“100 and counting: Lancaster County centenarians continue to live meaningful lives” – LNP – Always Lancaster

100 and counting

Centenarians are more visible than ever before. This article has several portraits of the active 100 + year-olds living in the county. “They are not only living longer but are living better, thanks to relative prosperity, better nutrition and medical advancements.”

“Violet Ickes, 108 – ‘I never thought of getting old. I was just busy living.’”

“Jim Sheffer, 100 – ‘I’ve loved my life. It’s my strong desire to live and live’” 

“Aldine Stewart, 106 – ‘The good Lord has sustained me … I know he has the plan’”

“Roberta Frank, 103 – ‘You live one day at a time. That’s my motto.’”

“Marguerite Walters, 100 – ‘I don’t know why I’m here, but I’m having a good time’” 

“Anna Weaver, 102 – ‘I’d like to see what he thinks now that I’m 102.’

Do you remember reading this LNP – Always Lancaster article from earlier this year?

“100-year-old Lancaster sales representative enjoys work, has no plans for retirement: ‘Why should I give it up?'” 


“It’s ‘time change’ time. Get set to move your clocks back an hour this weekend” – CNN

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“It’s the first weekend in November. You know what that means: It’s time to “fall back.”

“Or more specifically, time for us to move our clocks back as daylight saving time comes to an end.
“It happens at 2 a.m. Sunday, in essence allowing most Americans to relive the 1 a.m. hour all over again.
So people will get an extra hour to sleep or party or maybe go over that sample ballot before voting in Tuesday’s midterms.”

“Tiny houses multiply amid big issues as communities tackle homelessness” – The Washington Post

“A project for former service members could become a model for other cities in the United States.”

tinyhouses“In a community of tiny houses in Kansas City, Mo., Air Force veteran Leo Morris now calls #3 his own. (Christopher Smith/For The Washington Post)”

 The 13 tiny houses sit in neat rows on the small plot of land in south Kansas City. There’s a comforting uniformity to the group, each structure a simple A-frame or slant roof, painted a rich hue: deep blue or dark maroon, slate gray or mustard yellow. An American flag flies outside most of the homes.

The lives inside also match. The men and women here have all served their country in uniform. And every one of them was homeless before arriving this year and being given their own address and key.

“’We build communities — communities that are the beginning of a journey for those who said yes to this country and need someone to say yes back to them,’ said Brandonn Mixon, an entrepreneur who helped to found the Veterans Community Project out of frustration with the usual efforts to get veterans off the streets.”

Continue reading this Washington Post article here.


Friday Wrap-Up, November 2, 2018 | 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.

This week the Secretary writes about the horror of the events at Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh in Allegheny County.

Also listed in the Friday Wrap-UP are upcoming events about Link partner events listed at the Service Area 13 Website.

Click here download the newsletter as a .pdf file.


“Spinal implant helps three paralysed men walk again” – BBC

Three paralysed men, who were told they would spend the rest of their lives in a wheelchair, are able to walk again thanks to doctors in Switzerland.

spinal implant

“An electrical device inserted around the men’s spines boosted signals from their brains to their legs.

“And it also helped damaged nerves in the spinal cord to regrow.

“The researchers hope that this unexpected bonus will enable some paralysed people ultimately to regain independent movement.

“BBC News has had exclusive access to the patients in the clinical trial, the results of which are published in the journal Nature.

The first patient to be treated was 30-year-old Swiss man David M’zee, who suffered a severe spinal injury seven years ago in a sporting accident.”

Click here to continue reading this BBC article.

“Barcelona lab finds treatment that slows down Alzheimer’s” – WikiTribune

  • Findings open new avenues for the research of neurodegenerative disorders
  • 75-year-old company began its research on Alzheimer’s in 2004
  • Procedure is safe and feasible


A renowned Spanish laboratory presented the results of clinical tests that show a dramatic reduction in the progression of moderate Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) patients, in a new step towards an innovative approach to fight this neurodegenerative disease.

“At the Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease (CTAD) congress last 27 October in Barcelona, Laboratorios Grifols’ CEO Víctor Grifols said the results ‘open a new path in the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease’ and remarked that his company ‘will continue to explore the potential of plasma proteins and plasma exchange in subsequent studies.’”

Read this article at WikiTribune in its entirety here.


“What is ‘quality’ in aged care? Here’s what studies (and our readers) say” – The Conversation

quality aging care

Though this article comes from the Australian version of The Conversation, “Everyone has their own idea of what quality of care and quality of life in residential aged care may look like. The Conversation asked readers how they would want a loved one to be cared for in a residential aged care facility. What they said was similar to what surveys around the world have consistently found.

Click here to read the article in its entirety.


Friday Wrap-Up, October 26, 2018 | 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 download the newsletter as a .pdf file.


NeedyMeds is a national non-profit organization that maintains a website of free information on programs that help people who can’t afford medications and healthcare costs.


Check out this resource to find help with the cost of medicine: https://www.needymeds.org 

“Blythe Danner and Hilary Swank Soar in Caregiving Movie ‘What They Had'” – AARP

Their new landmark Alzheimer’s film is heartbreaking, inspiring, funny and true


At first, Blythe Danner and Hilary Swank seem utterly different as you watch them chatting together in a vast white room in Manhattan on a fine summer morning.

“Swank, 44, a buff former high school gymnastics champ who grew up in a trailer park in Washington state, is direct, peppy, coachlike. ‘Make a choice about the optimism you want to bring into your life!’ she exhorts us at one point.

“The imperially slim Danner, 75, a Philadelphia banker’s daughter, is reserved and self-deprecating, even after a half-century of acting triumphs. Though she introduced her daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, to acting, she says Gwynnie is the genius in the family. ‘She has such self-esteem and self-awareness, all the things I never had,’ Danner notes.”

Continue reading this article at AARP Magazine, click here.