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

July 2018 NEWSLETTER




More Training Opportunities from PBHAC...Coming  Soon!



Is PA in Line with Meeting Future Needs for Those Living with Alzheimer’s?

Pennsylvania currently has more than 400,000 individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder. In 2014, the Department of Aging released Pennsylvania’s State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. The plan, using public input, outlines seven key recommendations to develop a strategy to mobilize the commonwealth’s response to the anticipated increase in incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Since the plan was developed, the department has held three statewide forums and seven regional round table discussions to engage with stakeholders and inspire action at the local level. Learn More.


Pennsylvania's Population is Aging. Who is Going to Pay for It?

The state’s senior population is growing at a rate 20 times faster than Pennsylvania’s overall population. By 2025, more than one in five Pennsylvania residents will
be 65 or older, according to population projections from the U.S. Census and the Pennsylvania State Data Center, while the numbers of people below the traditional retirement age decreases. 
The demographic shift raises the question: Who will pay the bills? Learn More.


National Minority
Mental Health Awareness Month



Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 2008 to start changing this.

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition.

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, focusing on taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage and the stigma of mental illness. In many communities, these problems are increased by less access to care, cultural stigma and lower quality care.

It's Time To Do Your Part

You can become involved and raise awareness for those minorities with mental health issues  during this month. Learn More.  To view videos regarding cultural perspectives of mental illness, click here.  

Mental Health America has provided these resources for you to click on and to learn more about mental health among these individuals:

African American Mental Health

Latino/Hispanic Mental 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health

Native American Mental Health



Growing Mental and Behavioral Health Concerns Facing Older Americans

As America's population ages, the need for mental and behavioral health services continues to increase. Psychologists are playing a critical role in addressing these needs. Psychologists are studying and treating the mental and behavioral problems associated with growing old, such as loss of spouse, loss of mobility and independence, admittance to a long-term care facility and declining physical and sometimes mental health. Some of the most critical concerns facing older Americans today are substance abuse, depression and suicide, Alzheimer's disease and dementia, and chronic illness. Learn More.




Benefits Empower Seniors to Make Ends Meet

Programs designed to support seniors' budgets and health are out there! There are over 2,500 benefit programs available nationwide. Find out what benefits may be available in your area. BenefitsCheckUp® (BCU), the National Council on Aging tool offers older adults and professionals a comprehensive and individualized option for finding and learning about them. From utility bills rising with the summer heat, to nutrition needs, turn to BCU as a way to find what are your needs. Browse the website. Your information will stay private. Learn More.


Can Older People Have Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders do not discriminate; they can affect people of all ages and genders. The idea that eating disorders affect only teenage girls is a common misconception. Women and men can develop eating disorders in their twenties, thirties, forties, and beyond. The onset of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder or any other eating disorder can occur at any time in a person’s life. Learn More.




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For Mom's Caregivers by EMR

I've watched in amazement your patience and grace

Your beautiful soul is not commonplace

You listen to stories of the lives that they've led

At night when they wander you're their guide back to bed

Yours is the hand that they hold when they get really scared

When they wake in the night it is you who is there

When they are shouting obscenities and being demanding

You calmly reassure them with soft understanding

When it gets too much for the family to bear

It's much less painful just knowing you're there

I've seen your humor to coax them to smile

Making time when asked

"Can you stay for awhile?"

I want you to know such a soul is unique

Some people would hide when things start to get bleak

I pray that when I am too old to provide

I'll have someone like you in whom I can confide

You've treated our mom as if she were your own

We'll forever be grateful

I just want you to know







Brain Health

While changes to your brain are natural, there are things you can do to help stay on top of your game.

Tips to Engage Your Brain

Discover a New Talent

Drink Moderately

Healthy Eating

Get Moving

Get Some Shuteye

Know Your Blood Pressure

Balance Exercises

Mind Your Meds

Stay Connected w/ Family and Friends

Talk to Your Doctor





Did You Know? Customized Behavioral Health and Aging Training is Available

Below is a link to the training topics we offer through the Coalition.  
Click here regarding what trainings PBHAC has to offer.







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