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Aging Network News

Week of January 18, 2015
Host Sites Sought for FREE “Help Yourself to Health” Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops (Philadelphia Corporation for Aging - PCA)

PCA is seeking locations to host a free workshop series aimed at helping adults age 60-plus who live with a chronic health condition to provide them with the tools to better manage their chronic conditions. The workshop consists of six 2-½ hour sessions. Host sites are asked to provide space and promote the workshops to their constituents. PCA provides trained leaders and materials. There is no cost to the host site or to participants.  

Workshops help participants: 
Better manage symptoms
Decrease stress, fatigue, frustration and pain
Increase self-esteem, fitness and healthy eating

To learn more, or to become a host site, call Health Promotion Consultant Diane Brown at 215-765-9000, ext. 5119 or e-mail dbrown@pcaphl.org or visit the workshop website at www.pcahelpyourselftohealth.org

Coordinated by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"...the United States’s public-private system has become exploitative in the most perverse way. It urges you to live as long as possible provided you can keep feeding the greedy health-care machinery. It’s all about getting money from your bank account to theirs, and, when that runs out, tapping the taxpayer for as long as possible."

Jeffrey Tucker, from an opinion piece, "End-of-Life Care in America Is a Scam" (Newsweek, Jan. 21, 2015).

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Aging Network News

Equal Treatment for Same-sex Partners Outlined by Medicare and Medicaid(Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – CMS)

CMS has issued guidance and proposed regulatory revisions that provide equal treatment to all spouses, regardless of sex, of a valid marriage, even if the state where the individual lives or receives services does not recognize same sex marriage. These revisions clarify the terms implicating the spousal relationship in regulations and guidance for Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers. The terms “spouse,” “marriage,” “relative,” and “family,” as well as other terms that implicitly or explicitly implicate the spousal relationship, including “representative,” “support person,” “surrogate,” and “next-of-kin,” include all marriages lawful where entered into, including lawful same-sex marriages, regardless of the certified provider’s or supplier’s location or the jurisdiction in which the spouse lives. The proposed rules and revisions to the State Operations Manual, Appendix PP – Guidance to Surveyors for Long-Term Care Facilities took effect on December 12, 2014. Comments may be submitted by February 10. For more information or to submit comments, Click Here>>

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

“When I was nineteen, 
I told a thirty- 
year-old man what a 
fool I had been when 
I was seventeen. 
‘We were always,’ he 
said glancing down, ‘a 
fool two years ago.'”

Donald Hall, 86, poet, writer, editor and literary critic, from his poem, "Tubes."

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Aging Network News

Teresa Osborne Named as New Secretary of Aging(The Wolf Transition)

Governor-Elect Tom Wolf has named Teresa Osborne as his choice for the new Secretary of Aging. “Teresa Osborne has over two decades of experience working with and advocating for the elderly and the disadvantaged. Her management experience, as well her record enhancing Pennsylvania’s response to elder abuse and exploitation, make her a solid fit to lead the Department of Aging,” said Wolf. Osborne was a catalyst in the effort to enact “Peggy’s Law,” which was designed to enhance Pa.’s response to elder abuse and exploitation. She also helped form a four-county, nonprofit Northeast Behavioral Health Care Consortium, which implemented Pa.’s mandatory managed care program serving more than 90,000 members who receive Medical Assistance. Osborne also served on the Mayor’s Task Force on Law Enforcement & Mental Health in the City of Scranton. A Scranton native, Osborne is currently serving as the executive director of the Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Area Agency on Aging (AAA). She previously served as chancellor and chief operating officer of the Diocese of Scranton, executive director of the Lackawanna County Dept. of Human Services, and executive director of the Lackawanna County AAA. Read More>>

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"The implications of these findings are far-reaching. Sedentary behavior is ubiquitous. Society is engineered, physically and socially, to be sitting-centric."

Brigid M. Lynch , PhD, and Neville Owen, PhD, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia. See "Unhealthiness of Sitting Not Offset by Exercise: Meta-Analysis" (MedPage Today, Jan. 19, 2015)

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Aging Network News

PA Dept. of Aging Launches New Website(The Pennsylvania Department of Aging – PDA)

Earlier this month, PDA launched a new website at www.aging.pa.gov, which features many improvements in design and functionality. Changes to the website include a more user-friendly design that provides improved navigation to allow users to more easily find information; features that make the site more accessible and easy-to-use from mobile devices; and enhanced search capabilities. PDA continues to seek ways to continue to help enhance awareness of services. The Pa. State Plan on Aging 2012-2016 and a recent study by the Penn State Data Center identified a need to enhance awareness of the services and programs that PDA, the aging network and providers offer. The recent and continued updates to its website are part of PDA’s efforts to enhance its public education and outreach efforts. Questions, comments or suggestions for further improvements to the website can be e-mailed to RA-AIWEBSITE@pa.gov. Aging network and community organizations are requested to update any website or e-newsletter links with PDA’s new website. PDA’s old website address (aging.state.pa.us) will remain active for the next two years and will automatically forward to the new website, to minimize added cost from immediately changing publications.

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"God may not play dice but he enjoys a good round of Trivial Pursuit every now and again."

Federico Fellini , film director, was born on January 20, 1920, in Rimini, Italy.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Aging Network News

Quote of the Day

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

PCA is closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Have a safe and happy holiday.

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Nominations Sought: EFC Community Service Awards - Will be presented on June 4, 2015, when the Emergency Fund Coalition (EFC) for Older Philadelphians will celebrate its 26th anniversary at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road in Northeast Philadelphia. Deadline for nomination submission extended to Feb. 17. Download the Nomination Form>>

Spring 2015 Trainings from PCA's Community Relations Dept.:
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Details in PCA's current Training Catalog>>

ASA: Fundamentals of Gerontology: A Joint Certificate Program Offered by the American Society on aging and the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology - First session starts Jan. 26, 2015. More>>

Franklin Institute: The Aging Brain and Alzheimer's Disease - Jan. 27, 7 - 8:30 pm. $5 for non-members. More>>

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