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Pearl Deaniello, 70, and Simone Shapiro, 69, participate in the Greenfield Glide.

Senior Summer Games add “tailgate toss” to its events; participants fare well in all competitions More than 300 Allegheny County and City of Pittsburgh residents ages 60 and older participated in the 2013 Senior Summer Games, sponsored by the Citiparks Healthy Active Living program. The games are held annually throughout the greater Pittsburgh area.

A total of 15 events were conducted over a two-week period, including archery, bocce, bowling (9-pin, notap), darts, Frisbee toss, golf, horseshoes, Kooshball, pool (8-ball), shuffleboard, softball throw, tailgate toss, a walk-a-thon, Wii bowling and the Greenfield Glide.

The tailgate toss was a new event in this year’s games. It was popularized in recent years as pregame rituals in parking lots at NFL and college football games, as well as major league baseball parking lots. Continued on page 4

Kane Foundation hosts 25th annual Director’s Golf Tournament. Read page 13.

Columbia Gas marks Hunger Action Month with gift to South Hills food pantries. Read page 14.


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Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop Do you have an ongoing health condition, such as arthritis, diabetes, chronic pain, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, asthma, cancer, or any other condition that affects your daily life?

Would you be prepared in case of an emergency? Since September is National Emergency Preparedness Month, we’re featuring local resources that you can turn to in case of the unexpected. See page 15 for details. This month, we begin a series on the APPRISE program. This month’s column on page 26 reminds us that the Medicare Open Enrollment period begins October 1.

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Senior expos * State Representative Dom Costa will host his fourth annual senior fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. September 27 at the Ross Township Community Center, 1000 Ross Municipal Drive. There will be free health screenings, free flu and pneumonia shots, vendor information and door prizes. * State Senator Matt Smith will host is seventh annual senior fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. October 3 at the Galleria of Mt. Lebanon. There will be free flu shots, as well as medical screenings for diabetes, osteoporosis and blood pressure. There will also be entertainment and raffle giveaways. Flu shot recipents should bring their Medicare card. Flu shots will be available while supplies last. * State Senator Randy Vulakovich and Representative Hal English will host their annual senior expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. October 4 at Allison Park Church, 2326 Duncan Ave., Allison Park. There will be vendor information and door prizes. * State Senator Jim Brewster and Forbes Regional Hospital will sponsor a wellness and safety expo from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. October 4 at the McKeesport Palisades, 100 Fifth Ave., McKeesport. There will be health screenings, vendor information, and door prizes. * State Representative Dan Deasy will host his fifth annual senior health expo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. October 4 at Guardian Angel Church, 1030 Logue Street. There will be health screenings, vendor information, and door prizes. PSN Sample dozens of fine wines from select vintners on the festive grounds of Penn’s Colony– minutes from Pittsburgh

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Senior Summer Games add “tailgate toss” to its events; participants fare well in all competitions Continued from page 1 Commemorative gold, silver and bronze medals were presented to the first-, second- and third-place male and female finishers in each event. A total of 199 participants won medals at this year’s competition, and an awards luncheon was held in July at the newly renovated South Side Market House center. There were some familiar names on the leader board at the Summer Games. Congratulations to Duke Winkowski and Rosemarie Wilczynski, the leading overall male and female medal winners at this year’s competition. Duke, from the South Side center, led the way in the men’s division by winning 11 gold medals. Rosemarie, representing the Lawrenceville center, set the pace in the women’s division by winning 10 medals: five gold, three silver and two bronze. (Rosemarie, who recently celebrated her 70th birthday, also competed in the National Senior Games held in Cleveland in July.)

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Emmett Redding of Northside competes in the cornhole games..

Games participant Xiu Lin Zhao from Greenfield Center.

Three sisters from South Side Center: Golfer Anita Schmitt, score taker Melba Palashoff and Marion Kiefer [in back].

Doreen Lyden of Lawrenceville Center competes in darts.

Another double-digit medalist was Leon McCray from the McKinley Park center, who reeled in 10 medals, including four gold, four silver and two bronze. Other top medal winners included Phyllis Haduch from Mt. Washington and Albert Cross from South Side, both with nine medals; Christal Krausse (Morningside) and Joan Eisenbarth (South Side) with eight apiece; and Bob Horton (Lawrenceville), Mary Szulborski (Lawrenceville), Frank Grassel (West End) and Tom Tominac (North Hills), all seven-time medalists. (Mary, 88, also competed in the National Senior Games held in Cleveland in July.) Next in line among medal winners were Bob Baker from Castle Shannon and Nalda Millender from Northview Heights, who finished with six medals apiece; followed by five-time medalists Wayne Jelenik (Sheraden), Betty Callio (South Side), George Locke (Hazelwood), Jim Cichra (Sheraden), Judy Winkowski (South Side), Richard Keller (West End), Frances Sokol (South Side), Jerry Cirell (Lawrenceville), William Carey (Greenfield) and Pat Toney (South Side).

Ted Szoch of Brighton Heights Center won a silver medal in 8-ball pool.


Four-time medalists included Mary Sankey (South Side), Jenny Thompson (Homewood), Giovanna Palmieri (Greenfield), Richard Barton (Lawrenceville), Carol Harper (Sheraden), Milton Jones (South Side), Ken Tintelnot (Bethel Park), Ted Szoch (Brighton Heights), Charlie Seay (Homewood) and Tim McCarthy (South Side). There was a large group of triple medalists, consisting of Stanley Mikolajek (Lawrenceville), Carolyn Boyd (South Side), Rosemary Arnold (West End), Rosalie Nesbitt (South Side), Jim Weaver (Sheraden), Gail Phillips (Elderberry), Kathryn Schutz (Lawrenceville), Barbara Robinson (Hazelwood), Milton Griffin (South Side), Gerry Jelenek (Sheraden), Bill Ernharth (Sheraden), Gladys Hollaman (Northview Heights), Don Gearhart (Lawrenceville), Richard Ritter (South Hills), Ron Niziol (South Side), John Kushner (Sheraden), Rita Ernharth (Sheraden), Jan Anselm (Sheraden), Charles Gilbert (Hazelwood), Virginia Turba (Mt. Washington) and Charles Kehren (South Side). Meanwhile, 30 participants were double medal winners: Thelma Freeman (McKees Rocks), Joe Mastriano (Greenfield), Paul Mancerella (Greenfield), Beverly Locke (Hazelwood), Joe McClory (South Hills), Dora Jackson (South Side), Betty Rall (Lawrenceville), Doreen Lyden (Lawrenceville), Irene Niziol (South Side), Jerry Sapir (Lawrenceville), Janet McConaha (South Side), Helen Dennis (Hazelwood), Elizabeth Chambers (Hazelwood), Margaret Lockhart (South Side), Alma Kuczynski (Morningside), Joe Zieger (West End), Alberta Mosco (Lawrenceville), Edward McCardle (South Side), Mary Ellen Purnell (Lawrenceville), Grace Berard (Sheraden), Gretchen Bryant (Homewood), Bill Brand (Greenfield), Robert Lay (Sheraden), Jo Alice Snow-Galloway (South Side), Sandra Gearhart (Lawrenceville), Shirley Zieger (West End),

Beverly Locke and Arlene Williams of Hazelwood Center participate in golf.

Charles Hack (South Side), Ann Tkacik (Sheraden), Frances Szewczyk (South Side) and Elizabeth Rosenthaler (South Side). Kudos also to the many single medalists: Men: James Janczura (Wii bowling), Emmett Redding (archery), Thomas Howard (Wii bowling), John Mox (tailgate toss), Morris Walsh (golf), Tom Woods (Wii bowling), Ron Serafini (golf), Miroslav Pecman (bowling), Jim Schulte (pool/8-ball), Bill Scheiwer (bowling), Dannie Ward (golf), John Mazzarini (bowling), Harold Chelemer (pool/8-ball), Samuel Pugliano (tailgate toss), Bill Miller (golf), Francis Hartley (pool/8-ball), Ron Otto (golf), Pete Dalmaso (archery), Richard McDonald (archery), George Williams (darts), David Gallaway (shuffleboard), Harry Nordquist (bowling), Robert Follette (bowling), Richard Zeiler (golf), Steve Taylor (bowling), Bernard Funtal (bowling), William Williams (bocce), John Anselm (archery), John Vukovich (bowling), Francis Hartley (pool/8-ball), Tom Tengowski (golf), Robert Lakomy (golf), Frank Rizzo (bocce), Charles Snyder (bowling), James Clancy (archery), Charles Howsare (tailgate toss), Albert Sakach (golf), Robert Anderson (pool/8ball), Bill Parasky (bowling), Paul Pfeuffer (Wii Bowling), Gerald Wright (golf), Rege Davis (bowling), Robert Voelker (pool/8-ball), Arthur Cipriani (golf), John Monte (bowling), John Gallagher (archery), Lewis Crilley (golf), Ben LeDonne (bocce), John Bergant (bowling), Bill Galvin (golf), Howard Vetterly (Wii Bowling), Ronald Womble (horseshoes), George Blessitt (kooshball), John Sjoman (kooshball), Bob Armitage (pool/8-ball).

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Rosemarie Druga of Greenfield Center plays bocce.

Guiqin Liu of Greenfield Center with Steve Russell, Market House recreation leader.

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Senior Summer Games add “tailgate toss” to its events; participants fare well in all competitions Continued from page 5

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Joan Eisenbarth of South Side Center and Bob Baker of Lawrenceville Center score at Wii bowling.

Councilman Corey O’Connor with Rosemary Arnold of West End Center and Councilman Bruce Kraus.

Women: Dolores Stromberg (Wii bowling), Anna Gallagher (archery), Emma Dimoff (horseshoes), Carrie Evans (tailgate toss), Betty Cook (bowling), Angeline Molinaro (Wii bowling), Fannie Bates (horseshoes), Xueyi Wu (walk-a-thon), Carleen Matthews (bowling), June Bancale (golf), Susan Kocyan (Wii bowling), Carrie McCray (shuffleboard), Anna Crilley (golf), Margaret Snyder (bowling), Linda Novacek (bowling), Sally Lyons (pool/8-ball), Mary Parasky (bowling), Marilyn Herrlich (Wii bowling), Cenythia Strothers (archery), Rosemary Sonnik (Wii bowling), Frances McQuaide (tailgate toss), Dolores Sheriden (Wii bowling), Wink Daly (bowling), Marian Allen (archery), Elizabeth Joseph (tailgate toss), Alberta Bey (walk-a-thon), Mary Fisher (bowling), Peggy LaPlace (darts), Alberta Asbury (bowling), Patsy Joyce (Wii bowling), Davine Glover (shuffleboard), Dolores Hison (bowling), Janet O’Connor (tailgate toss), Mary Jane Waymire (bowling), Audrey Adair (Wii bowling), Xiangxi Li (walk-a-thon), Betty Barton (golf), Janice Carter (Wii bowling), Bernadette Smith (golf), A.D. Porter (walk-a-thon),

Kathleen Sherman (bowling), Chuan De Li (walk-a-thon), Marilyn Bisiada (bowling), Bernice Coleman (bowling), Jane Bishop (golf), Ella Dixon (Wii bowling). The Greenfield Glide medalists in the 2013 Citiparks games consisted of: Men: Barry Shields (gold), Gary Chalaba (silver), Saur Lumbantoruan (bronze); Dennis Jett (gold), James Kirby (silver), Robert Walker (bronze); Donald Sutton (gold), Thomas Sheridan (silver) and John Palmiere (bronze). Women: Mary Chabala (gold), Simone Shapiro (silver), Mary Ann Raymer (bronze), Pearl Deaniello (gold), K. Terry Carskaddan (silver) and Ann Mercurio (bronze). The 2014 Citiparks Winter Games will be held during the last two weeks of January in various sites around the Pittsburgh area. For more information, call the Citiparks program office at (412) 422-6405.

Citiparks centers hope to “see you in September” “See You in September” is the message for people born on or before 1953 from Pittsburgh’s 14 Citiparks Healthy Active Living Centers. The centers are celebrating Senior Center Month with a calendar of events and activities to engage anyone from the youngest Baby Boomers to super seniors born before 1946. The centers are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a full slate of items from a daily lunch meal to trips, wellness presentations and fitness programs, along with full-service information and referral. Some additional attractions sponsored by Citiparks include a proposed Talent Show and Concert on September 17, Rock-n-Roll at Riverview Park on the 20th, the US Open of Bocce Tournament on the 13th, the popular Intergeneration Alphabet Trail and Tails in Frick Park on the 14th, and the Great Race weekend events: September 21 is the Junior Great Race and September 29 is the Great Race.  For information, call the Citiparks office at (412) 422-6405 or visit http://pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks/senior-community-centers.


Pittsburgh seniors win medals in Cleveland The horseshoe competition for the National Senior Games took place on July 24 and 25 in Cleveland, Ohio. Mary Szulborski, 88, and Rosemarie Wilczynski, 70, of the Lawrenceville Senior Community Center represented Pittsburgh in the competition. Rosemarie, who was the top medal winner in the local Senior Games, won the bronze medal in her age category at this national competition, and Mary won the silver in her age category. Delegates from the 2012 Pennsylvania State Games held in Hershey were asked to provide a morally supportive cheering section for those in attendance. The group drove up to view the first day of the horseshoe competition.

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Entertainment and Events 2 Trained Safety for Seniors volunteers with Open Your Heart to a Senior will conduct a free home safety assessment and make recommendations for family members to adjust/remove potential hazards. They install smoke alarms (if needed) and leave seniors with a bag of safety items, such as a flashlight and fresh batteries, a bath mat, night light and other helpful items. After the check has been completed, seniors qualify for either a free grab bar or an indoor railing installed at no charge. For information or to schedule a visit, call Cathy Pschirer at (412) 307-0069.

during the year. The Harmony Singers perform a wide variety of music, such as Broadway, rock and roll, patriotic and pop tunes. The group is available to perform for civic, social, church or business organizations. Adults, 18 years and older, are welcome to join the Harmony Singers. All voices are needed. Performance experience and the ability to read music are preferred but not required. For information or to reserve them for an event, call Bernie Komoroski at (412) 381-7175 or visit www.harmonysingers.org.

2 Free senior health fairs will take place from 9 a.m. to noon September 14 at Risen Lord Parish Education Center (gymnasium), 3250 California Ave., North Side; from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. September 16 at Bridgeville Library, 505 McMillen St., Bridgeville; and from 9 to 11 a.m. September 26 at West End Senior Center, 80 Wabash St., West End. There will be information on senior resources, as well as health screenings, pneumonia and flu vaccines, raffles, giveaways and more. For more information, call Danielle at (412) 325-4222 or visit www.LIFEPittsburgh.org.

2 The Harmony Singers of Pittsburgh, a South Hills choral group, will launch its 2013-2014 season on Wednesday, September 4 at 7:30 p.m. with an ice cream social for returning and prospective members at the Brightwood Christian Church, 5044 West Library Rd., Bethel Park. Weekly rehearsals are held at the church

2 The 23rd annual Pittsburgh Irish Festival will be held September 6 to 8 at the Riverplex at Sandcastle, 1000 Sandcastle Dr., West Homestead. Enjoy live entertainment, Irish dog area, Irish marketplace, children’s activities, Blarney bingo, demonstrations, beverage tasting and more. Call (412) 422-1113 or visit www.pghirishfest.org.

2 Join the Retired Men’s Luncheon Group of Pleasant Hills at noon September 19 for some good, old fashioned music and sing-along with Dick Moninger and Norm Azinger, The Banjo AllStars, who have been playing together for 20 years. The meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church,

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2 Peanut Squares Square Dance Club is sponsoring two free nights of square dancing from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. September 19 at SS Simon and Jude, 1607 Greentree Rd., Greentree, and from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. September 26 at Southminster Presbyterian Church at 799 Washington Rd., Mt Lebanon. No experience, costumes or partner required. Kids from 9 to 90 welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Ruth at (412) 221-1192 or Paul at (412) 735-2423. 2 The Schenley Shuffle 5k run/1mile walk and brunch to benefit Open Your Heart to a Senior will be held at 8 a.m. September 21 at Bartlett Grove in Schenley Park, Oakland. After the race, enjoy brunch and activities

including yoga, a photo booth, raffle baskets and lawn games. Open to all ages and family friendly. Registration for the run/walk and brunch is $20, or free for OYHS volunteers. Register by September 20 at www.eventbrite.com/ event/7685941859. 2 The annual Penn’s Colony Festival and Folk Art Marketplace will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. September 21 and 28 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 22 and 29 at Penn’s Colony Village, 365 Saxonburg Blvd, Saxonburg. The festival features artists and musical entertainment reminiscent of the historic time period of the French and Indian War. Cost is $7 for general admission, $6 for seniors ages 60 and older and $5 for children ages eight to 15; free for children ages seven and younger. Call (724) 352-9922 or www.pennscolony.com. 2 The 2013 Pittsburgh Senior Prom will take place from 5 to 10 p.m.

September 29 at the Doubletree by Hilton, 500 Mansfield Ave., Robinson Township. Tickets are $40 per person and includes a night of health education, food, dancing, fun and prizes. Call (412) 231-1531 or (412) 323-3854 for details. 2 Glenshaw AARP #3744 will host a trip to Nashville, TN., October 2 to 5. Cost of trip is $750 per person and includes three nights’ accommodations (two at Gaylord’s Opryland Hotel), three breakfasts, two lunches, three dinners, three shows, tours and attractions, baggage handling, taxes and gratuities. Call (412) 487-1609. 2 Mt. Lebanon Recreation Department presents Elf the Musical and dinner in Pittsburgh December 1. Cost is $139 per person and includes dinner, show ticket, transportation and tour of Pittsburgh holiday lights. Register by October 15. Call (412) 343-3409 for more information. PSN

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AARP fetes chapters and announces upcoming volunteer recognition event associate state director Rebecca Delphia will be present for everyone to meet! September 30 – West, 1 p.m., Carnegie Life Span, 300 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsburgh October 2 – South, 10 a.m. to noon, Pleasant Hills Community Building

By Barbara Bush AARP Communications Specialist For Pittsburgh Senior News Look for the following special events for AARP chapter leaders to attend in four areas of Allegheny County. At these events, chapters can share their knowledge with each other, which can lead to greater successes for every chapter. You will have access to chapter liaisons and staff that will assist you throughout the year to answer your questions, and our new

October 9 – East, 10 a.m. to noon, Churchill Borough Building, 2300 William Penn Highway, Pittsburgh October 29 – North, 1 p.m., Kane Ross, McIntyre Road, Pittsburgh Our most enjoyable event of the year will be open to dedicated volunteers. October 15 and 16 will mark AARP Pennsylvania’s

annual Volunteer Recognition event and Andrus Award presentation. As the Battle of Gettysburg celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013, we felt it only fitting that this year’s event should be held in that historic city. On October 15, buses will bring our most dedicated volunteers from western Pennsylvania (from Greene to Allegheny to Erie counties and everywhere in between) to experience a guided battlefield tour, enjoy an evening meal, view the Academy Award winning film Lincoln and spend the night at our hotel venue, the Wyndham Gettysburg Courtyard by Marriott, located at 95 Presidential Circle.

On October 16, buses from Philadelphia and surrounding counties will bring more volunteers to Gettysburg where they will join with our overnight guests for lunch, our recognition program, a program by an Abraham Lincoln and the presentation of the Andrus Award. In the afternoon, our “day” volunteers (those who came by bus or car for the day) will experience the guided battlefield tour and depart for home. If you are an AARP volunteer, you will receive an invitation for this event in the mail. Kindly reply in a timely manner, as reservations will be on a first-come, first-served basis due to the number of seats on the bus. All volunteers will receive the mailing at the same time. PSN

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AARP News Birmingham AARP #2757 will meet at 12:30 p.m. September 25 at Birmingham United Church of Christ, 25 Carrick Ave. Entertainment will be provided by the Sunshine Boys. Coffee, tea and pastries will be served for a donation. Visitors are welcome. Dormont AARP #3016 will meet at noon September 12 at Dormont Presbyterian Church, 2865 Espy Ave. South Hills. Members attending are asked to donate a covered dish to be served after the meeting. This event is open to members only. If you have not signed up to donate a dish, contact Angelo at (412) 885-5474. East Liberty # 2612 will meet at noon September 16 at Crossroad Church, 125 Highland Avenue. Margaret Washington, University of Pittsburgh, will be speaking on doctor and patient relationships. Guest and new members are welcome. Gateway North AARP #3586 will meet at 7:30 p.m. October 15 at the West

View Firehall, 398 Perry Highway, West View, for a free information open house. The Banjo Club will entertain and refreshments will be served. Glenshaw AARP #3744 will meet at 7 p.m. September 10 at Elfinwild Presbyterian Church, 3200 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw. Patty Hahn will entertain and refreshments will be available. Moon Area AARP #3451 will meet at 1 p.m. September 26 at Sharon Presbyterian Church, 522 Carnot Rd., Moon Township. The program will be presented by “LIFE” Living Independence for the Elderly. Learn about programs available to help seniors stay in their homes. Coffee and pastries will be served after the program. New members and guests are welcome. Pittsburgh-West AARP #638 will meet at 1 p.m. September 16 at the Ingram Borough Building, 40 West Prospect Ave., Ingram. Light refreshments will be provided. Call (412) 331-2669. PSN

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If you are age 55 or older and have successfully completed a senior education program in the past, you only have to attend a one-day refresher course to renew your insurance discount. If you have never participated in a Senior Driver Improvement Program, you must attend a two-day seminar to earn your automobile insurance discount. The insurance discount is five percent of the total premium for a period of three years. Cost for the course is $15 per person. • September 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shaler Township Municipal Building, State Senator Randy Vulakovich, 300 Wetzel Rd., Glenshaw. • September 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Independence Court of Monroeville, 279 Center Rd., Monroeville. For a complete list of classes, go to www.sfsd-pa.com. Online courses are now available. To register, call (724) 283-0245 or (800) 559-4880. Space is limited so register early. PSN

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Kane bariatric patient inspires other residents on his road to recovery

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roviding bariatric care is a challenge for all skilled nursing facilities. To properly care for a resident who has bariatric care needs requires specialized equipment, open wide spaces and staff training. Effective care in a skilled nursing facility for a bariatric resident requires catering to their unique medical and nutritional needs. In the 1970s, Timothy Fiedler was a drummer for the local band Ezy Elmer. As a part of the band, he opened for bigname acts that visited the Pittsburgh area. After drumming for the group, he began working at Graffiti nightclub, where he worked the lights for numerous bands that visited the club. After a variety of health setbacks, he was unable to continue working and eventually ended up at Kane through the recommendation of Dr. Mario Fatigati, executive medical director for all four Kane centers. When Tim arrived at Kane Glen Hazel in February 2013, he felt defeated. He weighed more than 400 pounds and had a tracheostomy that made it extremely hard to talk. He needed oxygen all the time and he was having a hard time in therapy.

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Since coming to Kane, Tim has made an amazing turnaround. He has lost 100 pounds, can now talk for extended periods of time and can feed himself. But his biggest accomplishment may be regaining his ability to walk. When Tim began physical therapy, he needed the help of a Hoyer lift to get in and out of bed. He can now use a walker to pivot in and out of his chair. Tim is now increasing the distance that he can walk in therapy on a daily basis. When he first arrived, he couldn’t even fit between the parallel bars. “When I first got here, it took five people to get me up and walking,” he remembers. “Now I can get up on my own with the walker and I only need one person with me in therapy.” His physical therapists agree that they are extremely proud of how far Tim has come. “We try to help him become more independent,” says Karen Henshawe, one of Tim’s physical therapists. “He told us that the other day he went down to the computer lab by himself.” Tim wants to return home but he doesn’t mind being at Kane for a little bit longer. He expresses that he has enjoyed his time at Kane and that he is happy with the staff. “The people here are great,” he comments. “[His aide] Sharon and [occupational therapists] Karen and Sandi really got me motivated. They’re fantastic.”

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Tim Fiedler’s caregiving team. When you walk into his room, he is excited to let you see the Hoyer lift that now sits in storage. Tim doesn’t need it anymore. “I don’t use that anymore,” Tim says with a grin. “I don’t even need it. I can use a walker to get out of bed by myself.” His nurses are proud of his turnaround. They say Tim deserves all the credit, and that an ultimatum from the doctors seemed to inspire him to lose the weight. “The doctor said that if he wanted to get the trach out that he would need to lose weight,” says Jean Mullenix, a nurse for Tim. “After that, he got really motivated and has done a fantastic job. We’re very proud of him.” Tim is excited to return home and pick up with his drums. “I bought a new drum set two years ago that I can’t wait to play on again.” Tim is not only motivating himself to do better, he is also inspiring other residents who see him in therapy. “He’s a big inspiration for everyone here,” says Henshawe. “Other residents have come up to him and told him how they’re drawing inspiration from him. It’s really cool to see that.” PSN Kane is Allegheny County’s skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, with locations in Glen Hazel, McKeesport, Ross Township and Scott Township. To learn more, visit Kanecare.com or call (412) 422-6773 to schedule a tour.


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he Kane Foundation is set to tee off for the 25th annual Director’s Golf Tournament on Monday, October 14 at the North Park Golf Course. The event is open to the public and groups of four can participate in the tournament, which uses a scramble format. There is a registration fee of $45 dollars per person, or $180 for a foursome. Prizes will be awarded throughout the day, along with free food and drinks at the awards ceremony to be held at the Ranch House. Teams should report to the golf course no later than 9 a.m. and the tournament begins at 10 a.m. The Kane Foundation was founded to raise private funds to enhance the quality of life for residents at Kane. The residents benefit greatly from the stimulation of special events and extracurricular activities that keep them in touch with their communities. To register a team for the tournament, call Bill LaLonde at (412) 422-6773 or email wlalonde@alleghenycounty.us. PSN

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:

FORMAT: FOUR-PLAYER SCRAMBLE. Men will play from White Markers and Women will play from Red Markers. ENTRY FEE: The entry fee is $45.00 per person ($180.00 per four-player team) which includes green fees, carts, food and prizes. WHEN TO BE THERE: Teams should report to the North Park Golf Course no later than 9:00 am. Shotgun start begins PROMPTLY at 10:00 am. HOW TO SIGN UP: The registration form is located at Kanecare.com. Return the entry form and payment of entry fees by Monday, September 30. Refer to the registration form for more details. OTHER DETAILS: The tournament is open to full-time Allegheny County employees, retirees and the general public. Awards dinner and ceremony will immediately follow the tournament at the Rose Barn. Questions? Call Bill Lalonde at 412-292-8060 or Special Events Office at 412-350-5929.

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Columbia Gas marks Hunger Action Month with gift to South Hills food pantries

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olumbia Gas of Pennsylvania has partnered with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to promote September as Hunger Action Month, an annual observance by Feeding America to encourage individuals and organizations to join the fight against hunger. The joint effort began on August 29 when representatives of Columbia, the Food Bank and several South Hills area food pantries gathered to acknowledge a $20,000 contribution from Columbia to the pantries to support customers in need in the local area. The check presentation took place at the offices of South Hills Interfaith Ministries in Bethel Park. The South Hills area was chosen for this contribution as a way for the gas company to thank communities along the Route 51/88 corridor for their patience while major work continues on that intersection.

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Columbia recently completed a $6 million pipeline improvement project along the corridor. “Columbia is grateful for the opportunity to partner with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to raise awareness about hunger insecurity,” says Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania president Mark Kempic. “One in six Americans do not have access to enough food, and that is not acceptable. We are looking forward to working with the Food

“We are deeply appreciative of the efforts by Columbia Gas to support our mission both through its generous financial gift and the willingness of its employees to volunteer their time to help their neighbors in need,” adds Food Bank CEO Lisa Scales. “Hunger is a big issue in our community and its impact on the elderly and children is particularly severe. But together, we are making a difference for many people.” In addition to this contribution, Columbia is participating in Produce to People, a food bank initiative that delivers fresh produce and other items to people in their communities. Columbia volunteers will provide free food to local residents on September 20 during a Produce to People distribution at the Church in the Round Food Pantry in Aliquippa. PSN

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Preparing for the unexpected: Programs and information to help you be ready in case of an emergency By Gina Mazza For Pittsburgh Senior News

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With September being National Emergency Preparedness Month, it’s a good idea to revisit the subject of emergency preparedness. Because emergencies happen with little or no warning, the key is to take some simple steps to prepare in advance so that you will be ready when one occurs. The following programs and resources can help you do so. PaVOAD The Pennsylvania Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters—or, PaVOAD—consists of member organizations like the American Red Cross and Salvation Army that come together to provide a variety of relief and recovery assistance to the residents of the Commonwealth when a disaster strikes. Examples of services include food and water, shelter services, blankets, psychological first aid, and assistance with long-term recovery in affected communities. “If you need, for example, help mucking out your basement

after a flood, you can reach out to them for assistance,” says Lucille Underwood, assistant disaster coordinator with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health. PaVOAD is currently pulling together a directory of pertinent information on member organizations; look for it soon at https://pavoad.communityos.org/cms/home. Safe Neighbors The Safe Neighbors: Emergency Readiness for Older Adults program is an initiative of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging (DHS/ AAA) and the Office of Behavioral Health, in partnership with the American Red Cross. It offers easily useable resources and simple,

practical steps that seniors can take to prepare for a home or weather emergency. “This program is vital to the senior community because it gives them the tools and resources they need to be proactive in preparing for emergencies, and it does so in an accessible way,” says Matt Auflick, planning and preparedness manager for the Red Cross. More than 38 workshops have served 800 participants since the Safe Neighbors program began a few years ago. In the one-hour workshops, a disaster response professional or trained volunteer from the American Red Cross covers basic steps for emergency preparedness, including devising a plan for different emergency situations, preparing a Continued on page 16 Volume 5, Issue 1

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estern Pennsylvania is traditionally known for its consistent climate with four defined seasons: rainy springs, temperate summers, delightful falls and, yes, harsh winters. Yet as we’ve seen in the past few years alone, our region can also be deluged with flooding, heat waves, fires, tornados and other natural disasters that we may be less accustomed to.

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Preparing for the unexpected: Programs and information to help you be ready in case of an emergency Continued from page 15

Grab n Go Kit, staying informed during a disaster, avoiding common types of scams that are more prevalent during crisis situations, and taking care of your emotional health during a stressful situation.

The Grab n Go Kit is an important part of the Safe Neighbors workshop. “When a disaster strikes, you don’t want to be running around your house grabbing your medication, car keys, cash and other essentials, especially if the event is unfolding quickly and you need to leave your home,” comments DHS/AAA project manager Shirley Hanley. The kit includes a tote; a neck wallet in which cash, keys and emergency contact information can be tucked and kept close to the body in case of necessary evacuation; templates for recording personal information; and an emergency information pamphlet that explains two scenarios to prepare for: 1) leaving your home and 2) sheltering in place.

“If you end up at a shelter, which, of course, you weren’t planning to do, this template has information that you can just hand to the shelter coordinator, and they can immediately begin the process of getting you what you need with little delay,” Shirley explains. Or if you’re sheltering at home, it’s important to have thought through what you will need for a couple of days or a week, such as water, canned food and a manual can opener, batteries, pet supplies if you have a pet, just to name a few things. “In either case, be cautious and thoughtful about putting original documents and critical financial information in your Grab n Go Kit and either

Information and help are only a few clicks away The following websites are useful to keep on hand in order to learn about emergency preparedness or for getting help in case of an emergency. American Red Cross: www.redcross.org Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov September 2013 • Pittsburgh Senior News

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Institute for Business and Home Safety: www.ibhs.org National Weather Service: www.nws.noaa.gov Ready PA: www.readyPA.org US Department of Health and Human Services: www.hhs.gov/disasters US Federal Emergency Management Administration: www.fema.gov  Need emergency transportation? Sometimes all we need in an emergency is a lift to get us where we need to go. DHS/AAA provides transportation services through ACCESS for emergency situations on an individual case basis. ACCESS can provide rides on short notice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including to temporary shelters or medical facilities. ACCESS can be reached at (412) 562-5380 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at (412) 381-7320 after hours. PSN Volume 5, Issue 1


leaving it near your front door at home or taking it to a shelter in case of emergency,” Shirley adds. Instead, use photocopies of essential documents and keep it near you at all times. To request a Safe Neighbors workshop for your group or organization, email shirley.hanley@ allegheny.county.us. Yellow Dot

Here’s how the program works: Participants complete a personal information form, which includes their name and photo, contact information, emergency contact information, medical history and medications, allergies and their doctors’ names. The form goes into the person’s glove compartment. A yellow dot is placed in the vehicle’s rear window to alert first responders to check the glove compartment for vital information to ensure the individuals receive the medical attention they need. “Every

day you hear about car accidents and I realized that a lot of people didn’t know about Yellow Dot, so I started passing out information at senior programs around town,” Lucille shares. “It’s gotten a great response and I’m absolutely thrilled with it.” The program is a cooperative effort among the Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation, Health and Aging; Pennsylvania State Police; Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and First Responders and local law enforcement. To learn more, visit www.yellowdot.pa.gov.

211 For additional information on where to turn to get help during an emergency, dial 211. “Facing a disaster can take an emotional toll on anyone, and not being prepared heightens your stress levels even more,” Lucille confirms. “The first thing I tell anyone in a disaster is, ‘You’re having a normal reaction to an abnormal situation.’ It’s really important to stay as calm as you can during an emergency, and if you have a plan and are ready, your stress goes down.” PSN

Emotional Support Line The Office of Behavioral Health opens an Emotional Support Line that anyone can call during a disaster. This phone number is only turned on during a disaster; otherwise, the number is not in service. When a disaster strikes, you will see the number for this support line scrolled across the bottom of your local TV channels. Volume 5, Issue 1

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Pennsylvania’s Yellow Dot Program was created to assist those who have been in a traffic accident and aren’t able to communicate their emergency care needs by themselves. “I do all the driving because my husband Rich has health concerns related to strokes, so if we were together in the car and an accident should happen and I was injured, Rich wouldn’t be able to explain to the EMS what they’d need to know,” says Lucille. “With Yellow Dot, I have a better feeling knowing that if something would happen, my husband would get better care because we are prepared.”

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Thursday, September 5: Cold roast beef sandwich, coleslaw with a twist, beet slices, apricot halves, oatmeal-raisin cookie. Friday, September 6: Baked cod, au gratin potatoes, stewed tomatoes, sliced peaches. Monday, September 9: Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, orange. Tuesday, September 10: Turkey sandwich, macaroni salad, tomato slice, sweet and sour cucumbers, mandarin oranges, graham crackers. Wednesday, September 11: Rigatoni with meat sauce, mixed green salad, watermelon cubes. Thursday, September 12: Grilled chicken breast, potato salad, white corn and pea salad, apple. Friday, September 13: Swiss steak with gravy, whipped potatoes, leaf spinach, pineapple tidbits. Monday, September 16: Baked fish, cheese tortellini with marinara sauce, Italian green beans, orange. Tuesday, September 17: Chef’s salad bowl, corn and black bean salad, watermelon cuts. Wednesday, September 18, Birthday menu: Stuffed cabbage, garlic whipped potatoes, carrot slices, apple. Thursday ,September 19: Tuna salad, potato salad, chilled vegetable salad, mandarin oranges.

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Friday, September 20: Turkey with gravy, scalloped potatoes, stewed tomatoes and zucchini, chocolate chip cookies. Monday, September 23: Pepper steak with gravy, garlic whipped potatoes, fruit cocktail. Tuesday, September 24: Turkey ham, carrot-broccoli and raisin salad, beet slices, cherry gelatin. Wednesday, September 25: Baked cod, au gratin potatoes, stewed tomatoes, sugar cookies. Thursday, September 26: Roast beef sandwich, spinach salad, orzo with peas and corn, apple. Friday, September 27: Springs with meatballs, tossed salad, cantaloupe cubes. Monday, September 30: Creamy macaroni and cheese, mixed vegetables, mandarin oranges. PSN This menu is for senior centers and home-delivered meals funded in part by the DHS AAA. Centers are open Monday through Friday. Call (412) 350-5460.

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

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Clemente: one of the greatest to ever wear the Pirates uniform

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y late father was a retired University of Pittsburgh campus policeman. For years he worked the late shift and usually when he came home from work in the early morning, I was still asleep. He would often catch some breaking news story and if he felt it important enough, he would awaken me and fill me in. There were two such stories that I will always remember: the time Bobby Kennedy was shot and that eventful day, December 31, 1972, when Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash.

Clemente, but to catch the ball with two hands and throw the ball immediately into second on a base hit. Clemente also performed incredible feats of athletic ability, catching balls headed for the gap or over the fence for a homer. Speaking of his throwing behind the runners at first, it is estimated that he threw out anywhere from 10 to 12 runners in this manner, once catching the great Willie Mays flat-footed as he made too wide a turn.

There was no questioning Clemente’s arm. For example, on back-to-back days he made the Giant’s Willie McCovey his victim. On Friday, August 20, 1962, Both times I couldn’t fall back to sleep. Photo taken from www.robertoclemente.si.edu. Clemente made a perfect throw to Pirates When my sister, Peg, found out about Clemente’s death, she cried. He was her favorite ball player catcher Smoky Burgess, who caught McCovey at the plate. This and I am sure countless Pirates fans felt her grief, as well. throw brought the crowd to its feet. The following afternoon, with McCovey on second, Orlando Cepeda singled to right. Roberto Walker Clemente was born in San Juan, Puerto A prudent man would have stopped at third. McCovey had Rico on August 13, 1934. He was an exceptional athlete and thoughts of scoring but that’s all they were, just thoughts. was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Dodgers orgaClemente ran to the ball hit by Cepeda and made an incredible nization knew what they had in Clemente but they had no throw to catcher Don Leppert, who in turn made a fine throw room for him in their lineup. They tried to hide him at their Montreal farm club but a Pirates scout spotted him. The to Don Hoak at third. McCovey was tagged out. Pirates drafted Clemente for $4,000 from the Dodgers in 1954. Clemente was also known for his batting average. When Clemente would go on to play right field for the Buccos. it was his turn to bat, he would take his time in walking to Over the years, Clemente had a stellar career. A brief glimpse the batter’s box. Like a Shakespearian actor, Clemente was of his records shows that he was a 12-time all-star, a 12-time making a dramatic entrance using home plate as his stage. I gold glove winner, four-time batting champ and National remember leaning forward in my seat, waiting to see what League MVP in 1966. In the 1971 World Series, he batted was about to unfold. When he hit a ball he tore out of the .414, earning him the series MVP award. batter’s box, but he did not resemble a track star. His running motion was not fluid; he more closely resembled a startled Watching Clemente play was indeed a treat for baseball fans. When he was in Forbes Field’s right field, he developed his horse running out of a burning stable. Arms and legs went own special style of play, which was scrutinized by countless this way and that way, and when he got to second he went youngsters, including myself. Years ago, I played organized into that feet-first slide that I so admired. PSN hardball in a league sponsored by my grade school, St. Philomena. It was fun. Each team had uniforms given by the school and when we batted we all wore those funny looking batting helmets that more resembled a wrestler’s headgear. One day, prior to a game, my manager gave me a ride to the ball field. On the way he told me I would be playing in right field. When I told him that I never played in the outfield before, he turned towards me and asked if I had ever seen Clemente play. My eyes widened. I had visions of making basket catches below the knees, of racing to the ball hit to right and then firing a strike to the first baseman hoping to nail a runner who made too wide a turn, of throwing the ball underhanded to the second baseman on a ball hit my way. Coach burst my bubble when he told me not to play like

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Assisted living placement service offers invaluable help to seniors and their families free of charge valuable service. “Oftentimes, people are faced with a situation like this all of a sudden and are forced to deal with it quickly—and, as a result, it’s easy to make a hasty decision that isn’t in the best interest of their loved one over the short or long term,” say owner Stan Olszewski, who has been doing senior placement for about 10 years. “I’m kind of like a real estate agent in that I help people find desirable places to live in the area they want to be in and in the price range they can afford.”

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hen Linda P.’s brother was being released from a Pittsburgh hospital, she needed to act quickly to find him an assisted living facility but didn’t know how or where to begin. Thankfully, the hospital referred Linda to a local company called Senior Lifestyle Connections for help in navigating the maze of research and paperwork involved in finding a suitable place that her brother could afford. “The owner, Stan, responded promptly and immediately presented my family with options that were appropriate choices based on interviewing my brother and me,” she explains. “Both my brother and I are completely satisfied with our decision based on the experience and expert guidance of Senior Lifestyle Connections. Their caring service was invaluable in helping us to cope with

this life-changing situation in our lives. And this professional service was totally free.” Senior Lifestyle Connections, LLC, based out of East Pittsburgh, has been helping older adults with placement in assisted living, personal care, independent living and memory/Alzheimers’ care facilities since 2007, yet many seniors still don’t know about this

Since assisted living and personal care facilities are all paid for out-of-pocket, Senior Lifestyle Connections does the work of researching and tracking down financial assistance to help offset the cost of the living arrangements that seniors choose. “A veteran, for example, can receive up to $1,700 a month for assisted living and the spouse of a deceased veteran can receive financial

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help, as well,” Stan comments. The process typically begins with an assessment over the phone. “We ask a bunch of questions, explain the criteria and guide individuals through the application process. We make them aware of things like security deposits and entrance fees, amenity costs, spend down programs, personal care home supplements, levels of care in case you may need it down the road and want to age in place, and of course considerations about whether the person’s preferred placement will be affordable to them. We also look at things like making sure they are matched up at a community that offers activities that the person likes to do to stay active and well.”

explore options that geographically and financially meet the residents’ specific needs and we work as an advocate for the family.”

Senior Lifestyle Connections covers a 60-mile radius of the greater Pittsburgh area and works with about 210 senior communities that their clients can choose from. “We know these communities very well and are able to communicate with them to make sure the person we’re recommending is a good fit for the facility,” Stan adds. “We

With this in mind, it makes good sense to turn to Senior Lifestyle Connections for help with placing your loved one in the best facility possible. “Why would you attempt to do this yourself when you can use a knowledgeable service who can do all the research for you?” Stan asks. “It’s especially valuable for people who are faced with being

discharged from the hospital but they can’t return home. We can help people cut through all the information and get them out looking at places the same day. And there’s actually no one we can’t find placement for.”

Senior Lifestyle Connections is able to offer its services free of charge to its clients because they receive a one-time commission from the facilities after a resident is comfortably and happily established there for 30 days. “My commission does not reflect on what the resident pays and, oftentimes, I can negotiate terms that can actually save the client money. It’s sort of like buying a car: the communities know that we’re out comparing facilities so they’re willing to negotiate. It’s a win-win.”

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• Gold

• Political Buttons

• Comics

• Silver

• Fountain Pens

• Postcards • Jewelry

We Sell Over 4 Million Items 5 Floors of Eclectic Collectibles 1018 5th Ave., Pittsburgh PA

(412) 434-6425

www.crowntiques.com

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East Liberty -

Pennley Commons Senior Apartment Accepting Applications One bedroom, full appliances, W/W, A/C, off street parking Income limits apply Call (412) 362-2040 or stop by the Management office at 5601 Penn Avenue Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2827 Bedford Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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

Don’t wait, call today! (412) 824-9000

1015 Crucible St. West End, PA 15220

Come see all that we have to offer!

CALL: (412) 829-3910

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

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Roosevelt Arms Apartments Call today! (412) 434-1425

Uptown Ebenezer Tower Apartments 420 Dinwiddie Street, Pgh, PA. 15219 62 Years or Older or Mobility Impaired • 1 Bedroom Apartments • W/W Carpet • Balcony • Card Entry Access Intercom TV System • Central Air and Heat • Utilities Included • Equipped Kitchen • Laundry Facilities on Each Floor • 24 Hour Emergency Maintenance • Public Transportation at Corner

Income Limits Apply 1 Person: $22,050 2 Persons: $25,200

(412) 391-9465

• Residents 55 plus or Disabled/Handicapped

certifications accepted.

• Income limitations apply.

Call (412) 734-4229

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

• Section 8 vouchers and

RENT-ASSISTED HOUSING PERSONS AGE 62 or OLDER 1 bedroom apartments • equipped kitchen • A/C • community room • laundry room • and much more! NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

based on income

• Laundry Facilities on Each Floor • Air Conditioning • Card Entry Access ‑ Intercom System

West Lake APARTMENTS

• HUD subsidized rent

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

• Lunch Program Available • Off Street Parking

Lynn Williams Apartments

62 years of age and older.

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

for one and two bedroom units

For more details call (412) 681-6350

• Affordable housing for seniors

Brinton Towers Apartments

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY

3710 Brighton Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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Milliones Manor Apartments

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

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

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

John Paul Plaza 62 years of age and older

Each unit features • wall-to-wall carpet • individually controlled heat and AC • large storage areas • pantry • linen closet • an intercom system • emergency pull cord devices in every bedroom and bathroom • secured doors with spring locks & peep holes • Handicapped accessible

1005 Herron Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (412) 683-5850

Laurentian Hall Apartments

36 Bed Personal Care Facility Barrier-free Access 211 GARNIER STREET SHARPSBURG, PA 15215

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

683-8059 for applications

IW Abel Place

EFFICIENCY STUDIO/

Lawrenceville

1 or 2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS

Now accepting applications for 1-bedroom apartments. Eligibility: 62 years or older. • HUD subsidized rent based on income • Equipped kitchen, w/w carpet, air conditioning,

• ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED • FREE PARKING • EVENING MEALS CATERED BY NOVA CAFE

• HUD subsidized rent

• ELEVATOR BUILDING • ON BUS LINE

based on income

• FREE LAUNDRY ON EVERY FLOOR

• Income limitations apply.

Seniors (62 or older or mobility impaired)

Come see all that we have to offer!

Sec. 8 available/ Income limits apply

Call (412) 821-4474

Call (412) 361-4462 to arrange a tour today!

Call 412-687-7120 iwabel@ehdoc.org

Tiffany Apartments

Homewood House Apartments

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

Now accepting applications

Wood Towers Apartments

810 Wood St., Wilkinsburg Now accepting applications 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday

• One bedroom • Section 8 Certified Housing • 62 Years of Age or if disabled must be mobility or sensory impaired • On-site management • Central air and heat • Laundry facility • Balcony • Intercom system • Community room

(412) 244-8180 and TTY 711 for Voice Relay http://crossgatespropertymanagement.com

Rent is 30% of Income

925 California Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15202

laundry facilities, and community room.

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

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• Individual Controlled Heat & Air Conditioner • Off Street Parking Call (412)

244-8161

Voice/Relay 711 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

visits and mental health nursing (these are intermittent skilled visits provided in patients’ homes to help them recover from an illness, surgery or other medical condition). Home Care Services are typically non-medical services to help patients stay in their home safely, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, companion, homemaking, medication reminder and more. Care can be provided in hours, visits or shifts in the home. Q: Who typically pays for both Home Health and Home Care Services? A: Home Health Services must be ordered by a physician and are paid for by Medicare, Medicaid and a variety of commercial insurances. The recipient must meet certain criteria that may include homebound status to qualify for services. Home Care Services can be paid for through private pay, PDA Waiver, VA Services and most longterm care insurance policies.

Home Care

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

Services

A Division of Gallagher Home Health Services

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

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

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

• • • • •

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

www.Gallagherhhs.com

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Q: How was Gallagher Home Health Services founded?

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Taking wellness to the streets

Free bus trip for World War II and Korean veterans

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TV or reading. Our programs are interactive and fun because Move-inthe to laughter and social interaction are as beneficial as the ideas we present.” If you’d like Baptist Homes Society to visit your next senior group meeting, contact Sue Lauer at 412-572-8308. PSN Enjoy our library,

a brand new,

Boxed meals are provided and wheelchairs available for those who need them. Pick-up sites are: Beaver, Ross Park Mall (North Hills), Parkway Center Mall (Greentree) and Miracle Mile Shopping Center (Monroeville). Donations are gratefully accepted to make these trips possible. Checks can be made payable to WWII Veterans Memorial Bus Trip and mailed to ESB Bank, Corporation St., Beaver, Pa. 15009 (Attn: Paula). For more information and/or reservaMove-in tions, to call (724) 709-3614. PSN

Rivermont SENIOR APARTMENTS

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Rivermont designed for independent seniors. and much more! beautifulwas apartment. Prices start as low as $825 per month and beautiful apartment. range from 617 to 975 square feet.

965 Rivermont Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15207

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Rivermont SENIOR APARTMENTS 965 Rivermont Drive, Pittsburgh

Amenities include: • Close to public transportation • Air conditioning Rivermont SENIOR APARTMENTS • All utilities included • Hot meal provided daily 965 Rivermont Drive, Pittsburgh Rivermont • Off-street parking • On site laundry SENIOR APARTMENTS 965 Rivermont Drive, Pittsburgh • Secure entry • 24/7 security

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Rivermont SENIOR APARTMENTS

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965 Rivermont Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15207

For residents 62 years of age or older Pittsburgh, PA 15207

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Photo provided by Marilyn Walsh.

Jessica Higgs discusses nutrition basics with seniors at the Life Span Hillsdale Center in the Dormont Municipal Building.

965 Rivermont Dr., Pittsburgh, 965 Rivermont Drive PA 15207

uch more!

October 1 is the next date for a one-day free bus trip to Washington, DC to visit the National World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial and time permitting the Iwo Jima Memorial. The trip is for WWII and Korean War veterans. The goal is to fill every seat with a veteran; therefore the trip is unable to accommodate family or friends. There will be a nurse on each bus, as well as several assistants.

common area,

on area,

outdoor courtyard

and much more!

aptist Homes Society is taking wellness to the streets of Pittsburgh, Mt. Lebanon, Dormont, Bethel Park, Carnegie and more, with regular visits to recreation centers, senior centers, adult day care facilities and other community venues. Sue Lauer, BHS Community Liaison, schedules the programs with area senior and community groups. BHS certified fitness coordinators, Jessica Higgs and Aileen Stanish, offer many different interactive, entertaining programs. Topics include wellness, chair yoga, brain health, fitness, ur library, and healthy diet. “We bring ideas that seniors can take home and use,” explains Sue. “They can practice chair yoga while watching


What’s new regarding gluten and sodium?

By Judy Dodd, MS, RD, LDN Giant Eagle Nutrition Specialist For Pittsburgh Senior News In the past few weeks, several nutrition topics have been in the news. This month’s column will focus on two unrelated but important topics: gluten and sodium. In August, the Food and Drug Administration issued a final ruling that defined “gluten free” for labeling purposes. This is of major importance

to the estimated three million people with celiac disease, and is likely to make it easier for both the person with celiac and those trying to buy and prepare gluten-free food. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley that triggers a reaction in the body that causes damage to the lining of the small intestine. The end result is discomfort and the blocking of critical nutrients. Under the new definition, foods have to have less than 20 parts per million to be labeled gluten free. This is an amount that is detectable by testing and is used by some in gluten free labels now. For more information, go to the “downloads” tab at Fda.gov and read the consumer update titled, “What is Gluten Free?”

The topic of sodium continues to be researched and discussed. Sodium is an essential nutrient that is important in maintaining the fluid and electrolyte balance of the body. The role of sodium relates to all of us but is especially important to those who perspire heavily (they lose sodium and need to replace it) and who have salt-sensitive high blood pressure (they need to minimize sodium). We all need sodium to keep our hearts pumping with regularity; the question is how much. Sodium is a natural component of some foods. We know it as component of table salt (sodium chloride) but it is also present in a long list of ingredients added to food,

beverages and even medications. (Check out the bread or cereal in front of you.) Reaching the daily goal of 1,500 to 2,300 milligrams (mg) a day is hard if you eat out, have a heavy hand on the salt shaker, or don’t choose your foods to keep sodium in check. It’s estimated that most Americans top 3,500 mg. a day and can gain health benefits by cutting down, but going lower than 1,500 mg. isn’t safe without medical supervision. While the debate goes on about the amount we need, start with your medical doctor and a check on your blood pressure. The next person to see is a registered dietitian to help you locate foods that meet your personal need for this important nutrient. PSN

8000 Beacon Hill Dr., Wilkinsburg, PA 15221 62 and Older

Community/Game Room u Controlled Access u Elevator u Emergency Call System u Library u One-Bedroom Floor Plan u On-Site Laundry Facility u Service Coordinator u Utility Allowance u

(412) 241-9474 Alia Carter, Senior Manager Rent is based on income. HUD subsidized.

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Medicare Open Enrollment starts next month; don’t miss your chance to review your medical and prescription drug coverage By William McKendree Family Services of Western PA APPRISE Team Leader For Pittsburgh Senior News

2013 Medicare Open Enrollment Events

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* get answers to your health insurance questions.

You will be able to:

he annual open enrollment season for selecting a Medicare Advantage Plan or Prescription Drug Plan is coming up soon. Enrollment begins on October 15 and ends on December 7, with plan selections going into effect the first of the year (January 1, 2014).

* compare Medicare plans. * review your coverage and benefits. * apply for help paying for medical care and prescription medications. Each event is open to the public and provides an opportunity to meet one on one with counselor to discuss health coverage options. To attend any of these events, call (412) 661-1438 to schedule an appointment.

For many reasons, this year’s enrollment season promises to be a busy time. Medicare enrollees are concerned about the cost of medical care and prescription drugs. In addition, many people are concerned about continued access to their health care providers. So where can consumers turn for answers to their healthcare questions?

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APPRISE can help. APPRISE is Pennsylvania’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program. It provides free counseling to help individuals understand their healthcare options. In Allegheny County, the APPRISE program is operated by Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, a private nonprofit organization, in partnership with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging. APPRISE works individually and confidentially with clients to help them understand their Medicare and Medicaid benefits, identify other medical assistance programs for which they might be eligible, and make informed decisions about which healthcare options are best for them. To help you with your Medicare and other healthcare coverage questions, APPRISE has scheduled several Open Enrollment Events in Allegheny County (see list below). At these

October 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Orchard Hill Church, 2551 Brandt School Rd., Franklin Park

events, counselors will conduct confidential, one-on-one appointments. You will have the opportunity to discuss your current plan (changing costs in premiums, co-pays and deductibles) and get assistance in choosing an effective strategy that will provide you with the most comprehensive and cost effective coverage. Because a large response is anticipated, individuals who want counseling are encouraged to schedule an appointment as soon as possible by calling APPRISE at (412) 661-1438. Additionally, be prepared to make the most of your counseling session. Do your research ahead of time and make a list of questions that you have. If you are thinking of changing providers, find out what insurances your doctors accept, and bring a list of the prescription medications that you currently take. October 15 will be here sooner than you think, so give APPRISE a call today.

October 17 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Lemington Community Center, 1701 Lincoln Ave., Pittsburgh October 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. at St. Juan Diego Parish, 201 Ninth St., Sharpsburg October 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Woodhaven Care Center, 2400 McGinley Rd., Monroeville October 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. at St. Thomas More Church, 126 Ft. Couch Rd., Bethel Park October 31 from 1 to 5 p.m. at AlleKiski Foundation, One Ace Ave., Natrona Heights November 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Jewish Community Center, 5738 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh November 12 from 1 to 5 p.m. at St. Athaniasus Parish, Seven Chalfonte Ave., West View November 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Suburban General Hospital, 100 S. Jackson St., Bellevue November 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. at South Park Township Community Bldg., 2675 Brownsville Rd., South Park Twp.


Town Hall Forums: The Impact of the Affordable Health Care Act on Accessing Health Care in Pennsylvania The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 represents a dramatic impact on the American healthcare system, the most significant and sweeping federal health care legislation since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The ACA includes a series of reforms that transform the accessibility and quality of healthcare for millions of Americans, and the potential to radically change the delivery and cost of healthcare for the majority of Americans. The Town Hall Forums are intended to provide a basic (and objective) look of the law’s function and scope, focusing particularly on how it will directly impact on the benefits, cost, and access to care for people in Pennsylvania. Health Insurance Exchanges (now officially referred to as Market Places) are scheduled to go into effect nationally (including Pennsylvania) on October 1. The Town Hall Forums will explore the options that will be available to consumers in Pennsylvania, and address some of the FAQ about the Health Insurance Exchanges.

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In addition, these forums will consider the broader implications of the Affordable Care Act, in particular, how the ACA will impact and change the Medicare system (potentially for the better and worse). For individuals who rely on Medicare for their healthcare coverage, understanding what’s currently happening and what’s on the horizon for Medicare’s beneficiaries is imperative.

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This event is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh, the APPRISE Program of Allegheny County and the Allegheny Link to Aging and Disability Resources. To attend, email your RSVP to mckendreew@fswp.org. October 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Westmoreland County Community College – Science Hall, 145 Pavilion Ave., Youngwood This event is sponsored by the Westmoreland County Community College, the APPRISE Programs of Westmoreland County and Allegheny County, and the Westmoreland County and Allegheny County Link to Aging and Disability Resources. To attend, email your RSVP to mckendreew@ fswp.org. PSN

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Each Town Hall Meeting is open to the general public and follows the same general format: The first hour is devoted to introducing the program and the panelists, explaining the presentation format, and then providing an overview of the impact of the Affordable Care Act on accessing healthcare coverage in Pennsylvania. The remaining two hours will be an Open Forum, allowing members of the audience to direct their questions to the expert panel.

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Available Units

Eva P. Mitchell Residence

1621 Lincoln Avenue • Pittsburgh, PA 15206 Now accepting Housing Applications. Age 62 and older or Mobility Impaired. Section 8 assistance available to those who qualify. Rent reduced to 30% of tenant income.

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

Karol M. Stoudemire at (412) 363-4169

OpeningCoalition Soon Northside Northside Coalition Senior Housing 1500 Brighton Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 RENT ASSISTED HOUSING FOR PERSONS AGED 62 OR OLDER 1 BEDROOM APARTMENTS EQUIPPED KITCHEN, W/W CARPETING, A/C, WINDOW COVERINGS, COMMUNITY, COMPUTER ROOM & LAUNDRY FACILITY, SECURE INTERCOM ACCESS, PUBLIC TRANS $22,050/yr. 2 Persons…$23,150/yr $25,200/yr. Income Limits Apply: 1 Person…$20,250/yr;

Please contact SUPPORTIVE HOUSING MANAGEMENT SERVICES, INC

PHONE:

1 (800) 238-7555

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

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Age 62 or Mobility Impaired An affiliate of National Church Residences

Elliott Heights

1110 Steuben St., Pittsburgh, PA 15220 62 and Older

Entertainers

Great songs sweetly sung-musical theater, big band, ethnic and folk, oldies, operetta and opera. Catherine Bomstein (412) 600-0577. Entertainment: Christmas (Mrs. Claus), St. Patrick’s (Leprechaun), Patriotic, Hawaiian Luau, Ethnic (Italian, Mexican, etc.) Strolling Mandolin, Sing-aLong, Affordable! (412) 731-1322. Laughter Yoga, laugh your socks off without jokes. Call (412) 271-7660, email dmdixierussell@aol.com or visit www.compassionatelaughter.net. Pianist Craig Zinger. Knockout Victor Borge-style show: Boogie, hilarious parodies (Pierogi Polka), toe-tapping singalongs. (412)-608-8429. Sings 50’s and 60’s love songs for seniors. Call Brian (724) 205-1429. Singer-Songs of Love by Dean Martin, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Bobby Vinton and other all time favorites. Bob (412) 487-3134. Frankie Capri presents The Dean Martin, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Tribute Variety Show. (412) 469-2299. Comedy Magician Al Mazing (412) 600-4903 or almazing.com. 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.

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

➻ Community/Game Room ➻ Controlled Access ➻ Emergency Call System ➻ Utility Allowance ➻ Elevator ➻ Library ➻ One-Bedroom Floor Plan ➻ On-Site Laundry Facility ➻ Service Coordinator

Bernadette L. Rose

Alia Carter, Senior Manager (412) 920-7181

Call (412) 241-5415

Rent is based on income. HUD subsidized.

Supervisor


Affordable Housing  for  Seniors  

A woman and her husband interrupted their vacation to go to the dentist. “I want a tooth pulled, and I don’t want any pain killers because I’m in a big hurry,” the woman said. “Just extract the tooth as quickly as possible, and we’ll be on our way.” The dentist was quite impressed. “You’re certainly a courageous woman,” he said. “Which tooth is it?” The woman turned to her husband and said, “Show him your tooth, dear.” Last Respects At a motivational seminar three men are asked to come up to the stage. They were all asked, “When you are in your casket and friends and family are mourning upon you, what would you like to hear them say about you? The first guy says, “I would like to hear them say that I was the great doctor of my time, and a great family man.” The second guy says, “I would like to hear that I was a wonderful husband and school teacher who made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow.” The last guy replies, “I would like to hear them say...... LOOK!!! HE’S MOVING!!!!!” Taken from www.bestcleanjokes.com.

Beechtree Commons 6460 Leechburg Rd. Verona, PA 15147 62 and Older

Central Air ➻ Community/Game Room ➻ Controlled Access ➻ Elevator ➻ Emergency Call System ➻ Library ➻ One-Bedroom Floor Plan ➻ All Utilities Included ➻

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

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

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Solar System Trivia

Answer the following questions correctly for a chance to win $30 cash. 1. What is the closest planet to the Sun?______________________________________________________________________ 2. What is the name of the 2nd biggest planet in our solar system?______________________________________________ 3. What is the hottest planet in our solar system?_____________________________________________________________ 4. What planet is famous for its big red spot on it?____________________________________________________________ 5. What planet is famous for the beautiful rings that surround it?_______________________________________________ 6. Is the sun a star or a planet?_____________________________________________________________________________ 7. What planet is known as the red planet?___________________________________________________________________ 8. Earth is located in which galaxy?_________________________________________________________________________ 9. What is the name of the first satellite sent into space?_______________________________________________________ 10. Is the planet Neptune bigger than Earth?_________________________________________________________________ To enter, mail your answers to Pittsburgh Senior News Contest, P.O. Box 11126, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. One entry per person. Correct entries will be eligible for our drawing. One winner will be drawn. Entries must be received by the 15th of this month. Answers will be published in the next edition of Pittsburgh Senior News.

Name________________________________________________ Address______________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ Phone____________________________Age________________

Congratulations to Bob Ralicki who won last month’s contest. The answers were: 1. Steamboat Willie; 2. Mortimer Mouse; 3. Oswald the Rabbit; 4. Walt Disney; 5. White; 6. Yellow; 7. 1930; 8. Amelia; 9. Pluto; 10. Fantasia.

Steelworkers Tower Elderly Hi-Rise

2639 Perrysville Avenue • Now accepting applications for efficiency and one-bedroom apartments • Eligibility: 62 years old or in need of features of an accessible unit • Section 8 certified • Equipped kitchen, W/W carpet, A/C, FREE laundry facilities, lounge area, community room and balconies. • Equal Housing Opportunity

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Call (412) 321-2460 steelworkers@ehdoc.org

Forest Hills Senior Apartments 2111 Ardmore Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15221 RENT ASSISTED HOUSING PERSONS AGED 62 OR OLDER 1 BEDROOM APARTMENTS

Equipped Kitchen, W/W Carpeting, A/C, Window Coverings, Community Room, Laundry Facility, Secure Intercom Access, Public Transportation, Walk-In Shower

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

Rent Assistance

Income Limits Apply 1 (800) 238-7555

Equal Housing Opportunity

ORMSBY MANOR APARTMENTS 493 Castle Shannon Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15234

Affordable housing for seniors age 62 and older or mobility impaired HUD subsidized onebedroom apartments

Call 412-563-6566 or visit www.baptisthomes.org

(Mt. Oliver)

RENT-ASSISTED HOUSING PERSONS AGE 62 or OLDER 1 bedroom apartments • equipped kitchen • A/C • community room • laundry room • and much more! NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS PLEASE CALL: (412) 829-3910 or 1 (800) 238-7555

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

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

Amenities Include: All Utilities

Community Room

Air Conditioning

Video Surveillance

Individual Balcony

Community Life Services

Laundry Facilities

Fitness Room

Call (724) 224-4571 for more information.


Crossword Puzzle answer on page 2

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Carson Retirement Residence 2850 East Carson Street * Pittsburgh, PA 15203 * 412-481-0700

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ACROSS 1 Book after Joel 5 Blind piece 9 Zodiac cat 12 Article of merchandise 13 Franc successor 14 Illustrations 15 Actor Schreiber 16 Sheltered 17 “Good Will Hunting” setting, for short 18 — gin fizz 19 Sister 20 Mexican entree 21 Peacock net 23 Blond shade 25 Nuanced 28 Stole 32 “— Little Prayer” (1967 song) 33 Wear down 34 Here and there 36 Choice 37 Anger 38 Pigs’ digs 39 Hoodoo 42 Donkey 44 California wine valley 48 Exist 49 Con 50 PC pic 51 Crooner Damone 52 “The Little Sparrow” 53 Infamous fiddler 54 Request 55 Strange (Var.) 56 Paradise

DOWN 1 Piercing tools 2 Armor of a sort 3 Dunkable snack 4 Trombone tally 5 Rap session? 6 Humdinger 7 Sports venues 8 Sock part 9 Tibetan monk 10 Lindros of hockey 11 “Beetle Bailey” dog 20 Step tally, according to Hitchcock 22 “The — Witch Project” 24 Won all the games 25 Small taste 26 W. Hemisphere land 27 — -relief 29 Luau dish 30 Tokyo’s old name 31 Lair 35 Villain 36 Turn to bone 39 Coffee 40 Eye part 41 Make out 43 Celebrity 45 Served perfectly 46 Skin opening 47 In due time 49 Gorilla

Munhall Retirement Residence 1000 Andrew Street * Munhall, PA 15120 * 412-462-3200

Retirement Residence of PLUM 620 Repp Road, New Kensington (Plum Borough), PA 15068 * 724-339-2925

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

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

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

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

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

Affordable Rents Include Utilities www.cmshousing.com TDD: 1-800-545-1833

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