A digest of Behavioral Health and Aging news, information, and resources
provided by Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition

August 2018 NEWSLETTER

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A First in Pennsylvania: ECHO Cottage Makes a Debut in Sandy Township

The face of elder care is a continually changing concept. From the tradition to keeping an elderly parent at home with family, to nursing homes, personal care homes, senior housing and, yes, returning to staying with the family. And that final choice has a new option now in Pennsylvania.

The Elder Cottage Housing Opportunity, or ECHO Cottage, made its state debut recently in Sandy Township, Clearfield County. The first of its kind in the state, the ECHO Cottage is a small, semi-permanent home option for elderly family members whose only other option might be assisted living or a nursing home. Learn More.

Time to Get Real About Real ID

Jack Walmer and Lynn Alexander don’t travel much, but at least twice a year they fly to see their daughter, Kira, who lives in Denver and previously lived in New Orleans and Nashville. “We fly to wherever Kira is,” Alexander said. Because they fly, the State College couple plan to apply for new, federally required REAL ID driver’s licenses when they become available in Pennsylvania next year. As of October 2020, anyone 18 or older will need …Learn More.

New Medicare Card Mailings Completed
in Pennsylvania

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finished mailing cards to people with Medicare who live in the Wave 1 states, which includes Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Medicare beneficiaries living in these states who haven’t received their new card in the mail, can do the following:

  • Sign into MyMedicare.gov to see if their card was mailed and to print an official card. (Creation of an online account is required.)
  • Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to ask about the status or to determine if information needs to be corrected, such as updating a mailing address.
  • Use the current card to get health care services.
Aging network and all professionals who work with seniors can share this link, Still Waiting for Your New Card?, with potential Medicare beneficiaries and also continue to check the card mailing website (see “Learn More” link below) for updates about the mailings. Learn More.

Wolf Administration Secures Additional $2.1 Million to Protect Older Pennsylvanians

“Ensuring that older Pennsylvanians are protected from all forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and abandonment is a priority of my administration,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This funding is an important investment in Older Adults Protective Services and is critical to the commonwealth’s fight to end elder abuse.” This statement comes after Wolf Administration recently secured additional funds needed to protect elders from elder abuse. Learn More.

How “Role Reversal” and Other Caregiving Catchphrases Skew Your Thoughts

You had to take away the car keys. It was quite a battle, and he’s still furious. You have to remind her to use the bathroom often so she doesn’t have an accident, and she’s embarrassed. You had to cancel the credit card that was being used aimlessly and often and now they’re giving you the silent treatment. Are these people your toddlers? Teenagers? No, they are your aging parents.

Does this mean you are now “parenting your parents?” Learn More.

Specialized Ways to Address an Older Adult's Drinking Problem

Americans over the age of 65 should limit their weekly alcohol consumption to no more than seven drinks, according to guidelines from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Yet some estimates suggest that as many as 15 percent of older adults in this country exceed this healthy limit (above which drinking is associated with various alcohol-related issues and constitutes "at-risk drinking").

For this at-risk population, even a brief, more informal alcohol intervention (as opposed to a formal intervention facilitated by a certified professional) can be effective. Learn More.

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Communities across the country use the month of August each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases across the lifespan. Learn more on how you and your loved ones can stay healthy.

Stress in Your Life?

...77 percent of people in the U.S. regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress.

...73 percent of people in the U.S. regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress.

...48 percent of people in the U.S. reported lying awake at night due to stress.   

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