“Cancer Linked to Obesity” – Time Goes By: What it’s really like to get old

cancer weight

Read this column here.

Two agencies align with Service Area 13 Link partners’ networks


Berks County partners’ network

Lancaster County partners’ network

Lebanon County partners’ network

Over the past month, two more resources providers have aligned with the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources | Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area..

To align with the Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area as a partner entity costs nothing. The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources part of the national Aging and Disability Resources Center [ADRC) network.

For more information about how your agency, entity or organization can become a partner, text or call the Lead Link coordinator at 717.380.9714 or email blllink@mail.com.

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) are the first place to go to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability.

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) are a nationwide effort to take a seamless approach in the way we assist seniors and adults with disabilities who need help with activities of daily living. The ADRC in Pennsylvania is known as the Link.


  • Easily connect you to local services/supports through any Link partner agency
  • Explore existing options to ensure a secure plan for independence
  • Assist consumers with applications to determine funding eligibility
  • Help consumers remain or return to their community because of a disability, an illness or accident, or to transition from an institution back to the community
There is no charge for information and assistance provided by any Link or Link partner agency.


Go Go Grandparents could be a transportation resource assist for some

A person from Lebanon County sent this in an email. Though not available in every part of the Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service area, this service may be an answer for some persons with transportation challenges.

gogoClick on the graphic to download the brochure.

GoGoGrandparent turns on demand transportation companies like Lyft into services that help families take better care of older adults.

Step 1: CALL 1 (855) 464-6872 and wait to hear “thanks for calling GoGoGrandparent”

Step 2:

PRESS 1 for a car to your home

PRESS 2 for a car to where we dropped you off last

PRESS 3, 4 or 5 for a car to a custom pick up location

PRESS 0 to speak with an operator


Friday Wrap-Up, October 6, 2017 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

Each week week the Office of the Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging releases a Friday newsletter with information relevant to activities, issues and events for older Pennsylvanians and persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth. Click here to download the newsletter as a .pdf file.


“The opioid epidemic in six charts” – The Conversation

opoidMichelle Holley holds a photograph of her daughter Jaime Holley, 19, who died of a heroin overdose in November 2016. Lynne Sladky/AP Photo

“Drug overdose deaths, once rare, are now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., surpassing peak annual deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents, guns and HIV infection.

“As a former public health official, clinician and researcher, I’ve been engaged in efforts to control the opioid addiction epidemic for the past 15 years.

“The data show that the situation is dire and getting worse. Until opioids are prescribed more cautiously and until effective opioid addiction treatment becomes easier to access, overdose deaths will likely remain at record high levels.

“How the crisis started

“Opioids are drugs that stimulate the brain’s opiate receptors. Some are made from opium and some are completely synthetic. In the U.S., the most commonly prescribed opioids are hydrocodone and oxycodone, which are classified as semi-synthetic because they are synthesized from opium. Heroin is also a semi-synthetic opioid.”

Continue reading this Conversation article, click here.

In Lebanon County, people from families grappling with opoid addiction are invited to come to the next talk time cafe on Wednesday, October 25 at the Lebanon Community Library to have no pressure, no lectures conversations with others about addiction.

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Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair Returning to Lancaster

LANCASTER, Pa. (Oct. 5, 2017) –  Area veterans of all ages, active military and their families are urged to attend the Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair, a free, one-day event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Spooky Nook Sports, 2913 Spooky Nook Road, Manheim.

vet expoVisitors at the Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair will have direct access to employers interested in hiring veterans and exhibitors offering benefits and resources.

Presented by OLP Events, the Veterans’ Expo will connect active, transitioning and retired military members and their families with the benefits and resources available to them through local community-service providers, healthcare professionals, VA benefits counselors, VFWs and American Legions—plus businesses covering everything from home improvement, legal services and finance to retirement living and insurance.

Representatives from the Recorder of Deeds office will be on hand to help all honorably discharged Lancaster County veterans record their DD-214 papers and enroll in the free Thank a Vet veterans discount program. Veterans should bring their full-sized DD-214s to be enrolled.

Additionally, a deserving veteran will receive a Quilt of Valor created by Stitches of West Brandywine.

The Job Fair provides an opportunity for veterans and employers to meet face-to-face to discuss available positions in industries ranging from finance and insurance to construction, healthcare and sales.

In the Job Fair’s Resource Center, military personnel can benefit from mock interviews and learn about VA Medicare options.

Sponsors include 50plus LIFE, AT&T, Blue Ridge Communications, Cigna Health Improvement Tour, Disabled American Veterans, ESPN 92.7, Fulton Financial Corporation, LCTV, Pennsylvania American Legion, Pennsylvania National Guard Outreach Office, Pennsylvania State Headquarters VFW, Worley & Obetz Inc., WFYL and WHTM abc27.

For more information on the Veterans Expo & Job Fair, call (717) 285-1350, visit www.veteransexpo.com, or check out videos of past events at www.youtube.com/user/OnLinePublishers.

SOURCE: news release

National Bullying Prevention Month | Resources for All Stakeholders


“Bullying is not a normal part of childhood and is considered to be a serious public health problem. Recognizing that bullying behavior is an issue that demands the concerted and coordinated time and attention of parents, educators and school administrators, health care providers, policy makers, families, and others concerned with the care of children, Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice evaluates the state of the science on biological and psychosocial consequences of peer victimization and the risk and protective factors that either increase or decrease peer victimization behavior and consequences.

preventing bullyingClick on the graphic to download the report.

Too Scared For School (Bullying Documentary) – Real Stories | Shocking and emotional documentary about the pain and desperation of four young teenagers facing lives overshadowed by bullying.

“Teach Back – One Strategy to Improve Health Literacy” | A Webinar on October 26

teach back

Low health literacy is extremely common, and lack of health literacy interferes with the ability of patients to understand their health conditions and their role in managing them.  Please join in this Webinar as Mary Powell, PHD, CRNP, CDE discusses how teach back can be utilized as a strategy to recognize patients with low health literacy and help improve their literacy levels. Dr. Powell, who is an Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Nursing Program at Neumann University, will describe attributes of a health literate organization and introduce the Teach Back Toolkit. Dr. Powell will also identify opportunities to use teach back to improve care transitions.

Quality Insights has announced this Webinar:

Registration is required, so please register today. Once registered you will receive a confirmation email which will contain the login details.

Target Audience
Physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care team members in the states of Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia who work with patients to improve coordination of care.

Two reports on caring for persons living with dementia and their caregivers

supporting people

Click here to read this report.

proven programsClick here to read this AARP report.

DHS Acting Secretary Teresa Miller Testifies at health care hearing

How would changes to the health care system affect Pennsylvania, and what does our state’s current health care landscape look like?

Acting Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller was called upon to provide that expertise in a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance during consideration of the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Proposal. (It was later announced that there would not be a vote
on that proposal.)

secy miller

Here are state-specific health care statistics from Miller’s testimony:

  • Before the Affordable Care Act, 10 percent of Pennsylvanians and 16 percent
    of Americans nationwide went uninsured.
  • Since the ACA’s passage, the national uninsured rate has fallen to 8.6 percent;
    Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate has dropped to 5.6 percent – the lowest it has ever been.
  • More than 40% of Pennsylvanians – 5.4 million people – have pre-existing conditions and cannot be denied health insurance coverage due to the ACA.
  • Approximately 4.5 million Pennsylvanians no longer have to worry about large bills due to annual or lifetime limits on benefits, and 6.1 million Pennsylvanians benefit from access to free preventive care services.
  • Medicaid serves 2.8 million Pennsylvanians, or 22 percent of the commonwealth’s population. This includes:
    • 1.2 million children
    • Nearly 250,000 seniors
    • 565,000 individuals who receive outpatient mental health services
    • 215,000 individuals relying on substance use disorder treatment.
  • In 2015, Medicaid paid for more than 58,000 births in the commonwealth – nearly
    40 percent of Pennsylvania’s total births.
  • The Medicaid expansion of the ACA has resulted in the coverage of more than 715,000 newly eligible Pennsylvanians.

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