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Aging Network News

Week of September 14, 2014
PA Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Eligibility to Include Deceased Claimants (Pennsylvania Dept. of Revenue)

Beginning with claim year 2013, the PA Dept. of Revenue will pay property tax and rent rebate claims filed on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day during a claim year and meet all other eligibility criteria. Such claims can be filed on behalf of deceased claimants by surviving spouses, personal representatives or estates. Claims already filed on behalf of deceased claimants will be re-opened by the department, and reviewed under the new eligibility rules. The department will automatically annualize income and prorate property taxes based upon the number of days the claimant lived during the claim year, and rent rebate claims filed on behalf of deceased claimants will now be paid based upon the amount of rent paid during the claim year. The PA-1000 application will be revised for the 2014 claim year to include a schedule and instructions to facilitate processing of claims made on behalf of deceased claimants who lived part of a claim year. The PA Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits people age 65-plus; widows and widowers age 50-plus; and people with disabilities age 18-plus. Annual income limits are $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters, with half of Social Security income is excluded. The deadline to apply for the 2013 PA Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is Dec. 31. For information or to apply: www.revenue.state.pa.us or 1-888-222-9190.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"There's a large group of men out there who are getting older, and they are looking for ways to evade the consequences of aging."

Dr. Bradley Anawalt, an endocrinologist from the University of Washington in Seattle, quoted in "FDA Panel: Limit Testosterone Drug Use" in today's headlines.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Aging Network News

Nominations Sought for Advisory Committee on Employment for People with Disabilities(U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy)

Individuals are sought to serve on the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities. The committee is mandated by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Its goal is to study and prepare findings, conclusions and recommendations on ways to increase employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or other individuals with significant disabilities in competitive, integrated employment. Approximately 12 representative members will be appointed by the Secretary of Labor. Self-advocates for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities; providers of employment services; representatives of national disabilities advocacy organizations for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities; and representatives from the employer community or national employer organizations are encouraged to apply. Nominations for individuals to serve on the committee must be submitted by October 14. Details>>

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization."

Samuel Johnson, essayist, was born on September 18, 1709, in Litchfield, England. (Writer's Almanac)

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Aging Network News

Funding Opportunity: $120,000 in Grants Available to Nonprofit Partnerships for Cardiovascular Disease Interventions(The Edna G. Kynett Memorial Foundation)

Proposals are being sought to fund interventions designed to address the burden of cardiovascular disease in vulnerable populations. In honor of its 60th anniversary, the Edna G. Kynett Memorial Foundation will award up to three grantees awards of up to $60,000 a year for two years, with a potential total of $120,000 in funding. Proposals must focus on prevention, and address populations at highest risk for cardiovascular disease, including underserved communities and/or racial or ethnic minority populations. The target population must be low-income communities in the Delaware Valley, including Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Berks and Lehigh Counties in Pennsylvania; Camden County, N.J.;  and New Castle County, Del. Interventions must have an active community outreach strategy, particularly one that includes community health workers, patient navigators, peer educators, counselors or other outreach workers. Projects should include partnerships between nonprofit community-based organizations and health care clinics, hospitals or other health care settings. The deadline to apply is October 15. Details>>

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

It's like knowing most of your family has diabetes
but your still smacking on sour patches
as you're walking your aunt to her dialysis appointment
It's like Auntie Marlow being blind at 32
It's like Grandma Susie dying from a heart attack at 51
It's like cousin Kieara shooting insulin in her nine year old arm

Erica Sheppard McMath , from her poem, "Death Recipe." See "Poets Give Voice To The Toll Of Type 2 Diabetes" (NPR, 9/13/14)

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Aging Network News

Sexuality, Intimacy & Aging Conference in Chester, Pa. Sept. 19 & 20(The Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University)

The Sexuality, Intimacy & Aging Conference will be held at Widener University in Chester, Pa. on Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20. The conference will include three plenary sessions, 24 expert-led workshops, a research poster session, advocacy, networking, resources and more. This educational opportunity is recommended for aging network professionals, advocates, students, caregivers and consumers. There will be 15.5 continuing education credits available for counselors and therapists (the American Association of Sexuality Educators), social workers and psychologists. Featured sessions include “I’m Not Too Sexy for My Catheter: Sex is Different Now, and It’s Damn Good!” by Dan Gottlieb, PhD, WHYY radio host; “Aging and Intersexuality: Why One-Size-Fits-All Answers Won’t Work” by Milton Diamond, PhD, researcher of intersexuality and sexual identity; “Behind and Beyond the Doors of the Erotic Literary Salon: The Power of Uncensored Words” by Susana Mayer, PhD, founder and host of The Erotic Literary Salon. Discounts are available for students, seniors (65+ with ID), and agencies sending five or more employees.  Contact SAConsortium@widener.edu for a Promo Code. For more information or to register, Click Here>>

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

“My preference for a universal insurance program derives from my image of a just society. It is an image based on a broadly defined concept of justice and liberty, nurtured by stories my parents told me, the books they encouraged me to read, and the values they expressed. To them, liberty meant more than political freedom; it also meant freedom from destitution — in Roosevelt’s phrase, ‘freedom from want.’ ”

Rashi Fein , economist. See "Rashi Fein, Economist Who Urged Medicare, Dies at 88" (New York Times, 9/13/14)

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Aging Network News

Free Workshop for LGBT Older Adults Affected by HIV/AIDS September 20(LGBT Elder Initiative – LGBTEI)

Older adults who are HIV+ face many unique health risks and social challenges. A free workshop, “Getting’ Older with HIV,” will be held Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Luke and the Epiphany, 330 S. 13th Street in Philadelphia. The workshop will provide LGBT older adults with HIV/AIDS resources, information and services to enable them to age successfully. Participants will learn ways to reduce HIV risk, what questions to ask health care providers and how to interpret the results of key lab tests. The workshop will also explore new strategies to prevent social isolation, improve social/emotional wellness and cope with stigma and discrimination. A special segment about medication safety and the importance of maintaining adherence. One-on-one meetings with a pharmacist for medication review will be available. This program is free and open to the public. A light breakfast will be served. To register or to receive more information, please contact the LGBT Elder Initiative at 267-546-3448 or e-mail info@lgbtei.org. Details>>

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

“This paper is a great example of how we can drill down and study micromorality, all those judgments we make in daily life, about how people treat each other, about how we size up other people in the moment and size up ourselves.” 

Brian Nosek of the University of Virginia, a researcher not connected with the study. See "In a Study, Text Messages Add Up to a Balance Sheet of Everyday Morality" (New York Times, 9/11/14)

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2014 Regional Conference on Aging - Sept. 29 - Oct.1, PCA, 642 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19130. Conference Brochure>>

PCA: Public Hearing on Meeting the Needs of Philadelphia’s Elderly - Sept. 22, 2 pm, 642 N. Broad St., 2nd fl. auditorium. More>>

The Census Bureau is Hiring in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties for the 2015 American Housing Survey. Call 1-800-563-6499 today to learn more or to apply.

NCOA's "Flu + You" online "Thunderclap" needs at least 100 signatures by Sept. 30. Sign Up>>

Job in the Aging Network: LGBT Elder Initiative: Temporary/Part-time Education Program Coordinator Position Available - Deadline: Sept. 23. More>>

NCOA Center for Healthy Aging Webinar: Suicide Prevention and Older Adults - Sept. 29, 1 - 2:30 pm EDT. Register>>

"Safe at Work: Enhancing Personal Safety for Direct Service Workers" - free one-hour online training from University of Southern Maine. More>>

Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) regional focus group to aid in developing a strategic plan. SE Region Focus Group meets on Nov. 6, 10 am - 1 pm, Hopeworx, 1210 Stanbridge Street, Suite 600, Norristown, PA. RSVP to Ms. Judy Massari-Welker at jmassariwe@pa.gov.

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