Today’s (June 23) Link Webinar | info sheets

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So, at this morning’s Webinar, several resources were mentioned; here’s where you can access and / or download the files.

Trauma Through the Lifespan, The Hope of Resilience after Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

The embedded videos in the presentation are here:

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Adverse Childhood Experiences take-away sheet



Patients on board with health trackers but don’t trust consumer wearables, survey finds” – Fierce Healthcare

woman_wearing_device“Nearly half of patients managing chronic conditions said they would physically visit the doctor less if they could share health data digitally, according to a recent survey. (Sony)”

by Heather Landi

“Patients who manage chronic conditions are eager to use a monitoring device to manage their health. But consumer smartwatches might not be the answer.

“Three in four patients say they would wear a specialized monitoring device only used for their specific condition if prescribed by their doctor, a survey from electronics company Sony found.

“Nearly 90% of those surveyed believe they could better manage chronic conditions with a health monitoring device. More than half of patients said they would potentially switch doctors if another doctor prescribed a specialized device, according to the survey of 2,000 people conducted by Sony.

“However, while consumer-facing companies like Apple and Fitbit offer wearables with health tracking capabilities, only 28% of patients would trust a consumer device to help manage their chronic condition and 45% said they were unsure, according to the survey.”

Click here to continue reading this article at FierceHealthcare.

Training and educational opportunities from PHFA | register today.

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The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA)  2020 Multifamily Affordable Housing Conference has been postponed until July 2021.  However, we are not letting that slow us down!

Housing Services is excited to announce that we will be starting groups in both the Certificate in Elder Service Coordination (CESC) and Certificate in Family Service Coordination (CFSC) Programs in July 2020.  See the flyers above for  both programs in case you/your organization is interested.  Registration for both programs is required by July 1st and at NO cost.  The programs will be set up differently than in the past, starting with webinars and concluding with the 2021 Conference.

If you’re interested in more information or to enroll, please contact Alicia Spencer ( ) for the CESC Program and Dawn Bartha ( for the CFSC Program.  Also, the programs will be offered in 2021 and those groups will start with the conference.

Housing Services Free Webinars

Housing Services will be offering FREE webinar trainings, TBA throughout.  Please see below information for upcoming webinar to start.

Housing Services Free Webinar

“Supporting Residents Through Traumatic Events”

Monday, June 29, 2020 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

*Registration Required*

Webinar Information:


Presenter: Katie Mansfield, Lead Trainer for the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program within Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.

Description: Events such as the COVID-19 quarantine, on-site acts of violence and vandalism can challenge a community’s sense of safety and well-being. Katie Mansfield, will address how traumatic events affect community dynamics and will offer tips on how to support communities and individual residents who are coping with trauma. Resources will be highlighted from across the State.

CARES Financial Assistance for Renters and Homeowners

Applications for CARES financial assistance for renters and homeowners will be available June 29; application submissions can begin July 6

People who lost income due to the pandemic-related economic slowdown may be eligible for rent or mortgage assistance to help them stay in their homes

Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access applications for rent and mortgage relief starting June 29. At that time, applications will be easily accessible from a red banner on the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s website at PHFA is administering both programs and developing detailed programs for distributing this financial assistance quickly to people in need while following legislative requirements. The agency will begin accepting completed applications for rent and mortgage assistance on July 6.

Disability Pride Virtual PA – be there, June 27 through July 26

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“Alone and booming” – Boston Globe OPINION

“I had forgotten to get married, forgotten to have children, forgotten to make money. After caretaking two older parents, I am now alone in our house, which I own.”


by Mary Ann D’Urso

A stone’s throw away from 40, my New York sublet ending, and with not much more than my demure velvet sofa, a suitcase of regrets, and the manuscript I had bled over in my thirties, I headed back to the suburbs and my childhood home.

“I had forgotten to get married, forgotten to have children, forgotten to make money. In our culture, no one views an adult’s move back home as a boon. I was the Hester Prynne of Forest Drive, my Scarlet ‘L’ for Loser strapped to my chest for all the neighbors to see.

“After caretaking two older and full-blooded Sicilian parents, I am now alone in our house, which I own.”

Click here to continue reading this piece at The Boston Globe.

Serving Diverse Elders: Strategies for Meaningful Inclusion in Service Planning and Delivery

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Download the file, click on the graphic.

This guide provides tools, resources, and best practices that the Aging Network can use as a reference to plan services and programs that are more inclusive to these diverse elders. The guide outlines background information on diverse elders; discusses how to asses the needs of this population and include them in the planning process; and highlights inclusive goals, objectives, and measures of success.

The National Consortium on Aging Resources for Seniors’ Equity has produced a guide to providing services for diverse populations of older adults. The group is funded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and includes the National Caucus & Center on Black Aging, Inc., National Indian Council on Aging, National Asian Pacific Center on Aging,  Asociación Nacional Pro Personas Mayores and National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.


Here’s an idea that might be helpful for someone you know | FREE activity book & coloring pages during “stay at home” pandemic times

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Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources | Service Area 13 partners’ networks have produced a 24-page Activity Book  & coloring pages.

And it’s free for our partner agencies. If your agency knows somebody who’s feeling socially isolated, distanced or lonely, the Activity Book with coloring pages might be a perfect aid during this confused period of COVID-19.

While many of our partner agencies are operating remotely, we will get the books to you. All you have to do is EMAIL ( , CALL OR TEXT (717.380.9714) to let us know:

  • How many books you want. (NOTE: They’re available in bundles of 100.)
  • When and where can you would like us to deliver the books to your location.
  • A contact person and contact information (email and mobile phone).


“Poll: Americans are the unhappiest they’ve been in 50 years” – AP

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by Tamara Lush

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — “It’s been a rough year for the American psyche. Folks in the U.S. are more unhappy today than they’ve been in nearly 50 years.

“This bold — yet unsurprising — conclusion comes from the COVID Response Tracking Study, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. It finds that just 14% of American adults say they’re very happy, down from 31% who said the same in 2018. That year, 23% said they’d often or sometimes felt isolated in recent weeks. Now, 50% say that.

“The survey, conducted in late May, draws on nearly a half-century of research from the General Social Survey, which has collected data on American attitudes and behaviors at least every other year since 1972. No less than 29% of Americans have ever called themselves very happy in that survey.”

Click here to read this AP article in its entirety.

“The Pandemic Broke End-of-Life Care In a Boston ICU” – The Atlantic

In a Boston ICU, staff members orchestrate goodbyes over Zoom and comfort patients who would otherwise die alone.


by Sarah Zhang

“When the coronavirus came to Boston, doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital noticed how silent certain floors became. Any patients who could be discharged were discharged. Anyone who could stay away stayed away. ‘The hospital had this eerie quiet,’ says Jane deLima Thomas, the director of palliative care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. But in the intensive-care units set up for COVID-19, machines beeped and whirred in room after room of the sickest patients. Those patients were sedated, intubated, and isolated. Many of them would die.

“Palliative care is about providing comfort—physical and emotional—to patients who are seriously ill, including those who may be close to death. Before the pandemic, deLima Thomas’s team worked with patients with kidney disease or cancer or heart failure, but this spring, they all switched to COVID-19. They embedded themselves in the ICUs. Palliative care is a field especially invested in the power of a hug, a steadying hand, and a smile. In other words, palliative care is made especially difficult by a virus that spreads through human contact.

“The first day the palliative-care doctors walked into the ICUs, Thomas says, “we felt like tourists.” They were dressed in business casual, while their ICU colleagues raced around in scrubs and masks. But the palliative-care team—which includes physicians, nurses, chaplains, and social workers—found ways to integrate themselves. In the early days of the pandemic, when protective gear was scarce, no visitors were allowed. Palliative caregivers, along with ICU nurses, held iPads cocooned in plastic bags so families could say goodbye on Zoom. They were sometimes the only one in the room when a patient died, otherwise alone. I interviewed several members of the Boston-based palliative-care team, and their stories, which have been condensed and edited for clarity, are below.”

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

“Nearly 1 in 10 Health Care Workers Lost Their Job Between February and April, But Health Care Employment Rebounded Slightly in May” – Kaiser Family Foundation

“A new chart collection explores the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. health care workforce, and finds that between February and April 2020, nearly 1.5 million health care jobs were lost. While more than 300,000 health services jobs were recovered in May 2020, mainly in dental offices, employment in some health care settings continued to decrease.

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“The rise in health care unemployment follows a sharp decline in utilization and revenue for non-emergency services. Many providers delayed or canceled appointments for routine care and elective procedures amid concerns that COVID-19 patients would overwhelm the health system; others closed their facilities entirely. Many patients also chose to forgo non-emergency care, presumably due to stay-at-home orders issued by local governments and fear of contracting the virus in health care settings.

“Workers in ambulatory health care settings, like dental and physician’s offices, have been particularly hard-hit, accounting for more than half of total health care job losses between February and May 2020.

“The chart collection also includes data on gender disparities and geographic variation in health care job loss, as well as a breakdown of job loss by sector.”