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Devin Arrington, founder of Musicians with a Mission, performs at Longwood at Oakmont.

Musicians With a Mission brings the joy of music to senior residents throughout Allegheny County By Gina Mazza For Pittsburgh Senior News When violinist Devin Arrington, 38, came to Pittsburgh from Vermont in 2002 to earn his masters in music degree at Carnegie Mellon University, he brought within him a deeper sense of purpose that was still materializing in his heart and mind. As he practiced every day to perfect his art, he thought back to his high school years when he would play music for hospice patients.

“I’d had some wonderful experiences doing that. One lady had been caring for her husband at home for 10 years following a massive stroke that left him with little to do except sit in front of a television all day,” Devin recalls. “After playing the piece ‘Meditation’ from Thais for him, I heard a soft voice say, ‘That was beautiful.’ “These were his first words all day. His wife told me emphatically that she had

never heard him declare something to be beautiful since the time of his stroke. For a brief moment, this man emerged from a cocoon of darkness and there was joy all around.” Devin continued to volunteer at local nursing homes and schools while completing his bachelor of arts degree in music at Middlebury College in Vermont. By the time he finished graduate Continued on page 12

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Flute for Thought spreads Christmas cheer

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Sarah Snyder along with her flute choir bring Christmas joy to Ross Hill Retirement Residence.

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Sarah Snyder is a certified music educator who has received undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Flute Performance from Slippery Rock University, and a Masters in Education from Gannon University. She resides in the North Hills and has participated in various local music programs for over twenty years. Since developing the “Flute For Thought” flute studio in 2000, she has worked with many local school districts and their students helping them to develop both the skills and passion for a successful music experience. For the past ten years, the studio’s flute choir has been spreading Christmas cheer throughout the community through music and cookies. Every year the choir comes together and performs selections of Christmas music for everyone. From traditional hymns to contemporary favorites, these students’ grades 7 through 12 perform on average 100 songs and four concerts. These concerts are held at different nursing homes and assistant living facilities across Ross and McCandless. This year, the 29 performers visited Vincentian Home, The Commons at Stonebrook Villiage and Ross Hill. The day concluded with cookie making and a final concert at Christ’s Episcopal Church open to the community. PSN

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Lloyd McBride residents enjoy holiday visit from local high school athletes


partner. The holiday event was not only a family-friendly volunteer gathering, but was an opportunity to get the younger population excited and involved in volunteering. The evening was also the “Kick Off” for the Shaler Area Titan Football Team’s new initiative, “The Team that Gives Back.“ Through the initiative, the Titan Football Booster Club hopes to hold several community charity collections and volunteer opportunities so that the players, their families and their fans can “give back” to those in need in the community. PSN

esidents of The Lloyd McBride Apartments in Millvale enjoyed a holiday visit from some local high school athletes on December 7. North Hills Community Outreach’s “In Service of Seniors-NORTH program” hosted 28 Shaler Area Titan Football Team members and seven adult volunteers, who shared holiday spirit and cheer with the residents. The players, from the ball boy to the members of the varsity squad, distributed hot chocolate and cookies (donated by the Titan Booster Club and the Babcock Shop-n-Save) to the senior residents during a screening of the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life. After the movie, the players conducted an It’s a Wonderful Life trivia contest with the residents and the winner received a Kuhn’s Gift Card.

Top photo: Lloyd McBride residents enjoyed being served holiday snacks and hot chocolate by members of the Shaler Area Titan Football team. Bottom photo: Lloyd McBride residents and Shaler Area Titan Football team members enjoyed a screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

The event was in conjunction with the United Way’s Open Your Heart to a Senior program, of which North Hills Community Outreach is a

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UPMC program helps family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for their loved ones By Gina Mazza For Pittsburgh Senior News


he daily struggles, realities and revelations of a person who is caring for a family member are many and often poignant. Here’s one person’s honest story:

“During the course of my mother’s residence at a local nursing home, my life was one of much mental and emotional turmoil. I would visit her, not as much as I would have liked, but as often as time and energy would allow. Did I feel guilt for not being there daily? Yes, but I, too, am a mother and wife with obligations and honestly did the best that I could. “I had vowed to take care of her until her death, especially after the sudden death of my father, a loss for which she struggled daily. Never did she expect that she would face her last years without her spouse of more than 50 years. On top of struggling with COPD and her inevitable death, she also had to do without some of her children who did not want to deal with her present reality (they wanted to remember her as she was). It often made visits difficult because she had to cope with so many different emotions.

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“To all those struggling to cope with a loved one in the final leg of their race, do not hesitate, do not shy-away. It will be awkward, discouraging, and frustrating, but it will also be beautiful, inspiring, and insightful. Much can happen in a relationship when both parties are open, forgiving, and accepting of the past, the present, and the future. In the end there will be no regrets and it may lead to that one moment of needed forgiveness, or insight into who they are. I got to discover my mother as a woman independent of her spouse, as her true-self. I can honestly say I do not remember my mother as the woman in a nursing home struggling to breathe, but the mother from whom I got my laugh, my love of words, and my ability to talk to strangers in the grocery store.”

“Caregiving is also about managing your own self-care, and that means taking responsibility for your own personal well being to make sure your wants and needs are met,” says UPMC for Life community relations coordinator Kristi Festa. “One difficulty that caregivers often experience is trying to do it all and doing it alone.” Many caregivers can relate to this. “One of the many things I learned by taking the course is that I was not alone,” shares former class participant who cared for her husband in their home. “There are many other people in similar kinds of situations. It was easy to talk with others in the class, even though I did not know any of them before the class started. That’s because we were all dealing with the same thing.”

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Over the course of six weekly 1.5 hour sessions, participants learn to use tools that can help them maintain a positive and optimistic attitude, which is one of the most important qualities a caregiver can have. They develop and practice self-care tools that help them maintain good physical and emotional health so they are better equipped to perform their caregiving duties.

In addition, participants receive guidance in the following areas: 4 Taking time for self-care 4 Reducing personal stress 4 Communicating feelings and needs to others, including family members and healthcare professionals 4 Reducing guilt, anger and depression associated with caregiving 4 Making difficult decisions 4 Setting goals and solving problems 4 Getting rid of negative self-talk “I always felt guilty about yearning to get away for lunch or to go shopping,” another caregiver shares. “From this class I learned that was a normal feeling. I also learned that I have to take care of myself. I have to take time for my own physical and mental health.” Outcomes from the program are positive

participating in the program, including feeling less guilty, having an increased sense of self-worth, taking better care of themselves, realizing the importance of self-care, communicating better with others, and being able to focus more time each week on relaxing and exercising. “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” is right for anyone who is actively in a caregiver role at the time the class is being

Statistics on those who have already taken the “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” course have shown that individuals made significant improvements in several areas after

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Continued from page 7 offered. A family caregiver helps a relative, friend or a spouse with things they can no longer do for themselves because they have a chronic medical condition with disabling effects. Chronic medical conditions include Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, arthritis, cancer, and many more. Caregivers can be spouses, children, partners, friends or neighbors—anyone who helps with grocery shopping, paying bills, giving rides to doctor appointments or assists with other activities of daily living, such as eating and bathing. All attendees receive The Caregiver Helpbook, which includes important information on hiring in-home help, making legal and financial decisions,

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visits and mental health nursing (these are intermittent skilled visits provided in patients’ homes to help them recover from an illness, surgery or other medical condition). Home Care Services are typically non-medical services to help patients stay in their home safely, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, companion, homemaking, medication reminder and more. Care can be provided in hours, visits or shifts in the home. Q: Who typically pays for both Home Health and Home Care Services? A: Home Health Services must be ordered by a physician and are paid for by Medicare, Medicaid and a variety of commercial insurances. The recipient must meet certain criteria that may include homebound status to qualify for services. Home Care Services can be paid for through private pay, PDA Waiver, VA Services and most longterm care insurance policies.

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Juniper Village’s Celebration of Trees gets more creative every year


ou’ve never seen a forest of trees like this one in Forest Hills! Last month, Juniper Village hosted its seventh annual Celebration of Trees holiday display and contest. More than 27 local businesses and nonprofit community organizations decorated Christmas trees and competed for prizes for their favorite charities. This year’s trees were especially artful. “Participants are encouraged to decorate a tree in a theme related to their business or organization, explains Bonnie Caripolti, director of community relations at Juniper Village. “Every year, the display just keeps getting better and better. This year was especially fun because the vendors were very creative with their decorations and designs.”

2015 Celebration of Trees Holiday Display 1st Place Winner. Santa on The Bicycle by Senior Lifestyle Connections.

Have you even seen a spinning tree? Or a tree in the flowing shape of a lady’s dress? How about a tree for dogs? These were the themes of some of the trees on display, along with a golfer’s tree, fireman’s tree and numerous others. “Being that we are a personal care community and a lot of our residents cannot get out for the holidays, the Celebration of Trees is a great way for us to bring the beauty of the season to them,” Bonnie says.

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This year’s first place winner—with a theme of Santa on a bicycle—and recipient of a $250 donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital was Senior Lifestyle Connections, LLC, based out of East Pittsburgh. The agency helps older adults with placement in assisted living, personal care, independent living and memory / Alzheimer’s care facilities. Since these types of facilities are all paid for out-of-pocket, Senior Lifestyle Connections does the work of researching and tracking down financial assistance to help offset the cost of the living arrangements that seniors choose. Services are provided free of charge. For more details, call

Bonnie Caripolti, Director of Community Relations for Juniper Village at Forest Hills presenting the 1st Place Award to Stan Olszewski of Senior Lifestyle Connections. Stan Olszewski at (724) 787-7030, or email or visit The second place prize was presented to Denise Jobe’s Hair Salon, and third place went to Genesis Therapy, a physical speech and occupational therapy provider. PSN

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Musicians With a Mission brings the joy of music to senior residents throughout Allegheny County Continued from page 1 school at CMU in 2004, he still felt an internal nudge, “like there’s something more I’m supposed to be doing,” he describes. All of these experiences taught Devin that “acts of service often have a greater impact than we initially realize.” From these earlier inspirations, Devin founded the nonprofit Musicians With a Mission (MWAM) in 2010 to encourage more of Pittsburgh’s talented musicians to perform in local healthcare settings. “MWAM takes two groups of people who often spend significant time in isolation – musicians and the elderly – and encourages them to enjoy mutual companionship in the context of great music,” he explains.

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MWAM launched with three musicians and a $4,500 Seed Award grant from The Sprout Fund in 2011, which enabled the group to implement a pilot program in five local healthcare settings. Now with more than two dozen volunteers—including five pianists, five singers, two clarinetists, two violinists, one flutist, one guitarist, one trumpeter, one accordionist and one string quartet—MWAM averages more than 100 solo and chamber music performances annually at places such as Weinberg Terrace, UPMC Heritage Place, Schenley Gardens, Canterbury Place, Longwood at Oakmont and Woodside Place. Benefits to Older Adults Research bears out that music has the power to help reduce chronic pain and stress in the elderly simply through the meaningful stimulation and enjoyment it provides. “I’ve witnessed remarkable changes in the physical, social and emotional responses of individuals in the context of a music interaction,” says MWAM advisory board member and certified music therapist Jennifer

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Devin Arrington performing with the Chiodi Trio at Schenley Gardens.

Gorske. “I’ve seen improvements in behavior, including increased interest, interaction, cognitive function, movement and mood.” Over at UPMC Heritage Place, activities director Christa Magness has noticed that music has a major positive impact on the residents. “When someone from MWAM comes to play here, it’s like having live music in your home. No matter what deficits the elderly have as they age, music still touches each person significantly. The personal attention and dedication by the MWAM musicians means so much to our residents.” While MWAM volunteers have a broad repertoire—everything from Broadway tunes, opera pieces, popular music from the 1930s on up and even fiddle/ bluegrass music—the musicians play to the whims of their mature audiences. “All of us have to check our egos at the door,” Devin comments. “We may be tempted to play the music we’re trained in but we’ve found that

playing for older adults requires less technical ability and more heart. Quite often, they want to hear favorite pieces that remind them of when they were younger.” Some of the most requested songs include “You Are My Sunshine”, “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music and anything from Fiddler on the Roof, Devin says. Benefits to the Volunteers While MWAM is all about uplifting others through music, it also gives the musicians in the group an outlet for practice, performance and social connection, as well. “Years ago while I was practicing every day and trying to get that elusive job with the PSO, which is very competitive, I realized that there were other musicians in the same position, spending all of these hours practicing. At the same time, I knew that there were many healthcare facilities not that far away, and that playing for the residents would be a blessing for them. The only thing

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Photo provided by Devin Arrington

Jennifer Vanella, soprano, and Menghua Lin, pianist, performing at Canterbury Place.

Chiodi Trio performing at Schenley Gardens.

stopping musicians from doing this was the amount of time it takes to facilitate it. So with MWAM organizing all of the details, all the musicians have to do is just show up and perform.”

“I had a close relationship with all four of my grandparents,” he shares. “So when I’m playing for these elderly residents, it sort of feels like I’m playing for my grandparents. All four of them have passed away in the last 10 years so this mission has taken on even greater meaning for me now.” PSN

In addition to running this nonprofit, Devin maintains a MWAM performs throughout Allegheny County and anywhere private Bloomfield-based studio of 25 violin students and within a 30-minute radius of downtown Pittsburgh. To learn 1 11/18/15 3:51 PM Page 1 is4514_3882_orthopedic_specialists_doctor_ad_7.5x4.875_pittsburgh_senior_news.qxp_Layout a first violin section member of the Westmoreland Symmore about Musicians With a Mission, contact Devin at (412) phony. Music has always been a part of his life and he feels 901–3527, or visit www. blessed to share it with others, particularly seniors. MWAM is also on Facebook.

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Brighten someone’s day by volunteering as a Senior Companion By John Miller For Pittsburgh Senior News


re you 55 or older and looking for a worthwhile and satisfying volunteer experience? Would you be able to commit 15 hours per week of your time to help older adults who could benefit from a friendly visitor?

The program provides supportive in-home services to homebound older adults in order to allow them to remain living independently for as long as possible. This aligns with the overall mission and vision of the Department of Human Services Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging (DHS/AAA), which is “to help Allegheny County residents ages 60 and older to live independent lives.” How the Program Works Senior Companion volunteers provide friendly visits once or twice a week to older adults with various health issues, as well as older people who are lonely and could benefit from a friendly

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visitor. Program participants receive many benefits, including increased socialization, decreased loneliness, better functioning at home, and a friend they can count on. In addition, Senior Companions can provide much-needed respite for family members who may be experiencing stress and burnout as a result of their caregiving duties. Another volunteer in the program especially likes this part of her work: “Besides being a Senior Companion to my clients, I really enjoy giving peace of mind and respite to their families. It means so much to them.” Senior Companions are matched with three to five participants within their own geographic area, who they

agree to visit on a regular basis. The Senior Companion and the participant decide on the weekly schedule of visits. Each visit is typically three to four hours, but it is up to the participant as to how long he/she would like the Senior Companion to stay. Visits take place during normal business hours, Monday through Friday; there are no evening or weekend times. The schedule is up to each Senior Companion, provided that he/she is able to commit to serving at least 15 hours per week. It is important to note that the primary role of the Senior Companion is to be a friendly visitor. It is not to Continued on page 16 Volume 7, Issue 1

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If so, the Senior Companion Program of Allegheny County could be a good fit for you, and the benefits you receive through this experience may just exceed your expectations. As one volunteer recently expressed, “Being a Senior Companion in this program is a sort of therapy for me because it gets me moving and active, and gives me a purpose for tomorrow. The older adults that I visit make me smile! They always tell great stories.”


Brighten someone’s day by volunteering as a Senior Companion Continued from page 15

perform functions such as housekeeping, administering medications, or personal care assistance such as bathing, feeding or dressing. Also, while it is hoped and expected that most matches will be successful, both the participant and the Senior Companion are free to terminate the arrangement at any time if it is not a good fit. Program Benefits The Senior Companion Program is a volunteer opportunity, not a job; however, Senior Companions receive benefits that make it an attractive volunteer opportunity: • Tax-free stipend of $2.65 per hour, paid every two weeks • Travel reimbursement to cover the cost of travel • Meal allowance to cover lunch cost while in volunteer service • Liability insurance • Ongoing professional supervision

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Senior Companion program manager John Miller assists Lidia Acierno.

Eligibility Criteria and Application Process For those interested in applying, please note that while previous experience working with older adults is helpful, it is not necessary. More than anything else, the program is seeking people with caring personalities who have a genuine interest in helping older adults. Please note that while the program currently has openings, not every applicant can be accepted, since we look for qualified applicants within specific geographic areas where Senior Companions are most in need and where volunteers are willing to serve.

• Free monthly training on a variety of topics relating to older adults

These areas typically include:

Since the stipend is not considered income from employment, it has no negative effect on benefits an individual may receive, such as Social Security disability, Food Stamps or subsidized housing.


While these benefits are nice, they pale in comparison to the joy, satisfaction and other personal benefits that Senior Companions say they derive from helping others. “I find that giving time to people who are homebound is rewarding for both myself and them,” says one Senior Companion. “It gets me out of the house, and keeps me moving and exercising for my health,” comments another volunteer. “It also gives me the chance to help somebody else.”

2 Western Allegheny County, including McKees Rocks/ 2 North Hills (Wexford, Allison Park, Gibsonia, Shaler,

O’Hara, etc.)

2 Route 28 corridor (Tarentum, Cheswick, Springdale,


2 South Hills (Bethel Park, Dormont, Castle Shannon,


Senior Companions must meet certain income guidelines. Annual income should not exceed 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a single person, this is approximately $23,300 per year, and for a two-person household, this amounts to about $31,500 per year. Volume 7, Issue 1

Since visiting older adults in their homes involves a great deal of trust, applicants undergo extensive criminal background checks, including checking the public sex offender registry, a Pennsylvania state police check, and an FBI check that includes fingerprinting. The agency, not the volunteer, pays for these background checks. Training Begins in March The next Senior Companion training class will be held in late March at the Department of Human Services Building downtown. Training is provided on four consecutive days, and lunch is provided on all four days. Won’t you consider brightening someone’s day just by giving your time? “What I like most about being a Senior Companion is going to the clients’ homes and when I walk in the door, they are so happy that I’m there!”

Catherine Warner, Adrienne Trowery and Justine Davis compare notes at the session.

Maria Smith gives a presentation on family trusts.

George Milton Jackson studies course information.

Marydrue Emanuele and Elizabeth Turner look over materials.

Phil Little gives a presentation on identity theft on behalf of the PA Attorney General’s office.

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To apply to become a Senior Companion, please call program manager John Miller at (412) 350-4061. PSN


January Menu Monday, January 4: Sliced roast turkey, Brussels sprouts, whipped yams, pineapple cuts. Tuesday, January 5: Boneless pork, parsley potatoes, sugar snap medley, apple. Wednesday, January 6: Stuffed cabbage, garlic whipped potatoes, carrot coins, peach cuts. Thursday, January 7: Chicken leg and thigh, green beans, quinoa pilaf, orange. Friday, January 8: Rigatoni, tossed salad, banana. Monday, January 11: Roast beef, whipped potatoes, broccoli florets, applesauce pudding Tuesday, January 12: Baked cod, rice and lentil pilaf, stewed tomatoes and zucchini, pears. Wednesday, January 13: Turkey burger, spinach salad, brown rice, sliced peaches. Thursday, January 14: Cider beef stew, noodles, orange. Friday, January 15: Chicken breast, scalloped potatoes, Italian green beans with red pepper, fruit cocktail. Monday, January 18, Martin Luther King Day: Turkey, Spanish rice, carrot coins, apple. Tuesday, January 19: Pepper steak with gravy, parsley potatoes, orange. Wednesday, January 20: Chicken leg and thigh, whipped potatoes, vegetable medley, banana. Thursday, January 21: Beef meatballs with pasta sauce, cauliflower florets, penne in pasta sauce, pineapple cuts. Friday, January 22: Boneless pork chop, mashed butternut squash, green and wax beans, fruit cocktail.

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Monday, January 25: Cod, macaroni and cheese, Italian green beans, pineapple tidbits and mandarin oranges. Tuesday, January 26: Shredded BBQ beef, parsley potatoes, carrot coins, orange. Wednesday, January 27, Black History Month: Meatloaf, yams, chopped collard greens, peach cuts. Thursday, January 28: Open face turkey sandwich with gravy, whipped potatoes, cabbage and tomatoes, banana. Friday, January 29, Birthday menu: Boneless chicken breast in marinara sauce, scalloped chive potatoes, broccoli florets, brownie. PSN

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Birmingham Towers, 2100 Wharton St., Second Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15203 Serving the older adults of Allegheny County Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive William McKain, Allegheny County Manager Marc Cherna, Director Mildred E. Morrison, Administrator FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging’s SeniorLine at (412) 350-5460; Toll Free – (800) 344-4319; TDD – (412) 350-2727

or visit Information and Assistance Service Partner Agencies At Senior Community Centers Allentown Senior Center (412) 481-5484 Catholic Youth Association (412) 621-3342 Citiparks (412) 422-6570 Eastern Area Adult Services, Inc. (412) 829-9250 Hill House Association Senior Services (412) 392-4450 Jewish Community Center (412) 521-8010 LifeSpan, Inc. (412) 464-1300

SOCIAL SERVICES Information and Assistance Care Management Adult Day Services Adult Foster Care Home Delivered Meals Home Health Services Personal Care Home Support Services Protective Services Long Term Living Counseling Health Insurance Counseling Family Caregiver Support Companions for Homebound Nursing Home Resident Advocacy

Lutheran Service Society (412) 734-9330 Northern Area Multi-Service Center (412) 781-1176 Penn Hills Senior Center (412) 244-3400 Plum Senior Community Center (412) 795-2330 Riverview Community Action Corp. (412) 828-1062 Seton Center, Inc. (412) 344-4777 Vintage, Inc. (412) 361-5003

SENIOR CENTER SERVICES Education Programs Exercise and Fitness Volunteer Opportunities Social and Recreational Programs Congregate Meals Legal Services Assistance in Applying for Benefit Programs Health Insurance Counseling

This menu is for senior centers and home-delivered meals funded in part by the DHS AAA. Centers are open Monday through Friday. Call (412) 350-5460.

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New Year brings opportunities for seniors to utilize free (or reduced cost) AARP programs Driver Safety Program

By Barbara Bush For Pittsburgh Senior News Firstly, I’d like to thank all of you who made the December Surprises for Shut-ins festivities successful for all of our shut-in friends in the community. This includes a special thank you to those who donated their valuable time as well as gifts delivered by dedicated AARP volunteers. Now… onto two very special programs are available that I would like to remind everyone about, as well as a few other matters.

To begin the New Year, think about your driving skills. Perhaps you could use a refresher course to sharpen your knowledge of the changing rules of the road. AARP has experienced instructors who can help you hone your skills. To find a Driver Safety Program in your area, call (888) 227-7669 or visit org/drive and elect to choose the online course. It is being offered at a reduced fee for AARP members. Tax-Aide Program Beginning February 1, you have the impressive volunteers of the Tax-Aide Program to assist you with your tax questions and to prepare your

income tax returns. Volunteers are IRS-certified prior to their being designated as a Tax-Aide trained volunteer. To locate a site near you, call (888) AARP-Now or visit This is a free service with no strings attached, nor is there any sales pitch for further services. AARP speakers Need a free speaker for your chapter or organization? Would you like to explore your hidden talents? Feel free to contact one of the following representatives. Beth Ison coordinates life enrichment classes at local senior centers at CCAC, and would like to discuss instructor opportunities with AARP members. To have

Beth as a speaker, write to her at Room 203 Byers Hall, Community College of Allegheny County, 808 Ridge Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212; or call her at (412) 237-2564 Becky Carpenter at the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council has a staff available to deliver free presentations on the council’s work and volunteer opportunities. Email her at or call (412) 393-7638. Volunteer with AARP You might also choose to join our volunteer cadre to get involved with your local community. Call (866) 389-5654 or email for more information. We seniors in this generation are not couch potatoes! Join us! PSN

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AARP News Bauerstown AARP #2490 meets at noon on the second Tuesday of each month at Bauerstown Fire Hall, 15 Wible Run Rd., entrance in rear. All area seniors are welcome to visit and consider becoming a member.

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East End AARP #4542 will meet at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month in the Social Room Annex at St. James A.M.E. Church, 444 Lincoln Ave., Sumpter Hall. Come early and bring a lunch. New members and visitors are welcome. Call (412) 242-0330.

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Jock Sutherland coached a winning program in Pitt’s football history which included a 21-0 Rose Bowl victory over the Washington Huskies. While the Washington players received $100 per man walking around money, the Panther players received $7.50 for incidentals and a free ticket to a nightclub.

By Henry Peter Gribbin For Pittsburgh Senior News


t’s that time of year again as college football teams gear up for the bowl season. Can you imagine a college team taking a vote and declining an invitation to play in the nation’s premier postseason game? This was the case with the University of Pittsburgh Panthers; but first, a little history lesson. No name stands out in Pittsburgh coaching circles like that of Dr. John “Jock” Sutherland. In 1924, he became head coach of the Pitt Panthers and led them to a 111-20-12 record through the 1938 season. During his tenure, 21 of his players were named All American. His teams made four Rose Bowl trips;

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contributions to individual athletes, a practice quite common in those days. Chancellor Bowman was described as at best being indifferent to athletics. He did want them to be “simon pure”, and his policies became known as Code Bowman.

The 1937 season promised to be an exciting one for Panther players and their fans. The Panthers would finish 9-0-1, have four of their players named All American and be named National Champions by the Associated Press.

Sutherland saw the future and it looked bleak. He stayed on as coach through the 1938 season but in March of 1939, he resigned. When news of his resignation became public, the Pitt student body was ready to go on strike. Narick went to Sutherland’s office and informed the coach of the student’s plans.

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Experiencing difficulty with daily tasks due to low vision? These devices may help magnifiers can change black and white text into a color such as blue, which is easier to read.

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ur ability to see keeps us engaged with the world around us. Whether you’re watching your grandchildren play or watching the snow falling, being able to see clearly is more than a necessity—it’s a joy. As we age, however, declining vision can make daily tasks difficult. You may need help reading food labels, writing checks, or seeing the crosswalk signal. For many older adults, glasses aren’t enough for every situation. Below are a few devices that can help you in your daily tasks. Magnifiers Traditional magnifying glasses provide a simple solution to daily

reading needs. They’re easily pocketed or worn around the neck, or you can buy credit card-sized magnifiers that fit in your wallet. Magnification is often a very useful option for people with agerelated vision loss, especially if they have blind spots in their vision. If these types of magnifiers are not enough, handheld electronic magnifiers can deliver increased magnification without the “fish-eye” effect of traditional magnifying glasses. In addition, some

Handheld magnification may prove too exhausting for extended use by people with generalized weakness, and may be difficult to hold steady by people who experience hand tremors. For home use, such as reading for pleasure or business, a number of desktop magnifiers have been created that use a television or computer to display the magnified image. These allow for a larger image and more hands-off approach that is useful for extended use with reading tasks. Traditional magnifying glasses can be purchased for as little as $5-10 at local retailers like Target or Staples, while electronic magnifiers start around $100. Desktop magnifiers are a much more expensive option, starting at around


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It’s time to put some meaning into our yearly resolutions 2016, let’s do it with some meaningful resolve!

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At the turn of the 20th century, biologists discovered that some cells in the body had not yet been assigned as a certain type of cell. The use of these cells to treat diseases traces back to 1968 when the first bone marrow transplant was performed. The result of placing healthy stem cells into a sick individual’s body is the creation of healthy blood cells that are not infected. In turn, these cells replace the diseased ones and start to heal the patient. Today, a clinic called the Lung Institute is using adult stem cells from the patient’s own fat, blood or bone marrow to provide similar healing results for people with lung diseases. The physician gives the patient a growth factor that multiplies the stem cells into millions of healthy cells and extracts the stem cells from the patient, then they separate the cells and reintroduce them into the patient’s body. The result is the promotion of healing in the lungs. Not only can this slow the progression of the disease, but it also works to restore lung function. Just as penicillin was recognized by the medical community, so have stem cell developments. If the number of people who have already been successfully treated with stem cells is any indication of the future, then it will undoubtedly be heralded as one of the ground-breaking medical technologies of its time.

Resolve To Get Your Life Back With Stem Cell Therapy. Treatments at the Lung Institute use stem cells from the patient’s own body to promote healing, which can slow the progression of the disease, improve lung function and quality of life. Call (855) 978-5767 or visit

January 2016 • Pittsburgh Senior News

Over time, stem cells have crept into the national dialogue as a buzzword, particularly the stem cells found in fetuses. However, the stem cells being used to treat diseases in the U.S., and the same cells that warranted the 2012 Nobel Prize in Medicine, are adult stem cells. This type of stem cell is found fully developed in all people.


Lloyd McBride Court 614 Lincoln Ave. Millvale, PA 15209 • Affordable housing for seniors 62 years of age and older. • HUD subsidized rent based on income • Income limitations apply. Come see all that we have to offer!

Call (412) 821-4474

Tiffany Apartments 925 California Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15202

Lovely updated units. 1BR $650-670+e. Includes central AC & heat. Elevator, laundry, social room. Parking garage available.

IW Abel Place Lawrenceville Now accepting applications for 1-bedroom apartments. Eligibility: 62 years or older. • HUD subsidized rent based on income • Equipped kitchen, w/w carpet, air conditioning, laundry facilities, and community room.

Call 412-687-7120

Brinton Towers Apartments • One Bedroom and Large Efficiency Apartments • Wall to Wall Carpeting • Public Transportation at Door • Equipped Kitchen ‑ Frost-free Refrigerator • Community Room ‑ Lounge Areas ‑ Billiard Room

• Now accepting applications for efficiency and one-bedroom apartments • Eligibility: 62 years old or in need of features of an accessible unit • Section 8 certified • Equipped kitchen, W/W carpet, A/C, FREE laundry facilities, lounge area, community room and balconies. • Equal Housing Opportunity

Call (412) 321-2460

East Liberty -

Pennley Commons Senior Apartment Accepting Applications

Don’t wait, call today! (412) 824-9000

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

3000 Locust St., Pittsburgh, PA 15221


• Laundry Facilities on Each Floor • Air Conditioning • Card Entry Access ‑ Intercom System • Lunch Program Available • Off Street Parking • Affordable Living ‑ Rent Based on Income • 24 Hour Emergency Maintenance Service • Hair Salon

Hours: Mon-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

62 years of age and older

Uptown Ebenezer Tower Apartments

Each unit features

420 Dinwiddie Street, Pgh, PA. 15219

January 2016 • Pittsburgh Senior News

1005 Herron Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (412) 683-5850

Alexis Manor, Inc. Housing for Seniors (62 or older) or Mobility Impaired (18 or older)

HUD subsidized rent based on income 1 Bedroom Apartments Now Accepting Applications • Elevator Building • On-Site Parking • On-Site Management 10100 Old Perry Highway Wexford, PA 15090

(724) 935-7411

493 Castle Shannon Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15234

Affordable housing for seniors age 62 and older or mobility impaired HUD subsidized onebedroom apartments

Call 412-563-6566 or visit


RENT-ASSISTED HOUSING PERSONS AGE 62 or OLDER 1 bedroom apartments • equipped kitchen • A/C • community room • laundry room • and much more! NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS PLEASE CALL: (412) 829-3910 or (800) 238-7555


Forest Hills Senior Apartments 2111 Ardmore Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15221 RENT ASSISTED HOUSING PERSONS AGED 62 OR OLDER 1 BEDROOM APARTMENTS

Equipped Kitchen, W/W Carpeting, A/C, Window Coverings, Community Room, Laundry Facility, Secure Intercom Access, Public Transportation, Walk-In Shower

Income Limits Apply 1 (800) 238-7555

Equal Housing Opportunity

John Paul Plaza • wall-to-wall carpet • individually controlled heat and AC • large storage areas • pantry • linen closet • an intercom system • emergency pull cord devices in every bedroom and bathroom • secured doors with spring locks & peep holes • Handicapped accessible


Elderly Hi-Rise

2639 Perrysville Avenue

One bedroom, full appliances, W/W, A/C, off street parking Income limits apply Call (412) 362-2040 or stop by the Management office at 5601 Penn Avenue Monday through Friday

• Residents 55 plus or Disabled/Handicapped


Steelworkers Tower

62 Years or Older or Mobility Impaired • 1 Bedroom Apartments • W/W Carpet • Balcony • Card Entry Access Intercom TV System • Central Air and Heat • Utilities Included • Equipped Kitchen • Laundry Facilities on Each Floor • 24 Hour Emergency Maintenance • Public Transportation at Corner

Income Limits Apply 1 Person: $22,050 2 Persons: $25,200

(412) 391-9465

Lynn Williams Apartments 3710 Brighton Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15212 • Affordable housing for seniors 62 years of age and older. • HUD subsidized rent based on income • Income limitations apply.

Milliones Manor Apartments 2827 Bedford Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219 NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for one and two bedroom units • All household members must be 62 years of age or older. • Income restrictions apply. • Section 8 vouchers and certifications accepted. For more details call (412) 681-6350

Wood Towers Apartments

810 Wood St., Wilkinsburg Now accepting applications 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday

• One bedroom • Section 8 Certified Housing • 62 Years of Age or if disabled must be mobility or sensory impaired • On-site management • Central air and heat • Laundry facility • Balcony • Intercom system • Community room

(412) 244-8180 and TTY 711 for Voice Relay

West Lake APARTMENTS 1015 Crucible St. West End, PA 15220

RENT-ASSISTED HOUSING PERSONS AGE 62 or OLDER 1 bedroom apartments • equipped kitchen • A/C • community room • laundry room • and much more! NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Come see all that we have to offer!

CALL: (412) 829-3910

Call (412) 734-4229


New Horizons seeks musicians from novice to experienced

Crossword Puzzle answer on page 2


ave you always wanted to play a band instrument but never had the time? Or did you used to play and quit, but want to return to doing so? The New Horizons Band of Greater Pittsburgh (NHBGP) is now open to new band members. NHBGP is comprised of (but not limited to) retired individuals.

The band currently has 14 members but is looking to expand. “I established the band for people who perhaps played at one time, in high school or college, but have not played in many years,” says director Paulette Gulakowski. Their repertoire includes sing-along favorites, patriotic songs, folk music, swing, jazz, pop and holiday tunes. “I’ve learned to appreciate good players more than ever,” says Larry Cadoff, a clarinetist with no previous musical experience. I’ve gotten off the starting line and the challenge to keep up has increased my speed more than I imagined possible.” NHBGP meets every Tuesday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Turtle Creek Borough building. If being a part of this opportunity strikes a chord in you, email the director at PSN

Beechtree Commons II 6560 Leechburg Rd, Verona PA 15147 62 and Older ➻ Community/Game Room ➻ Controlled Access ➻ Emergency Call System ➻ Utility Allowance ➻ Elevator ➻ Library ➻ One-Bedroom Floor Plan ➻ On-Site Laundry Facility ➻ Service Coordinator

Alia Carter, Senior Manager

Office (412) 793-8693 Fax (412) 798-3210 Rent is based on income. HUD subsidized.

ACROSS 1 Fast plane 4 Pavlova’s skirt 8 Not naked 12 Glam Gardner 13 WWW links 14 Top-rated 15 Try to get along 17 Old Norse letter 18 Holiday lead-ins 19 Poet W.H. – 20 To date 22 Pen tips 24 Clooney film “ – the Air” 25 Fireside cupful 29 Gun the engine 30 Silent types? 31 Green and Gore 32 Breyers product 34 Heart tests (Abbr.) 35 Lipstick shades 36 Like Gatsby 37 Moved like goo 40 Water fall? 41 Petticoat 42 Northern Italian resort 46 Loathe 47 Gasp for air 48 Church seat 49 Rent-a-car giant 50 “I won’t – word” 51 – Francisco

DOWN 1 Printer woe 2 Mrs. Per—n 3 Brubeck classic 4 Piano man? 5 “Topaz” author 6 “Cake Boss” airer 7 Employ 8 Opera great Enrico 9 Ear-splitting 10 “Green Gables” girl 11 TV chef Paula 16 Author Hunter 19 Grade-school basics 20 Tom Cruise’s kid 21 Oil cartel letters 22 “Enough!” (Sp.) 23 List entry 25 Scurried 26 Devil’s food snacks on sticks 27 Gymnast Korbut 28 Aide, for short 30 TV horse 33 Thin pancakes 34 “Hulk” star Bana 36 Reclusive Garbo 37 Job-safety org. 38 King of Norway 39 Pasta tubes 40 Big Apple fashion label 42 Retro records 43 Top bond rating 44 “Peel – grape” 45 Have

January 2016 • Pittsburgh Senior News

“New Horizons has become one of the most important activities in my life,” comments alto sax player Preston McKenzie. The band’s music brightens the lives of older adults who reside in nursing homes, adult day care and assisted living centers.

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Before and After

Figure out the missing word which goes with the word before AND after it for a chance to win $30 cash. 1. Blue____________hoppers

9. Tiger__________scout

17. Oyster__________none

2. Thin __________ breaker

10. Hound’s__________ache

18. Rabbit’s____________wig

3. Fire___________swatter

11. Sting___________Bans

19. March___________Krishna

4. Cat’s__________lashes

12. Horse__________bend

20. Cheshire_________nap

5. Pig ___________tone

13. Buck___________ball

21. Lincoln _________ cabin

6. Goose__________under

14. Monkey’s____________Sam

22. Phone __________ mark

7. Garter__________eyes

15. Jitter__________spray

23. Red ___________ stitch

8. Lion’s__________mother

16. Grizzly___________hug

24. Square __________ hall

To enter, mail your answers to Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh Senior News.

Name________________________________________________ Address______________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ Phone____________________________Age________________

Congratulations to Judy Mallary who won last month’s contest. The answers were: 1. Attorneys; 2. Bicycles; 3. Cremation; 4. Dumpsters; 5. Espresso; 6. Furniture; 7. Grocers; 8. Hypnosis; 9. Insurance; 10. Jeans; 11. Kennels; 12. Libraries; 13. Marriage Ceremonies; 14. Newspapers; 15. Orchestras; 16. Pawnbrokers; 17. Question; 18. Recreation; 19. Security; 20. Transmissions; 21. Upholsterers; 22. Veterinary Hospitals; 23. Weight Loss; 24. X-ray labs; 25. Yogurt; 26. Zoos.

Gable Ridge

House Cleaning & More What we do:

January 2016 • Pittsburgh Senior News


8000 Beacon Hill Dr., Wilkinsburg, PA 15221 62 and Older

2 Weekly Housekeeping and General Cleaning (Deep Cleans) 2 Concierge Valet Trash Pick Up at your door 2 Organizing Existing Spaces

u Community/Game Room u Controlled Access u Elevator u Emergency Call System u Library u One-Bedroom Floor Plan u On-Site Laundry Facility u Service Coordinator u Utility Allowance

2 Residential Painting (Private Home)

(412) 241-9474 Alia Carter, Senior Manager

(412) 734-0833

Rent is based on income. HUD subsidized.

2 Laundry Assistance 2 Turn Key Cleaning Services

2 Window Washing 2 Carpet Cleaning

Licensed, Bonded and Insured




The Rapp Funeral Home, Inc. 10940 Frankstown Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15235 Real Possibilities is a trademark of AARP.


(412) 241-5415 You’re working hard to realize the American dream, and AARP is here to help you achieve your goals. AARP takes on the issues that are most important to you and your family, from affordable healthcare and financial security to caregiving and community improvements. If you don’t think Real Possibilities when you think AARP, then you don’t know “aarp.” Find out what we’re doing and how you can get involved at

Fax: (412) 241-0312

Bernadette L. Rose, Supervisor

January 2016 • Pittsburgh Senior News


Great songs sweetly sung-musical theater, big band, ethnic and folk, oldies, operetta and opera. Catherine Bomstein (412) 600-0577. Mikey Dee Accordionist and Commentary. (412) 751-1328. Entertainment: Christmas (Mrs. Claus), St. Patrick’s (Leprechaun), Patriotic, Hawaiian Luau, Ethnic (Italian, Mexican, etc.) Strolling Mandolin, Sing-aLong, Affordable! (412) 731-1322. Frank Sinatra Tribute: Singing perfomance by Bobby Avella featuring the Best of Sinatra’s songs. (412) 487-3134. Always fun! John Cigna’s favorite entertainer, Jimmy Sapienza, and his gifted blind pianist, Keith Stebler, are ready to perform for your group. Email: Call Jimmy (412) 916-6055. Don’t delay. Reserve your date today. Pianist Craig Zinger. Knockout Victor Borge-style show: Boogie, hilarious parodies (Pierogi Polka), toe-tapping singalongs. (412) 608-8429. Sings 50’s and 60’s love songs for seniors. Call Brian (724) 205-1429. Singer-Songs of Love by Dean Martin, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Bobby Vinton and other all time favorites. Bob (412) 487-3134. Frankie Capri presents The Dean Martin, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Tribute Variety Show. (412) 469-2299. Comedy Magician Al Mazing (412) 600-4903 or Sue Gartland: Singer/Songwriter, Guitarist; Folk and Country Music (724) 889-6986. Singing for AARP, Christmas, Valentines, Birthdays, featuring Dean, Elvis, Frank, Oldies. Bob (412) 487-3134. Ventriloquist Cindy Speck. Seniors are my favorite audience. (724) 452-5889. Everything Old Is New Again, a lighthearted musical comedy by Sheila Cartiff. Entertainer available for day or evening performances. Contact Sheila (412) 856-1259 or Ray Ryan. Solo ragtime piano and dance trio. (412) 331-8368. Dennis Smalley sings Inspirational Songs and Military Tributes (412) 901-6327. Joe Marotta: Singer/Showman. (724) 836-3362. Patty Hahn, Vocalist. Featuring the “Hits of Rosemary Clooney” and songs from the 40’s and 50’s. (412) 793-2637. Master Magician Chuck Caputo. Live bunnies/birds. Reasonable. (412) 825-0822. Bobby Shawn. Singer-entertainer. (724) 745-3064; Dean, Rock and Roll and A Little Blue-Eyed Soul. (412) 605-9536. Popular Broadway Songs from South Pacific, Carousel, Camelot, Sound of Music, Showboat and King and I. Bob (412) 487-3134. Patti Eberle. Comedy, variety and musical fun. (412) 561-7161. Sassy Seniors (formerly BTEI) Musical Theatre Troupe, songs, dancing, comedy skits. (412) 367-3093. Edwardo, Accordionist, One-Man Band. (412) 687-6416; Eddie Ace: Magician and Comedian. Guaranteed Fun Show. (412) 462-1557. Speakers Available: Senior Lifestyle Connections. Exploring senior living options. Stan (724) 787-7030. Mr. John. Lecure: American Names~Their origin and meaning. Irish culture too. (412) 758-5446. Pittsburgh Computer Help. Tech lectures and instruction. Amy (412) 589-9573. Crime Prevention presentations by Deputy Sheriff S. Jason Tarap. (412) 350-6374. Vector Security has speakers available for your group. Jack (800) 756-9161.


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