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Butler County Senior News

October 2013

Volume 8, Number 5


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Program aide Rita Ball (red on right) plays cards with MaryLee Wagner, Sandra Lamison and Ernie DePhillips.

Lifesteps Butler helps older adults age with dignity and respect As our population continues to live longer, more and more families are faced with finding the right programs and services for a loved one whose health or mental ability has become challenged. Choosing the best type of care can make all the difference for both the aging adult and the caregiver. Adult day care may be the right option and, if so, it’s good to know about Adult Day Health Services at

Lifesteps, located right here in Butler County. Lifesteps is helping individuals and families with life’s changing needs by offering programs and services that aim to do one important thing: improve the quality of life for every participant. The Adult Day Health Services option is for those who have memory issues, cannot be home alone safely during the day, are unable to schedule their own

activities, have a dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease, or suffer from physical or mental limitations such as strokes, cerebral palsy or developmental/intellectual disabilities.

Cranberry Township Historical Society preserves local history. Read page 8.

Adult Day Health Services As the cost of assisted living facilities, skilled care and nursing home placement continues to rise, adult day Continued on page 3

Beautiful Buys Thrift Shoppe lives up to its name. Read page 16.

Publisher’s Corner

Owner/Publisher Lynn Webster Editor: Gina Mazza Art Director: Shantessa Hogan Sales Executive: Wallace Webster

Curious about the history of Cranberry Township? Consider checking out the Cranberry Township Historical Society. Learn more on page 8. Are you looking for some “beautiful buys” for your home at bargain prices? Learn about a thrift store with a good cause on page 16. Happy Halloween!

Lynn Webster Crossword Puzzle Answer (See page 19)

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Lifesteps Butler helps older adults age with dignity and respect care is an affordable option offered at a fraction of the price. Adult Day Health Services at Lifesteps provides care and support for seniors while giving caregivers and loved ones much needed respite. Serving the local area since 1988, it is a safe, trusted option for seniors who want to remain in their homes as long as possible. Participants are generally those who may not need 24/7 care but would greatly benefit from medical monitoring and socialization. In many cases, it can delay placement into an assisted living, skilled care or nursing home, as well as provide peace of mind and respite for caregivers and family members. Open weekdays with extended hours, the program provides individualized care through socialization, mental stimulation, medication management, daily exercise, and balanced and nutritious lunches and snacks. Hourly costs are based on the level of care needed, and funding assistance is available for eligible adults through the Butler County Area Agency on Aging. Adult Day Health Services offer potential participants a four-hour trial visit at no cost, and tours can be scheduled by calling the number below.

In addition to being licensed annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, Adult Day Health Service at Lifesteps meets the Center for Medicaid Services’ requirements to be considered an Enhanced program. These requirements go beyond those for basic licensing to further ensure the physical and emotional wellness of the program’s participants. As an Enhanced Program, Adult Day Health Services at Lifesteps provides a registered nurse on site, extended hours, nutritious lunch and snacks, bathing facilities and a staff-toclient ratio of 1:5. This Lifesteps service is one of only a few Enhanced programs in Pennsylvania and the first Enhanced program in Butler County. Alzheimer’s Care and Caregivers Support According to the Alzheimer ’s Association, nearly 10 million people care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States alone, with many more affected worldwide. To serve this community of individuals, Lifesteps offers an Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group for families struggling with the challenges of caring for a loved one. It provides opportunities for social events, education and information sharing.

The support group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Lifesteps Butler Central Facility, located at 383 New Castle Road in Butler. The group’s purpose is to: * Share personal feelings and challenges concerning caring for a person with Alzheimer’s that you may not feel comfortable sharing anywhere else. * Provide links to other caregivers and an opportunity to learn more about the disease with positive ways to cope. * Give family members a break from the responsibility of caregiving and allow them to ask questions and gain valuable feedback from fellow members. * Learn about available services to assist with caregiving. BCSN Lifesteps maintains and operates programs and services in more than 59 locations throughout Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Washington and Westmoreland Counties. Its program centers are located in Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Indiana and Washington County, and 48 community homes are located throughout western Pennsylvania. To learn more, call (800) 225-2010 or visit

Looking for Senior Resources? Visit our website at View current and past issues of Butler County Senior News. Call (412) 367-2522 or visit for more information.

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Help for the most vulnerable is available with special needs plans By Austin Ifedirah, V.P., Medicare and Strategic Planning, Gateway Health SM For Beaver County Senior News

Institutional Special Needs Plans, or ISNPS, are specific to Medicare beneficiaries living in nursing homes and other long-term care settings.

Choosing the best healthcare solution to meet your needs is not always simple… You must consider a multitude of factors including age, health and wellness history and overall cost to name a few.

There are many SNPs available that offer enhanced Original Medicare coverage. These plans can include supplemental benefits such as free fitness club memberships, dental benefits, reduced copays and coinsurance, bathroom safety products, as well as additional benefits for hearing and vision care.

Are you 65 or older and looking for the best Medicare plan? Are you chronically ill or disabled and worried about how you are going to pay for your medications? Do you worry that you may be running out of time? If you have asked yourself any of these questions, a Special Needs Plan (SNP) may be the answer. But, what is a SNP? Today, there are three types of Special Needs Plans (SNP) serving different segments of the population:

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Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans, or DSNPs, are Medicare Advantage health plans that serve beneficiaries who qualify for Medicare Parts A & B and also qualify for additional Medical Assistance from the State (Medicaid). Those eligible for DSNPs can enroll at anytime throughout the year, not just during the Open Enrollment period that occurs in the fall of each year. Chronic Condition Special Needs Plans, or CSNPs, are Medicare Advantage health plans that serve beneficiaries with chronic or disabling conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and others. The goal of CSNPs is to increase coordination of care while improving the quality of life for members. Beneficiaries can join CSNPs throughout the year if they did not enroll in a CSNP previously.

How do I select the right SNP Plan for me? Prepare a list of essentials that your plan of choice must have. Use the Medicare Plan Finder at www. to narrow down your choices based on your list of essentials. Then it is important to contact the plans that you are most interested in to be certain you meet the plan’s eligibility criteria. Pay close attention to the plan premium. Many SNPs offer enhanced supplemental benefits for no added monthly premium. Compare copays and any additional out-of-pocket costs across your selected plans. You may have to pay some or all of the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan’s copays, which will vary from plan to plan.

Be aware that insurance companies may offer more than one plan in an area, with different benefits and associated costs. SNPs: The importance of improved care coordination Too often, people with chronic diseases must navigate the healthcare system on their own. Due to systems complexity and disjointed healthcare services, individuals experience poorer heath outcomes. To help tackle this issue, some Medicare SNPs use a care coordinator to help you stay healthy and follow your doctor’s orders. A care coordinator is someone who helps make sure people get the right care and right information when they need it. For example, a Medicare CSNP for people with diabetes might use a care coordinator to help members monitor their blood sugar, follow their diet, get proper exercise, schedule preventive services such as eye and foot exams, and get the right prescriptions to prevent complications. A Medicare DSNP, for people qualifying for both Medicare and Medicaid, might use a care coordinator to help members access community resources and coordinate their different Medicare and Medicaid services. Many health plans will accommodate their members by offering transportation services, which are essential for maintaining optimal health.

Where can I find a SNP plan? Here are a few easy ways to find a Medicare SNP in your area: Look at the “Medicare & You” handbook that is mailed to you each fall. The Medicare SNPs in your area are listed in the back of the handbook. Visit Call (800) MEDICARE (800 633-4227). TTY users should call (877) 486-2048. Call the health plan of your choice directly, or visit their website to find out more about the plan’s benefits and list of coverage.

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Find the Medicare Assured plan that’s right for you. Call 1-877-741-7756* (TTY: 711) or visit

Gateway Health Medicare Assured GoldSM and Medicare Assured PlatinumSM are HMO plans with a Medicare contract. Medicare Assured DiamondSM and Medicare Assured RubySM are HMO plans with a Medicare contract and a contract with Pennsylvania Medicaid. Enrollment in these plans depends on contract renewal. These plans are available to anyone with Medicare and Medicaid, or 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 and premiums 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. Y0097_109_PA Accepted 5

Butler County Symphony Orchestra announces its 65th season The Butler County Symphony Orchestra recently announced the concerts for its 65th season, beginning this month: October 5: Opening Night: Brahms Academic Festival Overture, Copland Appalachian Spring and
Dvořák Cello Concerto. November 2: City Lights: Universally praised as one of the greatest films ever made, City Lights – written by, directed by and starring the great Charlie Chaplin – is presented in all its cinematic glory on the big screen, with the orchestra performing the soundtrack live. December 14: Holiday Traditions:
 Join in this annual holiday event, featuring Butler County native Elizabeth Matchett Freimuth, principal horn of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Slippery Rock University choir. Sing along with your favorite holiday music.

 December 15: Holiday Traditions Matinee Performance:
The Butler County Symphony will perform a special repeat performance of the Holiday Traditions concert at Seneca Valley Intermediate High School. (This concert is not part of the season subscription package.)

February 8: Celestial Fantasy: Igor Lipinski, piano; Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain,
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini 
Kernis Musica Celestis
and Strauss Death and Transfiguration. March 8: Sal Andolina’s Big Band Bash: Join Buffalo Philharmonic clarinetist Sal Andolina and BCSO for a Big Band Tribute featuring the great American standards of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and more. April 12: Dance!
Adé Williams, violin; Kodaly Dances of Galanta,
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
and Beethoven Symphony No. 7. Ticket prices for individual concerts are $23 and $5.50 for students. A full-season subscription is $103 for all six concerts. Tickets are available at the symphony office at 259 Main Street in Butler, or call (724) 283-1402. Tickets can also be ordered online at search%23butler%20county%20symphony. BCSN

Ambulance Service • Wheelchair Van Service

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Care You Can Count On

• Our wheelchair van service, Butler Assist Coach, currently operates 10 vans providing transport to and from hospitals, doctor’s appointments, nursing homes, and private events (i.e. funerals, weddings, birthdays, etc.)

Serving the Community Since 1967

• Our Assist Coach is available to individuals: with or without their own wheelchairs; with stairs or other obstacles at their residence; and those needing extra assistance in and out of their wheelchairs. • BAS also provides emergency and non-emergency ambulance transports to sick and injured patients. • We operate 10 ambulances from 3 stations, serving the community 24 hours a day. • Reduced rates are available for members.

Butler Ambulance Service • 106 First Street Butler, PA 16001 • (724) 283-4385

Personalized customer service every time you call uPmc for Life.

Talk to a Health Care Concierge who is knowledgeable about Medicare. We can help you find a network provider, get answers to benefit questions, check to see if a prescription drug is covered, and schedule important preventive care appointments. The UPMC Health Plan call center earned the 2013 Team Award for Best Customer Experience Program from the International Customer Management Institute (ICMI). ICMI is a leading global provider of comprehensive resources for customer management professionals.

Toll-free: 1-866-400-5076 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week* TTY: 1-800-361-2629

UPMC for Life has a contract with Medicare to provide HMO and PPO plans. Enrollment in UPMC for Life depends on contract renewal. UPMC for Life is a product of and operated by UPMC Health Plan, Inc., UPMC Health Network, Inc., and UPMC Health Benefits, Inc. *We are available to take your call: October 1 - February 14 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week and February 15 September 30 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Y0069_14_1063 Accepted

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Call us to learn more about UPMC for Life and your Medicare Advantage plan options.


Cranberry Township Historical Society preserves local history


re you interested to know how Cranberry Township got its moniker? Or are you curious about the history of that adorable one-room schoolhouse on Rochester Road near the Cranberry Township Municipal Center? Cranberry Township Historical Society, Inc. (CTHS) was founded in 1989 to identify and collect these and many more facts about the history of the burgeoning township on the southern tip of Butler County. The nonprofit is also dedicated to promoting public awareness about the community’s historical sites, landmarks, placenames and traditions. Membership in CTHS—which is itself a member of the Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau—is open to anyone who enjoys learning about local folklore. Those who have lived in Cranberry for the past few generations will remember it as a quiet farming community. In the 1960s, development of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the

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Cranberry was also once the location of a Studebaker car dealership.

construction of Interstate 79 changed that forever but CTHS records details of those earlier years of the township. Current residents may not know, for example, that Cranberry was settled by a 16-year-old trapper, or that residents had oil wells and surface coal mines. They may also not be aware that Rowan Road was the first paved road in the township (not Route 19), or that it had two local airstrips. And long before the popular chain restaurants moved in, the favorite eating spots in the neighborhood were the Dutch Pantry, Cranberry Hall and Hartner’s Restaurant.

CTHS offers up such information at free programs throughout the year. It also provides docents for tours of that restored Sample Schoolhouse at 2525 Rochester Road, where a display of Native American artifacts is housed. The school was originally built around 1874. It is open for visitors from May through September from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, and from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Group tours can be scheduled for any other time for $1 per head with a $10 minimum donation. The society has also published a spiralbound history book that provides a great overview of the history of Cranberry Township and commentary from some long-time residents and descendants of the founding families. CTHS is always looking for interesting speakers and subjects to entertain the membership and visitors at each of

So, how did Cranberry Township get its name? Established in 1804, it was named for the wild cranberries that grew along the banks of Brush Creek, the township’s major water source. The berries attracted deer and other wildlife, and the deer attracted Native American hunters. Eventually, drought and farming combined to eliminate the township’s namesake fruit by the 1880s but anyone who currently lives in area knows that deer are still abundant. CTHS is located at 2525 Rochester Road in Cranberry Township. Memberships are available to students for $5, individuals for $15, families for $25 and businesses/organizations for $50. To learn more, visit

Butler County support and other senior groups Alzheimer’s Support Group Helpline, Bethany Bowman 1 (800) 272-3900 (24/7) Lifesteps Lori Williamson (724) 283-1010 Sugar Creek Rest Bridget Pierce (724) 445-3000 Paramount Senior Living at Cranberry Pam Adamski (724) 779-5020 VA Medical Center, Betty Bonner or Dawn Zuzolo (724) 285-2211 Concordia Lutheran Ministries Paula Sypulski (724) 352-1571 ext. 8271 Butler/Cabot Parkinson Support Group Al (724) 360-2802. Common Bond (For people with chronic illness and pain) Chuck Jennings (724) 287-3132 National Alliance on Mental Illness Connection Kathy McDonnell (724) 431-0069


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Multiple Sclerosis Club of Butler Jacque Cinski (724) 898-2116 Someone’s Caring (For those who have experienced the death of a loved one) Robin Miller, (724) 287-3706 or (724) 287-2273 The Victory Group (Drug and alcohol) Daine DiFalco (724) 453-6200 Victims Outreach Intervention Center For victims of domestic violence 1 (800) 400-8551, 24-hour hotline (724) 283-8700, Butler office Weathering Grief VNA Hospice (For those dealing with the death of a loved one) Jolene Formaini (724) 431-3520 Butler Memorial Hospital Support Groups, offers support for breast cancer, diabetes, Look Good/Feel Better, multiple sclerosis and Overeaters Anonymous. Beverly (724) 284-4232 BCSN

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their general membership meetings. The board meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Cranberry Township Municipal Center, except for February, April, September and November, when the board meeting is replaced by a general membership meeting at 2 p.m. on a Sunday that is determined on a case-by-case basis.


Butler County Area Agency on Aging

Senior Express

Elder abuse can take many forms: How to see it, stop it and prevent it self-neglect,” Ricky comments. Selfneglect typically occurs when an older adult is living alone and is no longer able to perform daily tasks, such as feeding, hygiene and taking prescribed medications. “Protective Services can intervene and get seniors in this situation the help they need,” Ricky assures.

By Gina Mazza For Butler County Senior News


t happens more often than one might think: A family member or someone with legal power of attorney for an elderly individual uses funds in the estate for personal use instead of the senior’s care. An older adult living at home has dementia and needs supervision, but the family isn’t willing or able to provide it. A daughter or son doesn’t want to send their mother to a nursing home but her medical needs have become serious enough to require a level of care that she’s not able to get at home, which leads to her being at risk.

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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 and cognitively, they can become more susceptible to abuse, neglect and exploitation. As the above examples demonstrate, 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. Older Adults Protective Services can help The Older Adults Protective Services Act was passed in Pennsylvania in 1987, and since then local Agencies on Aging have initiated Protective Services programs. “In Butler County, the Butler County Area Agency on Aging has two full-time staff dedicated to Older Adult Protective Services [OAPS], along with seven additional staff that are fully trained to take calls and investigate cases,” explains Ricky Lake, Jr., clinical deputy administrator October 2013 • Butler County Senior News

of the Butler County Area Agency on Aging and current director for OAPS. “We are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to investigate and intervene in cases of abuse, neglect, abandonment and exploitation in the county.” Help is available to adults ages 60 and older who either live in the community or in licensed facilities. “In Butler County, we get an average of about 250 reports each year,” Ricky notes. “In addition, we do a lot of community outreach at health fairs and senior events hosted by our local state representatives. We also go in and educate the staff at nursing homes, personal care facilities, in-home healthcare and adult day care workers. For anyone who has interaction with the older adult population and requests information, we will send out a protective services investigator or supervisor to do a presentation.” What constitutes elder abuse? Elder abuse cases generally fall into one of the following categories, each of which can have devastating effects on a senior’s safety, health and well being.

 Caregiver neglect or self-neglect: “The majority of reports in Butler County are for either caregiver neglect or

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, or has a lack of knowledge about what care could be given. Sometimes the caregiver’s inaction leads to the person being at risk, such as the example given above. Protective Services can step in to educate the family of the higher level of need. Third party, in-home services can then be secured, if needed, to meet the older adult and family needs. Psychological or emotional abuse, or financial exploitation: Ricky and his staff have seen an increase in the number of financial exploitation cases, which reflects a trend nationwide. “Unfortunately, financial exploitation is growing and becoming a larger trend, such as when a caregiver or family member uses the older adult’s funds for personal use. If needed, we can intervene and take the necessary steps to ensure the consumer’s funds are being used appropriately,” Ricky says. Physical or sexual abuse: OAPS investigates calls for in-home abuse, as well abuse cases in nursing homes, adult day care or personal care homes (including resident-to-resident). Due to behaviors of one resident, on occasion, another can become a victim of abuse. Protective Services would then investigate to ensure proper supervision,

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staffing and treatment to secure the needs of both residents. “We don’t see a large amount of these case in Butler County,” Ricky confirms. How to recognize signs of abuse Physical, psychological, emotional and sexual abuse is defined as the infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement or punishment with resulting physical harm, pain or mental anguish; the willful deprivation by a caregiver of goods or services that are necessary to maintain physical or mental health; sexual harassment or rape. Signs of physical abuse can include: 2 unexplained broken bones, untreated wounds, welts, signs of being tied up (wrists and ankle). 2 bruises or burns, often in shapes or patterns, in various stages of healing. 2 difficulty walking due to unexplained injuries or medical condition. 2 sunken eyes or pain. 2 withdrawal, passivity, fear, guilt, hesitation to speak openly. 2 denial of problems. 2 depression. Self-neglect and caregiver neglect is defined as the failure to provide for oneself or the failure of a caregiver to provide goods and/or services essential to avoid a clear and serious threat to physical or mental health. An older adult who does not consent to the provision of protective services will not be found to be negligent solely on the grounds of environmental factors that are beyond the control of the older adult or the caretaker, such as inadequate housing, furnishings, income, clothing or medical care.

Senior Express

Signs of neglect can include: 4 lack of adequate food, clothing or shelter. 4 hoarding. 4 lack of necessary medical care. 4 malnourishment, dehydration or weight loss. 4 lack of supervision resulting in imminent risk or danger to self. 4 poor hygiene or housekeeping. 4 failure to take medications. Financial exploitation is an act or course of conduct by a caregiver or other person against an older adult or an older adult’s resources, with the informed consent obtained through misrepresentation, coercion or threats of force that results in monetary, personal or other benefit, gain or profit for the perpetrator or monetary or personal loss to the older adult. The abuse can occur when a family member or someone who has continual access to the senior applies “undue influence” on him or her. 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.

Every case handled by OAPS is managed carefully, always respecting the individual’s personal rights. Legal assistance is also provided when necessary. All information on victims or alleged victims of abuse is kept confidential. “Regardless of the type of abuse involved, the older adult’s safety is always our first priority,” Ricky comments. “We are most concerned with reducing or eliminating the ‘imminent risk’ at the time of the incident being reported by the least restrictive means. If a consumer is not in imminent risk but is need of services that can be provided through other means, we will refer the consumer to other entities that can help them get what they need—whether it’s in-home care or getting help with paying for their utilities so they can have heat in the winter months.” BCSN To learn more about protective services or to file a report, call the Protective Services hotline at (724) 283-6955 any time or visit the Butler County Area Agency on Aging Mondays through Fridays between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 111 Sunnyview Circle, Building 3, Suite 101, Butler.

• unpaid bills and lack of necessities

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:

where there is adequate income.

* must be age 60 or older.

• unusual withdrawals from accounts,

* must reside in Pennsylvania.

Other signs of exploitation can include:

bounced checks or forged signatures.

• utilities or the phone being shut off. • missing mail or unexplained charges on the senior’s debit/credit card.

• the senior seems isolated or talks in a guarded manner to people with whom he or she used to talk openly.

* 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. October 2013 • Butler County Senior News

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Butler County Area Agency on Aging

Senior Center events

_ Bruin Senior Center, United Methodist Church, Main St., will offer the following events: Medicare update program at 11 a.m. October 7; blood pressure screening October 7; birthday celebration October 10; speaker from Concordia at 11 a.m. October 21; and Halloween party October 28. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Call (724) 753-2922. _ Butler Senior Center, 10 Austin Ave., (located in Tanglewood Senior Center), Lyndora, offers the following events: Flu shots from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. October 2. Bring insurance card; Institute of Learning in Retirement from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. October 3; birthday celebration October 10; Foster Grandparent program with lunch at 9:30 a.m. October 11; pancakes with Penny and the Silver Sneakers at 10:15 a.m. October 21; and Halloween party October 31. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday November 2. Call (724) 285-5392. _ Chicora Senior Center, lower level of Moose Hall, 117 West Slippery Rock St., offers the following events: Medicare update program at 11 a.m. October 2; birthday celebration October 10; community card party fundraiser from noon to 3 p.m. October 14; blood pressure screening at 10:30 a.m. October 15; bingo fundraiser with Ed from Saxony at 10:30 a.m. October 24; and Halloween party October 31. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 445-2551.

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_ Cranberry Senior Center, Municipal Building, Rochester Rd., offers the following events: Zumba Gold at 10:30 a.m. October 2; presentation from Pam Knight of Hospice Southern Care at 11 a.m. October 3; cut vegetables for chili at 9 a.m. October 8; heart disease and risk factors at Shop ‘n Save from 5 to 6 p.m. October 8; chili sale October 9; hay ride and wiener roast at Yecks Farms from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. October 9; flu shots from 10 a.m. to noon October 10; birthday celebration October 10; anniversary party October 17; 500 card party October 22; hoagie sale October 23. Order deadline is October 16; make the most of your doctor’s appointment program at 11 a.m. .October 24; and Halloween party October 31. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 772-6086. _ Evans City Senior Center, 426 East Main St., offers the following events: flu shots from 10 a.m. to noon October 4. Bring insurance card; bring a friend to breakfast from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. October 7; drum circle from 1 to 2 p.m. October 8; blood pressure screening at 11:15 a.m. October 10; birthday celebration October 10; hay ride at Yeck’s Farm 4 p.m. October 15; dinner with church from 4 to 7 p.m. October 24. Cost is $7 per person; Family Feud at 12:30 p.m. October 31; and Halloween party October 31. October 2013 • Butler County Senior News

Senior Express The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 538-9414. _ Mars Senior Center, Penn Mar Plaza, Gilkey Dr., offers the following activities: Medicare update program at 11 a.m. October 3; flu shots from 10 a.m. to noon October 3. Bring insurance card; birthday celebration October 10; Living Wills program at 11:15 a.m. October 16; and Halloween party October 31. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 625-4466. _ Mount Chestnut Senior Center, Presbyterian Church, 727 Old Route 422, will offer the following events: blood pressure screening at 11 a.m. October 3; flu shots from 10 a.m. to noon October 7. Bring insurance card; Bible study at 10:15 a.m. October 7 and 21; Wendy’s fundraiser night from 5 to 7 p.m. October 9; birthday celebration October 10; bingo at 10 a.m. October 14; Prospect Community Chime Choir at 10:45 a.m. October 17; and book club at 10:15 a.m. October 28. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Call (724) 282-6006. _ North Central Senior Center, West Sunbury Presbyterian Church, will offer the following events: program on eye care at 11 a.m. October 2; flu shots from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. October 9. Bring insurance card; birthday celebration October 11; blood pressure screening October 16; and Halloween party October 30. Hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. Call (724) 637-2959. _ Slippery Rock Senior Center, Township Building, 155 Branchton Rd., will offer the following events: Medicare update program at 11 a.m. October 4; flu shots from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. October 10. Bring insurance card; birthday celebration October 10; blood pressure screening at 11:30 a.m. October 24; Halloween craft at 10:30 a.m. October 28; and Halloween dress up party October 31. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 794-6440. _ Southeast Senior Center, Winfield Township Firehall, Brose Rd., will offer the following events: Medicare update program at 11 a.m. October 8; blood pressure screening at 11 a.m. October 10; birthday celebration October 10; Sweetest Day party at 10 a.m. October 17; blood pressure screening at 11 a.m. October 24; and Halloween basket raffle at 11 a.m. October 29. The center is open from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call (724) 352-2036. _ Zelienople Senior Center, 700 S. Green Lane, Zelienople, offers the following upcoming events: bring a sack lunch October 8. The center will close at noon; birthday celebration October 10; Halloween puzzle October 25; and Halloween party October 31. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 452-5292. BCSN

Butler County Area Agency on Aging October Menu for senior centers

Tuesday, October 1: Spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, vanilla pudding. Wednesday, October 2: Turkey supreme, broccoli, Mandarin oranges, sugar cookie. Thursday, October 3: Shepherd’s pie, mixed vegetable blend, coleslaw, cake. Friday, October 4: Potato crusted fish, macaroni and cheese twists, stewed tomatoes, sliced peaches. Monday, October 7: Stuffed cabbage roll, whipped potatoes, green beans, cookie. Tuesday, October 8: Barbecue chicken breast, baked potato, sweet corn, fruit. Wednesday, October 9: Meatloaf sandwich, parsley potatoes, mixed green salad, carrots, gelatin. Thursday, October 10, Birthday menu: Roast pork loin, whipped potatoes, sauerkraut, cake and ice cream. Friday, October 11: French dip sandwich, au gratin potatoes, sweet peas, raspberry sherbet. Monday, October 14: Baked chicken alfredo, tossed salad, carrots and red cabbage, Mandarin oranges.

Senior Express The Butler County Area Agency on Aging

Serving you: About the Area Agency on Aging The Butler County Area Agency on Aging (AAoA) is a community service agency for older adults and has operated in Butler County since 1984. The Area Agency on Aging administers programs and manages services for Butler County residents who are 60 years of age or older. Agency programs and services are designed to serve approximately 38,000 older consumers who call Butler County home. Butler County Commissioners William L. McCarrier A. Dale Pinkerton James Eckstein Area Agency on Aging Administrator: Beth A. Herold, RN, BSN, MBA

Tuesday, October 15, Soup and salad day: Tuna salad, egg salad, vegetable soup, fruit salad. Wednesday, October 16: Hot dog, hashbrown casserole, baked beans, pineapple tidbits. Thursday, October 17: Sweet and sour pork, rice, vegetable medley, Angel food cake.

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Friday, October 18: Sloppy Joe sandwich, cauliflower soup, fruit. Monday, October 21: Johnny Marzetti casserole, pasta, tossed salad, carrots, pears. Tuesday, October 22: Grilled chicken sandwich, rice florentine soup, peaches and pears. Wednesday, October 23, Breast cancer awareness day: Salisbury steak, O’Brien potatoes, sweet peas, cake. Thursday, October 24: Pepperoni pizza, tossed salad, applesauce. Friday, October 25: Stuffed pepper cup, whipped potatoes, yellow beans, banana pudding. Monday, October 28: Chicken pot pie, potatoes and vegetables, coleslaw, chocolate chip cookie. Tuesday, October 29: Country fried steak, scalloped potatoes, steamed broccoli, fruit. Wednesday, October 30: Ham and cheese sandwich, vegetable soup, gelatin salad.

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Entertainment and Events 2 The Beacon, 231 Beacon Rd., Renfrew, offers their annual corn maze and haunted house October 4 through November 2. Cost is $12 per person. Wagon rides begin Fridays and Saturdays at dusk and end at 10 p.m. There will also be hayrides, a concession stand and bonfire. Sundays are “no scare” family days from 1 to 4 p.m. with hay rides, corn maze, candy hunt, pony rides and a petting zoo. Call (724) 5866233 or visit 2 For All Family Farms, 328 Hoon Rd., Butler, will host their annual fall fest from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends from October 5 to 27. Activities include children’s activities, corn maze, pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling, games and more. The barn will also holds crafts, antiques and fresh baked goodies from local vendors. Call (724) 822-8852 or visit 2 A community trunk sale will take place at Alameda Park, Masonic

Shelter, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 5. Admission for shoppers is free. Event runs rain or shine. Call (724) 284-5383. 2 A breast cancer and women’s health fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 pm. on October 5 at Clearview Mall, 101 Clearview Circle, Butler. Local doctors, hospitals and businesses will be speaking throughout the day about services they provide to the community. There will also be Chinese auction tables with a variety of gift baskets. Call (724) 285-5721 or visit 2 St. Christopher’s Church, Rt. 528, Prospect, will host Oktoberfest from 3 to 7 p.m. on October 5. The dinner menu includes pork roast, sauerkraut, corn, apple sauce, kielbasa, potato pancakes, mashed potatoes, dessert, cider, coffee and cold beverages. Cost is $9.50 for adults, $5 for children ages six to 12 and free for children five and

under. Dine in or carry out. There will also be a flea market and wine tasting. 2 Tickets are available for the Chef Tasting Party and Auction, to be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 6 at The Mansion, 141 Mansion Lane, Butler. The event will feature appetizers, entrees, side dishes, desserts and beverages from some of the area’s finest restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries. Guests will vote for their favorite foods in each category, as well as best overall display. Also on tap will be a silent auction, as well as The Chef Hat, a chance to win $500 in restaurant gift cards. Tickets are $40 and include all food and beverages. To purchase tickets, call (724) 283-3198, ext. 250 or visit 2 The Zelienople and Harmony country fall festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. October 12 and from noon to 5 p.m. October 13. Festivities include sidewalk sales, arts and crafts,

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Entertainment and Events art exhibits, farmer’s market, chainsaw carvings, pumpkin contests, children’s activities, a car cruise and more. Call (724) 452-5571 or visit 2 The Old Stone House, 2865 William Flynn Hwy., Slippery Rock, will present their Harvest Dinner from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 19. With help and supervision of ‘Tavern Chefs’ Bill McGary and Stan Malecki, students will cook an entire meal using tools and ingredients from the early American period, then enjoy the fruits of their labor in the Old Stone House parlor. Cost is $35 per person. Contact (724) 738-4964 or for more information. 2 The annual haunted bonfire is set to take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. October 26 at Alameda Park, Masonic Shelter. All are invited to bring a lawn chair and enjoy an evening of ghost stories with featured storytellers. Enjoy

If you are age 55 or older and have successfully completed a driver improvement 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 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.

a cup of hot chocolate, along with popcorn and hotdogs, in front of a roaring bonfire. Listen while storytellers take you on a journey into the spooky, weird and fun world of Halloween. There will be a piñata, and the always popular Alameda Treasure Scramble. There is a pre-registration fee of $7 per child through October 18. After that, registration is $9. Dress up in your Halloween costume and join all the ghouls.

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2 The 13th annual American Diabetes Association Expo Pittsburgh will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 9 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. This free event offers health screenings, cooking and exercise demonstrations, and the latest innovations in diabetes management and prevention. Parking is available at the Convention Center. To learn more, visit or call (888) DIABETES, ext. 4608. BCSN

• October 3; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cranberry Senior Center, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Township. • October 22 and 23; 5:30 to 9 p.m. Kelly Chevrolet, 252 Pittsburgh Rd., Butler. • October 18; 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Butler Memorial Hospital, 911 East Brady St., Butler. For a complete list of classes, go to To register, call (724) 283-0245 or (800) 559-4880. BCSN



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Beautiful Buys Thrift Shoppe lives up to its name By Gina Mazza For Butler County Senior News


hat started out as a means to assist new residents moving onto the St. Barnabas Health System campus in Valencia has blossomed into a great local resource for anyone in Butler, Allegheny or surrounding counties who’s in search of terrific bargains on furniture, housewares, clothing and rare collectibles. The St. Barnabas Charities operate two retail stores that live up to their name. Beautiful Buys Thrift Shoppe is open to the public at two convenient locations: 70 Dambach Avenue off of Railroad Street in Valencia, and 421 Route 228 East in Adams Township. Inspiration for the opening of the stores arose over the years as St. Barnabas slowly accumulated an inventory of items that their residents no longer needed or wanted. “As folks move

onto our campus, they typically have a need to downsize and they just don’t have room for all of the belongings they once had in their homes,” explains JD Turco, a senior vice president with St. Barnabas Health System. “Even later on, once an individual is a St. Barnabas resident, they still may have reason to continue downsizing as they move through our system—from independent living to greater levels of care to our skilled facilities, which are fully furnished. At some point, we realized that we had an inventory problem, and when we thought about what to do with that inventory, the idea of offering it for resale seemed like a natural progression.” As a result, both retail stores are brimming with great finds—everything from furniture, home décor and housewares to clothing, appliances, books and rare collectibles. While the items in the stores tend to be “boutique

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do with all of your stuff, St. Barnabas can help. “Unfortunately, when people pass away, the family is often in a predicament about what to do with all their stuff,” JD says. “Historically, when folks who have accumulated an estate have to move, they either go out and look for an auctioneer to help them sell off items or they have to arrange to take it to a thrift store. If you have an issue with downsizing, give us a call. We will be happy to come by, help you inventory your items and/or pick up the items that you would like to donate to Beautiful Buys. If you can’t manage the items yourself, we can schedule an appointment to have our box truck sent out to pick up your donation items. We try to make it as easy as possible for you.” Alternatively, any items can be dropped off in person at either retail location. Charitable receipts are available for income tax deductions. All proceeds from Beautiful Buys’ sales BSNews ad Fund, wo banner benefit the St. BarnabasFNL Free Care

which provides up to $5 million in free care for older adults who need it. “The fund is for those who have outlived their resources and are in need of housing, healthcare and other things. That’s what makes Beautiful Buys such a great concept. The funds go directly back into the health system to support our mission of providing ongoing care.” BCSN Beautiful Buys is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The stores are open on all holidays except Christmas and Thanksgiving. For more information, call (724) 625-8995 or visit www. Beautiful Buys is now seeking volunteers to work in the retail stores, as well as anyone who has skills such as woodworking, small engine repair or electronics. To inquire, call Deb Cochran at (724) 898-2897. 6/24/08 2:16 PM Page 1

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Superstitions and Old Wives Tales

Answer the following questions correctly for a chance to win $30 cash. 1. According to the old superstitious rhyme “What will keep the doctor away”?_______________________________________ 2. According to an old wives’ tale, what should you do while passing by a cemetery?__________________________________ 3. It is unlucky to wear opals, unless you were born in this month._________________________________________________ 4. According to an old wives’ tale, what will happen if you step on a crack on a sidewalk?_____________________________ 5. What should you throw over your shoulder if you happen to spill any?___________________________________________ 6. Breaking what object is supposed to bring a person seven years of bad luck?_________________________________________ 7. According to superstition, what are people supposed to do while yawning?_______________________________________ 8. Miners know not to do this while they’re underground. What should they avoid doing?______________________________ 9. Carrying around this nut from the oak tree will bring good luck. Which nut is it?____________________________________ 10. When making a wish, what body part is crossed in order to ensure that the wish is granted?___________________________ To enter, mail your answers to Butler County 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 Butler County Senior News.

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A couple was celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. Their domestic tranquility had long been the talk of the town. A local newspaper reporter was inquiring as to the secret of their long and happy marriage. “Well, it dates back to our honeymoon,” explained the man. “We visited the Grand Canyon and took a trip down to the bottom on the canyon by pack mule. We hadn’t gone too far when my wife’s mule stumbled. My wife quietly said, ‘That’s once.’ We proceeded a little further and the mule stumbled again. Once more my wife quietly said, ‘That’s twice.’ Hadn’t gone a half-mile when the mule stumbled the third time. My wife quietly removed a revolver from her pocket and shot the mule dead. I started to yell at her for her treatment of the mule when she looked at me and quietly said ‘That’s once.” Psychology 101 In a class on abnormal psychology, the instructor was about to introduce the subject of manic depression. She posed this question to her students: “How would you diagnose a patient who walks back and forth screaming at the top of his lungs one minute, then sits down weeping uncontrollably the next?” A young man in the rear raised his hand and suggested earnestly, “A football coach?” Taken from

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