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Sandy and Ray Micknowski reminisce as they look at photographs from Dormont AARP parties and travels of the past.

Dormont AARP kicks off 35th anniversary year celebration By Gina Mazza For Pittsburgh Senior News The motto of the AARP Dormont chapter #3016 is “to serve, not to be served”— and it’s easily apparent that the chapter’s 347 members live up to this very well. “The Dormont chapter is unique in that we are so giving, and we really do work

to serve others,” says chairman Sandy Micknowski. “Because of that, we have many fundraisers and donate a variety of things to a lot of different charities.” The emphasis is on “repurposing and recycling” items that charities can use, such as collecting soda bottle caps for recycling and collecting reading glasses for those

who need them. “It’s not a one-person organization,” Sandy says, explaining that individual members come up with ideas for how to give back to the community, and everyone pitches in to volunteer towards the cause. Member Ger-

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See page 8 to learn how AARP recognizes transportation as the means to a livable community.

See pages 20 and 21 to learn about Mollie the canine and other things going on at Kane Regional Centers.

Publisher’s Corner Volume 19, Number 10 Published monthly by Pittsburgh Senior News, Inc. P.O. Box 11126 Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (412) 367-2522

Owner/Publisher Lynn Webster Editor Gina Mazza Happy New Year, everyone! If you are seriously considering setting some healthoriented resolutions this year, check out Judy Dodd’s column on page 19. It’s not too early to start thinking about tax time. See page 4 and 5 to learn about local programs that can help you prepare and file your tax returns.

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ounty Executive Rich Fitzgerald and United Way of Allegheny County recently announced the county’s 2013 free tax preparation campaign and issued a call for volunteers to help financially-struggling residents file their federal, state and local tax returns this tax season. Now in its fifth year, the free tax preparation campaign helps low and middleincome workers maximize their tax refunds by claiming valuable state and federal tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Services are provided free of charge, offering clients a cost-saving alternative to expensive commercial tax preparation fees. From January 21 through April 15, volunteers will help Allegheny County residents whose annual incomes do not exceed $20,000 for an individual or $40,000 for a household that can claim at least one dependent.

The coalition hopes to recruit a team of 150 students, retirees, and professionals who can commit to volunteering at least three hours per week at one of 11 tax sites. Volunteers must also be able to dedicate a weekend in January to be trained and certified in the basics of IRS tax preparation. Previous experience is not necessary. If you have experience preparing your own taxes, you are encouraged to apply. “The Earned Income Tax Credit was created to assist hard working people struggling to make ends meet, but it is estimated that only 75% of those eligible actually apply,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “United Way of Allegheny County’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign aims to educate local citizens about their taxes, and assist with filing, so that tax refunds are not left unclaimed. We look forward to working with our partners to spread

the word about the Money in Your Pocket Coalition so that every Allegheny County citizen in need is aware of this valuable program this tax season.” “During the 2012 tax season, the Money In Your Pocket Coalition prepared more than 6,000 tax returns and delivered $10.6 million in tax refunds back to Allegheny County residents, including $4.4 in Earned Income Tax Credits. More than 150 community volunteers participated in the effort, but we can do more.  To help more people, we simply need more volunteers,” said Bob Nelkin, United Way of Allegheny County president and chief professional officer. 

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Dormont AARP kicks off 35th anniversary year celebration Continued from page 1 trude Mellet, for example, instituted a program to help South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM) by collecting school supplies, book bags and eyeglasses for local children in need. SHIM also receives all donations that AARP Dormont collects at it annual Thanksgiving dinner. This year, in particular, is a special year for AARP Dormont, as the chapter is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Under the leadership of its current president, Al Wyborski, a committee was formed to plan special events commemorating the anniversary. As a lead-up to the official anniversary date of June 7, 2013, the chapter kicked off its anniversary celebration at a Christmas party on December 4 at Salvatori’s Restaurant in Baldwin. At that event, the chapter honored a very special member, Jim Ross, 95, of

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AARP liason John Spavero presents a certificate to Jim Ross at Dormont AARP. Dormont, with a special citation. Jim is one of the chapter’s founding members and the only current member who has

been with the chapter all 35 years. “To this day, Jim still volunteers,” Sandy comments. “He is amazing. He has

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June: Hawaiian luau-themed covered dish dinner; new officers to be installed “As you can see,” Sandy points out, “We’re in the mood to celebrate! So many businesses and organizations are going by the wayside these days, and we don’t know if we’ll be here for 40. So we want to do it up as big as we can now.”

The 35th anniversary celebration will continue into the new year with the following activities: January: “Warm Up with Hot Chocolate” and “Good Neighbor Bingo”

Fran Claus at the AARP Dormont Christmas luncheon in 1999.

February : A social with Elvis impersonator Jimmy Felix; volunteers are invited to wear red and bring in desserts for a sweets extravaganza

April: “Spring is Busting Out All Over” with free bingo and potted plants

March: An Irish sing-along with shamrock cookies and games; members are encouraged to wear green

May: Nondenominational candlelight service to honor and celebrate the lives of the more than 80 chapter members who have passed on since the chapter was founded in 1978

Dormont AARP meets on the second Thursday of every month at Dormont Presbyterian Church on Potomac Avenue. Approximately 80 to 125 members attend each regular monthly meeting. With that amount of people, the energy in the room is contagious, Sandy says. “My husband, Ray, and I originally joined AARP Dormont 16 years ago for the phenomenal trips we have, but we stayed for the friendship, the inspiration and the spirit of giving that is so much a part of this chapter. It’s amazing when you walk into a room and see everyone at these meetings. It’s very energizing and inspiring.” PSN

Mary and Dan Hamm in December 2000.

Marge and Bill Burke in December 2000.

Ralph and Julie Zulla in June 2003.

AARP members at a Halloween party in 1999. Photos provided by Sandy for Pittsburgh Senior News

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At that same Christmas luncheon, member Zita Reis oversaw the collection of beautiful baskets for a Chinese auction that ultimately raised an impressive $2,500 for eight local nonprofits: five food pantries, two libraries and one church.


AARP recognizes transportation as the means to a livable community

By Barbara Bush AARP Communications Specialist For Pittsburgh Senior News


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am often asked, “Why is AARP interested in transportation?” The fact is that transportation covers so many facets that run the gamut from auto, bus, air and ground to the quality of our roads and bridges. Pennsylvania has multilayered needs in transportation, including repairing our roads and bridges due to the decaying and crumbling facades of the older structures. Funding is the key to begin solving these problems. As such, transportation will be one of the key challenges facing our state in 2013.

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Improvements made to public transportation will improve the quality of life for everyone. AARP has reminds us of this: “Pennsylvania’s Shared Ride and Transportation for the Elderly programs provide seniors with millions of rides annually and are available through area agencies on aging—including suburb and rural areas where there is no other public transportation. These programs potentially can be expanded using lottery funds to help additional older resident’s access medical care, groceries and other necessities of daily life.” We also recognize that there is a need for adequate bus routes to service the public, including weekends, to enable people without personal vehicles to reach their employment at an affordable cost. A recent AARP quote on this subject: “AARP believes taking a comprehensive approach is especially important for our seniors who need transportation assis-

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AARP News Bauerstown AARP #2490 will meet at noon January 8 at the Bauerstown Fire Hall, Wible Run Rd. Coffee and doughnuts will be served prior to the meeting. The group bowls at noon Thursdays at Pines Plaza Lanes. All are welcome to attend. Birmingham AARP #2757 will meet at 12:30 p.m. January 23 at Birmingham United Church of Christ, 25 Carrick Ave. There will be bingo after the meeting. Coffee, tea and pastries will be served for a donation. Visitors are welcome.

AARP Driver Safety Program The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and l a rg e s t c l a s s ro o m refresher course for drivers ages 50 and older. This eight-hour course is designed to help update driving

Dormont AARP #3016 will meet at noon January 10 at Dormont Presbyterian Church, 2865 Espy Ave. South Hills. New members and guests are welcome.

skills and knowledge of the rules of the road, learn about normal age-related physical changes and how they impact driving, and to obtain an insurance discount. The following are upcoming classes offered:

Pittsburgh Whitehall AARP #2050 will meet at noon January 3 at the Whitehall United Presbyterian Church, 4935 East Willock Rd., Whitehall. Call (412) 884-0984 for details.

March 3 at 8 a.m. Dormont LifeSpan Senior Center, 1444 Hillsdale Ave., Dormont. Call (412) 343-6050.

Squirrel Hill AARP #3354 will meet at 1 p.m. January 16 at New Light Synagogue, 1700 Beechwood Blvd., Squirrel Hill. There will be entertainment. PSN

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Entertainment and Events • Beatty Pointe Village of Monroeville, 700 Beatty Rd., Monroeville, will host “Live and Swinging” Tribute to Dean Martin at 2 p.m. January 9 and Chair Yoga at 2 p.m. January 28. To register for one or both of these free events, call (412) 374-9000. • Lighthouse Pointe Village of Fox Chapel, 500 Chapel Harbor Dr., will host free antique appraisals with Patricia Golden of Estate Sales at 2:30 p.m. January 8 (note: only bring one item for appraisal) and Cher and Friends starring Suzanne Laughlin at 2:30 p.m. January 17. To register for one or both of these free events, call (412) 781-2707. • Enjoy free movie matinees in January at Cumberland Woods Village, 700 Cumberland Woods Dr., Allison Park. Enjoy a variety of free matinee movies in comfortable seating in the state-of-the-art, 247-seat theater. No

reservations are needed. The movies to be shown are as follows: Nights in Rodanthe; Big Miracle; Moneyball; and Mirror Mirror. For more information, call (412) 635-8080 or visit www. • Canterbury Place of Lawrenceville, 310 Fisk St., hosts Sammy Davis and Friends with Buster Maxwell at 2:30 p.m. January 9. Brighten your afternoon with a comical variety show from this energetic entertainer. With swingin’ Rat Pack tributes, smooth standards from the great American songbook, and hilarious singing impressions of Sammy Davis, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan and more, Buster creates a terrific tribute to the glory days of Las Vegas. To register for this free event, call (412) 622-9000. • The annual January Ice Jam Bluegrass Festival will take place

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January 11 and 12 at Days Inn, Route 8, Butler. The event is a festival of acoustic music for people of all ages, with experienced as well as novice musicians coming together to play in harmony to the rhythms of bluegrass music. As many as 32 different bands will donate their time and talent at the Ice Jam. Monetary donations are accepted throughout the weekend with proceeds benefiting local charities. Call (724) 484-0805 or visit www. for details. • The South Hills Coin Club will host their 53 anniversary coin show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. February 2 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. February 3 at Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South, across from South Hills Village. Admission is free and hourly door prizes are awarded.

Do you have a vehicle that you don’t want or need anymore? Community Auto, a program of North Hills Community Outreach, would love to receive your donated vehicle. Community Auto accepts donated cars to repair and sell at belowmarket value to low-income working families. (Vehicles not suitable for repair can be sold at auction or for scrap and the money goes directly to the program.) If your car goes to a working family in need, you receive the maximum tax deduction, and the family has a reliable car to get to work and improve their livelihood. The donation process is simple and easy. For more information, visit www.communityauto. org or call (724) 443-8300. PSN

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The Steel Valley Rotary Club will present its 13th annual dinner dance at 5 p.m. March 23 at the Westwood Golf Club. Five Guys Named Moe will entertain. Cost is $40 per person. Dancing will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be a basket auction and a 50/50 drawing. Reservations are strongly suggested as the event sells out. Call Jack at (412) 655-7500, ext. 338 or (412) 721-9978.


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Changes in a relative or friend may be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease After visiting with relatives over the recent holidays, you may have some concerns about their physical and cognitive health. Although these types of changes can naturally occur with age, serious memory problems are not a part of normal aging. Recognizing the difference between normal aging and more serious problems can help you to identify when it may be time for a relative to see a doctor. The Alzheimer’s Association had an increase in calls to its 24-hour helpline during the holiday season, especially from those who visited friends and family that they may not see as frequently during the year. The helpline is available to anyone who has a question or doubt about the state of an aging family member or friend. An individual may experience one or more of these 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease in varying degrees:

• Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps • Decreased or poor judgment • Withdrawal from work or social activities • Changes in mood and personality

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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. For more information, visit or call the helpline at (800) 272-3900.

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Service coordination helps seniors remain independent By Gina Mazza For Pittsburgh Senior News

David, 91, has a new lease on life. Surrounded by his treasured music collection, furniture and other familiar possessions, he is once again enjoying the warmth and security of his own apartment after a two-year stay in a nursing home. David has realized this goal with help from the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging’s (DHS/AAA) Aging Waiver Service Coordination Program.

“David is a man who takes pride in his appearance and ability to take care of himself,“ says Larenda Hall, Service Coordinator with the Aging Waiver Program. “He enjoys ‘nice things’ like listening to music and ‘wearing the right clothes for the right occasion’.” Once in his new apartment, David was able to again appreciate these and other comforts, like working with his hands on various craft projects. “Experiencing his independence again seems to have rejuvenated David’s spirit,” Larenda adds. “He is currently working on turning an old television console into a fish tank. He finds old items and brings them back to life,

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showcasing them around his apartment, and accenting his taste and style.”  What is Service Coordination? David’s story illustrates the goal of the DHS/AAA’s Aging Waiver Service Coordination Program. It is an approach to care that assists older adults with access to needed waiver services, Medicaid state plan services, and other medical, social and educational services to help them live independently in the community. “We work with participants to identify, coordinate and facilitate the services they may need to make independent living possible,” explains Carol Brackett, bureau chief for DHS/AAA’s Long-Term Services. The range of services also includes completion of a needs assessment, advocacy, arranging for services

from local resources and, as the name implies, coordinating all of these services for participants like David. The development of a safe Care Plan is “more participant-focused than ever,” says Kim Hall, a supervisor in the Aging Waiver Service Coordination unit. “Older adults that we serve are taking part in developing their individual service plans. We meet with them to identify their needs, any risks, their personal goals, and what support systems they may already have available such as family, and community resources that can fill in the gaps. We can make referrals to other resources on the participant’s behalf to help them gain access to other benefits for which they qualify such Continued on page 14 Volume 4, Issue 5

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A retired carpenter and army veteran, David initially connected with the DHS/AAA through its Nursing Home Transition (NHT) unit. As an NHT participant, he was assigned a Service Coordinator (formerly known as “Care Managers”) who worked one-on-one with him to develop a safe Care Plan. From that plan, David obtained assistance to locate an apartment in the neighborhood of his choice and returned to independent living.


Service coordination helps seniors remain independent Continued from page 13

as the Veterans Administration, Catholic Charities, free vision and dental care programs, and community programs that may be able to help with home modifications, if that’s what is needed. It’s all based on the participant’s choice in meeting their health, home and personal needs. They choose the providers. We don’t recommend one provider over another, but we do offer all available choices for each recommended service so that they can make informed, independent and appropriate choices.” Who should consider Service Coordination and when?

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When should you inquire about Service Coordination? “Before you actually need it,” Carol recommends. “Information is available, and it’s usually better to gather it before a crisis hits. If you think that you or a relative requires or will require assistance to remain at home, it is good to get the information and begin planning the process. Even if you don’t need it at the moment, you will know where to call when the need arises.” The message is: Don’t wait until a crisis happens to plan for support you might need in the future, Carol says. “If you’re at the point where you’re concerned about whether you or your loved one can stay in their own home because they can no longer do things for themselves like bathing, toileting and taking their medications, and you or they can’t get help from friends or family to stay at home safely, you may want to consider this program.

Maybe your family members work or don’t live nearby, or a family member took off work but now has to go back to work; you may want to check out Service Coordination so that you can get the coordination of care that you need.”

for senior housing, Service Coordinators have access to housing resources that may be very useful to you. There may be community resources that this program can introduce to you.”

What services are available?

It’s easy to apply for Service Coordination. Simply call the SeniorLine at (412) 350-5460 to inquire, and the Enrollment Unit will mail you an application. Bear in mind that you will need a prescription from your doctor to enroll and will need to meet financial eligibility guidelines. Once your application is processed, you will be scheduled for a levelof-care assessment to determine your needs.

“Personal care, which includes bathing, dressing and toileting, is always the most requested service,” Carol points out, “along with homedelivered meals or in-home meal preparation. We can also coordinate home modifications to increase independence; for example, if needed, a ramp to get in and out of your front door, a stair glide to go up and down stairs, or even something as simple as grab bars in the shower or bathtub. Adult day services are also an important service because in addition to relieving the caregiver for a block of time during the day, the participant gets the great benefit of getting out of the house and socializing with others. It can be a big stress reliever and bring peace of mind to the family. Of course, we can also coordinate transportation for adult day services and medical appointments.” Service Coordinators can also help with medical and other general personal matters, Carol says. “Maybe you’re homebound and need to find a doctor who makes house visits. Or maybe you have vision problems and need someone to help write out your checks. Maybe you need assistance preparing your taxes but you don’t know where to find help for these things. Service Coordination can guide you. If you’re looking

How do you apply?

Once you are assigned a Service Coordinator, this individual will work with you to fully explain the available programs and services, decide what services you need and help you to develop a safe Care Plan based on your needs, preferences and goals. “Your initial level-of-care assessment will be updated annually or more frequently, if needed,” Kim explains. “As your needs change, Service Coordination will continue to ensure that services are delivered appropriately to meet those needs. And of course, Service Coordination keeps records and documentation of all contacts with you and your chosen service providers.” As the needs of Allegheny County seniors evolve, DHS/AAA continues to refine the way it offers its Aging Waiver Service Coordination program. “We are working smarter to find effective ways to deliver the quality of service that Volume 4, Issue 5

There’s no question that Service Coordination makes a tremendous difference in the lives of older adults like David. In addition to waiver services, David is still involved with the VA. “He continues to receive care and assistance, and this is where his in-home care worker comes in,” Larenda says. “Consistency is very important to him, and her care has been a godsend in helping David make a smooth transition within the community. They have developed a trusting relationship, and David knows he can count on her. She has been instrumental in following up with David’s medical team, and ensuring that the VA is providing him with all the care and equipment he requires.   “Yet even beyond all of that, since regaining his independence, David has also had the opportunity to re-establish his relationship with his daughter and develop a relationship with his grandchildren,” Larenda shares. “To witness this and the love and pride he has with them is a wonderful thing. It’s as if he is being given this ‘second chance’ that has not only enhanced his activities of daily living but has improved the overall quality of his life.” PSN Candidates for DHS/AAA Service Coordination must be age 60 and be a resident of Allegheny County. To learn more, call SeniorLine at (412) 350-5460.

assessed and determined to be “Nursing Facility Clinically Eligible” (NFCE), which allows them to receive services in their home that they might otherwise receive in a nursing home.

Ask the Area Agency on Aging I want to keep living in my own home, but it’s getting hard to do on my own. What kind of help can the Area Agency on Aging give me? Several programs are available through the Area Agency on Aging for older adults who need in-home and community-based services to keep living at home. Over the next few months, we’ll discuss these programs one at a time. This month, we’ll tell you about the Aging Waiver program. To qualify for Aging Waiver, the person needs to meet two sets of standards. The first set is financial. The person can have no more than $2,094 in monthly income from all sources (such as Social Security, pensions and wages, among others). They also cannot have financial assets (such as savings, bonds and investments, among others) of more than $8,000. If the person meets the financial standards, their medical condition and needs will then be evaluated. A person has to meet the financial eligibility standards and have substantial medical needs to qualify for Aging Waiver. Medically, it means that the person must be formally

Those interested in Aging Waiver are first evaluated to determine the level of care that they need. The process begins with the person being interviewed over the phone by an Area Agency on Aging SeniorLine care manager who collects information about the person and their ability to perform activities of daily living (such as taking medications, bathing, grooming, cooking, cleaning and so forth) that enable them to live safely and comfortably at home. If it is determined that the person qualifies for the services provided by Aging Waiver, their application goes to the Aging Waiver Enrollment unit for completion of the assessment and paperwork. Once approved, the person is enrolled in Medicaid, and their assigned service coordinator arranges for the services that the person needs and qualifies for. If you think that you or a loved one needs and is eligible for Aging Waiver, or if you have questions about the program, call the SeniorLine at (412) 350-5460 for more information. Next month, we’ll tell you about the Options Care Management program. PSN

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we’re known to provide,” Kim says. “For example, we’re considering having Service Coordinators who are assigned to work with all Aging Waiver participants in specific senior high rises so that they’re more accessible and available to participants who live there.


January Menu Tuesday, January 1, New Year’s Day: Closed. Wednesday, January 2: Chicken leg and thigh, orzo, Italian green beans, orange, oatmeal cookie. Thursday, January 3: Baked cod, scalloped potatoes, broccoli florets, gelatin with fruit cocktail. Friday, January 4: Turkey chili, tossed salad, whole wheat macaroni, sliced pears. Monday, January 7: Chicken leg and thigh, oven roasted potatoes, green beans, pineapple tidbits. Tuesday, January 8, Birthday menu: Stuffed cabbage, garlic whipped potatoes, carrots, chocolate cake. Wednesday, January 9: Boneless pork, parsley potatoes, sugar snap medley, banana Thursday, January 10: Rigatoni with meat sauce, tossed salad, apple. Friday, January 11: Turkey, Brussels sprouts, baked yam, oatmeal-raisin cookies. Monday, January 14: Shredded BBQ pork, coleslaw, brown rice, grapes. Tuesday, January 15: Roast beef, whipped potatoes, collard greens, apricot halves. Wednesday, January 16: Chicken breast sandwich, gourmet potatoes, Italian green beans, fruit cocktail. Thursday, January 17: Cider beef stew, noodles, orange. Friday, January 18: Baked cod, au gratin potatoes, broccoli florets, pears, sugar cookie. Monday, January 21, Martin Luther King Day: Pepper steak au jus, parsley potatoes, oatmeal cookies. Tuesday, January 22: Meatball hoagie, mashed butternut squash, tossed salad, brownie. Wednesday, January 23: Boneless pork chop, whipped potatoes, peas, peach slices.

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Thursday, January 24: Cheese tortellini in pasta sauce, spinach salad, green beans, banana. Friday, January 25: Boneless chicken breast, vegetable medley, brown rice, apple. Monday, January 28: Cod, macaroni and cheese, Italian green beans, pineapple tidbits. Tuesday, January 29: Roast Beef, parsley potatoes, carrot coins, chocolate pudding. Wednesday, January 30: Meatloaf, baked yam, mixed vegetables, orange. Thursday, January 31: Boneless chicken breast, O’Brien potatoes, broccoli florets, banana. 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.

Allegheny County Department of Human Services

Area Agency on Aging 441 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 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 – 1 (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 Elder-ado, Inc. (412) 381-6900 Hill House Association Senior Services (412) 392-4450 Jewish Community Center (412) 521-8010

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Caring for the Caregiver A Q&A with Gallagher Home Health Services Q: How was Gallagher Home Health Services founded? A: In 2004, Diane Karcz, RN and her brother, Gary J. Gallagher, created this agency in honor of their mother, Iva R. Gallagher. They wanted to follow in her footsteps and “treat everyone like family.” Using this motto to guide them, the business has grown from three employees to 103, and one patient to an average daily census over 600. Gallagher Home Health Services has been named to the “Home Care Elite” every year since its inception, with top scores in improving patient outcomes and our community set us apart from our competitors. Q: What is the difference between Home Health Services and Home Care Services? A: Home Health Services include skilled care such as skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational and speech therapy, social services, home health aide

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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Q: When looking for Home Health or Home Care Services, what are some important questions patients and their families should ask? A: Is the provider licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health? Are caregivers bonded and insured? What type of screening process does the agency require? How does the provider select and train their caregivers? Does the agency provide nurses to oversee the care clients are receiving in their homes? How does the agency compare to its competitors? Does the agency have a patient advocate to serve its clients? Does the agency provide a free nursing assessment to its potential clients? PSN For more information on Gallagher Home Health Services, call (412) 2797800; to learn more about Gallagher Home Care Services, call (412) 279-2257 or visit


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Turn your health “wish list” into an actionoriented “to do” list this year


o it’s time for New Year ’s good intentions. It’s also likely that both our written and unwritten resolutions are more of a “wish list” than a “to do” list! Since you probably have at least one friend or family member who is also in “wish” rather than “action” mode, work together to make 2013 a year for action. Make your intentions and resolutions more realistic by incorporating these tips. Take a walk each day (or do some armchair exercises) to start accumulating your 30 minutes of daily activity.

Remember to have the nutrient-rich three servings of low-fat dairy group foods each day (milk, cheese, yogurt or soy, rice or almond milk). Use the chart-on-the refrigerator method to keep track of your whole grains for the bounty of nutrients removed when grains are refined. Use the chart to track your goal for activity, too. Clean out the grazing foods or at least move them to the top shelves. Candy, cookies, chips, nuts and even pretzels should be out of sight to give you the opportunity to think before you reach!

While you are at it, check out your car, desk or work area and clean out all munchies that are high in fat, calories and sodium. Stock up on “crunchies” that have less calories (this takes planning but is worth the effort!) Clean and cut celery, carrots, bell peppers, sugar snap peas; add a low-fat dip or salsa. Try some baked chips, small pretzels (wholegrain or without salt), and small, whole-grain crackers or snack bars. Invest in an air popper or microwave popcorn maker. This can save calories and makes room for butter-flavored spray, or even some of the real thing. A i m f o r l o w e r- c a l o r i e drinks such as flavored waters, diet beverages, andtea with wedges of fresh lemon, lime or oranges. Wr i t e d o w n w h a t y o u eat (and approximate amounts). Studies show

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Start small but start now with your 2013 resolutions. The best “to do” list one that fixes problems that you can tackle in a realistic way. Wishing you a healthy new year! PSN

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At the next meal, aim for one-quarter of your plate to be the protein portion (meat, fish, chicken or turkey), one-quarter a grain dish like pasta, and the other half vegetables and fruit. Color is the key and we are talking an eight- or 10-inch plate. Doing this even once a day is a step toward getting control of your portion sizes.


Kane News January 2013

Mollie the canine brings warmth and joy to Kane Glen Hazel The residents and staff at Kane Glen Hazel have a new regular visitor who is proving to be delightfully entertaining. Mollie, a mixed breed who was rescued from the Humane Society, has been frequenting the Physical Therapy Department as of late. Mollie joins her canine pal, Artie, in spreading happiness throughout the halls of Glen Hazel. Mollie and Artie are two of a growing number of “therapy dogs” that visit hospitals, assisted living centers and nursing homes, where they provide companionship and even sometimes help with physical therapy. It is well known that pets can elicit a positive emotional response in patients and there are now some indications that there may be a therapeutic impact.

at Kane Glen Hazel. “She adds another positive to their day which is helpful when patients are going through physical rehabilitation.” “Mollie and Artie both enjoy their work,” John says. “It is a long day and sometimes they go home exhausted.” Even though they are bushed after a full day both dogs would like to go everyday. For Kane residents undergoing shortterm therapy to return home, and residents who call Kane home, Mollie and Artie make the atmosphere even more like home. PSN Photo by Margaret Stanley

Mollie delights Kane residents. “Mollie really seems to get our patients moving around a little better,” says her owner, John Butler, a physical therapist

For more information about Kane Regional Centers, call community outreach representative Bill LaLonde at (412) 736-9974.

Highmark Foundation grant enhances efforts to reduce pressure ulcers The Kane Regional Centers have achieved the initial goals of a two-year project that was designed to support the development of a preventive skin care program, as well as an advanced wound care treatment program. The endeavor was made possible by a twoyear, $200,000 grant from the Highmark Foundation in 2010. 

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Pressure ulcers are a frequent occurrence in healthcare settings. Addressing the management of pressure ulcers has become a national healthcare issue, as it has been associated with a greater risk of morbidity and mortality. An estimated $11 billion is spent each year in the US to treat pressure ulcers. The 2010 grant assisted in reviewing and, if necessary, revising and reformulating processes and systems so that pressure ulcers do not occur in the facility environment. The program has helped Kane advance in the

healing of wounds of all types using advanced technologies. A portion of the Highmark Foundation grant funded a certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (WOCN). As a WOCN, Diane Heasely has helped to further develop and refine treatment protocols that have resulted in lower facility acquired wounds and faster healing rates. Under her leadership, 10 registered nurses at the Kane Regional Centers have become wound certified by the National Alliance of Wound Care. Wound care certification indicates expertise in the identification, assessment, prevention and continuing evaluation of patients with alterations in skin and tissue integrity. 

 “Without a doubt, education is the key to improving our rates even more,” Heasely comments. “Our facilities are participating in the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes project, as

well as the Quality Insights Pressure Ulcer Prevention Project for Pennsylvania where our nurses continue to hone their skills for sustained success.” “Reducing the incidence of pressure ulcers is important,” says Yvonne Cook, president of the Highmark Foundation. “Not only will this program affect healthcare dollars, it will also address quality of life issues.” 

 The success of the Highmark Foundation grant has led to the Kane Regional Centers being selected as one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Fine Awards, which honor healthcare teams whose achievement in improving quality, safety and efficiency in transitions of care stands out. 
PSN For more information about Kane Regional Centers, call community outreach representative Bill LaLonde at (412) 736-9974.

Kane News January 2013

Reducing 30-day hospital readmissions can reduce overall healthcare costs


he last thing most patients want to do after leaving the hospital is to return anytime soon. Nonetheless, many patients find themselves back in an inpatient setting within 30 days. Many of these readmissions are unavoidable but some hospital readmissions are preventable and are believed to be due to poor care transitions and communication. It is estimated that Medicare readmissions within 30 days of discharge account for over $15 billion in spending. Identifying and reducing preventable hospital readmissions represents an exceptional opportunity for payers and providers to reduce costs and at the same time provide better patient care.

Some hospitals now have specific patient advocates that work solely on improving communications and smoothing out care transitions. Physical rehabilitation centers and skilled nursing facilities have made changes that can also reduce the risk of readmissions. They are training all employees in regards to changes in conditions that may lead to an unnecessary re-hospitalization. They are also notifying their patients and families on the topic of their clinical capabilities and ability to treat the patient without another trip to the hospital. As a consumer of healthcare, there are steps that you and your family can take to reduce your chances of having to endure an unnecessary re-hospitalization. It is important to follow up on all physician appointments that were scheduled at the time of discharge. Meticulous management of medications is a requirement. Everyone involved needs to be aware of red flags that indicate a patient’s condition is worsening. Maintain detailed records of your healthcare that you can provide to your physicians at each appointment. If hospitals, physicians, healthcare providers, patients and families work together, they can and will generate significant cost savings and overall better patient outcomes. PSN

This article was provided by Gwen Bronson, RN, manager of admissions at Kane Regional Centers. For more information, call (412) 422-6989 or email

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Tips to help your grandchildren cope with the Sandy Hook School tragedy Maintain routine. Children find routines comforting; it gives them a sense of order, normalcy and predictability. As much as possible, keep times for meals, play and bedtime the same. Spend extra time with them and let your mere presence remind them as to how much you love them.    

By Dr. Linda Rhodes For Pittsburgh Senior News


randparents represent security to children. Their young radar seems to pick up on the wisdom that age brings and they see grandma and grandpa as their protectors. You’re their buffer, their advocate, the one who can spoil them yet teach them right from wrong. What young children are looking for right now, say the psychologists, is to know that they are safe, that the adults in their lives will protect them. And that’s where you come in. Here are some tips that should prove helpful when you visit with your grandchildren.

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Ask what your grandchild knows. Don’t assume what they know before you begin advising your grandchildren. Ask them what they have heard about the incident, and then listen carefully to determine if they’ve been misinformed, have misconceptions or are fearful. Gently correct them if what they know is inaccurate. Keep the facts simple and age-appropriate. Younger children need less detail.

Reassure your grandchild. Young children want to know they are safe and the role of parents and grandparents is to reassure them that life, as they know it, will remain the same and safe. In a calm manner, let them know that adults (teachers, police, bus drivers, parents) are doing everything they can to make schools safe and that children are protected. You could also let them know that the man who did this can’t hurt anyone anymore. If they understand the finality of death and they probe further, then explain that he is no longer alive.

Don’t avoid the subject. Your grandchild will likely hear about the tragedy from their friends or overhear conversations among adults or the news. If you don’t have this discussion, your child may imagine far worse and silently live in fear. Because you’re not mentioning it, they’ll think it is too scary to talk about. It’s better they talk about it with you.

Let your grandchild set the tempo. Once young children hear that they are safe, they often go off and play. This is a normal reaction but it doesn’t mean that their need to discuss the event is finished. Give them space but checkin periodically by asking open-ended questions. Or ask your grandchild to draw a story about what happened and have them explain it to you.

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Turn off the television news. Even if kids are in another room, the chance they’ll see disturbing images or hear descriptions of the brutality of the shooting is still too high. Keep your eyes open. Children may feel afraid, upset and sad as they understand what happened and see those around them express their emotions. Seeing your reactions help them model a healthy response. But be on the look out for behavioral changes that indicate they are struggling: changes in athletic or school performance, exaggerated emotions, increase in anger or sadness, wanting to be alone and becoming less social, loss of appetite or nightmares. If your grandchild shows these symptoms over a prolonged period of time, seek professional help. PSN Dr. Linda Rhodes is a former Secretary of Aging for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, writes an award winning weekly column on Our Parents, Ourselves and is director of the Hirtzel Institute on Health Education and Aging at Mercyhurst University. For more resources and to learn about Dr. Rhodes’ award-winning book, visit

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2. Alphabetically, what is the last of the 50 states? __________________________________________________

6. This state’s motto is “Eureka”. The lowest point in the United States is in this state. _____________________________

3. This state has the only state flag with a picture of a president. Nicknamed “The Evergreen State”, its state tree is the Western Hemlock. _____________________________

7. The cactus wren is this state’s bird. Nicknamed “The Grand Canyon State”, it was admitted to statehood on February 14th, 1912. ________________________________

4. This state’s bird is the cardinal. Its flower is the dogwood. Its tree is the pine. James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson were born here. What state is it? _____________________________

8. Directly bordering six other states, the motto of this state is “Esto perpetua”, meaning “It is Forever”. The western white pine is its state tree. _____________________________

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A Bad Doctor A man was recovering from surgery when a nurse asks him how he is feeling. The man replies, “I’m alright, but I didn’t like the four-letter-word the doctor used in surgery.” The nurse asked, “What did he say”? “OOPS!” 600 Story Hotel Tom, Dick and Harry went to a party. After the party they returned to the hotel. The hotel was 600 stories high. Unfortunately for them, the elevator was not working. They made a plan for the first 200 stories, Tom will crack jokes. The second 200 stories Dick will tell a happy story and lastly Harry will tell a sad story. They then started up the steps. After 2 hours it was Harry’s turn. He turned to the other two and said “Ok guys, here’s my sad story. I forgot the keys downstairs. Chimney Talk


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Entertainment: Christmas (Mrs. Claus), St. Patrick’s (Leprechaun), Patriotic, Hawaiian Luau, Ethnic (Italian, Mexican, etc.) Strolling Mandolin, Sing-aLong, Affordable! (412) 731-1322. Pianist Craig Zinger delivers a knockout Liberace-style show: Boogie, Ragtime, toe-tapping singalongs, hilarious parodies. (412) 851-5397. Sings 50’s and 60’s love songs for seniors. Call Brian (724) 205-1429. Frankie Capri presents The Dean Martin, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Tribute Variety Show. (412) 469-2299. Comedy Magician Al Mazing (412) 600-4903 or Enjoy Barbershop Style of Harmony? The Three Rivers Chorus is available for daytime or evening performances at your organizations’ venue. Contact Jay Garber (412) 373-0094 or Book our handsome Barbershop Quartet for your next big event. Up-tempo, funny, recognizable songs. Call Tom at (412) 956-1209. 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. “That Guy with the Birds” John Lege presents an educational, entertaining program with parrots from around the world. (724) 859-7137 or (724) 478-2016. 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: Crime Prevention presentations by Deputy Sheriff S. Jason Tarap. (412) 350-6374. Vector Security has speakers available for your group. Jack 1 (800) 756-9161.


When the cold weather comes, you don't have to stand alone. We're the Partners for Warmth, and we want you to know about the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP helps pay home heating bills when money is tight, and you may be eligible for assistance. LIHEAP is not a loan—it is a government grant applied directly to your heating bill. Call the Partners for Warmth to find out if you qualify at 1-866-827-1281, or refer to the chart below. Enrollment begins November 1, 2012 and runs until March 29, 2013. Funds are limited, and the closing date may occur sooner if those funds are depleted. Please apply as soon as possible. If you require additional information, call your local county assistance office. To obtain an application, visit

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