic stockpiling of declarative knowledge, or knowing that, and his scant attention to procedural knowledge, or knowing how, is familiar to me. The prospect of reinventing myself as, say, a late-blooming skier or ceramicist or marathon runner sparks only an idle interest, something like wondering what it might be like to live in some small town you pass on the highway.

“There is certainly a way to put a positive spin on that reluctance.”

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

What’s the Ticket to Work program?

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Download the Ticket To Work three page file; click on the graphic or here.

“Five myths about loneliness | The elderly aren’t the people who feel the most isolated.” – The Washington Post

loneliness“Few windows with lights on in an office building at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Jan. 6. Germany has extended its coronavirus lockdown until the end of the month. (Filip Singer/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

by Noreena Herz

Lots of people are lonely these days. Months of stay-at-home orders and other limits on face-to-face contact are taking their toll. But even before the pandemic introduced us to terms like “social distancing,” loneliness was a defining condition of the 21st century: More than a fifth of U.S. adults said in a 2018 Kaiser Family Foundation survey that they ‘often’ or ‘always’ felt lonely, lacking in companionship, left out or isolated. Britain even appointed a minister for loneliness three years ago to confront the problem. Why did we become so lonely? Who is most afflicted? And what harms does it cause? Misconceptions persist around each of these questions; here are five of the most common.  

Myth No. 1 

The elderly are the loneliest generation

Click here to see all the myths about loneliness in this Washington Post article.

 

“When Evictions Loom, Pets Are Also at Risk” – The New York Times

“Adoptions set a record in the U.S. early in the pandemic, but now millions of animals could be in danger of being abandoned or returned to shelters.”pandemic petsCredit … Whitney Curtis for The New York Times

When Esther Deshommes moved her family halfway across the country in June, she never considered leaving their two cats behind.

“Ms. Deshommes, 36, is a tutor; her husband is a barber. Both lost their jobs early on in the pandemic, and with savings drying up, decided to move with their three children from Rockland County, N.Y., to stay with family in St. Louis.

“But they hit a snag: Ms. Deshommes’s stepfather is allergic to Nova and Luna Bear, their two tabby cats, and pet-friendly apartments in St. Louis that were within the family’s budget of $1,100 per month were limited.

“’My 6-year-old looked at me, crying,’ said Ms. Deshommes,’and he said, “Mom, you don’t leave family behind.”‘”

“Pet adoptions reached an all-time high in the U.S. in the early months of the pandemic, with animal foster applications increasing 500 percent in some cities. Many animal shelters were cleared out completely.”

Continue reading this New York Times article, click here.

 

 

 

“Amid isolation and loneliness, elderly face crumbling safety net” – WITF

senior loneliness“Meals on Wheels delivery driver Pasquale Fabbricatore, 66, delivers meals to homebound senior Louise Delija, 93, during the coronavirus pandemic, in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Thursday, May 7, 2020.” (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

By Sally Herships/NPR

“Growing up in the 1930s in a small, marshy town in the Calabrian region of Italy, Rose Frusciante was constantly bombarded by mosquitoes. But one bite in particular proved dangerous.

“Frusciante, who is now 85, still remembers the sweating, fever and chills that followed as well as being heaped under blankets and all the clothing she had as her mother desperately tried to keep her warm. The tiny bite had given her malaria, which also claimed the lives of three of her siblings.

Still, Frusciante, who now lives in Mount Vernon, N.Y., says there is no comparison between the insect-born disease and the invisible threat that is the coronavirus.

“’I’m afraid to go out,’ she says. ‘Because if you walk outside, somebody may have it and they don’t even know.’

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eight out of ten deaths during the pandemic have been among seniors like Frusciante. And while seniors are among the first in line for the vaccine, other safety nets in place to catch the elderly are unraveling quickly.

“Frusciante’s husband died last year and she lives alone in an apartment. She uses a walker to get around. She needs help, but can’t afford it on $2,000 a month.”

Keep reading this article at WITF; click here.

“Goodbye 2020: A year like … well, you know” – Chicago Sun-Times

“Like 1968, 1945, 1918 and so many other landmark years, we won’t have to work hard to remember, in the decades to come, what year COVID-19 struck. It was in 2020 — a year to remember, whether you like it or not.

2020 what a year“Protesters gathered July 25 in Springfield to complain about (Illinois) Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 restrictions.” The State Journal-Register, distributed by the Associated Press

by Neil Steinberg

“An Easter like no other.

“A summer like no other.

“A World Series like no other.

“A year like no other.

“The description ‘a _____ like no other’ wasn’t invented in 2020. It has been used for more than a century: ‘It has been a year like no other,’ wrote R.M. Squires, summing up the world of dentistry in 1919.

“But the phrase was worn to a nubbin over the past nine months by journalists lunging to convey in a handy three-word code the baked-in strangeness and continuous turmoil we’ve been enduring. A branded logo to rubber-stamp this slow-motion train wreck: COVID-19 pandemic meets civic unrest meets economic disruption. Our locked-down society of shuttered schools and struggling restaurants, all playing out against a political clown show that veers from farcical to frightening, sometimes within the same hour.

“A presidential election like no other.

“A Thanksgiving like no other.

“So often was ‘like no other’ flung, at times I wanted to scream, ‘EVERY year is a year like no other!’ Years are unique, like snowflakes. And besides, 2020 is like other years. It’s like 1968, 1945, 1918 … all the way back to 1066, landmark years where you won’t have to purse your lips and ponder, trying to dredge up a single event. We all know what happened in 2001. Nobody is going to snap their fingers and try to recall what year COVID struck: 2020, a year to remember, whether you like it or not.”

Want to read more about the year like no other? Click here to read the entire article at The Chicago Sun-Times.


2020 what a year 2

VOX: Are we doomed? An investigation

At the conclusion of a dystopian year, we look to historians, preppers, and even the heavens in search of answers: What exactly was 2020, and what happens now? Click to read opposite opinions.

Interactive Infographic: The Modern Human Body – The Scientist

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The last few years have yielded new insights into human anatomy. Click here to explore this interactive graphic to learn about some of these discoveries.

 

PA ABLE Savings Program Overview

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More than 4,000 people with disabilities have over $40 million saved in the PA ABLE Savings Program (PA ABLE) for disability-related expenses. PA ABLE has built a network of family members, advocates, and disability resource providers it relies on as an important part of its success.

By saving with PA ABLE, you or a loved one can build a better financial future and live more independently. Remember that savings in a PA ABLE account:

  • May be deducted from Pennsylvania state income tax.1
  • Do not affect eligibility for any federal needs-based programs with a limitation for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.2
  • Can be contributed from a bank account, paycheck or Social Security benefits.3
  • Can be allocated into various savings options, including an FDIC-insured checking account and six asset-allocation investment options.
  • May be used to build savings or pay expenses such as rent, transportation, groceries, assistive technology, and much more.4
  • Provide other benefits unavailable with other states’ ABLE plans.

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