Category Archives: Volunteering

“Identifying the Unique Challenges of Solo Agers | The Elder Orphan Facebook group finds that many without families lack support” – next avenue

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by Carol Marak

“Over 30 years ago, researchers and geriatricians identified an ‘elder orphan’ (sometimes called a ‘solo ager’) as a person aging alone with little support. But when my Elder Orphan Facebook group targeting this population launched over 2 1/2 years ago, little was known about them. Even then, few realized that the hardships faced by older people with no nearby family members could be any different from those of others aging at home.

“Health care professionals and companies tend to lump the older population into four segments: ages 55 to 64, 65 to 74, 75 to 84, and 85 and older. It’s assumed that people in these age brackets deal with, or eventually could deal with, similar concerns relating to health, housing, transportation, caregiving and safety. But those concerns are further magnified for those who do not have a support system, and that number may be higher than you imagine. For example, in Dallas, where I live, 30 percent of people 65 and older live alone.

“Thankfully, through the dedicated service of social workers, gerontologists and geriatricians, the unique challenges of the solo ager have been identified.”

Click here to read this article in its entirety.

“Welcome to the Elder Orphan Facebook Group”

 

The Friendship Line | a 24-hour toll-free hotline/warmline for older and disabled adults

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The Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line is the only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. We also make on-going outreach calls to lonely older adults.

Referrals

Phone: 415.750.4111

To make a referral right now, please fill out the Friendship Line Intake Form.

 

 

Confused about when to call 2-1-1 and 9-1-1?

Berks County Commissioner Kevin S. Barnhardt recently “unveiled a magnet that will be made available to county residents in an effort to make them aware of when it’s appropriate to call 911 and when they should dial 211.”

2-1-1Click on the graphic above to watch a five minute video that will explain what 2-1-1 is and how it differs from 9-1-1.

Read these articles, too, for more information.

The Village: A growing option for aging in place – AARP Public Policy Institute

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Click here to download the two page file as a .pdf.

The Pennsylvania Department of State will be having an exam of ES&S EVS 6.0.0.0 Voting System commencing June 25th through June 29th , 2018, daily from 9:00am-5:00pm.

The Pennsylvania Department of State will be having an exam of ES&S EVS 6.0.0.0 Voting System commencing June 25th through June 29th , 2018, daily from 9:00am-5:00pm.
Venue : Capitol Complex – Finance building, G-24B, 613 North Street, Harrisburg Pa 17120

There is opportunity for voters requiring accessible devices to be volunteer test voters during the examination. They will get to cast a test ballot and will be requested to provide feedback on their experience. Individuals need to schedule times for being part of this effort. The voting system analyst will work with individuals to schedule appointments based on individual preference and availability. It will not take more than an hour of time at the examination location. It will be of great help to us if you can help us in this regard since our aim is to test with individuals using different accessible devices.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact:

Sindhu Ramachandran
Voting Systems Analyst
Department of State
Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation
210 North Office Building | Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717.525.5743

email: sramachhand@pa.gov

50plus LIFE COVER STORY: Senior Volunteers Close the Generation Gap”

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April is National Volunteer Month. National Volunteer month in the United States takes place in the month of April. This month is dedicated to honoring all of the volunteers in our communities as well as encouraging volunteerism throughout the month.

The April 2018 issue of 50plus LIFE includes several articles that hone in on the beneficial aspects and opportunities for volunteering.

Read the COVER STORY: Senior Volunteers Close the Generation Gap.

Here’s a link to a page listing volunteer opportunities: http://50pluslifepa.com/local-stories/volunteering

50plus LIFE (formerly 50plus Senior News), an award-winning publication published monthly, provides individuals 50 and over in the Susquehanna and Delaware valleys with engaging editorial on a range of relevant topics: entertainment, travel, healthy living, financial matters, profiles, veterans’ issues, community events, and more.

With more than 20 years in publication, 50plus LIFE is available in six county-specific issues: Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York. 50plus LIFE and can be found in print, online, and on Facebook.