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Harry White keeps busy at LIFE Pittsburgh, where he socializes with friends and enjoys activities like the book discussion group.

LIFE Pittsburgh serves as a tremendous resource for local older adults By Gina Mazza For Pittsburgh Senior News Before Harry White, 71, was released from a hospital stay 11 years ago, a social worker there told him about a community based long-term care program called LIFE Pittsburgh. Harry enrolled immediately and, true to its name, the program has since given Harry a renewed lease on life.

“LIFE Pittsburgh has helped me in every way—medically, socially and otherwise,” Harry says. “It’s a sensational program and I’m blessed to be a part of it.” LIFE Pittsburgh provides allinclusive medical care, adult day and home care at no cost to qualified older adults like Harry who wish to remain independent in their own

homes. Since the program was initiated in 1997, LIFE Pittsburgh (an acronym for Living Independence for the Elderly) has enabled 1,285 older adults in Allegheny County to avert nursing facility placement and live in the comfort and safety of their own residences.

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Steelers former head coach Chuck Noll profiled in book. See page 6.

Read page 8 to learn how Walmart grant supports local Meals on Wheels program.


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It is with sadness that we report the passing of John Kostiuk, 95, of West Homestead on February 21. John was a longtime volunteer with Pittsburgh Senior News, delivering 200 papers each month to the AARP Homestead Chapter, Homestead Apartments and other locations. He loved to tell jokes and often provided Senior News with jokes to run in our monthly humor column. John was a US Army veteran of World War II and a retiree of the Union Railroad. He was a member of the Steel Valley Enterprise Zone and remained very active in his community. He was a beloved husband for 67 years to Julia (Kostik) Kostiuk, loving father of Luanne (Tim) Shufran and Gary Kostiuk, and grandfather to four grandchildren. Everyone at Senior News thanks you for your loyal service, John. We will miss you.


Annual quilt show attracts those who appreciate beautiful, artistic work  Do you ever wonder who creates those beautiful works of fabric art called quilts? It might just be your neighbor or someone else you know. Most members of the Three Rivers Quilt Guild live in Allegheny County and are women from varied backgrounds— teachers, homemakers, office workers, saleswomen, nurses, world travelers and more—who share a common thread in creating quilts. The guild holds an annual quilt show displaying more than 150 quilts. This year’s show will be held at the IBEW Circuit Center, Five Hot Metal Street on the South Side on March 27, 28 and 29. The event is a judged and juried show and draws quilters and visitors from all over the tri-state area—more than 1,600 visitors in total. While quilters are naturally drawn to the exhibit, the show attracts a large number of those who enjoy the artistic designs in fiber art in the gallery-type setting.  A raffle quilt based on the theme of the show is made and designed each year by members of the guild with the winner being drawn at the close of the show.  Tickets are available from members and at the show in March. The guild uses money raised for the promotion and preservation of the quilting arts.

Three Rivers Quilters is a nonprofit organization that promotes the art of quilting through special programs, classes and charitable projects. The guild meets regularly, usually on the third Tuesday of the month, at the Baldwin Community Methodist Church in the Caste Village area. Visitors are welcome to the meetings at any time. To learn more about guild membership, programs and volunteer opportunities, visit www.threeriversquilters.org/. For specific questions about the upcoming show, call Camille Autieri at (412) 2797751 or Pat Griffith at (412) 854-2010. PSN Visit our website at www.pittsburghseniornews.com

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Members annually make and donate over 100 quilts to area children’s and adult facilities in need of a bit of comfort and the splash of color provided by a personal quilt. They also work with Linus to donate quilts to local hospital neo-natal departments for those born prematurely. 

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Potential Cure for Hepatitis C By Caesar DeLeo, M.D. Medical Director, Gateway HealthSM For Pittsburgh Senior News

Are you at Risk?

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epatitis means “inflammation of the liver.” There are several causes of hepatitis, the majority of which are either alcohol related or virus related. Some viruses that attack the liver are preventable (types A and B) through immunizations. However, there is no immunization for hepatitis C. Viral hepatitis affects more than a half a billion persons worldwide, many of who are unaware they are infected. One million of those who are infected die each year, primarily from cirrhosis or liver cancer resulting from their hepatitis infections. Some persons have no symptoms. When symptoms first occur, they are much like those of the flu. Many of those who are chronically infected are unaware of their infection as the virus can go 20 to 30 years before the development of symptoms. Symptoms can include jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), loss of appetite, dark urine and pale stools. The disease is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer, and the leading reason for liver transplantation.

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In the United States the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 150,000 new cases of hepatitis C diagnosed each year and a total of 3 million Americans who may have this disease in its chronic form. The CDC also recommends that all U.S. Baby Boomers, and others at risk get tested for hepatitis C. Chronic hepatitis C is a destructive unwanted guest. Infected persons typically do not know they are infected for years until they begin to show signs of liver damage and failure. At that point treatment options become limited. Some may need a liver transplant;

You may be at increased risk if you have had:

however, livers are in high demand and short supply. In the U.S. there are 17,000 persons on liver transplant lists, yet only 6,000 livers become available every year. Up until recent years there were few treatments and effectiveness was not great. Now there are new and more effective treatments that can lead to cure. These drug treatments can have unpleasant side effects and can be expensive. Treatment for hepatitis C is a serious undertaking but one that can lead to cure and a longer healthier life for many persons. Getting checked is recommended if: you are a baby boomer (born 19451965), have a history of any injection or nasal street drug use, have had multiple sex partners, received a tattoo in an unregulated setting, have a diagnosis of HIV, were born to a parent with known hepatitis C, were ever incarcerated, was ever on hemodialysis or received a transfusion blood product prior to July 1992. If you or a loved one has never been checked and fall into one of the above categories, there has never been a better time to talk to your doctor about being checked. Do it for yourself, your children, your relatives and friends. Hepatitis C is not spread by kissing, hugging, sneezing, coughing, or sharing food, eating utensils or glasses. Since it can be transmitted through blood, it’s important to cover any wounds and clean all surfaces that come into contact with infected blood. And, don’t share razors, toothbrushes or nail clippers.

4 Blood clotting products before 1987 4 Long-term kidney dialysis treatment 4 Tattoos or body piercings 4 Injected illicit drugs, especially shared needles 4 Sex with partners who have other sexually transmitted diseases or, 4 You are a healthcare worker injured by a needle stick. Specific treatments for hepatitis C will be determined by your physician based on your age, medical history and the extent of your disease. If you need to be evaluated for a liver transplantation, you will be referred to a transplant hepatologist, who specializes in diagnosis and treatment of liver diseases. You may undergo a battery of tests to determine the extent of your liver disease and placed on certain medicines to help keep your liver working until a transplanted organ becomes available. If it is determined that you are a candidate for liver transplantation, you will be placed on the national transplant registry (waiting list) and provided with instructions on what to do when the hospital calls you for surgery. The good news is, preventive care and testing can help you from developing serious complications from the disease. Successful treatments can save your life and newer medicines are even on the market today that eliminate the virus from the body. Take care of yourself and make an appointment with your primary care physician. We can all do our part to reduce the incidence of hepatitis C. PSN


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Steelers former head coach Chuck Noll profiled in new book

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have great respect and admiration for him,” O’Brien notes. “He is like the stern and demanding teacher you had in school that you come to appreciate as you get older and wiser.”

he Pittsburgh Steelers’ Hall of Fame football coach Chuck Noll has this to say about retirement: “When you are retired, you wake up in the morning with nothing to do, and when you go to bed at night, you have half of it done.”

The book also features Butler County’s own Terry Hanratty, who starred as quarterback at Butler Area High School and was an All-American at Notre Dame before being drafted by the Steelers in 1969. He and Art Rooney Jr. share the opinion that Noll is the most important person in Steelers’ history. “They were mediocre for the first 40 years and they have been winners for the last 40 years,” Hanratty comments in the book. “Noll taught the Rooneys how to run a winning football organization.”

Some other Nollisms: “You only get what you demand.” “If you are even thinking about retiring, it’s time to retire.” He is self-deprecating about his perceived lack of humor: “Germans are not good at telling jokes.” Noll is an admirable fellow, a decent moral man, a good husband and father, and faithful to his Catholic upbringing. He turned 82 this January and has some health challenges that restrict his mobility, as well as some memory loss. He and his wife, Marianne, live in Bonita Springs, Florida. He remains the only coach to claim four Super Bowl championships. All of this and much more is detailed in the new book, Chuck Noll: A Winning Way, by Pittsburgh-based sports writer and historian Jim O’Brien. The 640-page book includes 32 pages of full-color photos interspersed with interviews by many of the star players from the Steelers of the 1970s. They share stories about their interactions with Noll over the years. “They find themselves quoting their old coach from time to time, and most of them

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Terry Bradshaw and Chuck Noll have a serious discussion.

Chuck Noll: A Winning Way is the 22nd book that O’Brien has written on Pittsburgh sports subjects. His “Pittsburgh Proud” series and other works include The Chief: Art Rooney and His Pittsburgh Steelers, Immaculate Reflections, and stories on a variety of other Pittsburgh sports teams and personalities—from Franco Harris to Roberto Clemente. O’Brien’s books are easy to read and are suitable for all ages.

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Steeler Terry Hanratty.

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Marianne and Chuck Noll.

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Dan Rooney introduces new coach Chuck Noll in January 1969.


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Walmart grant supports local Meals On Wheels program

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Pennsylvania. “Fighting hunger is one of our top priorities. We’re committed to helping the communities where we operate. Walmart has more than a dozen stores and thousands of associates in western Pennsylvania.”

The agency purchased a van with part of a $65,000 grant award through the Walmart Foundation’s Pennsylvania State Giving Program. According to John Dickey, president & CEO of Lutheran Service Society, the purpose of the van goes beyond transporting food. He states, “When people see the van out in the community, we want them to be reminded of the difference we are making in their neighborhood through Meals On Wheels – hopefully spurring them to donate, volunteer, or refer someone in need to our program.”

Ten of those associates from the company’s West Mifflin store are scheduled to volunteer with the MOW program on March 6 as part of the celebration of the van’s unveiling. After a brief tour of Lutheran Service Society’s regional MOW kitchen in Clairton, the associates will plate and package meals for 30 local clients. The first destination of the new van after the ceremonial unveiling will be to the home of Margaret Popko, who volunteered with MOW for 36 years until she enrolled in the Move-in to program herself.

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Margaret Popko.

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Meals on Wheels site manager Rob Zombek prepares to take the van on a delivery run. provides MOW throughout Allegheny and Beaver counties, as well as in the Grove City area. “The ultimate beneficiaries of this grant award are our local seniors,” comments Patty Davidson, chief development officer for Lutheran Service Society. “The van and the additional funding provided by the Walmart Foundation are working directly in our Meals On Wheels program to help more seniors who are unable to grocery shop or cook for themselves.”

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Meals on Wheels program manager Michelle Taylor, food preparer Linda Way and volunteer Noreen Lohr.

Meals on Wheels Jan Kleiser loads the van. Margaret notes, “I don’t know what people would do without [Meals On Wheels]. You can’t imagine how much people appreciate it. A lot of people are lonely, and all they want is a visit. People can’t get out; they wait for Meals On Wheels.”

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LIFE Pittsburgh serves as a tremendous resource for local seniors Continued from page 1 Last month, the program commemorated its 16th anniversary since enrolling its first participant. “I wanted to create a healthcare environment that was different from what we have known,” says CEO Joann Gago. “Our goal is for all LIFE Pittsburgh participants to receive the very best care from dedicated geriatric care professionals without sacrificing their independence. We go beyond simply treating medical problems to actually improving the quality of life for most of our participants. It’s about minimizing the physical, emotional and financial limitations of aging that can often take away freedom from older adults.” Day Health Centers At the core of LIFE’s coordinated plan of care is its Day Health Centers, where participants receive hot meals and nutrition support, social services, primary and specialty medical care, spiritual nurturance and fellowship. The program provides participants with transportation to and from its four Day Health Centers—three in the North Side area and one in Green Tree.

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Three times each week, Harry is picked up and dropped off right outside of his retirement residence on Mt. Washington. He recalls that after taking advantage of the free one-week trial period at the Allegheny Center location 11 years ago, he was hooked. “The activities they offer are outstanding. It’s very thorough in its emphasis. There’s arts and crafts, word games and, of course, bingo . . . because all of America plays bingo. I like to help my friend Barbara play. She has sight limitations and needs a little help. It’s so silent when we’re playing bingo that you can hear a pin drop! But my favorite thing is the book club every Wednesday. I love to read.” It’s also a terrific place for Harry and other participants to meet old friends and make new ones. “I’m particularly

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Harry enjoys the meals at LIFE’s Day Health Center located in Allegheny Center on the North Side. impressed with one lady we have who’s 103 and still on her feet. She’s amazing!” Another LIFE Pittsburgh participant, Margaret, had this to say: “Going to the center gives me a reason for getting up in the morning. They give me a purpose in life and make me feel special. The activities are great and help you meet people. The lunches are delicious. The staff is wonderful. I’m 76 and there are people from age 55 to 101, and everyone is treated with respect and kindness.” Aside from social activities, the centers offer recreational, physical, occupational and speech therapy. The physical therapy is especially helpful to Harry. Born with cerebral palsy, the exercise equipment helps to strengthen and stretch his lower extremities. “I walk in the parallel bars, and that helps me a lot,” he says. When needed, participants can get diagnostic and lab tests, hearing and eye care, dentistry and podiatry services right at the center. “It’s been really wonderful to be literally taken care of from head to toe,” Harry says. “Through LIFE, I have an eye doctor, a dentist, my medical doctor and a podiatrist. And everything is totally free.”

In-Home Care Beyond the Day Health Centers, LIFE Pittsburgh’s in-home program offers an array of supportive services right in participants’ homes according to their needs—such as, personal care, housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminders, home safety assessments, emergency care, transportation to medical appointments, and doctor and nurse visits, when needed. “It’s wonderful to have help with cleaning my apartment and doing the laundry,” Harry notes. “We believe that all older adults, not just a lucky few, deserve the highest quality of care from people who are passionate about providing it,” Joann says. Harry confirms this sentiment. “They are very dedicated people, that’s for sure,” he says. “They’ll move heaven and earth to get you whatever services you need, whenever you need them.” PSN LIFE Pittsburgh is headquartered at 681 Andersen Drive, Foster Plaza, Building 6 in Green Tree. To enroll or discuss eligibility, call (412) 388-8050 or email info@LIFEPittsburgh.org. To learn more about the program, visit www.LIFEPittsburgh.org.


LIFE Pittsburgh’s integrated team of physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, dieticians, home care workers and therapeutic recreation coordinators provide a wide array of services. 2 Primary medical and nursing care 2 Physical and occupational therapy 2 Recreational therapy programs that include things the individual likes to do 2 Individual and family counseling and health education

If you are financially eligible and meet the following enrollment criteria, there is no cost whatsoever as long as you stay within the LIFE Pittsburgh provider network. Healthcare services are provided without benefit limitations, co-pays or deductible requirements. Participants are financially responsible only for care not coordinated by LIFE Pittsburgh. Age 55 or older

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Entertainment and Events * Epiphany Catholic Church, 184 Washington Place, across from Chatham Center, offers a fish fry featuring “the biggest fish sandwich in town” every Friday through May from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information or place an order call (412) 471-1008.

* Primetimers 55+ of Christ Church at Grove Farm, 249 Duff Rd., Sewickley, will host a meeting at noon March 6 featuring the Banjo All Stars. There will also be a time for devotion and lunch will be available. Call Joanne at (412) 837-2801 for details.

* Get your taxes done for free at St. Athanasius Community Center, Seven Chalfonte Ave., West View, on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings through April 14. You qualify if your income was up to $50,000 for families or filing jointly; or up to $30,000 if filing as an individual. Call (412) 9316633 to schedule an appointment.

* A seniors lunch will be held at noon March 11 at Chabad of the South Hills Mt. Lebanon. Enjoy lunch, musical entertainment and a special Purim craft. $5 suggested donation. Wheelchair accessible. RSVP to Barb at (412) 278-2658 or emial barb@chabadsh.com.

* Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) will be available at The Bible Chapel, 300 Gallery Dr. McMurray, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are no appointments, walk-ins only. Call the IRS at (800) 829-1040 to find out what to bring and for more information.

* The Bridgeville Lifespan Senior Center, 601 McMillan St., Bridgeville, will host a spring vendor/craft show from 9 a.m. to noon March 12. Some vendors that will be in attendance include Avon, Tupperware, Lots of Love Sweets, Pink Zebra/Tastefully Simple Dove and many more. Call (412) 221-1566.

* A free health fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 14 at ManorCare Health Services of Pittsburgh, 550 S. Negley Ave. Call Danielle at (412) 325-4222 for details. * The Steel Valley Rotary Club announces its 14th annual dinner dance featuring Jimmy Sapienza’s Five Guys Named Moe at 6 p.m. March 15 at St. Johns Cathedral Hall, Munhall. Cost is $40 per person. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a cash bar. There will also be basket auctions and a 50/50. Call Jack at (412) 655-7500, ext. 336 or (412) 721-9978. * The Retired Men’s Luncheon Group of Pleasant Hills will meet at noon March 20 in the Fellowship Hall of the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Old Clairton Road and Audrey Drive in Pleasant Hills. The program will consist

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* Glenshaw AARP #3744 will host a trip to see Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds June 19 at PNC Park. Begin with breakfast at Eat ‘n Park, drive by the statue of Mazeroski before receiving a box of Crackerjacks and a $5 coupon for merchandise or food while at the game. Afterwards, the group will go to Steak ‘n Shake. Quest Coach transportation from Shaler Township, all taxes and gratuities included. Cost is $75 per person. Call (412) 487-1609 for more information. * Glenshaw AARP #3744 will host a trip to Branson, MO from October 7-12. Headliner comedian Yakov Smirnoff dinner show, Irish Tenors and Celtic Ladies show, Dixie Stampede dinner show; Pierce Arrow show (with dinner at Shorty Small’s beforehand), and the Oak Ridge Boys show. In addition, visit the award-winning Titanic Museum and shop at Branson Craft Mall with

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Cases of elder abuse continue to rise: How to recognize it and what you can do about it By Gina Mazza For Pittsburgh Senior News

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adine, 92, and Greg, 73, had known each other for years, as they were both residents in the same Allegheny County senior high rise. When Nadine eventually needed in-home help due to her medical condition, she hired Greg as her caregiver. In this role, Greg did many things over the years to endear himself to Nadine. She grew to trust and rely on him, even describing Greg as a very close friend. Nadine would have never imagined that Greg would take advantage of her.

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Nadine would routinely give Greg her credit card to purchase her groceries. She thought she was being cautious by asking him to use the card as a debit card to make these purchases (as opposed to giving him access to her PIN). All the while, Greg was making duplicate purchases—one for Nadine and another for himself—without any of the cashiers suspecting a problem. At home, Greg was controlling the inflow of Nadine’s mail, so she wasn’t able to review her bank statements. One day, Nadine went to the bank and was bewildered to discover that she didn’t have any money in her account. After the financial institution filed an anonymous report to the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging’s

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(DHS/AAA) Older Adult Protective Services hotline, an investigation was initiated. Yet even after evidence was obtained by police, and the theft and fraud were pointed out to Nadine, she was very reluctant to bring charges against Greg, saying she “didn’t want to get anyone in trouble.” Nadine also refused help because she “didn’t want the police coming to her apartment.”

and cognitively, they can become more susceptible to abuse, neglect and exploitation. And as Nadine’s story demonstrates, the signs of abuse aren’t always obvious. Some instances—such as physical abuse—can be overt and easy to spot, while others cases—such as psychological and financial exploitation—are more subtle and difficult to detect.

In January, Greg was arrested on 40 counts of checking forgery totally $20,000, fraudulent use of a credit card, theft by deception and other charges. He is currently serving time in jail.

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As disheartening as it is to think that these things happen, they do. As older adults continue to age and become more vulnerable physically

The Older Adults Protective Services Act was passed in Pennsylvania in 1987, and since DHS/ AAA began its Protective Services program in 1990, the number of reported cases has been on the rise. In its first year, 256 cases were documented; in 2013, 1,518 cases were reported. Nationwide, one in Volume 5, Issue 7


Financial exploitation, in particular, has come to the fore during the past five years of the nation’s economic downturn. “The number one threat is something like, ‘If you don’t give me your Social Security check, I’m going to put you in a nursing home’,” Don explains. “Our program offers hope and a way out. Help is available to put a stop to it, and that help can come in various ways, depending on what is appropriate for one’s particular situation.” Michelle Smart, division director of Protective and Supportive Services for Ursuline Senior Services in East Liberty, offers an example. “Just this week we had a case where an elderly woman had asked someone from her church to help her pay her bills. It just so happened that a neighbor saw her bumping into walls, called 911 for help and when the police went into her apartment, they noticed stacks of mail on the table. Her utilities had also been shut off. As it turns out, due to poor vision, she was unable to read her mail and pay her bills. The person she had asked for help was actually stealing her checks to pay his own bills, thinking that no one could see

him doing it so no one would notice. She was referred to Ursuline and we enrolled her in the AARP Money Management Program so her bills are paid on time. We also signed her up for the free Senior Reassurance Program. Now she receives a weekly call from a volunteer, who checks on her to make sure she is okay and see if there’s anything she needs.” What you can do about it Carol Catanzaro, a financial abuse investigator and consultant to DHS/ AAA, has witnessed an upsurge in elder abuse across all income levels in Allegheny County. The abuse typically occurs when a family member or someone who has continual access to the older adult intimidates, threatens or psychologically dominates him or her. “The majority of cases I see involve seniors who have various stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s, who are very ill or are easily confused,” Carol comments. “From that point, the exploitation can take many forms: Being forced to sign documents without proper counsel, not knowing what they’re signing, changing beneficiaries on their bank accounts or adding names to their accounts as a joint owner. Even if the senior is well, anyone with an improper motive can take advantage of someone who isn’t educated in what certain legal documents are and the consequences of signing them.” Again, DHS/AAA can help to cut short the abuse by educating seniors and getting more appropriate family members involved. In many cases, someone in the family or a

neighbor has already suspected that something is awry because they see signs in their friend or loved one: Sudden changes in mood or daily patterns, weight or health issues, utilities or the phone being shut off, missing mail or (like in Nadine’s case) unexplained charges on the senior’s debit/credit card. They may notice that the senior seems isolated or is talking in a guarded manner to people with whom he or she used to talk openly. What precautions can be taken to lessen the likelihood of abuse or exploitation? “Give serious consideration to whom you give power of attorney,” Carol advises. “Don’t assign POA to someone who you know is having money or employment problems. Reconsider whether to add another’s name to your bank accounts. Make sure you know what papers you are signing and why; have a friend, banker or attorney present when you do sign important paperwork. Make sure you look at your bank statements every month. Beware of phone and mail scams; even competent people can get drawn in because the scams are getting more sophisticated. Never, ever send money in the mail or give out your credit card information over the phone, and don’t cash checks that are sent to you by prize companies that claim to be valid; instead, take those checks to a bank, and have them determine their validity. And don’t put money down up front for contractors whom you hire to do work at your home; pay them when the job is done.” Continued on page 16 Volume 5, Issue 7

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seven older adults suffered some form of abuse in 2009, according to a recent survey. This increase in reported cases can be attributed to multiple factors, according to Don Grant, DHS/AAA’s supervisor of Protective Services. “There is more abuse and neglect out there, and at the same time, more people are aware of what neglect, abuse and exploitation are—so more people are willing to report it; they’re not closing their eyes to it.”

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Once you assign power of attorney, keep in mind that “having power of attorney doesn’t give that person permission to do whatever they want with your money—it has to be in your best interest,” explains Julie Capone, assistant district attorney at the Allegheny County DA’s Office. Julie has also noticed that elder abuse cases have quadrupled since she started working in the Elder Abuse Division in 2004. “I get calls every single day, and it’s usually family members doing it to their relatives,” she comments, also attributing the increase in reported cases to the economy and drug addiction. “Maybe [the perpetrator] doesn’t make enough money to pay their bills, so they start to take advantage of their family member, thinking no one will notice. In other cases, it’s a sibling rivalry, or family members fighting over the victim. These cases are particularly tough because even though a crime has been committed, oftentimes the victim doesn’t want to prosecute their own family member, or they fear being victimized more severely.” Be aware of even more subtle cases In certain cases, abuse comes in the form of neglect that is less intentional—for example, when a caregiver isn’t aware of the older adult’s changing needs or health condition,

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or has a lack of knowledge about what care could be given. Sometimes the caregiver’s inaction leads to the person being at risk and in need of protective services. Generally, leads come through a concerned citizen such as a neighbor, physician or pastor who notices that a senior is having difficulties. “When you see people who might be floundering in some area of their lives, you have the ability to effect positive change,” emphasizes Amy Dukes, director of Protective Services at Lutheran Service Society. “We offer senior center services and Meals on Wheels, and we often get calls from concerned members of those departments telling us of a client who just isn’t able to do as much as they used to and asking what is available to help them. Sometimes it is as simple as a referral for services; other times it’s a report to Protective Services. When we

receive reports of neglect, we go into the situation understanding that we are working with proud individuals who have been independent most of their lives. We work with them to set up services or make adjustments that will keep them safer but still as independent as possible. Many times people are willing to accept assistance but just don’t know that it is available or don’t know who to ask. We often find that people are overwhelmed to the point of inaction and we can help to get them moving forward again.”   A state mandate requires that all reports of abuse be kept confidential. In the most extreme cases, guardianship may be the answer. The term “guardianship” is a legal designation assigned to those who lack the capacity to make effective decisions about their own health, welfare, safety or finances. Volume 5, Issue 7


And finally, one of the most overlooked difficulties in identifying and reporting Protective Services cases is family dynamics. In many families, patterns of physical, psychological and financial abuse are so ingrained and taken for granted that they are regarded as part of the family norm or “culture.” In these cases, it is difficult even for the victim to regard what is happening to them as “abuse.” For this reason, it sometimes takes an unbiased observer, such as a neighbor or Protective Services worker, to realize what is going on. Everyone has a right to selfdetermination In the end, however, the law states that every individual has a right to self-determination; if the older adult consents to staying in the situation, even if it is detrimental to them, they

have a right to their decision. “Even if a senior is at imminent risk, if that person has the mental capacity to state what she wants, it is the person’s right to either accept or refuse help,” Don reiterates. “With the recent sub-zero temperatures, the toughest cases have been with people who want to stay in their homes even if they don’t have adequate heat. We do what we can but each individual has a right to decide what they want to do.” Every senior also has a right to the least restrictive alternative—which means that they have a right to live where they currently reside, if they choose. “The last thing we want is to do is take a senior out of his or her home,” Don says. “So we arrange for other options, such as bringing services into the home, contacting family members to help, connecting the senior with adult day care

services, or getting a Personal Response System that the individual can wear while at home.” Other options can include nurse consultations, psychological evaluations, financial management services, emergency shelter, legal services and assignment of guardianship. “We care about the health, safety and welfare of every senior who we investigate,” Don comments. “In the end, I always ask the question, ‘What if this were my own mother’?” From there, we offer help from that personal level.” To report any suspected abuse or neglect of an older adult in Allegheny County, call Older Adult Protective Services at (412) 3506905. Remember that the identity of those making a report is kept confidential. PSN

Signs of elder abuse and how to report it Elder abuse is often marked by recognizable warning signs that should be reported: Physical: Unexplained bruises, cuts, marks, fractures, swelling, welts, sunken eyes or pain. Neglect or self-neglect: Hoarding, malnourishment, dehydration, weight loss, bed sores, soiled clothes, lack of medical attention, failure to take pills or medications. Financial: Unpaid bills, sudden or unusual transfers of money or property to caregivers or unusually large financial transactions; overcharging for goods or services; missing property, money or checks. The Older Adult Protective Services Act uses the following criteria for elder abuse to help those filing a Report of Need on behalf of an older adult in Pennsylvania. The suspected victim of elder abuse: * must be age 60 or older and reside within the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth. * cannot perform or obtain, without help, services necessary to maintain physical or mental health. * has no responsible caretaker at the time of the report. * is at imminent risk of danger to person or property. Volume 5, Issue 7

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Emotional: Withdrawal, passivity, fear, guilt, hesitation to speak openly, denial of problems or depression.

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March Menu Friday, March 1: Swiss steak, whipped potatoes, green and wax beans, pineapple tidbits. Monday, March 3: Turkey, whipped potatoes, peas and carrots, fruit cocktail. Tuesday, March 4: Teriayki meatballs, parsley potatoes, tossed salad, apple. Wednesday, March 5: Cod with lemon pepper, macaroni and cheese, Italian stewed tomatoes and cabbage, cherry gelatin. Thursday, March 6: Pepper steak, scalloped potatoes, banana. Friday, March 7: Tuna baby pea salad, sweet slaw, mandarin oranges. Monday, March 10: Chicken breast, broccoli florets, rice pilaf, peach slices, oatmeal-raisin cookie. Tuesday, March 11: Meatloaf, cauliflower florets, baked yam, fruit cocktail. Wednesday, March 12: Shredded barbecue pork, potatoes, green beans, pineapple tidbits. Thursday, March 13: Turkey, whipped potatoes, brussels sprouts, pear slices. Friday, March 14: Tuna salad, marinated cucumbers, corn and black bean salad, banana. Monday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day: Corned beef and cabbage, whipped potatoes, cabbage, lime gelatin. Tuesday, March 18: Hamburger, parsley potatoes, peas and carrots, apple. Wednesday, March 19, Birthday menu: Chicken dinner salad, spinach, green beans, brownie. Thursday, March 20: Pepper steak au jus, yams, fruit cocktail. Friday, March 21: Cheese tortellini, mixed greens, orange.

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Monday, March 24: Chicken leg and thigh, au gratin potatoes, broccoli florets, sliced peaches. Tuesday, March 25: Cold roast beef, baby corn and pea salad, tapioca pudding. Wednesday, March 26: Stuffed cabbage, paprika potatoes, Italian green beans, oatmeal-raisin cookies. Thursday, March 27: Sliced turkey, whipped potatoes, stewed tomatoes and zucchini, cherry gelatin. Friday, March 28: Tuna salad, Italian rice salad, carrots, apple. Monday, March 31: Boneless pork loin, lemon herb penne, vegetable medley, peach and pear cuts. PSN This menu is for senior centers and home-delivered meals funded in part by the DHS AAA. Centers are open Monday through Friday. Call (412) 350-5460.

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Birmingham Towers, 2100 Wharton St., Second Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15203 Serving the older adults of Allegheny County Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive William McKain, Allegheny County Manager Marc Cherna, Director Mildred E. Morrison, Administrator FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging’s SeniorLine at (412) 350-5460; Toll Free – 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 Hill House Association Senior Services (412) 392-4450 Jewish Community Center (412) 521-8010 Lemington Community Services (412) 362-7301

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

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What do I want to do now that I’ve retired? By Rebecca Maletto-Cornell For Pittsburgh Senior News

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n our earlier years we think to ourselves, “ I can’t wait to retire.” Retirement is something to look forward to and enjoy. Retirement is to be a time when we can do the things we’ve always wanted to do, but didn’t have time to actually make it happen. For some, those days are now. Many will go through the motions when retirement is still in its infancy by sleeping in, doing things around the house and traveling.  After a time of celebration, challenge sets in, routines become boring, money starts getting tighter and that once excited retiree now wants something to do. That something could be volunteering.

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There is life after retirement and volunteering could be the answer. It can be fulfilling, flexible and giving. The Corporation for National and Community Service Senior Corps’ Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Senior Companion Program (SCP) all embrace “life after 55.» It allows individuals to help themselves as they help others. How do you know which program works best for you? It›s easy, just ask yourself some of these questions: What do I want to do? How often do I want to do it? Do I want to help children? Do I want to help the elderly? Do I want to learn something new? Do I miss what I did in my old job? The flexibility of one›s time in retirement is wonderful. But let›s look at the benefits of volunteering.  Not only does volunteering increase physical activity, it also allows for stronger mental health. Volunteers have shown to have higher levels of happiness. Volunteering gives them a purpose in life, strengthens their self-esteem and self-worth.  It promotes a renewed level of energy and creativity thus increasing motivation and vision of one›s own

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life. This time can be a time to embrace meeting other individuals who volunteer, as well as those who are served. New friendships can flourish and often lead to other leisure activities. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life. According to projections by the Corporation for National and Community Service, there will be more than 13 million adults ages 65 and older by 2020. Why wait for things to happen when you can «be the change you wish to see in the world?” Here is a breakdown to see where you fit into the Senior Corps model. 4 The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) is a stipend volunteer program that allows individuals to act as role models, mentor and tutors for special needs and at risk children for a minimum of 15 hours per week. These volunteers go into site-based opportunities such as schools, head start classrooms, daycares, and after school programs. All you need to join is the ability to give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future.

4 The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a use the skills and talents you›ve learned over the years, or develop new ones while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within your community. RSVP volunteers choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with diverse opportunities ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week. 4 The Senior Companion Program (SCP) is a stipend program that provides assistance and friendship to adults who have difficulty with daily living tasks, such as shopping or paying bills for a minimum of 15 hours per week. In addition, they help adults remain independent in their homes instead of having to move to more costly institutional care. Senior Corps volunteers make a difference in the lives of others every day. Discover the good feeling of spirit that comes from supporting others in need by staying active and connected in your community. So get involved! Contact your local Senior Corps director in Allegheny County: Rebecca MalettoCornell, FGP director at (412) 263-3165; Riley Baker, RSVP director at (412) 4712114; and John Miller, SCP director at (412) 350-4061. PSN


+You =independence Seniors make great volunteers. And it just so happens that volunteer grocery shoppers, drivers, meal deliverers and friendly visitors are needed in every corner of Allegheny County.

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To learn more or sign up to volunteer with a senior, dial 2-1-1 or visit openyourhearttoasenior.org.

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Happy new year in March? Starting a new nutrition year Why do you avoid others? It’s likely that at least some of the draw is related to taste, pleasant memories and “feel good” thoughts. In one 20-year study, taste has been the number one reason people include certain foods or avoid them. By Judy Dodd MS, RD, LDN For Pittsburgh Senior News WHAT? It’s March, so why a new year focus? March is National Nutrition Month (NNM) with a theme of “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” Supported by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the emphasis this year is on the basics of health-smart eating: enjoyment, taste, flavor. Think about why you enjoy certain foods and avoid others. What is it that draws you to certain foods?

Eating to reach 100 percent of our daily goals for nutrition is not as high on our list as comfort and enjoyment, availability and price. This month’s theme reminds to celebrate and reflect on combining enjoyment with nutrition. Here are some thoughts: Taste is affected by medications, bad dentures, damage to the tongue and aging. People who have had chemotherapy, a smoking habit or a diminished sense of smell fall into the group of

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those who may not be enjoying the taste of food or beverages. Sometimes this means either avoiding the food or “doctoring it” with salt, heavy condiments or gravy. If food doesn’t “taste right”, talk with your healthcare team, including a dentist. A registered dietitian can suggest ways to add flavor without the sodium. Health issues related to smoking and tobacco, including second hand smoke, are more of a risk than altering taste. The formula for eating right is related to including a variety of foods and keeping the flavor appeal in tact by not overcooking. Experiment with herbs and spices (without sodium and ingredients with sodium), cook from scratch or use minimally

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The message should ring true for older adults: back to basics, cook at home, and choose for flavor and nutrition. Unless there is an allergy or a medicationrelated reason, all foods can fit into eating healthy by practicing moderation. Consider March as a time to try some new foods and choose them for nutrition, as well as comfort and taste. For a healthy eating tip sheet, email me at community.relations@gianteagle.com. PSN

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Caring for the Caregiver A Q&A with Gallagher Home Health Services 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.

Services

A Division of Gallagher Home Health Services

We’ll take care of you like family . . . because those are the values instilled in us by our Mom 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

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

For information on Gallagher Home Care Services contact:

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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

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Life reimagined: Discovering new possibilities for your future

By Barbara Bush For Pittsburgh Senior News

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o you remember when we were asked, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” I do, and guess what? We have new opportunities to broaden our retirement years with many different paths that we are capable of taking. AARP is embarking on a discovery of your life agenda.

We live in such a splendid era with many possibilities available for us to choose how to spend the best years of our lives. These are transition periods, from our work lives or tending to a growing family time, to a season in which we can finally look at our dreams and make them a reality. Dr. Bill Thomas’ program, “Second Wind Tour: This Changes Everything” is coming to Pittsburgh on A p r i l 1 , s p o n s o re d b y AARP’s Life Reimagined and the Capital Impact Partners. Audiences will be offered insights into “a more deliberate, deeper and connected way of living and working.” Each half-day will be held in a theater and will feature

two acts. Act one will consist of five fast-paced theatrical monologues featuring a cast of speakers, including Dr. Thomas and renowned consumer health expert and TV personality Dr. Janet Taylor. Act two will feature the debut of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award documentary “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory” followed by a live musical performance by Musicians for World Harmony Founder Samite Mulondo. Learn more at www.secondwindtour.org. AARP is advocating that we find time for personal growth. This is a time to rediscover love, purpose, relationships, happiness, career,

hope, dreams, community, courage and possibilities. Visit Lifereimagined.aarp. org for more inspiration. For those of you who prefer to read, check out Life Reimagined: Discovering your New Life Possibilities by Richard J. Leider and Alan M. Webber. This book has been the molding of AARP’s Real Possibilities format. There is so much to look forward to. Revisit your dreams—your bucket list, so to speak. Have you always wanted to travel, paint or learn to swim? The world is your oyster, open and ready for you to explore. Open your mind to new possibilities of a life reimagined. PSN

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Birmingham AARP #2757 will meet at 12:30 p.m. March 26 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. Glenshaw AARP #3744 will meet at 7 p.m. March 11 at Elfinwild Presbyterian Church, 3200 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. The meeting will be followed by refreshments and entertainment by Callan Celtic Band. Moon Area AARP #3451 will meet at 1 p.m. March 27 at Sharon Presbyterian Church, 522 Carnot Rd., Moon Township. Our entertainment will be to have fun with the Carnegie Science Center and to investigate the crime with “Gumshoe Science.” Coffee and pastries will be served after the program. New members and guests are welcome. Pittsburgh-West AARP #638 will meet at 1 p.m. March 17 at the Ingram Borough Building, 40 West Prospect Ave., Ingram. Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided. Members and guests welcome. Call (412) 331-2669. Whitehall AARP Chapter #2050 holds monthly meetings. All are welcome. Dues are $7 per year plus a membership with the National AARP Group (www.aarp.org or 888-our-aarp). For more information, call Christine Lakomy (412) 881-1726 or email crsy4329@verizon.net. PSN

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Seniors for Safe Driving If you are age 55 or older and have successfully completed a senior driving education program in the past, you only have to attend a one-day refresher course to renew your insurance discount. If you have never participated in a Senior Driver Improvement Program, you must attend a two-day seminar to earn your automobile insurance discount. The insurance discount is five percent of the total premium for a period of three years. Cost for the course is $15 per person. • March 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at Healthsouth-Harmarville, 320 Guys Run Rd., Harmarville. • March 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Juniper Village at Forrest Hills, 107 Fall Run Rd., Forest Hills. • March 25 from noon to 4 p.m. at Healthsouth-Sewickley, 303 Camp Meeting Rd., Sewickley. • March 27 and 28 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Forbes Regional Hospital, 2570 Haymaker Rd., Monroeville. • March 28 from 10 a .m. to 2 p.m. at Marion Manor, 2695 Winchester Dr., South Hills. For a complete list of classes, go to www.sfsd-pa.com. Online courses are now available. To register, call (724) 283-0245 or (800) 559-4880. Space is limited so register early. PSN

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Duquesne Dukes became 1955 champs possible. Moore’s philosophy was that if the other team didn’t have the ball it couldn’t score, but when the opposing side did have possession the Dukes played tenacious defense.

By Henry Peter Gribbin For Pittsburgh Senior News

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isiting Duquesne University today, you will find a beautiful urban campus. The grounds are spotless, and the athletic facilities are state-of-the-art. This was not always the case. Years ago, the campus abutted an old residential neighborhood and the gymnaisium was in a red brick building which looked more like an old warehouse. The Duquesne Dukes basketball home games were sometimes played in high schools until the Dukes called the Duquesne Gardens home. You can just imagine a recruiter taking a high school prospect on tour of the campus. But what the Dukes did have was tradition. Under Coach Chick Davies and then Coach Donald “Dudey” Moore, the Dukes proved to be one of the finest basketball teams in the East. At the start of the 1954-55 basketball season, Moore looked at his roster and then told sportswriters that his team would lose at least 12 games. Because of two academic failures and an injury to a key player, the tiny roster consisted of Dave and Dick Ricketts, Si Green, Jim Fallon, Mickey Winograd and Lou Severine.

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Coach Moore was proved wrong. With Dick Ricketts and Si Green leading

Photo taken from http://dukeschat.blogspot.com/search?q=1955

1954-55 Duquesne University Men’s Basketball Team. the way, the Dukes blew through the regular season and were invited to play in the 1955 National Invitational Tournament (NIT). At that time, the NIT was the premiere basketball tournament, unlike today when that honor belongs to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NACC) tournament. This victory set up the championship game against a strong University of Dayton team which boasted a seven foot center by the name of Uhl. I n t h e re g u l a r s e a s o n m o s t o f Duquesne’s scoring came at the hands of Si Green and Dick Ricketts. Both were All-Americans. The Dukes played ball control, holding onto it as long as

In the championship game held on Saturday, the 19th of March, Green and Ricketts did all of the scoring in the first half. A sellout crowd of 18,496 watched as the Dukes wound up beating the Dayton team, 70-58. Green and Ricketts combined for a total of 56 points in that game. On the following afternoon 5,000 cheerful fans flocked to the Greater Pittsburgh Airport to greet the team. The county police couldn’t restrain the crowd as the Dukes disembarked from the plane. They city provided a motorcycle policeman to lead the caravan of happy hoopsters back to their campus, but it broke down halfway home. That didn’t stop the Dukes as they wound their way through Downtown Pittsburgh and up to “the Buff” where the university sits. There they were met by another happy throng of students and neighbors from the area. It was their greatest basketball achievement to date, and perhaps one of the greatest athletic feats in their school history, competing with their school’s Orange Bowl victory in 1937. But that’s another story. PSN

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Passavant Hospital Foundation hosts health events The Passavant Hospital Foundation will present three free public health events this month. On March 5 at 1 p.m., at Club Julian, Phil Zmenkowski, RRT will discuss pulmonary function screenings, their importance and how they work. Breathing screenings will be provided to all attendees who wish to participate. Call (412) 7486640 to register. On March 19 at 12:30 p.m., Ved Kaushik, MD will present “Colon Cancer: What You Need to Know” at Cranberry Senior Center in the Cranberry Township Municipal Building on Rochester Road in Cranberry Township. Dr. Kaushik is a colon-rectal surgeon with Tri-State Colorectal

Association UPMC. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women. He will discuss the importance of having screening colonoscopies and maintaining overall colon health. Participants will learn the warning signs of this disease. Call (412) 7486640 to register.

Rehabilitation Institute at Passavant; Carmen Scolieri, senior occupational therapist at UPMC Rehabilitation Institute at Passavant; and Denise Sponcer, unit director at UPMC Rehabilitation Institute at Passavant. Strokes are one of the most misunderstood diseases. Even if you know what a stroke is and how to identify it, there are still many pieces to the puzzle that may remain missing. By attending this seminar, you will learn what the future holds as far as diagnosis and acute management of stroke and how to cope with life after a stroke. Call (412) 3693701 to register. PSN

On March 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the foundation will host “Strokes and What the Future Holds for Stroke Care” at Community College of Allegheny County North, Route 19 in McCandless Township. Presenting on this topic will be Linda Edwards, manager of Speech Therapy Services at UPMC Passavant; Nate Schomburg, senior physical therapist at UPMC

Visit www.PassavantHospitalFoundation.org for more information.

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Senior Resources

HARRISON HI RISE Senior Apartments 2006 Broadview Blvd., Natrona Heights, PA 15065

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

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.

Amenities Include:

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

Community Room

Air Conditioning

Video Surveillance

Individual Balcony

Community Life Services

Laundry Facilities

Fitness Room

Call (724) 224-4571 for more information.

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

Affordable  Housing  for  Seniors  

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.

  4 Equipped  Kitchens   4 Mini  blinds   Laundry   facilities   4 4 Wall  to  wall  carpet   4 24  hour  emergency  maintenance   4 Cable  TV  ready   4 Individually  controlled  heat/air  conditioning   4 Utilities  Included  *     AJ  Demor  Towers  –  Verona   AJ Demor Towers-Verona 412-­‐820-­‐0388   (412) 820-0388 *Emory  Senior  Housing,  E.  Liberty   412-­‐363-­‐6894   *Emory Senior Housing, E. Liberty *Lavender   H eights,   Penn  Hills   (412) 363-6894 412-­‐798-­‐1341   Ridge Avenue, New Ridge  A venue,  N ew  KKensington ensington   (724) 337-4080 724-­‐337-­‐4080     Income  and  age  restrictions  apply.       Contact  the  community  of  your  choice  for  details.   Professionally  Managed  by:    

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.

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All Utilities

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

 

 


We could have been here sooner An elderly couple were killed in an accident and found themselves being given a tour of heaven by Saint Peter. “Here is your oceanside condo, over there are the tennis courts, swimming pool, and two golf courses. If you need any refreshments, just stop by any of the many bars located throughout the area.” “Heck, Gloria,” the old man hissed when Saint Peter walked off, “we could have been here ten years ago if you hadn’t heard about all that stupid oat bran, wheat germ, and low-fat diets!” Are caterpillars good to eat? Johnny: Daddy, are caterpillars good to eat? Father: Have I not told you never to mention such things during meals! Mother: Why did you say that, Junior? Why did you ask the question? Johnny: It’s because I saw one on daddy’s lettuce, but now it’s gone. Taken from www.ahajokes.com.

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(412) 798-5589 Alia Carter, Senior Manager Rent is based on income. HUD subsidized.

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Entertainers

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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. Always fun! John Cigna’s favorite entertainer, Jimmy Sapienza, and his gifted blind pianist, Keith Stebler, are ready to perform for your group. Email: jimmy.sapienza@verizon.net. Call Jimmy (412) 916-6055. Don’t delay. Reserve your date today. Laughter Yoga, laugh your socks off without jokes. Call (412) 271-7660, email dmdixierussell@aol.com or visit www.compassionatelaughter.net. 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. 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. Mr. John. Lecure: American Names~Their origin and meaning. Irish culture too. (412) 758-5446. 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.

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

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RossHill Retirement Residence 7500 Ross Park Drive * Pittsburgh, PA 15237 * 412-847-0161

South Hills Retirement Residence 125 Ruth Street, Pittsburgh (Mt. Washington) PA 15211 * 412-481-8100

Summit Retirement Residence 125 South Sixth Street * Duquesne, PA 15110 * 412-466-7755

The Oaks Retirement Residence 2967 Jacks Run Road * White Oak, PA 15131 * 412-675-0412

WoodCrest Retirement Residence 1502 Woodcrest Avenue * Moon, PA 15108 * 412-264-0918

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Contact us for more information:

www.cmshousing.com TDD: 1-800-545-1833

412-444-4444

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