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The Elderly and the Zika Virus

From The Huffington Post and Care.com By now, just about everyone has heard of the Zika virus. The mosquito-borne illness found mostly in Central and Latin American countries has been shown to cause serious birth defects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced that the Zika virus is more dangerous than initially thought,… Read more »

4 Signs Your Mom is at Risk for Rehospitalization

From Approved Senior Network It’s not always easy to determine if your mother is at risk for hospital readmission, especially if you’re not there all the time with her. She may be in her 70s or 80s, perhaps even older than that, but for whatever reason she had been hospitalized, her doctor or team of… Read more »

PA Governor’s Budget for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities

From The Arc, Scranton PA On February 9, Governor Wolf proposed a $33.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2016-2017. This is a 10.89% increase compared to the $30.03 final 2015-2016 budget. The General Assembly is currently creating their own budget proposal for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. After it is formally introduced and shared with the… Read more »

What is the “Federal Funds Rate”?

Written by:  Jamie Kresge, Abington Financial Group In December 2015, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) raised the federal funds target rate to a range of 0.25% to 0.50%, the first shift from the rock-bottom 0% to 0.25% level where it had remained since December 2008. The federal funds rate is the interest rate at which… Read more »

Strengthening Medicare

From AARP.com, written by Patricia Barry, John Burgess, AARP Bulletin, July/August 2015 Medicare has made an enormous difference in the health and lives of older Americans, but, as with every big program, there’s room for improvement. We asked experts for specifics. The suggestions listed below vary in cost and savings and are not universally supported. But all seek to… Read more »

LIHEAP Began November 3rd

The Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program also known as LIHEAP, helps low-income families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant that offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat. The program will begin accepting applications… Read more »

CareGivers America Hospice Services

CareGivers America offers home-based and facility Hospice Services to qualifying patients of all ages.   Hospice is a healthcare option for patients and families who are faced with a terminal illness, such as cardiac disease, renal disease, cancer, pulmonary disease, ALS and more. A multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, bereavement counselors and volunteers… Read more »

Direct Care Worker Spotlight

Congratulations to Bessie W. from our Sayre Office! Bessie was nominated by her managers for exceptional care over 10 years of service at CareGivers America. Bessie has been with CareGivers America since May of 2004. She works in a very rural area, which has often been a source of under-staffing. Bessie often picks up shifts with… Read more »

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Application Deadline Extended to End of Year

News from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging The deadline for older adults and residents with disabilities to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31. Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information online at www.revenue.state.pa.us or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-222-9190.

Pennsylvania Dept. of Aging News

Source from the PA Department of Aging  National Study of Long-Term Care Providers This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) will begin the second wave of the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP), which “monitor trends in the major sectors of paid, regulated long-term care services providers.” The… Read more »