1 Proudly Serving Pennsylvanians for Over 35 Years! April 24, 2015

Proudly Serving Pennsylvanians for Over 35 Years!
April 24, 2015
Message from the Acting Secretary
The spirit of National Volunteer Week continues throughout the month of April as the
Department of Aging engages in its on-going efforts to stress the importance of volunteerism by
recognizing outstanding individuals who selflessly and joyfully share their time and skills in
service to others. On Wednesday, Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County honored their volunteers
with a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, hosted at the Asbury United Methodist Church, Allentown.
Pam Bechtel, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County, and her staff, including
Michelle Grasso, Development Director, and Dawn Stillwagen, Coordinator of Volunteer
Services, graciously shared time on their program so that we could honor Virginia Crone with
the Pennsylvania Department of Aging Volunteer Spotlight Award. Virginia is one of seven
older Pennsylvanians who is receiving the Department’s Volunteer Spotlight Award, which
allows us the opportunity to shine a bright light on the efforts of volunteers throughout the
Commonwealth. With over 250 persons in attendance, the event was an incredible experience
for me as I engaged in conversation with so many volunteers who shared their love of
volunteering, their commitment to serving others in need and their gratitude for the kind words
that are so often received from the meal recipients. One particular meal recipient had shared
these words: “I want you to know how wonderful your delivery people are. When things are not
going well, I know they will be coming with a healthy meal and always a smile.” While Meals on
Wheels of Lehigh County was one of countless organizations that paused this month to
recognize their amazing volunteers, their particular approach to honoring them (including three
youngsters – Isaac, Isabelle and Tucker Zimmerman – who volunteer with their mom, Kate) was
distinctively inspiring as their theme for this year’s recognition event was: Volunteers are
Superheroes; and in their program, they shared a quote by Robert Clancy that I believe reflects
the generous heart of every volunteer. The quote is: Be a Superhero … “We all have the
capacity to be a superhero. In order to become one, you just have to find your unique power or
ability and exploit it for the greater good. The cape and mask are optional accessories, but a
kind heart is essential.” Visit our webpage for more information on the Volunteer Spotlight
Awards as well as information on volunteer opportunities throughout the state.
Earlier today, I was honored to join State Representative Karen Boback as she hosted a “Crime
Victims’ Rights Day” in Wyoming County. Recognizing that Governor Wolf has made it a top
priority to ensure that our must vulnerable residents are protected from all forms of abuse and
neglect, it was a privilege to join Representative Boback and others who support the
Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Elder Abuse Task Force, including the Wyoming County
Commissioners, staff from the Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Area Agency on Aging, and
representatives from the Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Protection, the
Victims’ Resource Center and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. Earlier this week,
the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency recognized National Crime Victims’
Rights Week in Pennsylvania by hosting a rally at the State Capitol. They were joined by victim
advocates, survivors of crime, law enforcement and other supporters to emphasize the role that
the entire community plays in supporting victims of crime and their recovery. As we gathered
today at the Falls Senior Center, Wyoming County, we focused our attention on older
Pennsylvanians who fall victim to crime. Elder abuse affects people of all ethnic backgrounds
and social status. It affects both men and women. Elder abuse can occur in one’s own home,
the home of another or in a facility, such as a hospital, nursing home, personal care home, etc.
Sometimes the signs are missed because of a lack of training or understanding. Sometimes the
elderly victim lacks the physical or cognitive capacity to report the abuse. Sometimes the
elderly victim is reluctant or afraid to report the abuse because of fear of retaliation or they
simply do not want to get the abuser in trouble. Yet at all times, every older adult has the right
to be free from abuse, neglect, exploitation and abandonment. Victims of elder abuse need to
have their voices heard and their issues addressed. As a government, a society, a community
and as individuals, we must continue to work together to prevent, detect, treat, understand,
intervene and where appropriate, prosecute elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. We must
continue to strive to ensure that older Pennsylvanians age with the dignity and respect they
Teresa Osborne
Acting Secretary
National Volunteer Week
Although National Volunteer Week wrapped up on April 18, the Pennsylvania Department of
Aging continues to recognize volunteers who make a difference by selflessly donating their time
and expertise. Throughout the month of April, the public can read profiles of the Volunteer
Spotlight Award winners on PDA’s website or view an inspirational video on PDA’s YouTube
channel showing how volunteering enriched one Lancaster County man’s life. PDA also
promoted volunteerism by reaching out to the media. Some of their published stories from the
week appear below under “In the News.”
Personnel Update
Attorney Jeffrey Wood is starting on 4/27/15 as the Assistant Counsel for the Department of
Aging. He can be contacted at [email protected], 717-783-2670.
Attorney Harriet Withstandley will be transferring to the Department of Insurance on 4/27/15,
Harriet served as the department’s Chief Counsel for 12 years and we are sincerely grateful for
her service and commitment.
Legislative Update
The General Assembly is in recess until Monday, May 4, 2015.
Committee activity this past week included:
HB 421: - Rep Samuelson- This bill would amend the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2006 to increase
the exemption for total death benefits from $5,000 to $10,000 when calculating income eligibility
for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. The bill passed the House Finance Committee by a
vote of 25-0. It now goes to the full House for consideration.
To view HB 421
This past week the House voted on the following bills which now move to the Senate for
possible consideration.
HB 299 – Rep Bizzarro - Amends Title 20 (Decedents, Estates & Fiduciaries), in powers of
attorney, further providing for general provisions & for durable powers of attorney. The bill would
add new language to the acknowledgement which an agent must sign in order for the power of
attorney (POA) to be valid. The bill passed the House 194-0.
To view HB 299
HB 665- Rep. Keller – This bill addresses drafting errors in Act 95 of 2014 regarding
powers of attorney (POAs) in a commercial setting. Currently, in a non-commercial setting, a
POA must have a notice signed by the principal and an acknowledgment signed by the agent.
The notice and acknowledgement form the contract by which the agent agrees to act for the
principal under certain circumstances. Further, the POA must be signed by two witnesses.
However, in a commercial setting, these requirements should not be required, as the
corporation works through attorneys and other corporate officers.
To view HB 665
HR 185 – Rep Hennessey, A Resolution recognizing the month of May 2015 as "Older
Pennsylvanians Month" in Pennsylvania. – Adopted by the House by a vote of 197-0.
To view Resolution HR 185
HB 975: By Rep. Dean- Amends the Landlord and Tenant Act providing for early termination of
leases by individuals with disabilities and senior citizens. The bill has been considered to the
House Urban Affairs Committee for possible consideration.
To view HB 975
HB 1011- by Rep. Murt – The bill will amend Title 30 (Fish & Boat Code) authorizing the
Pennsylvania Attorney General to enter into reciprocal agreements with other states allowing
senior citizen fishing licenses issued by the Commonwealth and each state in agreement to be
recognized as resident licenses in any state participating in such an agreement. The bill has
been referred to House Game and Fisheries for possible consideration.
To view HB 1011
On Wednesday 04/15/15 the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee held an
information hearing the Penn State Data Center and the statistical information they can provide
to members.
Education and Outreach Office
PrimeTime Health
The PrimeTime Health program focuses on health promotion and disease prevention activities
for older Pennsylvanians with a special focus on health risk screening, nutrition, chronic
conditions, fall risk, exercise, and strengthening to prevent fall-related injury, monitoring
behavioral health, and managing medications. To view upcoming programs offered through your
local Area Agency on Aging, click here.
PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources
Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks County
Special Project Workshops – Event Flyer
Columbia-Montour County
Event: Aging/ID Conference
Description: Area Agency on Aging, PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources and the CMSU
Behavioral Health Developmental Services are working together to provide a conference.
Location: Country Cupboard Lewisburg
Date: Monday June 8, 2015
Time: 7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Contact: E-mail – [email protected]
Phone – 570-784-9272
Registration Deadline: N/A
Delaware County
Event: 2015 Caregiver Series “Creative Tools for Caregiving”
Description: Six session program for caregivers to bring their loved ones with them so they
can participate in meaningful activities that can be taken home such as mosaics, fitness and the
art of storytelling.
Location: Friendship Circle Senior Center
May 06: Hoarding and Helping Older Adults Reduce Clutter. Your loved one will
participate in a Creative Arts Project - Watercolor Painting
May 20: Non-Traditional Caregivers: You can do it! Your loved one will participate in the
Art of Storytelling
June 03: What Does Good Nutrition Look Like? Feeding yourself and your loved one.
Your loved one will learn about “Home Remedies” while
participating in a Cognitive
Stimulation Activity.
June 17: Relaxation Techniques: The Keys to Stress Free Living. Your loved one will
participate in a Fitness Activity.
Time: 4:15 pm to 5:45 pm
Contact: Email -- [email protected] or
Phone -- 610-237-6222 ext. 57
Berks, Lancaster and Lebanon County
Event: Series on balance and fall prevention
Description: A four-part series on balance and fall prevention, this program consists of
identifying what makes up good or poor balance, addressing the fear of falling, why balance
testing is valuable and exercises for better balance. The series dates and topics include:
May 20th – Addressing the Fear of Falling
June 17th – Understanding the Benefits of Balance Testing
July 15th – Exercises for Better Balance
Location: The Long Community at Highland, 600 East Roseville Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 in
the Brightwood Dining Room
Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Contact: Email – [email protected]
Registration Deadline: N/A
Lehigh and Northampton County
Event: Emergency Preparedness Workshop
Description: This is a workshop follow up to view firsthand how a plan works, feel the emotion
of implementing a plan, and challenge the methodology to see if you are comfortable and on
track with your own emergency plan
Location: Fowler Family Southside Center Room 605, 511 East Third Street, Bethlehem
Date: Thursday, April 30
Time: 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Contact: Email – [email protected]
Registration Deadline: N/A
McKean County
Event Name: Resources for McKean Co. Veterans (training)
Description: A free half-day session packed with information and resources for professionals
and organizations working with Veterans who are residents of McKean Co.
Location: Commons Room at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Bradford, PA
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Time: 8am - noon
Contact: [email protected] or [email protected]
Registration Deadline: TBA
Northampton County
Event: Intimacy and Aging Program
Description: This free program (registration required) will educate participants about the
difference between sex and sexuality, demystify common myths and misinformation about
sexuality and aging, and increase comfort when discussing aging and sexuality.
Location: Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 East Third Street Bethlehem
Date: Friday, May 15
Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
Contact: Email – [email protected]
Phone -- 610.782.3034
Registration Deadline: N/A
Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter Counties
Event Name: LIFT’s 5th Annual Youth Transition Conference
Description: A free conference (supported in part by PA Link) open to all students in LIFT’s
service area who have an IEP and are interested in a day full of information and resources on
person-centered transition support as it pertains to school, higher education, employment and
independent living.
Location: Christian Missionary Alliance Church – Sizerville Rd., Emporium, PA
Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Time: 9:00am to 2:00pm
Contact: LIFT - (814) 781-3050, ext. 200
Registration Deadline: By invite only
Lycoming & Clinton County
Event: Focused on hoarding
Description: This training features expert Cory Chalmers on A&E's "Hoarders", Hoarding &
Biohazard Expert, Trainer, and Public Speaker, President/CEO Steri-Clean, Inc. & Crime Scene
Steri-Clean, LLC.
Location: Country Cupboard, Lewisburg
Date: Friday, May 22
Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Contact: Email -- [email protected]
Registration Deadline: N/A
Columbia-Montour County
Event: Aging/ID Conference
Description: Area Agency on Aging, PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources and the CMSU
Behavioral Health Developmental Services are working together to provide a
conference. Details on topics pending.
Location: Country Cupboard Lewisburg
Date: Monday June 8, 2015
Time: 7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Contact: E-mail – [email protected]
Phone - 570-784-9272
The PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources, in partnership with agencies that support
individuals with intellectual disabilities, is hosting conferences throughout the state.
Luzerne, Wyoming and Carbon County
April 30 at Genetti’s in Wilkes-Barre
Contact Dawn Edwards at [email protected]
Lehigh and Northampton County
June 5, 8:30 to 4:30, at the Best Western in Bethlehem.
Contact Kimberly Melusky, at [email protected]
There will be a $40 registration fee for this conference
Lehigh/Northampton County
Event: Aid and Attendance for VA pensions
Description: Lehigh County Veterans Affairs will provide information on Aid and Attendance for
VA pensions.
Location: Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. Third Street, Room 605 in Bethlehem
Date: May 13, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Email – [email protected]
Phone – 610-782-3096
Registration Deadline: May 12, 2015
Lehigh/Northampton County
Event: Intimacy and Aging
Description: Terri Clark, MPH, CHES will educate participants about the difference between
sex and sexuality, demystify common myths and misinformation about sexuality and aging, and
increase comfort when discussing aging and sexuality.
Location: Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. Third Street, Room 605 in Bethlehem
Date: May 15, 2015
Time: Registration at 8:30 a.m. Workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Contact: Email – [email protected]
Phone – 610-782-3034
Registration Deadline: Friday, May 8, 2015
Lehigh/Northampton County
Event: Dual Diagnosis: Working with Individuals with Challenging Behaviors
Description: LINK and the Lehigh & Northampton Aging/ID Team is partnering to provide a
conference to educate professionals and caregivers about individuals who are aging and
diagnosed with mental health issues and/or an intellectual disability. Registration fee is $40.00.
Location: Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center, 300 Gateway Drive in
Date: June 5, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Email – [email protected]
Phone – 610-782-3096
Registration Deadline: Friday, May 22, 2015
Somerset County
Event: Parent Workshop - Young Children and Behavioral Sleep Problems
Description: Kim West, LCSW, “The Sleep Lady”, will present information to help parents
offer gentle and supportive solutions to their child’s sleep problems. Program sponsored by
Pennsylvania Link, Bedford-Somerset MH/MR, Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 and BHS/SBC.
Location: The Rainbow Connection Learning Center, 1036 Schoolhouse Rd., Sipesville, PA
Date: April 28, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Contact: Email - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SleepLady2015
Phone – 814-443-4891, x4105
Registration Deadline: N/A
Somerset County
Event: Professional Development – Young Children and Behavioral Sleep Problems: Offering
Gentle and Supportive Solutions.
Description: Kim West, LCSW, “The Sleep Lady”, will present information for professionals on
how to assess children’s sleep patterns/data relevant to clinical care and how to recognize
common behavioral sleep problems including those specific to children with special needs.
Social Work, Act 48, and CEUs are available.
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church, Somerset, PA
Date: April 29, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Contact: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SleepLady2015
Phone – 814-443-4891, x4105
Registration Deadline: N/A
Lancaster County
Event: Living Your WAY! A FREE Community Resources Fair with Health Information,
Refreshments & Initiatives to Improve Your Quality of Life!
Description: Lancaster County Partners’ network-inspired event that invites citizens to attend
this “LIVING YOUR WAY” spring event for educational mini-seminars; Link partner informationsharing exhibits; a few prizes and surprises and more.
Location: Hempfield Brethren in Christ Church, 2600 Marietta Ave, Lancaster, PA 17601.
Date: April 30, 2015
Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Contact: E-mail – [email protected]
Phone : 717.380.9714
Registration Deadline: N/A
Event: Partners’ Networks CEU-producing workshop
Description: “SOCIAL CAPITAL: The power and potency of relationships” This presentation
takes a close look at all the reasons why our systems have not been more successful in
accomplishing goals, defines and delineates the concept of social capital and offers a
community-building perspective designed to shift the culture to be more inclusive and supportive
to all people. Al Condeluci, PhD - facilitator.
Location: Shady Maple Farm Market & Smorgasbord, 129 Toddy Drive, East Earl, PA.
Date: May 1, 2015
Time: 9:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Contact: [email protected]
Phone or Text: 717.380.9714
Registration Deadline: Registration is required and limited.
Lebanon County
Event: Partners’ Network cross-training meeting
Description: Mary Stoneroad, Operations Manager, Maximus - Pennsylvania
Independent Enrollment Broker: an overview of the wavier programs and how Maximus
provides quality enrollment services for the people with whom you work. The meeting will be
held at The Clubhouse at Juniper Village at Lebanon, 1125 Birch Road, Lebanon, PA 17042.
Date: May 8, 2015
Time: 8:30 am to 9:45 am
Contact: [email protected]
Phone or Text: 717.380.9714
Registration Deadline: May 6
Berks County
Event: Partners’ Network cross-training meeting
Description: Amy Mayer-Ames is the Area Manager for AHEDD, a specialized human resource
organization serving the community as a catalyst in the employment and development of people
with disabilities. Amy’s cross-training presentation will include an overview of AHEDD; an
outcome-focused agency which has pioneered performance based contracting in the provision
of employment services to increase industry-wide accountability. The meeting will be held at
Country Meadows at Wyomissing, 1800 Tulpehocken Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610.
Date: May 19, 2015
Time: 9:00 am to 10:15 am
Contact: E-mail – [email protected]
Phone / text – 717.380.9714
Registration Deadline: May 15
Chester County
Event: Presentation on The Link
Description: Elizabeth Doan, Lead Coordinator for the Bucks Chester Montgomery Link, will
present an overview of the Link's goals and activities to the Phoenixville Area Resource
Location: 865 South Main St, Phoenixville PA
Date: April 28
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Contact: E-mail - [email protected]
Phone - 484-364-6981
Chester County
Event: Presentation by Rover Community Transport
Description: Rover will give an overview of their services, with special attention to how
individuals can apply for the service and the different types of funding streams available - Senior
Shared Ride, Persons with Disabilities, Medical Assistance Transportation Program, Contract
and General Public rides.
Location: 601 Westtown Rd. Rm 170 West Chester PA 19380
Date: April 29
Time: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Contact: To RSVP, E-mail – [email protected]
Phone – 484-364-6981
Chester County
Event: Centenarian Birthday Party
Description: The Link will sponsor the Chester County Department of Aging’s 3rd Annual
Centenarian Birthday Party and will educate attendees on the Link and the Link’s project,
“Hospital to Home.”
Location: The Downingtown Country Club, 93 Country Club Rd, Downingtown, PA 19335
Date: June 24th
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Contact: E-mail - [email protected]
Phone – 484-364-6981
Jefferson County
Event: “Trauma: Facilitating Positive Outcomes for Older Adults”
Description: A free education session to help those who work with older adults, including
family members and caregivers, better understand trauma and its impact on older adults.
Location: Penn Highlands Brookville Education Conference Center
Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
Time: 12:15pm – 4:00pm
Contact: Nancy Florio – (814) 849-1850 or [email protected]
Registration Deadline: May 6th – limited to 35 attendees
Cumberland County
Event: Improving Aging Services for LGBT Older Adults
Description: This workshop will include information on the culture, needs and concerns of
LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) older adults, information on why LGBT older
adults are less likely to access health and social services and information on best practices,
policy and practice areas for increasing inclusiveness and safety for LGBT older adults.
Location: Giant Food Store Community Room, 3301 Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA
Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM (lunch included)
Contact: E-mail – [email protected]
Phone – 717-240-7887
Register: Click Here
Bureau of Aging Services
Care Transitions Summit
About the Summit: The Pennsylvania Department of Aging, through the Long Term Living
Training Institute, is pleased to invite AAA representatives to a summit to discuss the
development and implementation of community based care transitions projects across
Pennsylvania. The day-long agenda includes both general and breakout sessions. Registrants
may attend any of the listed sessions; breakout sessions have been divided into three tracks
which are specifically geared to meet the needs of AAAs in different stages of Care Transitions.
Pre-registration is required, but you do not have to pre-pay in order to attend. Your agency can
be billed after the training.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, PA
Track 1 - AAAs not currently involved or in the early stages of Care Transitions
Track 2 - AAAs who are working towards the development or implementation of a
Track 3 - AAAs with an established Care Transitions program, or past provider
Cost: $65.00 per person registration fee (includes materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and
breaks). Registration Form Complete form and fax to (717) 541-4217, or email scanned
registration form to [email protected] or [email protected], or mail to:
P4A, 525 S. 29th St., Harrisburg, PA 17104
Older Americans Month
Department of Aging Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act
Capitol Complex: East Wing Rotunda
Monday, May 4, 2015
Legislators and older adults from Central Pennsylvania will join Acting Secretary of Aging
Teresa Osborne to celebrate Older Americans Month and 50 years since the enactment of the
Older Americans Act. We invite you all to attend.
Innovation in Caregiving Award
The Innovation in Caregiving Award recognizes individuals who, in the course of caring for an
older adult in a private home or a residential setting invented a device or technique that solves a
caregiving challenge, or found a new application for an existing device or technique that
supports caregiving of older adults and eases the burden on caregivers. Those assisting
younger individuals with disabilities may apply for the award if their device or technique is
helpful to the care of adults aged 60 and older. The application deadline is June 30, 2015.
Apply for the 2015 Award
Messiah Lifeways and Harrisburg Magazine SAGE Awards
Awards to honor savvy, active, growing, and enlightened older adults, age 55 and better, who
have made important contributions to the economic, cultural, spiritual, and social progress of the
Greater Capital Region. We are currently seeking outstanding nominees who are transforming
the lives of others, who are improving the quality of life for all persons in our region, or who are
creating a new sense of purpose in the third age of their life. Past winners have included a
National Geographic instructor, several Peace Corps volunteers, a food pantry founder, a state
Senator, renowned philanthropists, and "a re-wired" executive. The key to the SAGE Awards is
that it highlights persons who are changing the conversation about aging and inspiring people to
think about retirement as a time of purpose and zest! We are especially eager to meet people
who have done interesting things in recent years - at age 55 or better
Completed applications may be emailed to [email protected] or faxed to 717-7968155. The deadline for this year’s entries is June 22. After a panel of judges reviews all of
this year’s nominees, as many as six recipients may be honored at an awards celebration
dinner scheduled for on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Messiah Lifeways at Messiah
Village. Nomination form, click here.
2015 Pennsylvania Homecare Association Annual Conference
The future of homecare is now! With new and innovative demonstrations, cutting-edge
technology and an unprecedented focus on home and community-based services as the costeffective and preferred care, homecare and hospice agencies are poised to become the solution
to the ongoing question of how to keep people healthy and at home in the community and out of
the hospital and other costly institutions.
Registration is now open! Click here to download the full conference brochure. Click here to
register online.
PA Adult Day Service Association Annual Conference
Visit their newly updated website, www.padsa.org, and register now for the conference held at
Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, PA on Thursday, April 30 to Friday, May 1.
Hotel reservations are being offered at a discounted rate of $134 per night (plus tax). Identify
yourself as a member of PADSA and do so before April 1. Call 1-800-452-2223 or fax at 814352-2010. For anyone interested in extending their stay through the weekend, the hotel will
honor the same rates so that you can enjoy all the fun that is offered at the resort. Visit their
website at www.7springs.com. The conference, entitled, "The Shape of Things to Come: ADS in
PA" is bound to once again bring you informative sessions.
Full conference is $150.00 for members of PADSA but single day and non-member rates are
available. For more information, sponsorship or advertising opportunities please contact the
conference coordinator, Tina Hess at [email protected] or 717-843-1504.
PA Association of Senior Centers Northeast Region Annual Meeting
The PA Assoc. of Senior Centers (PASC) Northeast Region is holding its annual meeting on
Friday, June 5, at the West Side Active Adult Senior Center, 1004 Jackson Street, Scranton,
from 10am - 4pm. The cost is $25.00 for PASC members and$30.00 non-members.
This is a great opportunity to network with other senior center managers, experience stress
relief, tour the center and check-out the renovations and have a great lunch. More information to
The following counties comprise the Northeast Region: Bradford, Carbon, Clinton, Columbia,
Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, and
For further information, contact Leslie Berger at 570.420.3745 OR
[email protected]
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging 40th Annual Conference
July 11-15, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA
Please save the date; more information can be found by clicking here.
Benefit Outreach Specialists: BDT is looking to hire a Project Manager
Position Summary:
The Project Manager is responsible for overseeing the Project Coordinators and for the
management of the various project phases, processes, communications, and evaluation. The
Project Manager is accountable for the overall implementation of their projects, and primary
management of external project partnerships. The Project Manager will oversee critical and
high-profile programs, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Certified Application Counselor
Program and BenePhilly; a joint citywide initiative between BDT and the Office of the Mayor.
To apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to [email protected]
Funding Opportunities
John A. Hartford Foundation
The Foundation has been a champion of research and education in geriatric medicine, nursing,
and social work. Under its new strategic plan, the Foundation focuses its grant making in the
following five areas:
 Interpersonal Leadership in Action: empowering health care professionals, individually
and collectively to use their geriatrics expertise and change how health care is delivered
to our aging society
 Linking Education and Practice: training current practitioners in today's best care,
building into education the skills needed for tomorrow's care
 Developing and Disseminating Models of Care: supporting evidence-based innovations
to improve health outcomes for older adults while lowering costs
 Tools and Measures for Quality Care: promoting measures, standards, and health
information technology that support appropriate care for older adults, particularly those
with multiple chronic conditions and complex medical and social needs
 Public Policy & Communications: advancing the Foundation's nonpartisan mission and
the work of grantees through communications, advocacy, and research that inform the
development of effective health and aging policies
For a summary of recent grants, click here.
For more information, click here.
Connelly Foundation Grant
The Connelly Foundation aims to both help the disadvantaged gain the capabilities for selfreliance and to enrich the community life through cultural engagement and civic enterprise.
Written proposals from nonprofit organizations are accepted and reviewed by Connelly
Foundation throughout the year. With the exception of Foundation Initiatives, there are no
deadlines. The Connelly Foundation requires prospective grantees to use the Philanthropy
Network Greater Philadelphia Common Grant Application Form and also the Common Report
Form after the grant has ended. To access these forms (along with two other specific
application instructions) please go to the downloadable forms section of their website.
For more information, click here.
Home Instead Senior Care Foundation
The mission of the Foundation is to enhance the lives of aging adults and those who care for
them by offering community grants to not-for-profit organizations dedicated to serving seniors.
A list of recent community grant awards is available for viewing. Projects and programs must
provide direct care, service, or treatment to seniors and the most preferred applications are
those that meet critical or basic needs of older adults.
Letters of Inquiry are accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For consideration in the biannual
granting process—Spring and Fall Grant Cycle—Letters of Inquiry for fall grants must be
received by the Foundation no later than Midnight (CT) May 1, while those for spring grants
must be received no later than Midnight (CT) November 1. Grants are awarded in amounts
ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Grant requests of more than $25,000 will be considered
only in special circumstances. Please read the Letter of Inquiry Guidelines.
For more information, click here.
Funding Opportunity Announced for Navigators in Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the availability of funding
to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFM), including State Partnership
Marketplaces. Grantees will be selected for a three year project period, and a total of up to $67
million is available for the first year of the award. The funding opportunity announcement is open
to eligible individuals, as well as private and public entities, applying to serve as Navigators in
states with a FFM. It is open to new and returning HHS Navigator grant applicants, and
applications are due by June 15, 2015.
The 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement expands the project period from 12 months to 36
months. The multi-year grant award will be funded in 12-month increments and continued
funding will be contingent on the grantee continuing to meet all Navigator program requirements
and on funding availability. This change is designed to provide greater consistency for Navigator
grantee organizations and their staff from year to year, reducing yearly start up time and
providing for a more efficient use of grant funds. Navigator grant applicants should describe how
they intend to assist consumers who are uninsured or underinsured and consumers who are
likely to be eligible for or enrolled in coverage through a Marketplace. Applicants should also
describe how they plan to assist persons seeking to re-enroll in coverage through a Marketplace
and provide post-enrollment assistance.
Click here for more information.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - Toward a Global Framework on its 10th Anniversary
This 1-hour event will take place on Friday, May 22, 2015, at 10:00 AM (PT), 1:00 PM (ET).
Registration will open April 15, 2015, and space will be limited.
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