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June 2013

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Bobbie Guzzo, Reva Roberts and JoAnn Ricci are members of Sassy Seniors.

Sassy Seniors attest that “spunk, not age” defines the quality of one’s life By Gina Mazza For Pittsburgh Senior News It’s not the years in your life that count but rather the life in your years. That is the motto of a group of local older adults known as the Sassy Seniors, and they certainly live up to these words. Members of this “entertaining” group can be found singing, dancing, acting, performing comedy skits

a n d m u c h m o re e v e r y month of the year, except January and February. “We are similar to a vaudeville troupe and we welcome anyone with an interest in theatre who wants to help out behind the scenes or be on stage,” says Jan Wire of Oakdale, who serves as secretary for the troupe, in addition to performing. “I’m a frustrated Rockette, so I jumped at the opportunity to sing and tap dance,”

says Bobbie Guzzo of Moon Township. “The variety in our shows seems to have something for everyone.”

Lifespan hosts annual Spring Art Exhibit and Sale. See page 10.

Sassy Seniors can be found livening up the lives of others at a variety of venues around the Pittsburgh area, including senior residences, nursing homes, church socials and AARP meetings. “We love doing banquets,

Continued on page 4

LifeSpan recently opened a new center. See page 8.


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Entertainment and Events 2 The North Hills Historic Auto Club will sponsor its 41st annual antique and classic car show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2 at Mars Area Senior High School, Rt. 228, Mars. Admission is $1; children ages 12 and under are free. Festivities include a flea market, car corral and refreshments. 2 Lifespan Chartiers Senior Center will hold a Spring Flea market at Chartiers Senior Center, 300 Lincoln Ave., Carnegie, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6 and 7. Donations are accepted and greatly appreciated (no clothes, please). Call (412) 2765056 for more information. 2 North Hills Community Outreach’s annual dessert theatre will be held June 12 and 13 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Rd., Allison Park. Enjoy Rick Abbott’s comedy-mystery “But Why Bump off Barnaby?” and a buffet of delicious desserts. Tickets are $22. Call (412) 487-6316, option 1 or email clenglish@nhco.org. 2 The Retired Men’s Luncheon Group of Pleasant Hills will meet at noon on June 20 in the Fellowship Hall of the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Old Clairton Rd. and Audrey Dr., Pleasant Hills. Golf professional Brian Farley of the Practice Tee will provide information on the latest golfing equipment and practices. For details or for reservations, call (412) 655-2000 by June 14. The cost for lunch is $6.

2 Glenshaw AARP #3744 presents “Down on the Farm”, a day trip to Sugarcreek, OH on Saturday, July 27. An Amish guide will take the group to Rolling Ridge Ranch, an 80-acre exotic animal farm for a wagon ride, which includes close-up feeding of animals from six different continents. Next, join the Amish family at their farm for a family-style feast prepared in the Amish tradition. Afterwards, visit Hershberger Bakery and Farmers’ Market for fresh baked goods, jams, jellies, local produce, arts, crafts and flowers. Then it’s onto New Amish Country Theater (Pigeon-Forge style) for a show filled with comedy skits, audience participation, music and singing. Cost is $98 per person. Call (412) 487-1609 to make a reservation or to request a flyer. PSN

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2 Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Polish Hill, 3058 Brereton St., will hold a flea market from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 22. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The Parish Festival will take place from 1 to 11 p.m. July 20. There will be a bake sale, ethnic food, raffles, bingo, sale of Polish items and games. A Polka Mass with Ray Jay and The Carousels will be held at 4 p.m. Enjoy Polka dancing outdoors after Mass. Call (412) 621-5170 for information on either event.

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Sassy Seniors attest that “spunk, not age” defines the quality of one’s life Continued from page 1 parties, reunions . . . any type of event, really,” Jan explains. This month alone, the Sassy Seniors have four shows in Aliquippa, Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair. Most performances are scheduled during the afternoon or early evening hours. “A Sassy Seniors performance is a wonderful trip back to the days when we were young,” comments Jeanne Miller of South Park. “The comedy of Jack Benny, Red Skelton and others like them, and the music of Donald O’Connor and Debby Reynolds are memories that have lasted a lifetime.”

Ken McCloskey welcomes everyone to a cabaret.

Along the way, the membership age was lowered to 50 to include more Baby Boomers. Currently, the youngest participant is 60 and the most senior members are 94 and 91. Of the 15 present members, four are men. Participants hail from all parts of the region, such as Bethel Park, South Park, Coraopolis, Crafton and Aliquippa. The commitment to join is minimal and well worth the reward, Jan says. “Each month, we meet at the Presbyterian Church located at 1201 Fifth Avenue in Coraopolis. Our rehearsal schedule varies depending on the number of upcoming shows, and members pay annual dues of $12.” Sassy Seniors currently has a goal to expand its participation in the Airport corridor, including (but not limited to) the Ohio River Valley and Allegheny, as well as Beaver and Washington counties. “We are always looking for new members who want to perform. Right now, we are particularly interested in anyone who plays a musical instrument,” Jan says. “But we take anybody who likes to entertain, enjoys being with seniors, is looking for something to do, and is even willing to do some goofy things and have a lot of fun.”

The idea for the group originated in 1990 at what is now Robert Morris University. “Back then, we were called the Robert Morris College Independents, and it was for anyone age 55 or older,” Jan comments. “It was a big group, with between 25 and 50 seniors.” In 1997, the Independents split into two separate entities and the core group was renamed The Better Than Ever Independents. “We were called that for a while but we wanted a name that better described us. So last year, we changed our name again to Sassy Seniors.” Geraldine Pastin performs a classy tap dance.

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The show’s grand finale features Sassy Senior Jan Wire and Geraldine Pastin.

Marie Morgan impersonates Carmen Miranda with assistance from Fred Zelesnik.

Reva Roberts and Gerald Mountain dance to “Let Me Be Your Sweetheart.”


Ken McCloskey, Bob Bowman and Gerald Mountain perform “You Gotta Have Heart.”

Fred Zelesnik, Linda Graham and Bob Bowman act out a comedy skit.

JoAnn Ricci of Bethel Park says that she “enjoys this rewarding opportunity to perform, brighten days, lift spirits and bring out the smiles on so many sweet faces.” And one of the group’s oldest members, Reva Roberts, 91, of Aliquippa sums it up this way: “Over the last 20 years I’ve made so many close friends.” PSN

Betty Dapprich sings “When You Are Smiling.”

If you are interested in becoming a Sassy Senior, call Betty Dapprich at (412) 367-3093. Photos by Chuck LeClaire for Pittsburgh Senior News

Ken McCloskey and JoAnn Ricci give the crowd an “Unforgettable” duet.

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June 7, 7:30 p.m., Italian Night, (starring We Three with Vito DiSalvo and Giorgia Fumanti), South Park June 9, 7:30 p.m., Bob Mould (Alternative Rock), Hartwood Acres June 14 7:30 p.m., Tommy Castro and the Painkillers (Blues), South Park June 16, 7:30 p.m., The Vogues (Oldies), Hartwood Acres June 21, 7:30 p.m., The Wailers (Reggae), South Park June 23, 7:30 p.m., Langhorne Slim and the Law (Rock), Hartwood Acres June 28, 7:30 p.m., BNY Mellon Jazz presents Monty Alexander (Jazz), South Park June 30, 7:30 p.m., Sara Watkins (Bluegrass), Hartwood Acres July concerts July 6, 8:15 p.m., Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, South Park July 7, 8 p.m., Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Hartwood Acres July 12, 7:30 p.m., David Cassidy (Pop), South Park July 14, 7:30 p.m., Great Big Sea (Celtic Folk Rock), Hart����� wood Acres July 19, 7:30 p.m., The Stickers (Country), South Park

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LifeSpan opens center in Mon Valley

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Cutting the ribbon at the Mon Valley Center are Rep. Bill Kortz, Mon Valley Chamber president and CEO Maury Burgwin, LifeSpan CEO Ginny Jurofcik, LifeSpan Center Services regional manager Michelle Craven, Joe Hodson from Union Realty, and LifeSpan volunteers Helen Nelson and Vince Palmer. 

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LifeSpan hosts annual Spring Art Exhibit and Sale

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he weekend of May 17 and 18 was filled with colorful artwork in Dormont, as Lifespan hosted its 11th annual Spring Art Exhibit and Sale at Hillsdale Resource Center. Oil paintings and other creations from local artists were on display at the free public event. All artists are members of LifeSpan. “We have an art group that meets every Wednesday and Thursday, and the paintings at the exhibit were the results of that group, which is instructed by Ann McCartney,” says Courtney Audley, associate regional manager for Lifespan. “The show is a really nice upscale event that serves as both a fundraiser for the artists and for LifeSpan.” The event also featured a Chinese auction, raffles, tasty appetizers and live music from local musician Ryan Locke. Pittsburgh artist Robert Daley, owner of the South Hills Art Center, oversaw the judging on Friday afternoon. Awards were given to the following artists:

Alena Lutton takes both first and second prizes for “Pomegranates” and “Hen House Frenzy.”

First and Second Place: Alena Lutton of Green Tree for “Pomegranates” and “Hen House Frenzy” Third Place: Mary Simon of Dormont for “Red Mill” LifeSpan operates eight community resource centers, two community program extensions and two satellite centers throughout southern Allegheny County. In addition, LifeSpan also provides care management services, including the OPTIONS and Family Caregiver Support Programs; oversees a Senior Companion Program; and delivers home delivered meals through its Homestead and Dormont locations. PSN

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“Here Kitty, Kitty” by JoAnne Tierno.

Third place winner Mary Simon shows off her oil on canvas painting “Red Mill.”

A small sampling of the beautiful work on display at the 11th annual show.

Detail of “Forsythias” by Liz Labee.


Audrey Vietmeier enters her “Kitten” in the show.

Honorable mention is given to Jane Mitchell for her homage to “The Dancer” by Edgar Degas.

LifeSpan is a contracted provider through the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging. To learn more, call (412) 343-6050. Photos by Chuck LeClaire for Pittsburgh Senior News

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UPMC’s Wellapalooza inspires local seniors to live a healthy lifestyle

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finding out at the health fair that he had extremely high blood pressure, said, “I’m going to call and make an appointment with my doctor right away. I’m glad I had this screening today!” The Rankin Christian Center Choir kicked off the event with inspirational music, which served as a perfect backdrop for the day’s theme. Wellness presentations were given on a wide

“I really appreciated the information presented at this event,” one attendee commented. “It was interactive, lively and fun.” Another participant, upon

Lillian Lovejoy of the Rankin Christian Center Choir. [left] OASIS volunteers Hofrichter and Mary Dembski. [right] OASIS volunteer Laverne Gephart and Josie Moore of ACCESS. Photos by Lynn Webster for Pittsburgh Senior News

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variety of topics that are particularly relevant to older adults, including fall prevention, osteoporosis and stroke prevention. A healthy cooking demonstration by registered dietician Judy Dodd offered attendees a chance to sample some tasty fare and get tips on how to cook healthier at home. Attendees were able to take advantage of free preventative health screenings for cholesterol, hearing, glucose, bone density, blood pressure and BMI. Participants also got to

Dietetics student Kayleigh Jackson with Judy Dodd and her granddaughter, Julia Maletta. participate in tailgate toss organized by Citiparks Healthy Active Living, with prizes awarded for highest totals. Vendors offered information on cultural events, transportation services, tutoring opportunities, pharmacy questions and more. Healthy food and beverages were provided, along with door prizes from the participating vendors.  For more details about the Wellapalooza health fair please, contact Shirley Fisher at (412) 454-8727 or fishers@upmc.edu.” 

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Second annual “rock-a-thon” fundraiser happens this month The second “Rocking for Residents” fundraiser will kick off from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 at all three Vincentian Collaborative System facilities around Pittsburgh: Vincentian Home in the North Hills, Marian Manor in the South Hills and Vincentian de Marillac in the East End. The fundraiser to purchase comforts of home for residents at these three senior care communities is similar to a walka-thon; but instead of walking, participants solicit pledges from sponsors for time spent rocking in rocking chairs. The rock-a-thon will also include DJ music and a sing-along, a “cake walk”, games and prizes, and various refreshments. The inaugural “Rocking for Residents” in 2012 raised more than $70,000 from participants of all ages—from toddlers to grandparents. In addition, 150 volunteers pitched in to make the event a success. To register or receive event information, call Vincentian Collaborative System at (412) 548-4056 or visit www.vcs. org. PSN

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Valuable services provided by Ombudsman Program now extend into the community Since 1972 as part of the Older Americans Act, the Ombudsman Program has been actively advocating for and giving voice to older adults who use long-term care services—traditionally in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, domiciliary care homes and adult daycare settings. Now, Ombudsmen have the ability to reach further and deeper into the community to serve any recipient of long-term care services, including those provided in their homes through community based programs. The Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging (DHS / AAA) Ombudsman Program is the first AAA in the state to extend Ombudsman services from facility based into the community. “This new Community Ombudsman Program is an expansion of the core program and is meant to serve participants who receive services in the community,” explains Toni Allen, Ombudsman Care Management Supervisor for DHS / AAA. The rollout of this component of the Ombudsman Program has been a potential for years. (In 1989, the Pennsylvania General Assembly mandated that Ombudsmen respond to complaints from consumers of long-term care services, regardless of where they reside— but no funding was designated to expand the service). Launching the

Community Ombudsman Program for consumers of in-home services was identified as a goal in DHS / AAA’s four-year plan for years 2008-2012. “So as part of this fouryear plan, we’ve begun to provide Ombudsman services to consumers in the community,” Toni says. “This will allow the Ombudsman to educate and empower individuals who receive services at home, as well as enhancing the quality of their lives.” As the Community Ombudsman Program continues to roll out, it is occurring in two phases to slowly introduce new consumers to the program and allow Ombudsmen to educate, empower and respond to their concerns, if necessary. “We’ve also appointed an Ombudsman, Kathleen Kiser, who is dedicated solely to the home and community based component of the program,” Toni explains, adding that you may see Kathie handing out information and talking with folks at local senior centers, older adult high rises and senior fairs around town. “What we’ve seen so far based on data we’ve compiled is that older adults are responding favorably to it.” The role of an Ombudsman Whether delivered in the community or a facility-based setting, Ombudsmen champion the rights of older adults to achieve the highest quality of life and care. Ombudsman may be staff, volunteers or PEER residents, but what they have in common is an impassioned commitment

to listen, educate, investigate, mediate and empower through being a visible presence. Every state in the nation is federally mandated to have an Ombudsman program; currently, there are 52 state programs, 572 local programs and 10,000 volunteers. The Allegheny County Ombudsman Unit is staffed by a supervisor, six full-time Ombudsmen, 34 volunteers and 13 PEERs. Specifically, Ombudsmen provide information about how to find a facility and what to do to get quality care. They are trained to resolve problems, and to educate seniors and long-term care providers about residents’ rights and good care. If you want, the Ombudsman can assist you with complaints; however, unless the Ombudsman is given permission to share your concerns, all matters are kept confidential. Volunteers are essential to the ombudsman program Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Ombudsman Program at Allegheny AAA and “while our volunteers have been educated on the new community aspect of our program and help to raise awareness of the Ombudsman Program overall in the community at large,” Toni says, “they are not yet investigating concerns in the community. They will be an important part of it into the future.”

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Rita Valdrini-Morasco is one such volunteer who is trained and certified to investigate complaints. A retired federal attorney and Ombudsman since 2009, Rita visits residents of Manor Care North Hills and is sensitive to the concerns of the elderly. “I wanted to make a difference at the grass roots level and that is why I decided to volunteer as an Ombudsman,” explains Rita, who was recently invited by the Pennsylvania State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program in Harrisburg to participate in the Volunteer Taskforce representing the Allegheny County Volunteer Ombudsman Program. “I find great satisfaction in being of assistance in all types of situations--from seeking a nurse to answer a call light or helping to modify facility policy in denying soda to residents whose few joys in life include what they eat and drink each day, to helping a resident file a criminal complaint for theft of property. It amazes and humbles me to think how a simple action on my part can make a world of difference to someone who is ill or recovering. Sometimes I wonder who benefits more from my efforts: the resident or me.”   The Allegheny County DHS / AAA Ombudsman Program has been recognized by the State Ombudsman’s Office for its excellence. In 2004, it received an award for “Exemplary Use of Volunteers”; in 2007, for “Overall Model Ombudsman Program”; and in 2008, for “Going Over and Above the

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Rita Valdrini-Morasco

Mission.” In addition, during this year’s state conference, the unit’s clerical support staff person, Donna Vail, was awarded a certificate of recognition for her participation in a statewide users group dedicated to implementing an upgrade to Ombudsmanager, the program’s statewide data collection system.

“I am honored to be part of such a dedicated team,” Toni concludes. “The staff, volunteers and PEER Ombudsmen truly do go ‘over and above the mission’ on a regular basis.” To learn more about the DHS / AAA Ombudsman Program, call SeniorLine at (412) 350-5460. Volume 4, Issue 10


You are a right fit for Ombudsman services of you are a: * resident of any nursing home or

board and care facility, including assisted living facilities.

* family member or friend of a nurs-

Know your rights as a recipient of long-term care services In order to understand how an Ombudsman can best assist you, it’s important to know what your personal and legal rights are as a resident of a long-term care facility. 4 The right of citizenship. Nursing home residents do not lose any

of their rights of citizenship, including the right to vote, have religious freedom and associate with whom they choose.

ing home resident.

4 The right to dignity. Residents of nursing homes are honored guests

* nursing home administrator or

and have the right to be treated as such.

employee with a concern about a resident at their facility.

* person or citizen’s group inter-

ested in the welfare of residents.

* person or family who are con-

sidering long-term care placement. * person who wants to report con-

cerns about poor care or other problems to the ombudsman program. * person who receives long term-

care services in your home.

Here is a quick list of the types of concerns that an Ombudsman can address: * Violation of residents’ rights or

dignity

* Poor quality of care, including

inadequate personal hygiene and slow response to requests for assistance * Improper transfer or discharge

of patient

* Inappropriate use of chemical or

physical restraints

* Any resident concern about qual-

4 The right to privacy. Nursing home residents have the right to privacy

whenever possible, including the right to privacy with their spouse, the right to have their medical and personal records treated in confidence, and the right to private, uncensored communication. 4 The right to personal property. Nursing home residents have the

right to possess and use personal property and to manage their financial affairs. 4 The right to information. Nursing home residents have the right to

information, including the regulations of the home and the costs for services rendered. They also have the right to participate in decisions about any treatment, including the right to refuse treatment. 4 The right of freedom. Nursing home residents have the right to be

free from mental or physical abuse, and from physical or chemical restraint unless ordered by their physician. 4 The right to care. Residents have the right to equal care, treatment

and services provided by the facility without discrimination. 4 The right of residence. Nursing home residents have the right to

live at the home unless they violate publicized regulations. They may not be discharged without timely and proper notification to both the resident and the family or guardian. 4 The right of expression. Nursing home residents have the right to

exercise their rights, including the right to file complaints and grievances without fear or reprisal.

ity of care or quality of life

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Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program provides eligible seniors with fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers’ markets

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he beginning of summer marks the start of the growing season here in Pittsburgh and farmers’ markets all over Allegheny County are open for business. This season, be sure to take advantage of the annual Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), administered through the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging (DHS / AAA). Checks will be distributed at senior centers throughout the county on Tuesday, June 18.

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Participating in SFMNP can benefit your health, support your local farmers, and expand your knowledge and taste for seasonal produce. To be eligible for the program, you must be age 60 or older by December 31, 2013, live in Allegheny County, not live in a residential facility, and meet income guidelines ($21,257 annually for a one-person household, $28,694 for a two-person household). Remember to bring identification with proof of age and residency to the distribution site. If you are not physically able to get to a senior center, you can designate a proxy to pick up and redeem your checks. An individual can be a proxy for up to two eligible older adults. Proxy forms must be completed correctly, signed by you (the eligible older adult) and presented on June 18 at the distribution site. Proxy forms are available at senior centers, on the

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture website at www.agriculture. state.pa.us and on the DHS / AAA website at www.alleghenycounty. us/dhs/olderadults.aspx. In Pennsylvania, the best produce will be available in the peak season from late July through the end of August. Since farmers’ markets

only offer produce when it is in season, take the opportunity to enjoy sweet, juicy strawberries in early summer, fragrant melon midsummer and savory squash into the fall. Eating seasonally is also a great way to ensure that you are getting a variety of vitamins and minerals in your diet. So satisfy your senses and choose from a colorful assortment of plentiful produce this season. Your taste buds will never get bored this summer! PSN To learn more about SFMNP, visit your local senior center, contact SeniorLine at (412) 350-5460; or contact Suzanne Speck at (412) 3504219 or Suzanne.speck@AlleghenyCounty.us. To learn more about the program, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at www. agriculture.state.pa.us. Volume 4, Issue 10


Monday, June 3: Turkey, brown rice pilaf, Italian green beans, orange, chocolate chip cookie. Tuesday, June 4: Roast beef, lemon seasoned potatoes, cauliflower florets, nectarine. Wednesday, June 5: Pork, whipped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, angel food cake with peaches. Thursday, June 6: Chef’s salad, sweet coleslaw, watermelon. Friday, June 7: Beef stew with potatoes and carrots, noodles, Mandarin oranges. Monday, June 10: Chicken leg and thigh, fettuccine alfredo with broccoli, carrot coins, apple. Tuesday, June 11: Tuna salad, coleslaw, tomato wedges, cucumber spears, lime gelatin with diced pears. Wednesday, June 12: Swiss steak, garlic whipped potatoes, mixed vegetables, apricots. Thursday, June 13: Baked cod, zucchini and yellow squash, cheese tortellini, cantaloupe cuts. Friday, June 14: Hamburger, old bay potatoes, broccoli florets, chocolate pudding. Monday, June 17: Barbecue meatballs, whipped potatoes, vegetable medley, plum. Tuesday, June 18, Box lunch: Turkey sandwich, potato salad, baby carrots, oatmeal raisin cookies. Wednesday, June 19: Penne with meat sauce, tossed salad, banana. Thursday, June 20: Chicken leg and thigh, scalloped potatoes, baby peas, pineapple tidbits. Friday, June 21: Boneless pork, yams, leaf spinach, watermelon cuts. Monday, June 24: Roast beef, whipped potatoes, mixed vegetable, apple. Tuesday, June 25: Turkey, lemon parsley potatoes, broccoli florets, watermelon cubes. Wednesday, June 26: Stuffed cabbage roll, paprika potatoes, carrot coins, cantaloupe cubes. Thursday, June 27: Chicken, sweet and sour coleslaw, beet slices, yellow cake. Friday, June 28: Baked cod, stewed tomatoes, macaroni and cheese, fruit cocktail, chocolate chip cookie. 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

Birmingham Towers, 2100 Wharton St., Second Floor Pittsburgh, 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 – 1 (800) 344-4319; TDD – (412) 350-2727

or visit www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/aaa. 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

SOCIAL SERVICES Information and Referral 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

LifeSpan, Inc. (412) 464-1300 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

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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.

Home Care

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 www.gallagherhhs.com.

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Iva Gallagher Our Mom, Our Motivation

Gallagher Home Care can provide you with the Medical or NonMedical services you need to stay in your home safely. Over 5,000 people have trusted us to provide their care and you can too.

Care can be Provided in Hours, Visits or Shifts • Personal Care • Bathing, Dressing, Grooming, Toileting • May include Companion & Homemaking Services • Companions • Medication Management

• • • • •

Homemaking Private Duty Nursing or Home Health Aides PDA and VA Services Long Term Care Insurances Worker’s Compensation

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(412) 279-2257 412-279-2257

Kpoeschel@gallagherhhs.com

Our Home Health Division can provide you with Skilled Services ordered by your physician and generally paid for by your insurance company. This may include: • • • • • • •

Skilled Nursing Mental Health Nursing

Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy Speech Therapy Social Work Home Health Aides

Do you have questions? Call us at

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What’s in? Three types of food with a healthy twist

By Judy Dodd, MS, RD, LDN Giant Eagle Nutrition Specialist For Pittsburgh Senior News

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ast month we focused on the overall components of a healthy lifestyle. Smart food choices and safe-for-you activity and exercise are basics. This month we will more closely look at specific foods that are definitely “in” when it comes to nutritional interest. Following food trends (and sorting the trends from the fads) can be a full-time activity. Celebrity chefs, media MDs and talk show teams are driving some of the information and confusion. As mentioned in last month’s column, major changes in your diet (like eliminating a

A good example is the idea of adding fiber to your diet . . . a sensible and welldocumented recommendation for controlling weight, blood sugar and, to put it bluntly, bowel function. Fiber is found in grains, fruits and vegetables naturally and in forms most of us can handle. But when you start overeating fiber, expect some potential changes as to how your body will react. A registered dietitian, along with your medical doctor, can help with how much, how often and what kind. Now, on to some trendy foods with merit and some “go easy” notes: Beans, lentils . . . in other words, legumes. Here we are talking fiber along with protein with healthy or nofat, something animal sources of protein can’t promise. Knowing how to cook these budget-conscious foods is

important. Crock pots are great but buying canned beans makes it easy. Choose those canned without added salt or drain and rinse to remove about 40 percent of the sodium. Check GiantEagle. com for a great Mediterranean lentils recipe. The “go easy” comes with digestion, especially if you haven’t enjoyed them over the years. Start with small amounts.

vitamin K, which can be a problem for those of us on anticoagulant medications. For those who can enjoy it, kale is great cooked or raw; and kale chips are definitely “in” and easy to make!

Kale . . . and other greens.

Another fiber source, low in calories and sodium (unless you add it) and a good source of nutrients. One cup of kale is 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber (more than a lot of cereals) and 15 percent of the daily recommendation for calcium. A source of beta-carotene, 200 percent of vitamin C, as well as lutein, kale earns a place as a nutrition powerhouse— but it is also super-high in

Greek yogurt. This calciumand protein-rich dairy food hits the mark as a snack, meal addition or ingredient. Try the zero- or two-percentfat versions. It is great plain as a base for nutrient-rich smoothies or a replacement for sour cream (with the benefits of nutrition) in potato salad, dips and sandwich toppings. When you buy it, check out the protein amount; you will find this is a great addition to the meatless meal to increase nutrition. For more information, send your questions to nutrition@ shrs.pitt.edu. PSN

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June 2013

Scott Transitional Care Unit: Your bridge back home

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ometimes, individuals need a little help with the transition from the hospital to home. Kane Regional Centers’ Scott Transitional Care Unit (TCU) serves as a bridge back home and back to health. As part of a long-term plan to provide a broader range of services, Kane Regional Center in Scott Township opened this TCU, which is designed to provide short-term intensive rehabilitation services to patients who have just been released from the hospital but aren’t yet ready to return home. “We’ve always provided rehabilitation, but not on a dedicated unit,” says Dennis Biondo, executive director of Kane Regional Centers. The TCU provides 26 private rooms with private baths, a physical therapy gymnasium, and its own dedicated therapy staff so that patients can receive physical, occupational and speech therapy without leaving the unit. Patients will be referred to the TCU by their doctors for stays of up to 28 days. The mission of TCU is focused on concentrated rehabilitation and results for adults with complex medical, restorative or rehabilitative needs. If you have been hospitalized for joint replacement, bone fracture, heart attack, stroke or other temporarily debilitating conditions, need strength training following chemotherapy/ radiation treatment or need IV antibiotics, the Scott TCU could be right for you.

All patients receive special treatment at Scott TCU. The doctors make daily rounds to ensure that each patient is progressing toward their health and wellness goals as quickly as possible. They also receive personal attention from the TCU staff to make sure they are comfortable in their own private room, complete with private bath, television and phone. Family members and friends, and even pets, can visit. There is also a library, chapel, personal care area on site. An individualized care plan for each patient is developed and coordinated by Kane’s interdisciplinary team of professionals. Services include:

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* Physician Managed Care * Skilled Nursing Services * Pain Management * Physical and Occupational Therapy * Nutrition Management * Speech Language Pathology * Therapeutic Recreation * Social Services To learn more, call Kane Regional Center Admissions at (412) 422-5263.


June 2013

Kane nurses speak at advanced wound care symposium in Denver

Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse Diane Heasely.

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wo nurses from the Kane Regional Centers were asked to be presenters at the Society on Advanced Wound Care’s
spring conference in Denver, Colorado last month. Diane Heasely, wound care specialist for all four Kane Regional Centers, and Melissa Barcic, Kane Scott’s director of nursing, each spoke to attendees at the prestigious symposium on the topic of “evaluation of efficacy and cost of leg wound dressings.”

Kane Regional Centers Care and Services No matter what type of care your loved one may need, Kane is dedicated to providing your family with peace of mind by offering our complete personal and professional attention on every level:

The Kane Regional Centers have a total of 11 certified wound care nurses. These specialists work closely with the residents, families and other staff to understand every stage of a wound and provide the necessary care at each stage. They develop individualized, outcome-driven wound plans that allow for better patient discharge planning and also reduce the patient’s level of discomfort. This advanced wound care program is part of a two-year project at Kane that was designed to support the development of both a preventive skin care

program and advanced wound care treatment program. The endeavor was made possible by a two-year, $200,000 grant from the Highmark Foundation in 2010. 
A portion of the Highmark Foundation grant funded the hiring of Diane, a certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse, or WOCN. In this role, Diane has helped to further develop and refine treatment protocols that have resulted in lower facility acquired wounds and faster healing rates. 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 honors healthcare teams for achievements in improving the quality, safety and efficiency in transitions of care. If you or a family member are having difficulty healing a wound or are contemplating surgery that may potentially require advanced wound healing, consider the Kane Regional Centers for your skilled nursing needs. For more information, call Bill LaLonde at (412) 292-8069. PSN

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“Many times, a technology is ignored because of the initial cost of the item,” Diane explains. “This study took into consideration nursing time, as well as the cost of traditional items utilized to do care and the frequency of that care. The cost savings of using this boot for heavily draining legs was astounding! It took dressing changes from two to three times a day down to once every three to five days. Dignity, comfort and cost containment were achieved.”

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What is new and happening at AARP of Pennsylvania?

By Barbara Bush AARP Communications Specialist For Pittsburgh Senior News Bill Johnston-Walsh has been newly named AARP’s state director. He will lead the way to advance Pennsylvania in advocacy, community and educational outreach. Bill began his AARP career in 2000 as an associate state director; he left this position to spend six years as the deputy secretary in the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, where he managed much of the agency’s day-to-day operations.

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General’s Office, where he was responsible for fraud education. He also formerly served as executive director of the Older American Caucus for the United States House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Aging.

important to adults ages 50 to 64 who have lost their jobs, are struggling to find new ones and can’t get affordable medical insurance. Expanding Medicaid in Pennsylvania will do the following:

In 2008 Bill rejoined AARP as manager of community service. Those who work with Bill are aware how fortunate seniors are to have this gentleman who brings an incredible talent, knowledge and compassion to the state director position. He will be an asset in improving the lives and dignity of older adults.

• Help tens of thousands of 50- to 64-year-olds who’ve lost their jobs or are in jobs without health benefits, but don’t currently qualify for Medicaid health coverage.

AARP state advocacy manager Ray Landis and associate state director of communications Steve Gardner disclose the important legislative agenda for Pennsylvania advocacy in June— including the subsidized expansion of Medicare and the Pennsylvania Lottery funding necessary for home and community based senior assistance services. As the governor and legislators in Harrisburg negotiate a state budget that must be in place by July 1, AARP is encouraging older adults to contact their elected officials immediately to ensure two important issues are addressed in the final state spending plan.

Bill Johnston-Walsh Additionally, Bill served the public sector, directing the Public Education and Information unit for the Pennsylvania Attorney

Agree to have Pennsylvania accept a federally subsidized expansion of the Medicaid program. AARP believes that everyone should have access to affordable healthcare. This issue is particularly

• Provide those without insurance access to preventative care that can save lives, reduce the need for expensive emergency room care, and ease emergency room overcrowding that threatens us all. • Boost the economy at no cost to the state, create jobs, and help the hospitals that serve Pennsylvania residents keep their doors open without losing the doctors and nurses we depend on. Increase Pennsylvania Lottery funding for home and community based senior assistance services. Governor Corbett’s 2013-14 budget proposals include an additional $50 million to lottery-funded home and community care programs,

representing an important first step towards giving seniors what they want and improving the balance between nursing home care and less expensive alternatives that allow older adults to remain at home. It’s important to note that the $50 million increase doesn’t use tax revenues; it’s paid for with proceeds from the PA Lottery, which is enjoying a record revenue year. This much needed increase will help address significant waiting lists for services caused by five years of stagnant funding. Christmas in July: Presents for Patients See my column next month for news of our big Christmas in July gala. AARP volunteers will once again be at the Shoppes at Northway (formerly Northway Mall) for a full week starting July 15. Gather your items to donate and see if you can free your calendar and give some time to come in and help make this an extra special holiday event. To volunteer, contact Bill Campbell at (412) 655-2843 or me at (412) 761-1549. PSN

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Dormont AARP #3016 will meet at noon June 13 at Dormont Presbyterian Church, 2865 Espy Ave. South Hills. A covered-dish lunch with a Hawaiian-Luau theme will be provided to all dues-paid members following regular business and installation of new officers. A surprise special guest speaker has been invited. Theme attire encouraged. Openings still

available for the Bermuda Cruise, May 7-17 2014, call Dorothy at (412) 207-0770. East Liberty AARP #2612 will meet at noon June 17 at Crossroads Church, 325 N. Highland Ave. There will be bingo after the meeting. Members may bring a covered dish. Call (412) 363-1662. Glenshaw AARP #3744 will hold their installation dinner at 5 p.m. June 11 at Hampton Banquet Hall, 5416 Route 8, Gibsonia. There will also be dancing and entertainment by Joe Marotta. Moon Area AARP #3451 will meet at 1 p.m. June 27 at Sharon Presbyterian Church, 522 Carnot Rd.,

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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

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H.A. English and Associates, P.C. Attorneys at Law

Hal English Attorney Since 1987

• Estate Administration • Special Needs Trusts • Power of Attorney • Guardianships

• Medicaid Planning • Elder Law • Probate • Wills

Main Office: (412) 931-6300 3111 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237 Hampton Office: (412) 486-1923 4000 Mt. Royal Blvd. and Duncan Ave., Allison Park, PA 15101

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Birmingham AARP #2757 will meet at 12:30 p.m. June 26 at Birmingham United Church of Christ, 25 Carrick Ave. Musical entertainer Trina Januar will perform. There will be bingo after the meeting. Coffee, tea and pastries will be served for a donation. Visitors are welcome.

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Looking back at Forbes Field By Henry P. Gribbin For Pittsburgh Senior News

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n the spring of 1961, about two weeks prior to my seventh birthday, my father took me to my first Pirate baseball game at Forbes Field. With this being my first visit to a ballpark and never having seen the game on television, I had no idea what to expect. I just remember wearing a Pirate warm-up jacket and carrying along my glove. We took the streetcar to the game and got off one block from the park. We walked to the ticket window and my dad bought two tickets; box seats, third base side. When we walked through the gate we were thrust into a dark corridor amid hundreds of people going to and fro. I took hold of my dad’s hand as we wound our way through the crowd. When we emerged into the sunlight I was startled by what looked like a sea of bright green grass. There, in left field, was the biggest clock I had ever seen sitting atop a hand-operated scoreboard. During the course of the game, I was fascinated whenever a human arm appeared out of the blue and replaced one number with another. Over the years I got to know Forbes Field well. There were certain things about it that always seemed to mesmerize me, such as how the shadows fell across the field, the way cigarette smoke drifted up into the rafters. I liked

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listening to the low, hypnotic murmur of the crowd. But above all I loved the hotdogs sold at Forbes Field. There was something special about them. Perhaps it was the ballpark atmosphere that made them taste so good. That particular day, my father and I enjoyed ourselves. When we arrived home, my mother asked how I enjoyed my day. My dad said I like the hotdogs more than I did the game. The end came for Forbes Field in June of 1970. I was there when the Pirates swept the Cubs in a double-header, the last games played there. Later that summer I drove past Forbes Field with a couple of friends. A gate was open so

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we stopped to take a look. The grass was high and the infield overrun with weeds. The park looked bad. We left with the intention of returning with ball and gloves to play catch but we never made it. To this day I regret not going back for our impromptu game. Thinking back, the destruction of that old ballpark signaled the end of my childhood. There would be no more little league games, and it would be 16 years before my father and I would attend another Pirate game together. I miss Forbes Field, and judging from the conversation I’ve had with people who witnessed games there, I am not alone. PSN

OpeningCoalition Soon Northside

1621 Lincoln Avenue • Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Northside Coalition Senior Housing

Now accepting Housing Applications. Age 62 and older or Mobility Impaired.

1500 Brighton Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Section 8 assistance available to those who qualify. Rent reduced to 30% of tenant income.

20% Income Limits: 1 Person $9,100; 2 Person $10,400 50% Income Limits: 1 Person $22,750; 2 Person $26,000 60% Income Limits: 1 Person $27,300; 2 Person $31,200 • Newly renovated spacious efficiencies and 1 bedroom apartments • Carpet and central air conditioning • Controlled building entry • Emergency call systems in units • On-site service coordinator • Community room/planned activities • On-site laundry facilities

RENT ASSISTED HOUSING FOR PERSONS AGED 62 OR OLDER 1 BEDROOM APARTMENTS EQUIPPED KITCHEN, W/W CARPETING, A/C, WINDOW COVERINGS, COMMUNITY, COMPUTER ROOM & LAUNDRY FACILITY, SECURE INTERCOM ACCESS, PUBLIC TRANS $22,050/yr. 2 Persons…$23,150/yr $25,200/yr. Income Limits Apply: 1 Person…$20,250/yr;

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Senior Apartment Accepting Applications 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 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Milliones Manor Apartments 2827 Bedford Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219

• Card Entry Access ‑ Intercom System

• All household members must be 62 years of age or older. • Income restrictions apply.

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1015 Crucible St. West End, PA 15220

• Income limitations apply. Come see all that we have to offer!

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Remember when gum was a penny? Gum used to be a penny. Gas was 39¢ a gallon and you were a young tyke. Things change. But at the Roosevelt Arms, service and quality are still #1. Come see why we are almost full! • 1 BR starting at $703 • All utilities included • Section 8 subsidy accepted • Accessible units available • Across from Heinz Hall

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Uptown Ebenezer Tower Apartments 420 Dinwiddie Street, Pgh, PA. 15219

Mon.-Fri. 9 am to 5 pm EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY

Lloyd McBride Court 614 Lincoln Ave. Millvale, PA 15209 • Affordable housing for seniors 62 years of age and older.

John Paul Plaza 62 years of age and older

Each unit features • 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

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Laurentian Hall Apartments

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412-784-8344 Auba Senior Citizens’ Apartments Located in the Hill District, efficiency and one bedroom apartments available • Located on bus line • Laundry facilities • All utilities included • Convenient to health care facilities, cultural activities and shopping • Section 8 vouchers accepted Must be 55 years of age or older Contact (412)

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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,

• ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED • FREE PARKING • EVENING MEALS CATERED BY NOVA CAFE • ELEVATOR BUILDING • ON BUS LINE

based on income

• FREE LAUNDRY ON EVERY FLOOR

• Income limitations apply.

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Sec. 8 available/ Income limits apply

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Lovely updated units. 1BR $590-620+e includes central AC & heat. Elevator, laundry, social room. Parking garage available.

Now accepting applications

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810 Wood St., Wilkinsburg

1 Person: $22,050 2 Persons: $25,200

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3000 Locust St., Pittsburgh, PA 15221 Hours: Mon-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

• HUD subsidized rent

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

• Residents 55 plus or Disabled/Handicapped

certifications accepted.

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

based on income

• Affordable Living ‑ Rent Based on Income • 24 Hour Emergency Maintenance Service • Hair Salon

• Section 8 vouchers and

West Lake APARTMENTS

• HUD subsidized rent

• Laundry Facilities on Each Floor • Air Conditioning • Lunch Program Available • Off Street Parking

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• Equipped Kitchen ‑ Frost-free Refrigerator • Community Room ‑ Lounge Areas ‑ Billiard Room

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• One Bedroom and Large Efficiency Apartments • Wall to Wall Carpeting • Public Transportation at Door

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

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3710 Brighton Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Brinton Towers Apartments

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

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Rent is 30% of Income

925 California Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15202

laundry facilities, and community room.

7130 Frankstown Avenue • 62 Years or Physically Disabled 18 and over • Access to Public Transportation • Balcony • 1 Bedroom Apartment • WW Carpeting • Rent based on Section 8 • Equipped Kitchen • White Sheer Drapes • Laundry Facilities • Intercom System • On-Site Management • Community Room • Outside Sitting Areas

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From our readers

Crossword Puzzle answer on page 2

I created the unusual Sudoku puzzle (below) and would like its first printing to be in the Pittsburgh Senior News. It should attract many local Sudoku fans. They would find it quick and fun. The puzzle’s answers should not be printed. I have resided in the Pittsburgh area for 67 years, mostly in Monroeville. I am 93, will be 94 in July. Sincerely, Sid Sid’s Science Sudoku You need to solve the puzzle below to obtain the final alphabetic Sudoku, which is the puzzle’s answer. Simple? No. The first obstacle is the number of letters shown, only these eight: ENLMRSTY. One letter is missing. ©King Features

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ACROSS 1 Temperate 5 Owns 8 Lovers’ quarrel 12 Sandwich treat 13 Final (Abbr.) 14 Small combo 15 “Desperate Housewives” actress Eva 17 Cincinnati team 18 Ingratiate 19 Warehouse pile 21 Pigpen 22 Deck for a 10-count 23 Wife of Saturn 26 Embrace 28 Become one 31 Addict 33 Shell game item 35 “My Heart Will Go On” singer 36 Ring-worm 38 Egypt’s boy king 40 Toss in 41 Transmit 43 Afternoon party 45 “Jane Eyre” author 47 Do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, do 51 Mongolian tent 52 Great bliss 54 Mideastern potentate 55 Fields or Butterworth 56 Villain’s look 57 Fix, in a way 58 Crafty 59 Young woman

DOWN 1 Double agent 2 Press 3 Give for a time 4 Venetian magistrates 5 “Get a move on!” 6 Foreman foe 7 Pile 8 Wandered off 9 Transvaal city 10 Staffer 11 Pitch 16 Inauguration recitation 20 Ewe’s mate 23 No longer stylish 24 Omega preceder 25 Brain’s stimulus receptors 27 Understand 29 Deity 30 Conclude 32 Space flight conclusion 34 Job for a medical examiner 37 Pismire 39 Georgia — 42 Considers 44 Coral circle 45 Tourney situations 46 Derriere 48 Vicinity 49 Competes 50 Corn spikes 53 Web address

Act like a science person and let the unknown be x, then complete the Sudoku with that. When you have solved for the unknown letter, place the correct letter in all nine x positions. One of those positions will show Sid’s special nine letter science word. Will that word be on one of the nine horizontal lines? No. On one of the vertical lines? None of the above. Then you must be able to see that word in one of the nine 3 by 3 components of the final Sudoku. Find the missing letter and find the location of Sid’s science word.

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Kennywood Trivia

Answer the questions correctly for a chance to win $30 cash. 1. What town is Kennywood located in? _________________________________________________

6. What river does Kennywood overlook? _________________________________________________

2. Which of Kennywood’s rides was built for the 1939 World’s Fair? _________________________________________________

7. What was the original name of the Thunderbolt, one of Kennywood’s wooden coasters? _________________________________________________

3. What was Kennywood’s first upside-down roller coaster? _________________________________________________

8. What is the new name of the Steel Phantom, formerly the world’s steepest and fastest roller coaster? _________________________________________________

4. What was Kennywood’s first ride? _________________________________________________

9. What was Kennywood’s first million-dollar ride? _________________________________________________

5. What is the name of Kennywood’s annual parade? _________________________________________________

10. What is the most popular eatery in Kennywood? _________________________________________________

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_______________________________________________ Age__________ Address___________________________________ ___________________________________________ Phone_____________________________________

Congratulations to Adele Rogers who won last month’s contest. The answers were: 1. (A) All of these; 2. (B) No; 3. (D) Turdus Migratorius; 4.(A) True; 5. (C) Early in the morning; 6. (B) Large; 7. (D) Yellow; 8. (B) No; 9. (B) A thrush; 10. (A) Yes.

HARRISON HI RISE Senior Apartments

Gable Ridge

2006 Broadview Blvd., Natrona Heights, PA 15065

Rent Assistance

Harrison Hi Rise is a Secure Apartment building conveniently located near shopping and public transportation.

Amenities Include: All Utilities

Community Room

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Individual Balcony

Community Life Services

Laundry Facilities

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Call (724) 224-4571 for more information.

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 u

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Senior Resources

Following is a list of resources that are relevant to issues effecting seniors. We are providing this as an easy reference for information that you may need now or in the future. AARP: www.aarp.org. The National site for AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons), a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people, ages 50 years and older. Call 1 (888) 687-2277. Alzheimer’s Association: www.alzpa.org. Programs and services for individuals and families coping with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. Call 1 (800) 272-3900. Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging: www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/aaa. Gives detailed information on aging programs. Call SeniorLine at (412) 350-5460; Toll Free – 1 (800) 344-4319; TDD – (412) 350-2727

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Fish cost a fortune

Benefits Checkup: www.benefitscheckup.org. An online questionnaire to help search for a list of all state and federal benefits.

Two Virginians go on a fishing trip. They rent all the equipment - the reels, the rods, the wading suits, the rowboat, the car, and even a cabin in the woods. They spent a fortune!

COMPASS (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Application for Social Services): www.compass.state.pa.us. Enables Pennsylvania citizens to apply for social services programs online. Call 1 (800) 692-7462.

The first day they go fishing, but they don’t catch anything. The same thing happens on the second day, and on the third day. It goes on like this until finally, on the last day of their vacation, one of the men catches a fish.

Eldercare Locator: www.eldercare.gov. Contains information on the complete array of services and programs of interest for older adults. Call 1 (800) 677-1116.

As they’re driving home they’re really depressed. One guy turns to the other and says, “Do you realize that this one lousy fish we caught cost us fifteen hundred bucks?”

Government Benefits: www.GovBenefits.gov. The official benefits website of the government that connects people in need to government assistance programs. Call 1 (800) 333-4636.

The other guy says, “Wow! Then it’s a good thing we didn’t catch any more!”

Medicare: www.medicare.gov. The official government site for Medicare consumer information. Call 1 (800) 633-4227.

Purchasing a turkey

Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center: www.pahunger.org. A non profit organization working to end hunger and ensure food security for all Pennsylvanians. The link for Pennsylvania food programs provides information on various nutrition resources in our state. Call 1 (800) 634-2033.

A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?” The stock boy replied, “No ma’am, they’re dead.” Taken from www.ahajokes.com.

Pennsylvania Long-Term Care: www.helpinpa.state.pa.us. Provides long-term care information on available service options, including home care, public and private financing of those options, and other issues. Call 1 (866) 286-3636.


Affordable, Comfortable Retirement Living Rent is based on income. Age 62 or Mobility Impaired An affiliate of National Church Residences

Bellefield Dwellings Historic building located in the Oakland Civic Center 1 & 2 bedroom apartments available Located on a bus line, convenient to shopping, cultural activities and health care facilities. Building with on-site laundry and roof garden.

Income-based rent, Section 8 with utilities included. Applications accepted daily from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 4400 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 *MUST BE 62 YEARS OR OLDER OR DISABLED* (412) 621-1132

Elliott Heights

1110 Steuben St., Pittsburgh, PA 15220 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 (412) 920-7181 Rent is based on income. HUD subsidized.

ORMSBY MANOR APARTMENTS 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 www.baptisthomes.org

(Mt. Oliver)

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 1 (800) 238-7555

Mon.-Fri. 9 am to 5 pm EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY

The Rapp Funeral Home, Inc. 10940 Frankstown Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15235 (412) 241-5415 Fax: (412) 241-0312

Bernadette L. Rose Supervisor

Call (412) 241-5415

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Riverview Manor 1500 LeTort St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 • (412) 734-0741 Dave Carlton • (Property Manager)

Entertainers

Great songs sweetly sung-musical theater, big band, ethnic and folk, oldies, operetta and opera. Catherine Bomstein (412) 600-0577. 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. 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 almazing.com. 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 jaygarber@verizon.net. Laughter Yoga-Laugh your socks off without jokes. Call (412) 271-7660 or visit compassionatelaughter.net. 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 lesshe403@verizon.net. 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; www.edwardomusic.com. Eddie Ace: Magician and Comedian. Guaranteed Fun Show. (412) 462-1557. Speakers Available: Senior Lifestyle Connections. Exploring senior living options. Stan (724) 787-7030. 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.

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This is Mary. She has her own cook, waiters, chauffer, laundress, housekeeper, maintenance man, and landscaper. How can she afford all of this? She lives at

The Gardens of Lincoln Court! She now has the time to do the things that she actually enjoys! Things like  watching movies in the private movie theater  reading in the library  crafts in the activities room  relaxing in the courtyard gardens  or just enjoying the company of others in 30,000 ft² of common space

Experience what Mary has. Schedule your tour today!

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