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Aging Network News

Week of October 26, 2014
Loosening the Caregiving Knot: Conference November 15 (Nancy’s House)


Caregivers can access resources, information and support services at an all-day conference on Saturday, November 15. The conference is presented by Nancy’s House, a nonprofit organization providing respite for caregivers, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St. in Philadelphia. The conference balances self-care and informational presentations to promote peace of mind to those who care for a loved one. Continental breakfast; lunch; massages; community resources; and information about finances, legal issues, hospice, long-term care, downsizing, and self-care will be provided. The cost to attend is $53.50 with ticketing fees. For an additional $22 cost, the Activities Room can accommodate a limited number of care recipients who cannot remain at home alone while their caregiver attends the conference. Art activities, movies and snacks will be provided, but not medical or behavioral care.  For more information or to register, Click Here>>

Friday, October 31, 2014

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"'Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world."

William Shakespeare, Hamlet: Act 3, Scene 2.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Aging Network News

First Comprehensive Plan for Aging in Place Published(National Aging in Place Council - NAIPC)


To commemorate National Aging in Place Week earlier this month, the NAIPC published “Act III: Your Plan for Aging in Place.” This unique planning tool was designed to enable American retirees and seniors to assess their needs for successful and fulfilling aging. Seniors or caregivers answer questions about critical areas of life, including home, health and wellness, personal finance, transportation, and community involvement/social interaction. This information remains private and helps seniors evaluate their needs for the kind of aging lifestyle desired. Users can choose to enter their specific needs on a two-page template available online at www.ageinplace.org/planning-guide. If they submit the Act III “Needs Assessment” to NAIPC, the National Council or a local chapter will respond to the user with recommendations for services that are available to help fulfill their needs and guidance on how to obtain those services. The term Act III refers to the third stage of life, which is retirement and later life. The creators view  Act I as childhood and education, and Act II as family raising and core career.

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"Ladies and gentlemen, this is Carl Phillips again, at the
Wilmuth farm, Grovers Mill, New Jersey... Well, I . . . I
hardly know where to begin, to paint for you a word picture of the
strange scene before my eyes...

Good heavens, something's wriggling out of the shadow like a
gray snake. Now it's another one, and another. They look like tentacles
to me. There, I can see the thing's body. It's large, large as a bear
and it glistens like wet leather. But that face, it . . . Ladies and
gentlemen, it's indescribable. I can hardly force myself to keep
looking at it."

Howard Koch and John Houseman, excerpts from a transcript of a broadcast adaptation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds done for the "Mercury Theatre on the Air" program headed by Orson Welles  on October 30, 1938 . The program was modeled in the style of live news broadcasts and despite the disclaimer at the show's beginning, it has been estimated that more than a million people believed it to be reporting an actual invasion of New Jersey by Martians.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Aging Network News

“Medicine: Mind the Gap” Seminar to Discuss National Prevention Strategy(National Institutes of Health - NIH)


NIH will continue its “Medicine: Mind The Gap” Seminar Series with a discussion about the National Prevention Strategy (NPS) on Wednesday, November 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. The seminar, which will take place at the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Md., will be shown live via videocast and will also be archived online afterwards. An introduction will be provided by Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H., acting surgeon general and chair of National Prevention Council. The discussion will focus on how the NPS can be used to prioritize prevention to Improve the nation’s health. Speakers will include Allen Glicksman, Ph.D., director of research and evaluation at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA); Rachel MacCleery, M.P.A., senior VP at Urban Land Institute; and Gwen Wright, Planning Director for the Montgomery County Planning Department. The seminar is sponsored by Office of Disease Prevention, NIH, Office of the Surgeon General, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No advanced registration is needed. E-mail the Office of Disease Prevention at LangerDH@od.nih.gov or call 301.443.4569 by October 31 for sign language interpreters or other reasonable accommodations. For more information: www.prevention.nih.gov/mindthegap.

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"Slightly over 40 percent of Americans believe in UFOs. This is considerably higher than the share of Americans who are confident that global warming is real, that life evolved through natural selection, or that the earth is 4.5 billion years old."

Christopher Ingraham, in the Washington Post's "Wonkblog" reporting on Chapman University's recent "Survey on American Fears." See the full article>>

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Aging Network News

Health Care Marketplace Town Hall to Address Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services(PA Mental Health Consumers’ Association – PMHCA)


Town Halls are being held across the state to gather feedback on the Health Care Marketplace from people affected by mental health and substance abuse. The southeastern PA Town Hall will be held on Monday, November 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Hopeworx, 1210 Stanbridge St., Suite 600 in Norristown. Individuals who are in mental health and substance abuse recovery, their family members and friends, or those interested in mental health care are invited to attend. Results of the Town Halls and surveys will be shared with policy makers at the local, state and federal level to support a recovery-oriented system and to improve the next enrollment period and subsequent implementation. For more information about the Town Hall, Click Here>> | If you are unable to attend the Town Hall, you may submit comments through this survey>> Questions? 800-887-6422. The Town Halls are being organized by the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association, the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance (Pro-A).

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"For old people, beauty doesn’t come free with the hormones, the way it does for the young. It has to do with bones. It has to do with who the person is. More and more clearly it has to do with what shines through those gnarly faces and bodies."

Ursula K. Le Guin, from her essay, “Dogs, Cats, and Dancers: Thoughts about Beauty” in her book, The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination. Le Guin was born on October 21, 1929.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Aging Network News

Three Philadelphia Senior Centers Receive Accreditation(Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia)


The National Institute for Senior Centers (NISC) has awarded national accreditation to three senior community centers in Philadelphia that are run by Catholic Health Care Services (CHCS). The centers are St. Anne’s Senior Community Center, 2607 East Cumberland St. in North Philadelphia; Norris Square Senior Community Center, 2121 North Howard St. in North Philadelphia; and St. Charles Senior Community Center, 1941 Christian St. in South Philadelphia. Accreditation provides official recognition that a senior center meets the nine standards of senior center operations developed by NISC. Each center celebrated its accreditation earlier this month with a ceremony that included special food and fun activities. The senior community centers of CHCS provide meals, social and recreational programs, health promotional services and access to social services to seniors 60 years and older.

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

“We can catch buses and count our change and cross the roads and talk real sentences. But our innocence goes awfully deep, and our discreditable secret is that we don't know anything at all, and our horrid inner secret is that we don't care that we don't.” 

Dylan Thomas, poet, was born in Swansea, Wales on October 27, 1914.

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Upcoming Events
Action Items

Call for Presentations for the n4a 40th annual conference & tradeshow, "Answers on Aging" - Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, July 11-15. Deadline for proposal submission is Nov. 14. Submit Now>>

Generations United: Webinar on Improving Grandfamilies' Access to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)- Nov. 12, 1 - 2:15 pm ET. Register>>

A Community Conversation: Envisioning a Brighter Future for MontCo’s Dual Eligibles Nov. 7, 9 am - 12 pm, Blue Bell, PA. Register>>

NCOA Webinar: Medicare in 2015: What You Need to Know - Nov.5, 2 - 3:30 pm. Register>>

NSCLC Webinar: Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports - Appeals 101 - Nov. 5, 2 - 3 pm EST. Register>>

Emerging Technologies to Improve Glycemic Control among Persons with Diabetes: A Healthy People 2020 Spotlight on Health Webinar - Nov. 13, 12 - 1:30 pm ET. Register>>

PA Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition: Mental Health First Aid Training - Nov. 21, 9 am - 5 pm. Montgomery Co. Giant Community Center, 315 York Rd., Willow Grove, PA. Register>>

Current Research & Issues

Medical Device Registries: Advancing Innovation and Patient Safety (Pew Charitable Trusts Fact Sheet, Oct. 21, 2014)

The Impact of Hospital-Acquired Conditions on Medicare Program Payments (Medicare & Medicaid Research Review, 2014: Volume 4, Number 4)

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