Senior Community Center Grant Opportunity
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging is announcing a $2.15 million grant funding opportunity for Pennsylvania's senior community centers. For information and to access the grant application click here
2014 PA Department of Aging Nutrition Conference - April 30 - May 1, 2014
The Department of Aging's Nutrition Conference will be held on April 30 - May 1, 2014 at the Wyndham Gettysburg. This year's theme is Maintaining Senior Health - Food Can Help. The conference is designed for dietitians, dietary managers, Area Agency on Aging staff, Meals on Wheels, food vendors, senior community center directors and persons associated with meal programs for older adults. Sessions will provide information about how nutritious meals contribute to maintaining the health and wellness of older adults; learn new methods of food preparation; provide delicious meals and updates on the latest nutrition and educational developments. Continuing education credits (CEUs) are available for Registered Dietitians and Certified Dietary Managers who attend.
For registration information and form click here. Registration deadline is April 16.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older; and individuals with disabilities age 18 and older on limited incomes may be eligible to receive rebates on money paid for property taxes or rent during the prior year. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters (50 percent of Social Security income is excluded).
Deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2013 is June 30, 2014.
You may request an application form by mail, download a form from the Department of Revenue's website or obtain a paper form from the Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and local legislators' offices. Click here to visit the Department of Revenue's website or call 1-888-222-9190 for information.
Property tax/rent rebates are funded through the proceeds of the Pennsylvania Lottery.
Cold Weather Tips
Everyone is sensitive to extremes in weather. With age, the body may become less able to respond to long exposure to very hot or very cold temperatures. In cold weather some older people might develop hypothermia, a drop in internal body temperature that can be fatal if not detected and treated. This occurs when exposure to cold causes a person’s body to lose heat faster than it can be replaced.
If you know someone who is in a high risk situation, call your local Area Agency on Aging. To review a checklist of items it is helpful to have in an emergency preparedness kit, click here.
Video: Practical Strategies for Lowering Caregiver Stress
“Practical Strategies for Lowering Caregiver Stress” is a video produced by the Department of Aging. The video features Dr. Steven H. Zarit, a Distinguished Professor, the head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State University, as well as a renowned researcher in caregiving. In the video, Zarit provides information about how to effectively manage stress for caregivers and how to care for a loved one with memory loss. To view this video, click here. To view other department videos, visit http://www.youtube.com/PADepartmentofAging
Flu Shot Locator
Older adults are often at high risk to contract the flu. An effective way to prevent getting the flu during this time of year is to get a flu shot. To find a location where flu shots are being offered near you, click here to access the flu shot locator. For more information regarding flu shot availability for high risk individuals, please call 1-877 PA HEALTH.