Major Senior, Health Advocates Endorse Governor Wolf’s Unified Department of Health and Human Services

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that a broad coalition of advocates for seniors, recovery, people with disabilities, and other health and human services populations is speaking out in support of the unification of the departments of Health, Human Services, Aging, and Drug and Alcohol Programs into one Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“Having the support of this broad coalition of senior and human services advocates strengthens my administration’s efforts to break down silos, increase government efficiency, and listen across party lines and ideologies to develop a practical solution of integrating these vital human services agencies into one unified Department of Health and Human Services,” Governor Wolf said. “I applaud these organizations for sharing their ideas as we move through this process and for their support as we make the new department a reality for the people of Pennsylvania.”

These groups include: Rehabilitation & Community Providers Association (RCPA), The Arc of Pennsylvania, The Alliance of PA Councils, PA Health Access Network (PHAN), Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging (P4A), Pennsylvania Homecare Association, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP), Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania,  Equality Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association – Greater PA Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association – Delaware Valley Chapter, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, and Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR).

Governor Wolf has worked closely with the four departments and myriad advocates to identify and break down silos and reimagine how the state delivers such critical services. A website — https://www.governor.pa.gov/health-and-human-services/ was launched … Continue reading this news release in its entirety; click here.

Threshold Rehabilitation Services, Lebanon Fairweather Lodge provider, is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Fairweather Lodge Coordinator.

MENTAL HEALTH MANAGER

Threshold, a leader in supporting individuals with mental health challenges, is seeking a manager for a residential program for adult male individuals in Lebanon County under the Fairweather Lodge program.

The qualified candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field
  • 5 years experience in the mental health field
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience
  • PA driver’s license and a vehicle
  • Ability to travel as needed
  • Bilingual a plus

Threshold offers a comprehensive benefit package, which includes a 401(k) plan.  Please send your resume with salary requirements or apply in person:

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Rehabilitation Services, Inc.

1000 Lancaster Avenue, Reading, PA 19607

or email hr@trsinc.org

or by fax to (610) 777-1295

 

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New Innovations in Nutrition Programs and Services Grant Opportunity to Promote the Quality and Effectiveness of Nutrition Service Programs

The Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), announces a new grant opportunity to increase the evidenced based knowledge base of nutrition providers, drive improved health outcomes for program recipients by promoting higher service quality, and increase program efficiency through innovative nutrition service delivery models.

This funding opportunity is to support innovative and promising practices that move the aging network towards evidenced based practices that enhance the quality, effectiveness of nutrition services programs or outcomes within the aging services network. Innovation can include service products that appeal to caregivers (such as web-based ordering systems and carryout food products), increased involvement of volunteers (such as retired chefs), consideration of eating habits and choice (such as variable meal times, salad bars, or more fresh fruits and vegetables), new service models (testing variations and hybrid strategies) and other innovations to better serve a generation of consumers whose needs and preferences are different.

Please visit the link here for more details about the grant opportunity and application process. This grant opportunity closes on August 7, 2017.

“NO EXCUSES: HEALTHCARE” | The Skimm cracks “open the Skimm’tionary to give you some key healthcare terms to know.”

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If you’re perplexed, ferhoodled, scratching your head or just plain confused by the verbiage of health care words and phrases, then the Skimm’tionary will be a terrific resource for you.

It’s produced by The Skimm, a terrific website that “that gives you everything you need to know to start your day. We break down what’s going on in the world with fresh editorial content. We’ll meet you in your inbox M-F, bright and early. The Daily Skimm leaves our hands–keyboard at 6am ET.”

2-1-1 | connects people looking for information about health, human and social services questions.

2-1-1 is a special abbreviated telephone number reserved in Canada and the United States as an easy-to-remember three-digit telephone number meant to provide information and referrals to health, human and social service organizations.

WHO is contacting 2-1-1

Here’s the GUIDED SEARCH FOR BERKS COUNTY – get information and reports here.

Here’s the GUIDED SEARCH FOR LANCASTER COUNTY – get information and reports  here.

Here’s the GUIDED SEARCH FOR LEBANON COUNTY – get information and reports  here.

“‘How Long Have I Got, Doc?’ Why Many Cancer Patients Don’t Have Answers” – California Healthline

cancer-decisions-4Bruce Mead-e, 63, who has advanced lung cancer, stands in the garden at his home in Georgetown, Del. Over four years, he has undergone two major surgeries, multiple rounds of radiation and chemotherapy. (Eileen Blass for Kaiser Health News)

by Liz Szabo

“In the past four years, Bruce Mead-e has undergone two major surgeries, multiple rounds of radiation and chemotherapy to treat his lung cancer.

“Yet in all that time, doctors never told him or his husband whether the cancer was curable — or likely to take Mead-e’s life.

“‘We haven’t asked about cure or how much time I have,’ said Mead-e, 63, of Georgetown, Del., in a May interview. ‘We haven’t asked, and he hasn’t offered. I guess we have our heads in the sand.’

“At a time when expensive new cancer treatments are proliferating rapidly, patients such as Mead-e have more therapy choices than ever before. Yet patients like him are largely kept in the dark because their doctors either can’t or won’t communicate clearly. Many patients compound the problem by avoiding news they don’t want to hear.”

Read this article in its entirety at California Healthline.

Link partners increase in each Service Area 13 County

NEW LINK PARTNERS

During the past month, the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources’ Berks – Lancaster – Lebanon Service Area continued to expand its partners’ network in each county.

These are new partners in the Berks County Partners Network:

See the complete list of partners for each county:

If you are an agency, entity or organization that provides services for persons age 60 and over; persons with a disability; veterans; family members and caregivers, consider aligning with one or more of these counties as a partner with the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources, contact us for information. There are no fees or charges to be a Link partner.

Call or text 717.380.9714 or email blllink@mail.com to let us know you want to become a Link partner.

 

Friday Wrap-Up, June 16, 2017 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

Each 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.

 

“Progress in U.S. Women’s Well-Being Stalled in Recent Generations” – Population Reference Bureau

(June 2017) “The level of well-being of young American women (ages 16 to 34) rose significantly for members of the Baby Boom generation but hit a wall for women in subsequent generations, the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) concludes in a new report.

“In its latest Population Bulletin, “Losing Ground: Young Women’s Well-Being Across Generations in the United States,” PRB analysts present a comprehensive new Index of Young Women’s Well-Being to show how social and structural barriers to progress for young women in Generation X and the Millennial generation have contributed to women’s persistently high poverty rates, a declining share of women in high-wage/high-tech jobs, a dramatic rise in women’s incarceration rates, and increases in maternal mortality and women’s suicide.”

millennial stall

Click here to continue reading this article at the Population Reference Bureau.

“Social media is as harmful as alcohol and drugs for millennials” – The Conversation

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“The word ‘addiction’ brings to mind alcohol and drugs. Yet, over the past 20 years, a new type of addiction has emerged: addiction to social media. It may not cause physical harms, such as those caused by tobacco and alcohol, but it has the potential to cause long-term damage to our emotions, behaviour and relationships.

“While the older generation – those born in the baby boom period shortly after World War II – had alcohol and drugs as their vice, the younger generation – the so-called millenials – have social media as theirs. The millennials, born between 1984 and 2005, have embraced the digital age, using technology to relax and interact with others. Social media is a big deal for them; it is a lifeline to the outside world.

“Although people of all ages use social media, it is more harmful for younger users than it is for older people.

“All consuming

“Addiction may seem a bit of a strong word to use in the context of social media, but addiction refers to any behaviour that is pleasurable and is the only reason to get through the day.”

Click here to continue reading this article at The Conversation.