“Your Top 10 Objects Your Kids Don’t Want” – next avenue


“Your house, and what it contains, is a minefield in the eyes of your grown children. They can see from your example that collections of stuff are a curse; such objects are superfluous to a life well lived. They want a clean, clear field in which to live their lives. Your grown children will not agree to be the recipients of your downsizing if it means their upsizing.

“In the following list of the Top Ten Objects Your Kids Do Not Want — inspired by conversations (or lack thereof) about my keepsakes with my 30-year-old son, Lock, and his wife, as well as by similar conversations I’ve had with hundreds of boomer clients and their millennial heirs — I will help you find a remedy for dealing with each:”

Click here to see the top 10 list and what you might consider doing to help your kids.

“Why the daunting economics of elder care are about to get much worse” – The Conversation

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“My sister Carol loves movies, but she hasn’t been out to see one in years. When she tries to watch one at home, she’s frequently interrupted. She shrugs this off, saying “Who needs to see movies when you’re living one?”

“You see, my sister is living the plot from the movie ‘Groundhog Day.’ She takes care of our mother, who suffers from dementia. Our mom asks the same questions over and over and only wants to watch a handful of classic TV shows, like ‘The Golden Girls‘ reruns. For this my sister earns nothing.

“I marvel at how hard my sister works and how much she contributes to our mother’s quality of life and yet how little our society recognizes the scope of what family caregivers like her are contributing.”

Click here to continue reading this article at The Conversation.

“The True Cost of Welfare” – PA Department of Human Services

Cash assistance — what most people think of as welfare — makes up a small portion of DHS’ state general funds. Most benefits overseen by the department are not cash benefits. The vast majority of departmental spending provides health care, services to seniors and individuals with disabilities, and services to children and families throughout Pennsylvania.

true cost of welfare

  • Health care accounts for $4.35 billion
  • Long-term services accounts for $2.67 billion
  • Intellectual disability services accounts for $2.01 billion
  • Children, youth, and families account for $1.29 billion
  • Mental health and substance abuse services account for $834 million
  • Administration costs account for $539 million
  • Early education and learning accounts for $492 million
  • Other services account for $236 million
Cash assistance provided by Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
accounts for $6 million, or less than .05 percent of total DHS state budget.

*The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Low-Income Home
Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) are federally funded and are not cash benefits.


Numbers are from Pennsylvania Department of Human Services 2018-19 General Fund Budget Request.

“Go Further with Food” | March is National Nutrition Month

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National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

Go Further with Foodis the theme for 2018, and its importance is appropriate for many reasons. The foods you choose throughout your day do make a difference for you and your family. Preparing foods to go further at home and within the community can have a positive impact, as well. As nutrition experts, Academy members (dietitians) can help people adopt healthier eating styles, while reducing food loss and waste. 

The Key Messages of 2018 include:

  1. Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.
  2. Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.
  3. Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.
  4. Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
  5. Continue to use good food safety practices.
  6. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
  7. Realize the benefits of healthy eating by consulting with a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.

Throughout March, Purfoods Registered Dietitians @ Mom’s Meals NourishCare will provide daily nutrition and health tips that will encourage you to “Go Further with Food”.  Stay tuned for activities that will increase your food and nutrition knowledge, offer opportunities to stretch your food dollar and maybe provide some tasty samples and recipes from the Chefs in R&D.  Let’s Go Further with Food!

SOURCE: submitted

” Treatment Overkill | Never Too Late To Operate? Surgery Near End Of Life Is Common, Costly” – California Healthline

Nearly 1 in 3 Medicare patients undergo an operation in their final year of life.

maxine-stanich-2“Maxine Stanich, at age 87, had signed a ‘do not resuscitate’ directive, ordering doctors to not revive her should her heart stop, but doctors gave her a defibrillator anyway. (Photo courtesy of Susan Giaquinto)”

by Liz Szabo

“At 87, Maxine Stanich cared more about improving the quality of her life than prolonging it.

“She suffered from a long list of health problems, including heart failure and chronic lung disease that could leave her gasping for breath.

“When her time came, she wanted to die a natural death, Stanich told her daughter, and signed a ‘do not resuscitate’ directive, or DNR, ordering doctors not to revive her should her heart stop.

“Yet a trip to a San Francisco emergency room for shortness of breath in 2008 led Stanich to get a defibrillator implanted in her chest — a medical device to keep her alive by delivering a powerful shock. At the time, Stanich didn’t fully grasp what she had agreed to, even though she signed a document granting permission for the procedure, said her daughter, Susan Giaquinto.”

Continue reading this article at California Healthline, click here.


“The Anti-Inflammation Checklist Discover common targets of chronic inflammation — and quick ways to put a damper on it” – AARP


“‘Inflammation drives the aging process faster than any other biomarker,’ says physician Tasneem Bhatia, author of The 21-Day Belly Fix. ‘As we get older, inflammation increases, in part because our bodies are less adept at digesting and processing the nutrients we need to regulate it.’ It’s that growing inflammatory process that plays a role in so many diseases of aging.

“Inflammation is our body’s natural response to physical and microbial attack. ‘When you injure a muscle or a tendon, red and white blood cells migrate to the part of the body that’s injured to help heal it,’ says Jordan D. Metzl, a sports medicine physician and author of Dr. Jordan Metzl’s Workout Prescription. But chronic inflammation occurs when our bodies perceive that they’re under threat, putting our immune system in a perpetual state of attack; this dramatically increases our risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Check out some of the common places inflammation shows up and how you can fight the fire.”

Inflammation Body Map

Illustration by Steve Sanford

Click here to read this article in its entirety at AARP.org.


Friday Wrap-Up, March 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. Click here download the newsletter as a .pdf file.

Interesting articles in the Pennsylvania Health Law Project’s current newsletter

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In case you don’t receive this newsletter, you could miss the interesting, relevant and current information that it contains and the February 2018 issue is particularly worthwhile. The following information is from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project’s Website: http://www.phlp.org/


The Health Law PA News is a newsletter dedicated to informing health care consumers, advocates, and providers about developments in publicly-funded health care programs. We aim to provide practical information that allows readers to better understand health law issues, recognize how upcoming changes will affect them, and identify areas where additional advocacy is needed.

February 2018 Health Law News

  • Governor’s Proposed Medicaid Budget for FY 2018-2019
  • Community HealthChoices Update
  • Pennsylvania Activities to Address Missed Nursing Shifts
  • 2018 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines Published
  • Medicaid and Work Requirements: What New Federal Guidance Could Mean for Pennsylvania


Until December 2013, this newsletter provided information for Older Pennsylvanians with limited incomes and their advocates/providers about the various programs that serve them. Effective January 2014, these two newsletters have been combined into a single monthly publication titled Health Law PA News. The combined newsletter continues to report on topics of specific interest to seniors and persons with disabilities, such as Medicare, the Medicare Savings Program, the Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy (LIS), and Home and Community Based Services Waiver programs.

To view past editions of either newsletter, please see the newsletter archive.

May 24 – The PA CARES Training Summit

pa caresTo download the entire brochure showing activities, programs and registration information, click here or on the graphic above.

Eight agencies become Link to Aging and Disability Resources partners.

newest link partners

The Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources’ Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area continues to add partner agencies the list of exceptional resources. Last month, these resources providers became partners.

CaptionCall – Lancaster & York Counties

Chestnut Knoll Senior Living Personal Care & Memory Care

Compass Mark

Longwood Manor Personal Care

South Asian Association of Lancaster

StoneRidge Retirement Living

Support Connections of Lebanon County (SCLC)

Susquehanna Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

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.