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Outstanding volunteer awardee Anne Likarevich with Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Darlene Harris, Rich Fitzgerald, Corey O’Connor and Most Reverend David A. Zubik.

More than 1,000 local senior volunteers honored at annual Citiparks luncheon As part of Senior Volunteer Recognition Day, the Citiparks Healthy Active Living Program hosted a luncheon last month at the Sheraton Hotel Station Square to spotlight senior volunteers in the City of Pittsburgh who make significant contributions that provide healthy, active, independent living in their local communities and the nation as a whole. More than 1,000 Allegheny County residents ages 60 and older were honored at the event for

contributing 100,000 hours of volunteer service—worth more than $1.5 million— during 2012. Assistant director of community services for the Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation Dick Skrinjar and acting director Louann Horan served as masters of ceremonies for the day. A keynote and proclamation were presented by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, followed by comments from

Allegheny County chief executive Rich Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh city councilwoman and president of city council Darlene Harris, and Pittsburgh city councilman Corey O’Connor. Other distinguished guests included former Pennsylvania auditor general Jack Wagner, Pittsburgh city councilman Bill Peduto and City of Pittsburgh acting police chief Regina McDonald. Continued on page 8

See page 6 for tips when traveling with medications.

Reminisce about summer childhood games on page 27.


Publisher’s Corner

Helping People Live Life Better! Volume 20, Number 2 Published monthly by Pittsburgh Senior News, Inc. P.O. Box 11126 Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (412) 367-2522 www.pittsburghseniornews.com pghseniornews@comcast.net

It’s true that “there’s no place like home.” As we age and our needs change, the keys to staying in the place we know and love are home safety, modification and repairs. Learn more by reading our feature on page 15. Wishing everyone a happy Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.

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Penn Hills hosts senior spring health and resource fair The first annual Penn Hills senior spring health and resource fair is scheduled on Friday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Penn Hills YMCA, 11817 Frankstown Road. A variety of health related vendors, health care speakers, free healthy foods, and door prizes will be featured. A series of mini seminars will be offered on the following topics: the Patients Bill of Rights, Healthy Lving for Seniors, Managing Your Medications with a Walgreen’s Pharmacist, and Protecting Your Health Care ID. For more information, contact the Penn Hills YMCA Silver Sneakers program at (412) 795-2600 or Compassionate Care Hospice at (412) 241-8240. PSN

Valley Care hosts free workshop for families coping with dementia Valley Care is hosting a free seminar, “Dementia Care: A Family Perspective”, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on May 22 for families who are taking care of loved ones with some form of dementia. The event will take place at Valley Care Adult Day Services, 650 Cherrington Parkway in Moon Township. It is free and open to the public. Free on-site respite care for older adults will be available during the workshop with advance registration. Call (412) 259-5064 to discuss your loved one’s needs. To register, call this same phone number or email ADS@valleycareassociation.org by May 20. PSN

An Arthritis Expo will be presented by Tri Rivers Surgical Associates on Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at La Roche College in the North Hills, next to UPMC Passavant Hospital. People living with arthritis should attend this free half-day educational seminar to learn what they can do to help prevent and manage their condition and other related diseases. An exhibition hall will feature: • resources and information from vendors. • exercise demonstrations. • various health screenings. To register for this event, visit http://pittsburghexpo.kintera. org or call the Arthritis Foundation at (412) 250-3348. PSN

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Farm Stands get ready to open for the growing season Since 1993, the Farm Stand Project of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has been making fresh, local produce available to low-income neighborhoods with limited access to grocery stores and farmers markets. Unlike farmers’ markets where the farmer comes to the market to sell, Farm Stand goes to the farmers to purchase produce and then delivers it to the Farm Stands. By establishing stands in neighborhoods throughout Allegheny County, Farm Stand improves access to fresh fruits and vegetables, helps to sustain local farming by creating long-term markets for local produce, supports the local economy by keeping dollars in the region, and provides venues to redeem Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks where there are no farmers markets.

Stands with nutrition education to encourage healthy eating, including monthly cooking demonstrations and sampling using local produce.

Farm Stand also promotes the consumption of produce through nutrition education. The Food Bank complements the produce for sale at the Farm

The Food Bank operates 12 stands in the city of Pittsburgh and the Mon Valley, and partners with nonprofit community agencies that oversee the

stands with assistance from volunteers. Stands are open weekly from June to November. Anyone can shop at the stands and all accept cash, EBT and WIC/Senior FMNP vouchers. PSN For more information, call the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank at (412) 460-3663, ext. 216.

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Wholesome and affordable locally grown produce Anyone can shop at the Farm Stands!

All stands accept: Cash, EBT, WIC & Senior FMNP For more information on the Farm Stand Project, please call 412-460-3663, x216

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Market Time: Thursdays, 10:00 – 2:00

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Folow these tips when traveling with medications Don’t Leave Home without These Essentials

By Natalie Tyler, RPh., Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Gateway Health For Pittsburgh Senior News

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t’s summertime and you know what that spells…V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N! Spending time with family and friends, enjoying beautiful weather and experiencing new sites is what vacation is all about. But before you get to your destination of choice, you must decide what to bring with you. It is important to pack the essentials like passports and carry-ons, as well as clothes and toiletries – but what about your medications? Which medications should you take and how should you pack them for travel? Follow these travel tips to have a safe and healthy vacation. Check Your Medicine Cabinet A month before your trip, take an inventory of your medications. Make a list of all medications you take and which medications need refilled. By taking an inventory of your medications it will help you, your doctor and your pharmacist keep track of your health. Make an Appointment with Your Doctor

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Making an appointment with your doctor before you travel is extremely important. Your doctor will check you to make sure you are fit for travel, determine if you need preventive care if you are traveling internationally, go over your list of medications and make sure you are up to date with vaccines. Your doctor can also give you an ample supply of prescription medications you may need while away. That way, in case of delays, you will have enough medication to last a few days after a trip. It is also important to check with your insurance company ahead of time about how to obtain a vacation supply of medication.

Talk to Your Pharmacist Talk with your pharmacist about your vacation plans and any questions you may have about your medication. While on vacation you may cross time zones or change your diet. Your pharmacist will be able to tell you when to take your medication, advise you about foods that could affect your medication and explain specific storage requirements. Your pharmacist can also help you choose essential medications to pack in your travel bag. How to Pack Medication * The right way to pack medication is to: * Keep all medications in their original containers * Pack them in a travel health kit and be mindful of storage requirements * Keep medications in your carry-on so that you can have them close to you in case of emergency

Wherever you are traveling, you want to make sure to include these essential medications in your travel health kit. For example, an anti-diarrhea medication can help you if you get sick on food or bad water. If you have an allergic reaction, you will want to pack an antihistamine that will not make you drowsy. If you decide to go deepsea fishing, you may want to pack an anti-nausea medication. If you have a fever or pain, pack a pain-reliever such as ibuprofen. And for small cuts, burns or scrapes it is always good to have some antibacterial ointment. Don’t Forget! 4 After you have taken an inventory of your medications, met with your doctor and pharmacist, touched based with your insurance company and gathered all your medications together and packed them away – do not forget to: 4 Take a list of all of your medications with you, including generic names and brand names, and what conditions the medications treat. If you lose or run out of your medications, this list will help you find replacements more easily. 4 Take a list of contacts with you containing family members, your doctor and pharmacist in case of emergency. 4 Check with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to get information on rules for flying with medications. By taking these necessary steps you will be more prepared during your time away. You will be able to worry less about your medications and focus more on the things that matter, like relaxing and having an enjoyable time during your vacation.


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Gateway Health Plan® is a Coordinated Care plan with a Medicare contract1 and a contract with the Pennsylvania Medicaid program2 (C-SNP1/D-SNP1&2). These plans are available to anyone with both Medicaid and Medicare, or anyone with Medicare and diabetes or cardiovascular disorder, or chronic heart failure. The benefit information provided is a brief summary, not a complete description of benefits. For more information, contact the plan. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply. Benefits may change on January 1 of each year. *This number will direct you to a licensed insurance agent. To be directed to a general number, please call 1-800-685-5209, TTY: 711, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., 7 days a week. **You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium – the State pays the Part B premium for full dual members. Premiums may vary based on the level of Extra Help you receive. Please contact the plan for further details. †Benefit coverage depends on plan eligibility. H5932_861 Accepted

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More than 1,000 local senior volunteers honored at annual Citiparks luncheon Continued from page 1

Certified First Respond Drivers On-Time Pickup Pickup and Wait Service • Beauty Appointments • Field Trips and Events • Medical Appointments • Shopping • And Much More... Anne Likarevich is greeted by Bishop Zubik. Anne Likarevich was presented with an outstanding volunteer award for her loyal, dedication and inspiration for her 40 years of service. She will be 100 years old on July 19. Bishop David Zubik gave an invocation and lunch consisted of hearty Italian wedding soup, freshly baked meat lasagna, market fresh vegetables, rolls and chocolate ice cream sundaes. Entertainment was provided by G & G Entertainment, and everyone enjoyed listening, dancing and singing to the music.

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Soldiers & Sailors inducts new members into Hall of Valor, unveils Medal of Honor exhibit

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oldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum Trust inducted new members into its Hall of Valor on March 24. Preceding this special ceremony, the museum also unveiled a new exhibit of five Medals of Honor, each received by local heroes. This display features medals from the Civil War, Indian Campaigns, World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam.

“Each year, we have the privilege to recognize the remarkable sacrifices that our local service members and veterans have made while serving our country,” says president and CEO John F. McCabe. “The Hall of Valor program reflects the core purpose of our mission to honor and remember Pennsylvanians who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.” 

Since 1963, the Joseph A. Dugan Jr. Hall of Valor at Soldiers & Sailors has recognized Pennsylvania veterans who have received medals for bravery and heroism during times of military conflict. The museum has inducted nearly 700 veterans as recipients of The Congressional Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Airmen’s Medal and Soldier’s Medal.

Soldiers & Sailors is currently accepting applications for the Class of 2014. To qualify, a member of the armed forces must have been born in Pennsylvania, or enlisted or lived most of their life in the Commonwealth and received one of the aforementioned medals. Soldiers & Sailors accepts nominations all year and will accept nominations for next year’s induction class through February 1, 2014. For more information, call Casey Patterson at (412) 621-4253, ext. 206.

Inductee James G. Boots

Inductee Clarence (Bert) R. Humbert (Wife Mary Lou)

Inductee Michael J. Boback (Nephew Regis McNally)

Inductee Thomas A. Manol, Jr. (Wife Ruth)

Inductee Dennis Walker being embraced by his former commanding officer Karl Lowe. [Left] Inductee Frank J. Pierce [Right] Inductee Robert S. Negle (Niece Kathleen Rak) Photos by Chuck LeClaire for Pittsburgh Senior News


The 14 honorees inducted as the Class of 2013 represent nine western Pennsylvania counties, three branches of the military, and received four types of medals awarded for gallantry. A list of honorees can be found at www. soldiersandsailorshall.org. PSN Soldiers & Sailors is the nation’s only military museum dedicated to honoring the men and women of all branches of service, and in all capacities (Active, Reserve and Guard). The historic building was designed by renowned architect Henry Hornbostel and has exhibits covering all of America’s conflicts, from the Civil War to our present operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The museum offers a unique look into American history by telling the stories of the individuals that served our country through military equipment and personal mementos, as well as detailing the effects our military conflicts have had on society. To learn more, visit www.soldiersandsailorshall.org.

The following 14 honorees were inducted US Army Staff Sergeant Michael J. Boback, Silver Star Medal, World War II US Army, Private First Class, James G. Boots, Silver Star Medal, Vietnam War US Army Private First Class John F. Frankovich, Silver Star Medal, World War II US Marine Corps Sergeant David M. Gerardi, Silver Star Medal, Operation Enduring Freedom US Army Staff Sergeant William C. Gutknecht, Silver Star Medal, World War II US Army Sergeant Clarence R. Humbert, Silver Star Medal, World War II US Marine Corps Reserve Second Lieutenant Donald E. Johnson, Distinguished Flying Cross with Gold Star, World War II US Army Technician Fifth Grade Thomas Jones, Jr., Silver Star Medal, World War II US Army First Lieutenant, Michael V. Kravontka, Distinguished Service Cross US Army Air Corps, Staff Sergeant, Gene A. Laus, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, World War II US Marine Corps Corporal, Thomas A. Manol, Silver Star Medal, World War II US Army Air Corps, First Lieutenant, Robert S. Negle, Soldier’s Medal, World War II US Air Force Sergeant Frank J. Pierce, Distinguished Flying Cross US Army Sergeant, Dennis K. Walker, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star Medal, Vietnam War

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AARP bids farewell to Associate State Director Kelly Altmire

By Barbara Bush AARP Communications Specialist For Pittsburgh Senior News AARP is losing one of its most successful Associate State Directors (ASD) in the person of Kelly Altmire, as Kelly will be moving with her family from the Pittsburgh area to Jacksonville, Florida. I’m sure that most of you are aware that Kelly is married to former Congressman Jason Altmire and with the political changes in their lives, this will entail a move with their two daughters ages 11 and 14. Jason has accepted a position with Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliate, as senior vice president for public policy, government and community affairs. Crossroads of life affect us all. At times we may not even recognize that we are at an

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important crossroad that will bring drastic changes; other times, it is quite apparent. On this occasion for AARP, as they say, the writing is on the wall and organizational changes are inevitable. Although the big crossroad is for Kelly and Jason, as an AARP volunteer I am well aware that we as a team will be facing that same crossroad as we accept a new partnership with the unknown new ASD. I dedicate this month’s column to sharing with you all about Kelly and how she has enhanced the experience of volunteering with AARP in western Pennsylvania. She has been the associate director in this area for more than 11 years, beginning in December 2001. As our area’s first in-house AARP staff person serving this area, we did not know what to expect. What we received is a partner who treats all with dignity and respect, using her skills at networking to bring new experiences to the area volunteers. A few of the organizations Kelly has networked for partnerships include Allegheny County Association’s Wise Walk, St Barnabas’ Presents for Patients, Allegheny County Food Bank, World

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Kelly Altmire with Allegheny County AARP co-coordinators Connie Kovka and Bill Campbell. Vision, G-20, Pittsburgh’s hosting of the National Senior Games, Pennsylvania SNAP program, as well as AARPinspired programs such as Divided We Fail, Create the Good and You’ve Earned A Say (YEAS), to name a few. In speaking with Kelly, she will explain “it’s just connecting the dots”; you listen to a volunteer with an idea and determine how to bring different energies together. And you have a network ready to energize your volunteers. It’s easy when you have the dynamism of Kelly Altmire. In Mid-April, AARP staff and volunteers held a special

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farewell luncheon to honor and thank Kelly for all of her efforts to improve the senior community in our western end of the state. It was a telling tribute as to the high esteem she holds from us all. As to the ASD replacement of Kelly, she is leaving big shoes to fill. Kelly has inspired volunteers to become the success of western Pennsylvania under her most capable leadership. Kelly is always welcome to come back to western Pennsylvania and her troop of empowered volunteers. Good luck, Kelly, and fair sailing to you and your very special family. PSN


Retirees may qualify for reduced motor vehicle registration fee

If you qualify, fill out Form MV-371, which is available online at www. dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/mv_ forms/mv-371.pdf. Reportable income includes Social Security, pensions, annuities, interest, dividends, capital gains and other income such as wages, and business/ rental income. Part-time work is permitted if you are retired from your principal occupation.

If only a husband or wife qualify, the vehicle must be titled and registered in that individual’s name, or in both names jointly. If both husband and wife qualify, each may register one vehicle for the $10 processing fee; one or both vehicles may be titled and registered in both names jointly. The applicant must be the principal driver of the vehicle unless physically or mentally incapable of driving. Only one vehicle per person may be registered for the $10 fee. Call your local state representative for details or the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging SeniorLine at (412) 350-5460. PSN Please note: We ran this notice last month and had the wrong contact phone number. Please see the above for the correct contact number.

UPMC Health Plan and Living at Home are sponsoring a senior community health fair on Friday, May 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Macys Department Store Downtown in the Auditorium. Call (412) 723-6200 for details. PSN

AARP Driver Safety Program The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom refresher course for drivers ages 50 and older. This eight-hour course is designed to help update driving skills and knowledge of the rules of the road, learn about normal age-related physical changes and how they impact driving, and to obtain an insurance discount. To learn more and to locate classes, visit www.aarp.org (type “Driver Safety Program” in the search box) or call (888) 227-7669. PSN

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ennsylvania offers a reduced motor vehicle registration fee for retired persons. Retired state residents who receive Social Security or other pensions and annuities, regardless of age, and who do not exceed $19,200 annually, can register their automobile for $10 instead of the usual $36 fee.

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SAGE unveils data collection guide on sexual orientation and gender identity Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) recently released a new data collection guide through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging to help providers collect the information they need to better understand and serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Inclusive Questions for Older Adults: A Practical Guide to Collecting Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity is a comprehensive guide that helps service providers ask questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in a safe, respectful way.

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“We created this guide to meet the specific needs of aging providers,” says Hilary Meyer, director of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. “We are frequently contacted by service providers who are grappling with how mainstream aging organizations can better collect data on sexual orientation and gender identity. And they want to do so in a way that is culturally competent and respectful. This guide gives them those tools.” Aging services and healthcare providers rely on client data to inform program and service delivery, as well as to guide optimal individual service and treatment. From federal to local levels, however, the identities of LGBT older adults are rarely included in population-level research studies, service intake forms or client notes. This lack of data collection across the spectrum of aging policy and programs means that providers often lack the information they need to better understand and serve LGBT elders—and if they want this information, they must collect it themselves.

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2 why collecting data on LGBT older adults is important for service delivery.

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2 how to incorporate sexual orientation and gender identity questions into client forms. 2 helpful suggestions for discussing sexual orientation and gender identity with older clients.

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Led by SAGE, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country’s first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults. The center is led in partnership with 14 leading organizations from around the country. PSN The guide is available free of charge. To download a copy, visit lgbtagingcenter.org or request a free print copy. To learn more about SAGE, visit sageusa.org.

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Home safety, maintenance and modification are keys to remaining in the place you love By Gina Mazza For Pittsburgh Senior News

There is so much truth to the saying, “There’s no place like home.” It’s where we feel most comfortable, surrounded by all the familiar things that we love. As we age, however, living in the same residence that we’ve always known may present challenges if the space is not designed or equipped with what we need to remain safe, secure and healthy. Thank goodness, Allegheny County is “home” to a variety of companies and agencies that can help older adults with matters related to home repairs, modification and safety. Sometimes, all you need to remain safe and fully functioning in your own home are some safety related installations. One trusted resource for contracting home modification services is Valley Care Association’s Home Safe Home program. Home Safe Home can help with both minor and major projects, from simply installing grab bars or a hand-held shower in the bathroom to installing wheelchair ramps, railings for interior and exterior stairs and extensive bathroom modifications. “As a nonprofit organization, our goal is to identify and correct home safety related hazards to help prevent a devastating fall or fire,” says program coordinator John Seitz. “Home Safe Home services are available throughout Allegheny County and beyond. Our safety professionals are available for complete design and build solutions for any home safety concerns.”

Home Safe Home contractors have been especially trained in safety installations, have completed background checks, are fully insured and are registered with the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General. Contact John at (724) 266-0408 or jseitz@valleycareassociation.org to inquire about services and possible qualification for financial assistance. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.valleycareassociation.org/HomeSafeHome.html. Help with Home Repairs Hosanna Industries is a good place to turn for home construction

and repair if you qualify as a lowincome household. Through the help of donations, volunteers and a capable staff of mission workers, Hosanna Industries provides services such as roof repair, siding repair, window replacement and handicapped accessibility features. Services are often provided at no cost to the homeowner so they may use monthly income for other necessities such as food and clothing. To learn more and see if you qualify, visit www.Hosannaindustries.org.

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Home safety, maintenance and modification are keys to remaining in the place you love with safety prevention, education and modifications for older adults. The program educates seniors about how to make their homes safer and thus prevent injury. Offerings include residential safety assessments; installation of smoke detectors, bathroom grab bars and staircase hand rails; and referrals to other agencies for critical home repairs. Safety for Seniors recruits, trains and mobilizes community based volunteers to provide these services to their neighbors in need. More information is available at http://www.ivcswpa.org/serv.html.

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The Pittsburgh Project’s Home Repair Ministry also provides free minor home repairs for homeowners who are elderly, poor, shut-in, widowed, disabled or immobile. Projects include exterior and interior painting, repairing damaged walls and ceilings, hanging drywall, installing new toilets, constructing wheelchair ramps, clearing debris, repointing loose bricks, fortifying retaining walls, replacing doors, floors, and windows, patching holes on rooftops, and many other smaller jobs. The Home Repair Ministry crews (who are not professional contactors) repair about 200 homes each year in neighborhoods throughout the city, as well as in neighboring urban boroughs. Recipients of Home Repair Ministry services must have an income at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. To learn more or to apply, call (412) 321-1678, ext. 153 or visit www.PittsburghProject.org.

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Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh (RTP) is another local nonprofit that repairs and renovates the homes of low-income, older homeowners and individuals with physical disabilities. Services such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, plastering, painting, glazing, weather-stripping, trash removal, yard cleanup and installation of home safety modifications are provided free of charge to qualifying homeowners. Typically, the largest portion of repair services occurred on National Rebuilding Day, which is the last Saturday in April; but RTP

also offers its Operation Urgent Care emergency repair program year round to provide critical home repairs to qualifying seniors, especially repairs related to heating, electrical, plumbing and safety. The work is accomplished through a team of dedicated volunteers and is supported through generous corporate, government and foundation partners. For more information, visit www.Rtpittsburgh.org. Help with Home Safety Pittsburgh Community Services’ Neighborhood Safety Program helps senior homeowners with minor repairs, such as installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, deadbolts and security hardware. Get more details at http:// www.pghcsi.org. The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Safety for Seniors Program is yet another program that assists

ACTION-Housing’s Weatherization Assistance Program helps low-income older adults lower their fuel bills by making home and apartment repairs such as window glazing, insulating, wrapping pipes and more. As a part of its energy conservation efforts, ACTION-Housing also offers free energy audits, home weatherization, and safety checks to qualifying low-income homeowners and tenants. Recipients must be within 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Call (412) 2812102 for details. Please be aware that some of the above programs may have waiting lists. To learn more about any of the above programs, contact the individual agencies directly; for contact information about home safety, maintenance and modifications agencies, call the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging SeniorLine at (412) 350-5460. PSN Volume 4, Issue 9


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f you or a loved one needs durable medical equipment for a one-day outing or an extended period of time, there are a number of consumer-oriented groups that loan wheelchairs, walkers and canes. 2 Hiland Presbyterian Church, 845 Perry Highway, has an equipment lending program for durable medical equipment. Anyone may borrow the church’s items (available for pickup only) which include wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, bedside commodes, shower and tub benches. A release form must be signed before borrowing the used equipment. Equipment donations are accepted. Call (412) 364-9000 or visit www.hilandchurch.org.

Three Rivers Center for Independent Living (TRCIL)

2 LifeSpan’s Equipment Lending Library is for those ages 60 and older. LifeSpan has wheelchairs, walkers, canes, bath chairs, grabbers, special silverware and jar openers available for pick up. If LifeSpan does not have a requested item, a referral can be made to another organization.

Assistive Technology Lending Library

2 Penn Hills residents can borrow wheelchairs, walkers, commode chairs, tub benches, crutches, canes and beds (including electric hospital beds). There are no time limits for borrowing. Penn Hills Service Association is located at 2519 Main St. Universal, Penn Hills. Call (412) 798-9499 or visit www.pennhillsservice.org. 2 Anyone may borrow wheelchairs, bedside commodes, shower and tub chairs, walkers, crutches and canes. There are no time limits. Equipment is available by pick up only. Donations of similar equipment or money are accepted. Southminster Presbyterian Church is located at 799 Washington Rd., Mt. Lebanon. Call (412) 532-6332.

Pennsylvania residents with disabilities can access the Assistive Technology Lending Library. This “try before you buy” program offers loaners of assistive technology devices for approximately six weeks. Into New Hands A recycling program for individuals who donate equipment to our system receive a receipt for a tax deductible donation for the value of the items donated. Types of equipment distributed include (but are not limited to): walkers, reachers, elevated toilet seats, hospital beds, wheelchairs (manual or power), overthe-bed tables, tub rails, grab bars, hoyer lifts, bedside commodes, communication devices and more. Reused and Exchanged Equipment Partnership (REEP) A classified listing of items of assistive technology available for sale or donation. (An assistive technology device is any device used by a person with a disability in order to communicate, work, play, learn, do chores at home or get around in the community.)

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services/Area Agency on Aging will be moving to new offices on the South Side effective June 3, 2013. The main phone numbers will remain the same. The new mailing address will be: Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging, Birmingham Towers, 2100 Wharton St., Second floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. Volume 4, Issue 9

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LifeSpan is located at 314 E. Eighth Ave., Homestead. Call (412) 464-1300 or visit www.lifespanpa.org.

Three Rivers Center for Independent Living (TRCIL) Lending Programs, 900 Rebecca Ave. Call (412) 371-7700 or (800) 633-4588. Visit www.trcil.org.

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May Menu Wednesday, May 1: Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, orange. Thursday, May 2: Open face hot turkey sandwich, whipped potatoes, mixed vegetables, chocolate chip cookies. Friday, May 3: Tuna noodle casserole, coleslaw, Italian green beans, apple. Monday, May 6: Roast beef, whipped potatoes, vegetable medley, apricots. Tuesday, May 7, Older American’s Day: Chicken breast, gourmet potatoes, green beans, angel food cake with strawberries. Wednesday, May 8: Tuna baby pea salad, marinated tomatoes, fruit cocktail, oatmeal-raisin cookie. Thursday, May 9: Rotini with meat sauce, tossed salad, banana. Friday, May 10: Boneless pork loin, au gratin potatoes, broccoli, sugar cookies. Monday, May 13: Roast turkey breast, brown rice pilaf, baby Brussels sprouts, sliced pears. Tuesday, May 14: Meatloaf, garlic whipped potatoes, carrot coins, lime gelatin. Wednesday, May 15: Baked cod, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, apple. Thursday, May 16, Birthday menu: Honey mustard chicken salad, potato salad, brownie. Friday, May 17: Roast beef au jus, scalloped potatoes, broccoli florets, peach slices. Monday, May 20: Italian meatballs (turkey), parsley and chive potatoes, chocolate chip cookies. Tuesday, May 21, Election Day: Roast beef, brown rice pilaf, vegetable medley, orange.

Allegheny County Department of Human Services

Area Agency on Aging 441 Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Serving the older adults of Allegheny County Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive William McKain, Allegheny County Manager Marc Cherna, Director Mildred E. Morrison, Administrator FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging’s SeniorLine at (412) 350-5460; Toll Free – 1 (800) 344-4319; TDD – (412) 350-2727

or visit 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

Wednesday, May 22: Baked chicken leg and thigh, yams, broccoli florets, sugar cookies. Thursday, May 23: Stuffed cabbage, whipped potatoes, carrot coins, apple.

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Friday, May 24: Turkey hot dog with chili sauce, hot potato salad, green beans, watermelon cuts. Monday, May 27, Memorial Day: Closed. Tuesday, May 28: Shredded barbecue pork, oven browned potatoes, mixed vegetables, pineapple tidbits. Wednesday, May 29: Cold roast beef, pasta salad, green beans, apple. Thursday, May 30: Baked cod, au gratin potatoes, broccoli florets, oatmeal-raisin cookies. Friday, May 31: Rigatoni with meat sauce, health salad, banana. This menu is for senior centers and home-delivered meals funded in part by the DHS AAA. Centers are open Monday through Friday. Call (412) 350-5460.

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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• ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED • FREE PARKING • EVENING MEALS CATERED BY NOVA CAFE • ELEVATOR BUILDING • ON BUS LINE • FREE LAUNDRY ON EVERY FLOOR Seniors (62 or older or mobility impaired) Sec. 8 available/ Income limits apply Rent is 30% of Income

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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.

Services

A Division of Gallagher Home Health Services

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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

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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:

Katie Poeschel, Director of Home Care Development

(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

412-279-7800 Or visit us at

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Follow the basics, not the fads, to healthy eating If you need more information or have another area you want us to cover, I invite you to send your questions to nutrition@shrs.pitt.edu. So here goes:

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he descriptions of what it means to “eat healthy” are changing as fast as our budgets and checkbook balances. In part, the Internet is the driver and changes affect even the non-Internet users. Healthy seems to be defined by celebrity chefs, media MDs and talk show teams. As a registered dietitian, I have to admit I find it all hard to keep up with, and I hear the confusion of the people I work with on a regular basis. So for the next two articles (this month and June), I will sort the fads from the trends, and the evidence-based from the wishful thinking and downright ridiculous.

to healthy eating is regarding supplements as an addition to quality food choices, not a replacement for food groups. TV, the web and your friends who are quick to share the miracle diet or product can do more harm than good with long-term use.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. “Miracle” products and diets that eliminate whole groups of food can affect overall nutrition. The major food groups each contribute a variety of nutrients—some that can be compromised if the food group is avoided. Yes, supplements may help fill the void but one basic key

Safe activity combined with smart food choices is the goal. When you hear the phrase “no need to change your activity level”, beware. Exercise is a companion to smart food choices. The idea that calories-in should balance calories-out is still a basic rule to maintain weight; however, just as an RD can point you in the

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direction of nutrient dense choices that meet your calorie goals, there are qualified professionals for exercise. This guidance is especially necessary as we age or when we have a health or mobility issue. Your medical doctor is the first line of referral since recommendations should be based on your health needs. As you can see we have moved from “eat healthy” to a healthy lifestyle theme. Notice that we are staying with the idea of basics; don’t expect miracles or overnight wonders! Next month we will look at some foods that fit the healthy lifestyle theme. PSN

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

One size does not fit all when it comes to dietary choices. What works for one person may be useless or dangerous for another when it comes to lifestyle changes. Even your own needs can change with health issues, weight gain or loss, and medications. Starting with your medical doctor and a registered dietitian (RD) should be the first step. For basic information, visit Choosemyplate.gov; there is even a personal nutrition tracker that can help you establish some personal goals.

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May 2013

County Presents First Exemplary Employee Award to Kane Scott Nurse

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llegheny County recently announced and presented the first Exemplary Employee Award to Patricia Thompson, a registered nurse at the Scott Township Kane Regional Center.  “Earlier this year, the county manager announced that he was re-instituting the Frank J. Lucchino Distinguished Service Award, and creating an Exemplary Employee Award to recognize exceptional achievements by a county employee,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “It is my distinct honor to award the first Exemplary Employee Award to Ms. Patricia Thompson, whose work with a mentally challenged patient allowed that woman to live independently and handle her own needs.”

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Patricia was nominated by the mother of the patient who benefitted from her care and support, in the category of innovation and creativity.  In the nomination, the mother expressed that Patricia took her daughter under her wing and worked with her for five months while she was a patient at Kane for rehabilitation. Her daughter is now independent and can handle her own needs, which the mother said is all thanks to “Patsy” Thompson. County Manager William D. McKain noted that there were a large number of nominations and deciding who to give the first award to was a difficult decision. “When we first announced this award in February, I was amazed by how many nominations we received. Our employees are really one

Photo provided by Bill LaLonde

Patricia Thompson, RN from Scott Township Kane Regional Center is the recipient of the first Exemplary Employee Award. She is issued a proclamation by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, County Manager William McKain and Dennis Biondo, executive director of Kane Regional Centers.

of our greatest assets and that was proven by the many reasons why they were nominated for this award. Ultimately, we made this decision because Ms. Thompson went above and beyond what was expected of her and established a relationship with this patient which allowed that patient to move back out to the community independently.” Patricia was surprised at her workplace with the announcement. She was presented with a joint county proclamation from the County

Executive and County Council, and was also awarded an Allegheny County Parks family pool pass for the 2013 swimming season. The Exemplary Employee Award will be presented periodically throughout the year in recognition of exceptional achievements by a county employee or employee group. Nominations can be submitted in writing or online at http://www.alleghenycounty.us/ manager/award.aspx.


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With a theme of “We Care the Way You Do,” the centers in McKeesport, Ross Township, Scott Township and Glen Hazel will celebrate the week with a wide variety of creative, fun happenings. There’s plenty to do, including a Mother’s Day tea, Country Western Day, a horseshoe challenge, bingo, ice cream socials, a sign language demonstration, safety programs, health fairs, Family Feud championship, ethnic food days, a carnival and Chinese auction, baseball games, karaoke and high school/college days, where residents and staff can wear their high school and college shirts. Activities vary at each Kane center. For a complete listing of event descriptions, times and places, visit www.Kanecare.com. Year round, each Kane center provides a warm, comfortable environment, including acres of landscaped grounds,

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:

cheerful dining rooms and resident lounges, comfortable rooms, computer and video game rooms, intimate sitting areas, large activity rooms, non-sectarian chapels, on-site wellness centers and outdoor courtyards and gardens. To learn more, call Kane Regional Center Admissions at (412) 422-5263 or visit www.AlleghenyCounty.us/kane.

• 24-Hour Skilled Nursing Care

• Recreation Therapy

• Short-Term Rehabilitation

• Respite Care

• Adult Education

• Social Services

• Alzheimer’s/Memory Care

Contact Kane Regional Centers

• Community Outings

Phone: (412) 422-KANE (5263)

• Hospice Care

Website: www.kanecare.com

• Pastoral Care

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n observance of National Nursing Home Week (May 12 to 18), all four Kane Regional Centers are hosting events to celebrate Kane residents, their families and community members, as well as the dedicated staff who care for the residents.

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UPMC program offers caregivers “powerful tools” to take care of themselves while caring for others By Gina Mazza For Pittsburgh Senior News UPMC for Life, in partnership with the Institute on Aging, offers a program that is positively changing the lives of those in the caregiver role. As part of the “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” workshop, specially trained class leaders teach caregivers how to take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. “Caregiving is also about managing your own self-care, and that means taking responsibility for your own personal well being to make sure your wants and needs are met,” says UPMC community relations coordinator Kristi Festa. “One difficulty that caregivers often experience is trying to do it all and doing it alone.” Pat Houpt of Greeenville can relate to this. “One of the many things I learned by taking the course is that I was not

alone,” says Pat, who cares for her husband, Richard, in their home. “There are many other people in similar kinds of situations. It was easy to talk with others in the class, even though I did not know any of them before the class started. That’s because we were all dealing with the same thing.”

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

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they could better perform their caregiving duties. In addition, participants receive guidance in the following areas: 2 Taking time for self-care 2 Reducing personal stress 2 Communicating feelings 
and needs to others, including family members and healthcare professionals 2 Reducing guilt, anger and 
depression associated with caregiving 2 Making difficult decisions 2 Setting goals and solving
problems 2 Getting rid of negative self-talk “I always felt guilty about yearning to get away for lunch or to go shopping,” Pat shares. “From this class I learned that was a normal feeling. I also learned that I have to take care of myself. I have to take time for my own physical and mental health.”

Statistics on those who have already taken the “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” course have shown that individuals made significant improvements in several areas after participating in the program, including feeling less guilty, having an increased sense of selfworth, taking better care of themselves, realizing the importance of self-care, communicating better with others, and being able to focus more time each week on relaxing and exercising. “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” is right for anyone who helps a relative, friend or a spouse with things they can no longer do for themselves because they have a chronic medical condition with disabling effects. Chronic medical conditions include Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, arthritis, cancer, and many more. Caregivers can be spouses, children, partners, friends or neighbors—anyone who helps with grocery shopping, paying bills, giving rides to doctor appointments or assists with other activities of daily living, such as eating and bathing.

All attendees receive a Caregiver Helpbook, which includes important information on hiring in-home help, making legal and financial decisions, deciding if someone should continue to drive, and more. “After taking this class, I am definitely a more confident caregiver,” expresses Dan, who cares for his disabled granddaughter. “Having tools to resolve problems is a definite advantage in becoming a better caregiver and a happier, wiser, healthier me. I also received a list of places to look for help when needed. I wasn’t aware of all the organizations and people available to help caregivers find answers and solutions to many of our problems. Now I know!” PSN UPMC for Life members can sign up for this empowering program at no cost. Locations and class times will vary throughout the year. To learn more, call the Member Services Department or your Health Care Concierge at (877) 539-3080 or TTY/TTD (800) 361-2629.

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“Born to be Somebody” is theme of Harmony Singers’ annual show

The Harmony Singers of Pittsburgh will present their 45th annual spring show at 8 p.m. May 18 and at 2 p.m. May 19 at the Chartiers Valley Intermediate School, 2030 Swallow Hill Rd. Advance tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors and children under 12. To purchase tickets, call (724) 941-5343. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more can be purchased in advance. All seats are $15 at the door. A collection will take place after each performance for the benefit of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Holiday Project, which provides holiday gifts for children in need. To learn more about the Harmony Singers, visit www.harmonysingers.org. PSN

Entertainment and Events 2 The Shaler Garden Club will host their 60th annual plant sale rain or shine from 9 a.m. to noon May 4 at Kiwanis Park, Mt. Royal Blvd. to Wetzel Rd. Call (412) 889-6620. 2 A free, one-day bus trip to see the WWII and Korean Memorials in Washington, DC will be available to WWII Veterans on May 21. A box lunch and dinner are provided, as well as snacks and drinks. Korean Veterans are welcome to call and will be accepted on a standby basis. There are four pick-up areas: Beaver, North Hills, Greentree and Monroeville. Pickups are early and return between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Call (724) 709-3614 for more information or to make a reservation. Donations from the public are gratefully accepted so the trip can be free to the veterans. Donations can be sent to ESB Bank, 701 Corporation St., Beaver. 15009 (Attn: Paula). 2 Visit the Prime Outlets in Grove City May 30. Depart Chartiers Senior Center, 300 Lincoln Ave., Carnegie at 9 a.m. Other stops include the Slovak Folk Arts and lunch at Your Brother’s Place. Cost is $57 per person. Call (412) 276-5056. 2 The North Hills Historic Auto Club will be sponsoring its 41st annual antique and classic car show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2 at the Mars Area Senior High School, Rt. 228, Mars. Admission is $1 and children ages 12 and under are free. Festivities include a flea market, car corral and refreshments. PSN

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Sounds of childhood games were backdrop to many a summer evening runners attempting to get from one base to the other. In stoop ball, all that was needed was a set of concrete steps, a tennis ball and a sixth sense letting you know when a car or truck was about to pass by.

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ears ago, when I was a boy growing up in Pittsburgh, summer evenings were filled with the screams of children at play and mothers yelling from back porches for their kids to come home. My sister Peggy and I stayed outdoors until the last flicker of daylight was gone, and it took that last shrill warning from our mom before we found our way home. In those days we didn’t have computers and cable television to entertain ourselves, so my sister and I played games with the other neighborhood kids. We all liked to play baseball, and because the ball field we played on was nothing more than a concrete lot set right in the middle of parking garages, we had to be adaptive in our variations of baseball. There was one game in particular that we played quite a lot called pitch and hit. Unknown to us at the time, this game actually started in Ottowa, Canada back in the 1930s. A tennis racket and bean bag were used in place of bat and ball, but over the course of time, as the game spread, a baseball bat and rubber ball were used. In this game there was no base running. The distance the ball was hit determined how far an imaginary base runner could advance. There were two

outs per inning and you could play this game with only one kid or as many as five or six kids per team. When a rubber ball hits a wooden bat there is what best can be described as a “thop” sound. On warm summer evenings people sitting outdoors heard this distinctive noise followed by the thud of wooden bat hitting pavement and the sounds of children racing after the ball. One of the biggest thrills as a kid playing this game was hitting a home run over the far wall. The one drawback to hitting a homer was climbing over the wall to retrieve the ball. On the other side lived a fellow who didn’t appreciate having the side of his house hit by a rubber ball and it took some daring and skill to climb over the wall and return unscathed with the ball. Other games we played, which also had their origins buried in the past, were running bases and stoop ball. In the former, two kids tossed a ball back and forth while trying to tag out

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Shelton King, my next door neighbor, grew up in the 1930s. He remembers playing stoop ball but he also remembers playing a form of baseball called rounders. This game enabled kids to play baseball without having a full complement of players. There was a rotation that kept a player switching positions until he or she eventually made it to the plate to bat. My mother, the former Angeline Krotec of Stanton Heights, remembers mushball as the favorite game of her brothers, sisters and their friends. “It was always boys versus girls and the boys never liked it when the girls won,” she recalls. I still live in the old neighborhood where I grew up as a kid. On warm summer evenings I sit on the front porch, just like my dad did so many years ago. I no longer hear that unmistakable “thop” sound, followed by the racket of kids running after the ball. In fact, it is all too quiet. I don’t know about you, but I miss the noise that children make at play and I miss the sound of a rubber ball hitting a wooden bat. PSN

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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. 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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Circle the letter that answers the question correctly for a chance to win $30 cash. 1. Which of these worms would an American robin eat? A. All of these; B. Meal worms; C. Earthworms; D. Red worms

5. When does an American robin generally sing? A. They are not songbirds; B. In the afternoon; C. Early in the morning; D. Around noon

2. Is the American robin negatively affected by human expansion? A. Yes; B. No

6. Are American robins usually found in small or large migratory flocks? A. Small; B. Large

3. What is the robin’s scientific name? A. Sialia currucoides; B. Oenanthe oenanthe; C. Hylocichla mustelina; D. Turdus migratorius

8. Do American robins eat birdseed? A. Yes; B. No 9. What type of bird is the American robin? A. A type of robin; B. A thrush; C. It is related to the blue jay; D. It is related to the mockingbird

4. The American robin does not necessarily migrate. A. True; B. False 7. What color is a male American robin’s beak? A. Black; B. It varies from robin to robin; C. Orange; D. Yellow 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.

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