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Butler County Senior News

February 2013 Volume 7, Number 9


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Go Direct Social Security payments begin March 1 As you may already be aware, the US Treasury Department is phasing out paper checks and requiring benefit recipients to get their money electronically. This change is being made to get all recipients their money safely, quickly and on time every month. The transition applies to all recipients of Social Security, VA,

Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Railroad Retirement Board, Department of Labor (Black Lung) and Office of Personnel Management benefit checks. Here’s what you need to know: As of March 1, all federal benefit payments will effectively become electronic. This will mean

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that anyone applying for federal benefit payments must choose one of two electronic payment options: 1) direct deposit to a bank or credit union account, or 2) to Direct Express Debit MasterCard card.

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Read page 15 to learn how the American Heart Association is helping to save lives.

Publisher’s Corner

Medicare premium amounts change for 2013


ome changes have been made to the Medicare premiums and deductibles for 2013. Please note that the Medicare Part B monthly premium (the amount deducted from you monthly Social Security check) will be $104.90. Following are the changes in premiums, coinsurances and deductibles for this year. Part A (Hospital Insurance) Premium:

Lots of exciting changes in programming and leadership are happening in senior centers around Butler County. Lutheran Service Society has brought four new ladies into the senior center management family. Turn to page 10 and meet them. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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$441 per month, paid by individuals who are not otherwise eligible for premium-free-hospital insurance, and have less than 30 quarters of Medicare covered employment. The Part A premium is $248 per month for those individuals having 30 to 39 quarters of Medicare covered employment.

$104.90 per month if your income is less than $85,000 for a single person and less than $170,000 if you are married. Your premium will be more if your income is above $85,000 (single) and $170,000 (couple). Original Medicare Plan Deductible and Coinsurance amounts for 2012:

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Physiatrists feel your pain and want to help and rehabilitation (PM&R),” explains Anna K. Gaines, M.D., a PM&R specialist with Tri Rivers Surgical Associates and director of Rehabilitation Services for Tri Rivers Physical Therapy. Dr. Gaines sees patients in Tri Rivers’ Saxonburg office.

No matter what our age, we have all felt those aches at some time. Fortunately, most people can take an overthe-counter medication or rub some pain reliever on the muscle and the body recovers in a short period.

A physiatrist works to help decrease a patient’s pain and restore the body’s functions, performance and stability without surgery, according to Dr. Gaines. For example, a physiatrist may treat a stroke patient who works to regain function in his or her upper and lower extremities.

Others aren’t that fortunate. They have painful conditions in the back, neck, knees, hips and other parts of their bodies. Some of their aches caused by joint, spinal and neurological disorders never go away.

“After a patient’s life has been changed by injury or disease, a physiatrist develops a comprehensive program to return the patient’s life to as close to normal as possible. The primary goal is to help restore a person’s ability to participate in the life roles and activities that he or she values the most,” she said.

More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Of those, an estimated 20 percent of American adults (42 million people) report that pain or physical discomfort disrupts their sleep a few nights a week or more, based on statistics from the American Academy of Pain.

Physiatrists emphasize nonsurgical treatments for patients with acute or chronic pain, impaired physical or cognitive function of any cause, and for those who have suffered a workrelated injury.

When the array of interventions by primary care physicians doesn’t solve patients’ chronic aches, they call on a physiatrist to evaluate and manage the persistent pain.

Conditions treated by physiatrists are many and include: amputation, sports- or work-related injuries, musculoskeletal pain syndromes such as

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low back pain, nerve-related pain, as well as such conditions as spinal cord injuries, stroke, traumatic brain injuries, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and cardiac disorders. “The focus of care is on improving function and quality of life with the combined use of adaptive equipments and assistive devices, orthotics (braces), prosthetics, modified techniques, healthy lifestyle interventions, therapeutic interventions and medications,” Dr. Gaines said. PM&R physicians at Tri Rivers offer a wide variety of treatments including: Electrodiagnostic testing, used to diagnose such ailments as carpal tunnel syndrome, pinched nerves and, arm and leg pain Joint and soft tissue injections for arthritic joints Evaluation for facet, epidural and sacroiliac injections for back pain Chronic pain management Management of work-related injuries Expert coordination of complex care needs To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gaines or another Tri Rivers physician, visit or call (866) 874-7483. BCSN

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rom a marathon day of yard work to backyard games with the children, almost everybody experiences some type of pain after these or other physical activities.


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program sites in Butler County


he Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is an IRS program for the elderly, disabled and individuals with low to moderate income. VITA services will be offered during the 2013 tax season at the following locations throughout Butler County. Call (724) 431-3748 for an appointment. Butler Office, 212-214 S. Main St., Butler. Mondays through Thursdays 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon and noon to 3 p.m. Cranberry, 2525 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township. Thursday 5 to 8 p.m.

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Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Wednesdays noon to 4 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.

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Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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AARP Foundation offers Tax-Aide sites in Butler County AARP will offer Tax-Aide services at the following sites Tanglewood Senior Center, 10 Austin Ave., Lyndora. throughout Butler County for the 2013 tax filing season. TaxTuesdays 9 to 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. from FebruAide is for taxpayers with low and moderate income; special ary 5 to April 9. attention is given to adults ages 60 and older. Cranberry Public Library, 2525 Rochester Rd., Suite 300, Trinity Lutheran Church, 120 Sunset Dr., Butler. Cranberry Township. Call (724) 776-9100 and press “3” for Thursdays 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from February 7 to April 11. an appointment. Zelienople Area Public Library, 227 S. High St., Zelienople. Mondays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from February 4 to April 8 (except Thursdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from February 7 to April 11. February 18 due to holiday).

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Slippery Rock Township Community Center, 155 Branch- Mental Health Association, 140 Elm St., Butler. ton Rd., Slippery Rock. Fridays 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from February 8 to April 12 (except Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from February 5 to March 26. March 29 due to holiday). BCSN Cathy Diaz Seniors Real Estate Specialist Office: (724) 282-7903 Cell: (724) 822-6031 130 Bon Aire Plaza Butler, PA 16001

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Concordia provides Speakers’ Bureau for community organizations

Butler County hosts household hazardous waste and electronics collections

oncordia Lutheran Ministries is offering its Speakers’ Bureau for community groups and service organizations that wish to have a speaker discuss important health and senior-related issues.

Butler County will hold 14 collections for both household hazardous waste and electronics this year at 129 Ash Stop Road in Evans City (just off Route 68 and across the road from the Forward Township Building). All area residents are invited to participate, regardless of county.


Some regular topics include Medicare, Medical Assistance, Insurance, Estate Planning, Healthy Living, CPR Certification, Pharmacy and Medication Management, Medical Equipment Usage, Rehabilitation After Surgery or Illness, Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiving, and more. Experts in all of Concordia’s services are available: adult day services, personal care, home care, hospice, medical and rehabilitation services, retirement living, skilled nursing and medical equipment. Having a speaker from Concordia is free and simple to arrange. Call Concordia’s Life Transitions Counselor at (724) 352-1571, ext. 8560 and request the topic of interest. Concordia will then match the appropriate speaker to the topic. Requests should be made at least four weeks in advance. If there are additional topics of interest not on the list, Concordia will try to accommodate the request. For more information about Concordia Lutheran Ministries, visit BCSN

Planned collection dates are February 9, March 9,
April 13,
May 4 and 18,
June 8 and 22,
July 13 and 27,
August 10 and 24,
September 14
and October 19. The following items will be accepted: paint and paint products,
pesticides and poisons,
automotive fluids, batteries,
chlorine products, pool chemicals,
household cleaners,
flammable liquids,
all types of household batteries,
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DVD and VHS players,
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and mercury. If you wish to attend one of the collections, call (866) 8150016. Nominal fees will be charged per pound for all items dropped off. BCSN This program is made possible by the Board of Butler County Commissioners and by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

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Go Direct Social Security payments begin March 1 Continued from page 1 If you are currently receiving benefits via paper checks and have not already signed up for electronic payments, you will need to switch to the electronic payment method by March 1. If you already receive your benefit payments electronically, you do not need to take further action. You will continue to receive your payment as usual on your payment date. The move to all-electronic federal benefit payments provides significant savings to American taxpayers, who will no longer incur the $120 million price tag associated with paper checks. Electronic payments also are safer, easier and more convenient for benefit recipients. They eliminate the risk of stolen checks, help protect people from financial crime and provide them with more control over their money. Direct

deposit and the Direct Express® card give benefit recipients immediate access to their funds from virtually anywhere. Problems with electronic payments are fewer than with paper payments, and measurably easier to track and resolve than problems with mailed checks.
 Sign up for direct deposit or the Direct Express® card by calling the US Treasury Electronic Payment Solution Center at (800) 333-1795, or sign up for direct deposit online at www.godirect. gov. You can also visit your local bank or credit union to do so.

If you prefer to use a prepaid debit card, the Direct Express Debit MasterCard card is an FDIC-insured prepaid debit card that provides a safe, low-cost alternative to paper checks for federal benefits payments. Cardholders can make retail purchases, pay bills and get cash back. No bank account or credit check is required. Again, to sign up for the card or learn about its features, visit www.godirect. org or call (800) 333-1795. If you prefer a prepaid debit card but don’t have a bank account, call this same phone number or notify your local federal benefit agency. Individuals who do not choose an electronic payment option by March 1, 2013 or at the time they apply for federal benefits will receive their payments via the Direct Express card so they will not experience any interruption in payment. BCSN

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Mark your calendar for a free one day bus trip to see the WWII and Korean Memorials in Washington DC on May 21. A box lunch and dinner are provided as well as snacks and drinks. A Registered nurse and volunteers will accompany each bus. Wheelchairs are provided if needed. Korean Veterans are welcome to call and will be accepted on a standby basis.

If you are age 55 or older and have successfully completed a senior education program in the past, you only have to attend a one-day refresher course to renew your insurance discount. If you have never participated in a Senior Driver Improvement Program, you must attend a two-day seminar to earn your automobile insurance discount. The insurance discount is five percent of the total premium for a period of three years. Cost for the course is $15 per person. Here is the upcoming schedule:

Three Rivers Quilters host 30th annual quilt show Three Rivers Quilters will present their 30th annual quilt show from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 21; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 22; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23 at the IBEW Circuit Center, Five Hot Metal Street in Pittsburgh’s South Side. The theme for this year’s show is “Tessellations” and it will include more than 120 quilts. Admission is $7 per person, $5 between 3 and 7 p.m. on Thursday only. Convenient parking is available. For more information about the show or Three Rivers Quilters, FNL BSNews ad wo banner 6/24/08 2:16 PM Page 1 visit BCSN

• February 7; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cranberry Senior Center, 2525 Rochester Rd., Municipal Building, Cranberry. • February 15; 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Butler Memorial Hospital, 911 East Brady St., Butler. • February 19; 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Kelly Chevrolet, 252 Pittsburgh Rd., Butler. • March 18 and 19; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Passavant Retirement Community, 401 South Main St., Zelienople. • March 19 and 20; 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Kelly Chevrolet, 252 Pittsburgh Rd., Butler. For a complete list of classes, go to To register, call (724) 283-0245 or (800) 559-4880. Space is limited so register early. BCSN

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Call (724) 709-3614 for more information or to make a reservation. Donations from the public are gratefully accepted so the trip can be free to the veterans. Donations can be sent to ESB Bank, 701 Corporation St. Beaver, PA. 15009 (Attn: Paula). BCSN


Discover a “treasure trove” of memories at Disney on Ice


re you looking for something special and memorable to do with your grandchildren, possibly to break the winter doldrums? One of the best family entertainment values in Pittsburgh is taking your loved ones to see the perennially popular skating spectacular Disney on Ice. This month, Disney on Ice will present its 50 th animated feature called “Treasure Trove” at CONSOL Energy Center, downtown. The show includes a “treasure chest” of favorite Disney characters, including Rapunzel and Flynn, Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and, of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. But that’s not all. Prepare to set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Neverland. Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the “Circle of Life.” And don’t be late to a very important date with Alice and the Madhatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army of Cards. This show offers something for every child, young and old. Seats range from $21 to $73.50, and seats start at $12.50 on opening night (Wednesday, February 27). To order tickets, call (800) 745-3000 or visit BCSN

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Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove dates and show times: Wednesday, February 27, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m.

Thursday, February 28, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, March 2, 3 p.m.

Thursday, February 28, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 2, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 1, 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 3, 1 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 
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Entertainment and Events

• Bottlebrush: A Gallery for the Arts 539 Main St., Harmony, is the meeting site for the local songwriters group, “Songwriters in Harmony” from 7 to 9 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month. Hosted by Bruce Hoffman, this group is an extension of the Calliope Pittsburgh Songwriters’ Circle. Bring your instrument and your songs to share with the group. Acoustic musicians of all genres welcome. Water and tea available at no charge; other beverages are BYOB. For more information, call (724) 452-0539 or email

• Enjoy Lula’s unique African and Afro-Haitian dance style as her company performs a variety of critically acclaimed numbers at 8 p.m. February 20 at The Butler County Community College Succop Theater, Butler. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors and $10 students. Call (724) 284-8505 or visit www. • The Butler County Symphony presents a Movie Night concert at 7:30 p.m. March 9 at the Butler Intermediate High School, 551 Fairground Hill Rd., Butler. The orchestra will perform movie themes including those from E.T., Lawrence of Arabia, Jurassic Park, Spiderman and more. Cost is $18 in advance, $20 at the door and $5 for students. Call (724) 283-1402 for details. • The Marvelous Wonderettes will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 9

at Slippery Rock University, University Union, MPR, One Morrow Way, Slippery Rock. This show takes you to the 1958 prom where we meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. In the second act you are whisked to their ten-year reunion. Your favorite ‘50s and ‘60s tunes will keep you singing all night: “Mr Sandman,” “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “It’s My Party,” “Respect” and more. Tickets are $22-adult, $20-senior and $18-youth. For tickets, call (724) 738-2018. • Armstrong Farms will be hosting The Saxonburg Area Library’s second annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Armstrong Farms, 1020 Ekastown Rd., in the Fieldstone Barn, Saxonburg, March 15. Call the library at (724) 3524810 for details. BCSN

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• A Mardis Gras celebration will take place February 8 and 9 at Hotel Saxonburg, 220 W. Main St., Saxonburg. A Fat Tuesday celebration will take place February 12. Enjoy carriage rides, live music, low county cuisine, cocktail features and more. Call (724) 352-4200 for more information.


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Butler County senior centers welcome four new managers and lots of exciting changes


ver the past six months, Butler Senior Centers have seen some exciting new management changes. As a result of some managers retiring and reducing center management, Lutheran Service Society has been able to bring in four new ladies to the senior center management family.

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In September 2012, Tina Guiffre started as the new manager of the Mars Senior Center after manager RoseMarie Myer decided to focus all of her attention to management of the Southeast Senior Center in Winfield. Tina came to Lutheran Service Society looking for an opportunity to serve the 60 and older population of Butler County. She has a long history working with this population as an in-home care worker and before that working with the YMCA of Lawrence County’s Silver Sneaker program. When asked what interests her about working with the older adult population, she responded, ”I have always loved working with this population because everyone has a story, many of which I will never be able to experience for myself, and I find all the stories fascinating.” Because of her past experience with a community center program catering to seniors, Tina brings a great amount of new activity ideas and has already been offering new events to participants. She welcomes the opportunity to serve any person from the building and the community alike. The Mars Senior Center is located in the bottom floor of PenMar plaza on Pittsburgh Street in Mars. In November, Lutheran Service Society filled the Mount Chestnut and Chicora February 2013 • Butler County Senior News

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Stacey Wolinski - Mt. Chestnut, Chris Gordon - Chicora, Beth Campbell - Slippery Rock and Tina Guiffre - Mars. Senior Center positions. Mt. Chestnut had a variety of fill in managers until Stacey Wolinski became the official center manager on November 1. Stacey has been volunteering with Meals on Wheels delivery for years and was looking for an opportunity to re-enter the workforce. The opportunity to manage the local senior center seemed like an ideal fit. Stacey says she “feels blessed to be serving such a wonderful group of people” and is excited for seniors in the area to experience an active center. She invites people to come to the center to see what is new and what types of activities are being offered. The

center is open Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is located in the Mt. Chestnut Presbyterian Church at 727 Old West Route 422. November 1 also marked the start of the new Chicora center manager Chris Gordon. Chris is a recent graduate of Slippery Rock University, obtaining a degree in social work. Chris came to Lutheran Service Society searching for a career that would provide her an opportunity to help the community and allow her to use her ideas and energy to improve the lives of others. The position of Chicora Senior Center manager seemed to meet her career

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Senior Express and especially in Slippery Rock. Beth is truly excited about bringing a different perspective to activity and event planning in the Slippery Rock Center. She wants to invite any new individual to the center to see what is new and what types of activities are being offered. The center is located in the Slippery Rock Municipal Building at 155 Branchton Road in Slippery Rock.

objectives. Along with the participants of the Chicora center, Chris has been implementing new programs and rejuvenating some existing programs that are center favorites. Chris would love the opportunity to introduce anyone to the center and its fantastic events and activities. The center is located in the bottom floor of the Chicora Moose, 117 Slippery Rock Road in Chicora.

Beth Campbell - Slippery Rock

Chris Gordon - Chicora

Finally, on January 1, Lutheran Service Society welcomed their newest center manager to the group with the hiring of Beth Campbell as the Slippery Rock manager. When the previous manager of Slippery Rock Mary Lou Kirin transferred to the Zelienople Center, the search was on for a suitable replacement. When the previous manager of the center applied for the position, the decision was easy. Beth is a longtime resident of Slippery Rock and a graduate of Slippery Rock University with a degree in recreation leadership. Beth managed the center more than five years ago and was pulled away for a number of reasons but realized that she was truly happy serving seniors in Butler County

Lutheran Service Society is so very excited to add these four individuals to the already wonderful group of managers serving the older adults of Butler County through the senior centers. They extend the invitation to any individual to come into any of their 11 centers throughout the county and see what is going on there. It is often reported by new participants that the centers offer more activities and events than they expected. For more information, call (724) 283-9002 or visit org. BCSN

Tina Guiffre - Mars

Photos by Chuck LeClaire for Butler County Senior News

Butler County Senior Centers are run by Butler County Area Agency on Aging and managed by Lutheran Service Society under a contract with Butler County. February 2013 • Butler County Senior News

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Stacey Wolinski - Mt. Chestnut


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Senior Center events

_ Bruin Senior Center, United Methodist Church, Main St., will offer the following events: blood pressure screening at 11:15 a.m. February 4; birthday celebration February 7; Valentine’s Day party February 14; healthy heart at 11 a.m. February 18; and estate planning at 11 a.m. February 21. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Call (724) 753-2922. _ Butler Senior Center, 10 Austin Ave., (located in Tanglewood Senior Center), Lyndora, offers the following events: bring a friend to breakfast from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. February 4; birthday celebration February 7; leadership council meeting at 10:30 am. February 11; Ash Wednesday fish dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. February 13. Cost is $8.50 per person; Valentine’s Day party February 14; card party and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. February 18. Cost is $5 which includes cards and lunch donation; cooking with kids from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. February 21; and adult day care at 10:30 a.m. February 28. The center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except November 2. Call (724) 285-5392. _ Chicora Senior Center, lower level of Moose Hall, 117 West Slippery Rock St., offers the following events: birthday celebration February 7; community card party at noon February 11. Cost is $5 which includes cards and lunch donation; Valentine’s Day party February 14; healthy heart at 10:30 a.m. February 19; lottery funding in Butler County at 10:30 a.m. February 26; and nutritional bingo at 10 a.m. February 28. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 445-2551.

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_ Cranberry Senior Center, Municipal Building, Rochester Rd., offers the following events: birthday celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. February 7; healthy steps at 11 a.m. February 7; leadership council meeting at 10:30 a.m. February 8; Valentine’s Day party February 14; understanding your heart at 12:30 p.m. February 20; managing back pain at 11 a.m. February 21; 500 card party February 26; and long term care at 11 a.m. February 28. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 772-6086. _ Evans City Senior Center, 426 East Main St., offers the following events: drum circle from 1 to 2 p.m. February 8; donut day February 12; Valentine’s Day party February 14; blood pressure screening at 11:15 a.m. February 14; and 500 card party at 10:30 a.m. February 28. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 538-9414. February 2013 • Butler County Senior News

Senior Express _ Mars Senior Center, Penn Mar Plaza, Gilkey Dr., offers the following activities: blood pressure screening at 10:30 a.m. February 6; Valentine carnation sale February 5-8. Cost is $1 per carnation; birthday celebration February 7; Valentine’s Day party February 14; card party from 12:30 to 2 p.m. February 19. Cost is $2.50 and includes snacks; and blood pressure screening at 10:30 a.m. February 22. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 625-4466. _ Mount Chestnut Senior Center, Presbyterian Church, 727 Old Route 422, will offer the following events: blood pressure screening and birthday celebration February 7; dinner at Wendy’s, New Castle Rd., at 5 p.m. February 13; Valentine’s Day party February 14; bring a friend basket raffle February 21; and Easter pie sale February 21. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Call (724) 282-6006. _ North Central Senior Center, West Sunbury Presbyterian Church, will offer the following events: birthday celebration February 8; Valentine’s Day party February 14; healthy heart at 11 a.m. February 15; blood pressure screening at 11:15 a.m. February 20; and bring a friend raffle February 27. Hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. Call (724) 637-2959. _ Slippery Rock Senior Center, Township Building, 155 Branchton Rd., will offer the following events: birthday celebration February 7; meet and greet with the new center manager, Beth Campbell, February 7; Valentine’s Day party February 14; ice cream sundae bar fundraiser February 28; and leadership council meeting at 12:15 p.m. February 28. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 794-6440. _ Southeast Senior Center, Winfield Township Firehall, Brose Rd., will offer the following events: cards at 10 a.m. February 5; birthday celebration February 7; bake sale at 10 a.m. February 7; leadership council meeting at 10 a.m. February 12; blood pressure screening February 14 and 28; and Valentine’s Day party February 14. The center is open from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call (724) 352-2036. _ Zelienople Senior Center, 700 S. Green Lane, Zelienople, offers the following events: table sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. February 6; birthday celebration February 7; heart health at 11 a.m. February 13; Valentine’s Day party February 14; President’s Day party February 18; leadership council meeting February 20; and protecting your identity at 11 a.m. February 21. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 452-5292. BCSN

Butler County Area Agency on Aging February Menu for senior centers

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Friday, February 1: Hot roast beef, mashed potatoes, lima beans, brownie. Monday, February 4: Stuffed cabbage, mashed potatoes, peas and onions, banana. Tuesday, February 5: Ham/potato casserole, green beans, Mandarin oranges. Wednesday, February 6: Roast pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, cinnamon applesauce. Thursday, February 7, Birthday menu: Beef tips over noodles, vegetable, tossed salad, cake and ice cream. Friday, February 8: Pot pie, pineapple/carrot salad. Monday, February 11: Meatloaf sandwich, mashed potatoes, spinach salad, pears. Tuesday, February 12: Southwest stuffed potato with chicken, tortilla chips, corn bread.

About the Area Agency on Aging The Butler County Area Agency on Aging (AAoA) is a community service agency for older adults and has operated in Butler County since 1984. The Area Agency on Aging administers programs and manages services for Butler County residents who are 60 years of age or older. Agency programs and services are designed to serve approximately 38,000 older consumers who call Butler County home. Butler County Commissioners William L. McCarrier A. Dale Pinkerton James Eckstein Area Agency on Aging Administrator: Beth A. Herold, RN, BSN, MBA

Wednesday, February 13: French toast sticks, breakfast potatoes, cheese omelet. Thursday, February 14: French dip, au gratin potatoes, green beans, orange. Friday, February 15: Potato crunch fish, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, gelatin. Monday, February 18: Beef lasagna, Italian green beans, pineapple, cottage cheese. Tuesday, February 19: Hot dog, baked beans, hash brown casserole, fruit. Wednesday, February 20: Italian meatloaf, pasta, tossed salad, sugar cookie. Thursday, February 21: Sweet and sour pork over rice, stir fry vegetables, angel food cake with pineapple. Friday, February 22: Vegetarian chili, rice, applesauce. Monday, February 25: Barbecue ribette, noodles, spinach, pineapple. Tuesday, February 26: Sloppy Joe, broccoli soup, fruit. Wednesday, February 27: Chicken sandwich, wedding soup, peach/pear blend.

How may we help you? • Community Services for Older Adults and their families • Home and Community Based Services • PDA Waiver Services Access to Services • Information and Referral • Assessment • Care Management

For more information, call or visit our office at Sunnyview Complex 111 Sunnyview Circle, Suite 101 Butler, PA 16001 Office Hours: Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone: (724) 282-3008 (888) 367-2434 Website: Email:

Thursday, February 28: Stuffed pepper, mashed potatoes, strawberry gelatin with peaches. BCSN February 2013 • Butler County Senior News

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Alzheimer’s Association offers specific information for African-Americans


lack History Month is a good time to note that African-Americans are about two times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, compared with non-Hispanic white Americans. Some of the possible reasons are as follows. • African-Americans may have a higher risk for diabetes, a risk factor for Alzheimers and vascular dementia. • High blood pressure is more common among African-Americans. • A person with high blood pressure or high cholesterol may be more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.

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Warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease An individual may experience one or more of these 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease in varying degrees: • Memory loss that disrupts daily life • Challenges in planning or solving problems • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure • Confusion with time or place • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships • New problems with words in speaking or writing

• African-Americans have a higher rate of vascular dementia.

• Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps

In addition, although African-Americans are more likely than whites to have Alzheimer’s and other dementias, they are less likely than whites to have a formal diagnosis of their condition.

• Decreased or poor judgment • Withdrawal from work or social activities

If you notice any of these signs in a relative or friend, schedule an appointment with their doctor. Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias is an important step in getting appropriate treatment, care and support services. The Alzheimer’s Association’s AfricanAmerican Web portal has information about prevalence of Alzheimer’s and the importance of early detection. It also features the stories of AfricanAmericans who have furthered research for prevention and a cure, made strides in care and support and raised awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. For more information, visit www.alz. org/africanamerican or call the helpline at (800) 272-3900. BCSN Reprinted by permission of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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American Heart Association celebrates 10 Years of “Going Red” to save women’s lives


or 10 years, women have been fighting heart disease individually and together as part of the Go Red For Women movement. More than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved, thanks to the collective energy, passion, time, money and Heart of the 25 million Americans who have supported this movement. But the fight is far from over. “Now is the time to act. Heart disease is still the number one killer of women, and 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease,” says Donna Arnett, PhD, president of the American Heart Association. “With the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented, and even ended.” In recognition of the 10th National Wear Red Day on February 1, Go Red For Women asks that Women Go Red, across the country in new and bold ways, in order to shine a spotlight on heart disease in women. “The Go Red For Women movement has been impacting the health of women for 10 years, and as a result, 330 fewer women are dying per day,” says Amy Heinl, Pittsburgh heart survivor and Go Red For Women national spokesperson. “We should all feel empowered by this amazing accomplishment and use it as motivation to continue to fight this deadly disease. We can truly make a difference.”

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Many women fail to recognize the warning signs or symptoms of heart disease, which may be more subtle than those exhibited by men. Signs of a heart attack may include: • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort. • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness. • As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/ vomiting and back or jaw pain. If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 911 and get to a hospital right away. For more information, visit BCSN

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Butler County support and other senior groups The Victory Group (Drug and alcohol) Daine DiFalco (724) 453-6200

Alzheimer’s Support Group Helpline, Bethany Bowman 1 (800) 272-3900 (24/7)

Victims Outreach Intervention Center For victims of domestic violence 1 (800) 400-8551, 24-hour hotline (724) 283-8700, Butler office

Lifesteps Lori Williamson (724) 283-1010 Sugar Creek Rest Travis Anderson (724) 445-3000

Weathering Grief VNA Hospice (For those dealing with the death of a loved one) Jolene Formaini (724) 431-3520

Paramount Senior Living at Cranberry Pam Adamski (724) 779-5020 VA Medical Center, Betty Bonner or Dawn Zuzolo (724) 285-2211 Concordia Lutheran Ministries Paula Sypulski (724) 352-1571 ext. 8271 Butler/Cabot Parkinson Support Group Al (724) 360-2802. Common Bond (For people with chronic illness and pain) Chuck Jennings (724) 287-3132

National Alliance on Mental Illness Connection Pete Szura (724) 431-0069 Multiple Sclerosis Club of Butler Jacque Cinski (724) 898-2116 Someone’s Caring (For those who have experienced the death of a loved one) Robin Miller, (724) 287-3706 or (724) 287-2273

Butler Memorial Hospital Support Groups, offers support for breast cancer, chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia, diabetes, Look Good/Feel Better, multiple sclerosis and Overeaters Anonymous. Beverly (724) 284-4232 BCSN

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Senior Resources

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Following is a list of resources that are relevant to issues affecting seniors. We are providing this as an easy reference for information that you may need now or in the future. AARP: The National site for AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons), a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people, ages 50 years and older. Call 1 (888) 687-2277. County of Butler Area Agency on Aging: Gives detailed information on aging programs. Call (724) 282-3008 or 1 (888) 367-2434.

Benefits Checkup An online questionnaire to help search for a list of all state and federal benefits. COMPASS (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Application for Social Services): Enables Pennsylvania citizens to apply for social services programs online. Call 1 (800) 692-7462. Eldercare Locator: Contains information on the complete array of services and programs of interest for older adults. Call 1 (800) 677-1116. Government Benefits: The official benefits website of the government that connects people in need to government assistance programs. Call 1 (800) 333-4636. Medicare: The official government site for Medicare consumer information. Call 1 (800) 633-4227. Pennsylvania Long-Term Care: www.longtermcare.state. Provides long-term care information on available service options, including home care, public and private financing of those options, and other issues. Call 1 (866) 286-3636. Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center: A non profit organization working to end hunger and ensure food security for all Pennsylvanians. The link for Pennsylvania food programs provides information on various nutrition resources in our state. Call 1 (800) 634-2033. BCSN

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Alzheimer’s Association: Programs and services for individuals and families coping with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. Call 1 (800) 272-3900.


United States geography trivia

Answer the following questions correctly for a chance to win $30 cash. 1. Where is Lake Sakakawea? ___________________________ 2. Which city is furthest north? __________________________ 3. What is Minnesota also known as?_____________________ 4. How many states does Michigan border?_______________ 5. Where is Rocky Mountain National Park located?_________ 6. What state is nicknamed the Gem State?________________ 7. What direction does the Niagara River flow?____________ 8. What is the longest interstate highway in the US? ______ To enter, mail your answers to Butler County Senior News Contest, P.O. Box 11126, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. One entry per person. Correct entries will be eligible for our drawing. One winner will be drawn. Entries must be received by the 15th of this month. Answers will be published in the next edition of Butler County Senior News.

9. What is the body of water that lies just south of Tallahassee, Florida?______________________________________________ 10. On what island is the Hawaiian capital Honolulu located on?__________________________________________________ 11. How many states border Missouri?____________________ 12. Where is Davy Crockett National Forest?_______________ 13. Which of the Great Lakes is the shallowest?_____________ 14. Where is the highest point east of the Mississippi River? ____________________________________________________

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Automotive horror As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife’s voice urgently warning him, “Herman, I just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on 280. Please be careful!” “Heck,” said Herman, “It’s not just one car. It’s hundreds of them!”

An elderly widow and widower were dating for about five years. The man finally decided to ask her to marry. She immediately said “yes”. The next morning when he awoke, he couldn’t remember what her answer was. “Was she happy? I think so, wait, no, she looked at me funny...” After about an hour of trying to remember to no avail, he got on the telephone and gave her a call. Embarrassed, he admitted that he didn’t remember her answer to the marriage proposal. “Oh”, she said, “I’m so glad you called. I remembered saying ‘yes’ to someone, but I couldn’t remember who it was.” Taken from

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