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Posted on: May 24, 2019

Making Birthdays Bright for Vulnerable Seniors

Dog cake for senior birthday party from Happy Camper Cakes

Thanks to a partnership among community benefactors and staff at the Area Agency on Aging, birthdays for some seniors served by the agency continue to be happy ones.

Denise Flannigan, of AAA’s Guardianship Unit, relates that DNP Imagingcomm Ameri...

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Human Services
Posted on: May 23, 2019

Funding shortage for state agency could affect thousands of Pennsylvanians with disabilities

Some 1,200 Pennsylvanians with disabilities may have to be put on a waiting list every month instead of getting help immediately to hold down a job and live independently.

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Posted on: May 23, 2019

Irwin Rotary offers Care & Share Pantry to provide food for the needy

A glass-enclosed cabinet outside an Irwin church is filled with nonperishable food — an inventory that changes as people donate what they can and take what they need.

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Posted on: May 23, 2019

Manufacturing employees volunteer at food bank in Delmont

Working with Sen. Kim Ward’s office, Beckley coordinated a volunteer day for about 70 Dormont workers, himself included, at the Westmoreland County Food Bank in Delmont last week.

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Posted on: May 24, 2019

Bridge2Home seeks host families for youth 16-20

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The Bridge2Home program is currently seeking homes/families for this new program in Armstrong, Indiana, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties. The program is seeking homes/families with the basics of housing stability, reasonable patience, understanding, ...

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Human Services
Posted on: May 21, 2019

Finance colum: Let's get real about health costs in retirement

You won’t pay for health care in retirement with one lump sum. That’s the way these expenses are often presented, though, and the amounts are terrifying.

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Posted on: May 20, 2019

New CASA volunteers sworn in

Twelve new volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASAs) were sworn into service May 10 by Criminal Court Judge Christopher Feliciani, it was announced this week.

Graduates of the CASA training program this spring includeRonel Baccus, Gr...

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Human Services
Posted on: May 20, 2019

Chrissy Teigen partners with AHN to spread word on postpartum depression

Postpartum mental illness is the most common complication of pregnancy, w/ an estimated 1 in 7 women affected by it. Symptoms can include withdrawal from loved ones, feeling distant from the baby, prolonged sadness, beyond a brief period of “baby blues.”

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Posted on: May 20, 2019

Allegheny, Westmoreland schools get grants for breakfast initiative

In Westmoreland County, schools in Penn-Trafford, Derry Area, Greensburg Salem and Hempfield Area districts are set to receive money.

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Posted on: May 20, 2019

Latrobe’s Adelphoi celebrates success of former at-risk youths, opens center

Alex Yawitz, 21, is pursuing a two-year business degree at Westmoreland County Community College with plans to open his own small business.

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Posted on: May 14, 2019

What helps prevent dementia? Try exercise, not vitamin pills

If you want to save your brain, focus on keeping the rest of your body well with exercise and healthy habits rather than popping vitamin pills, new guidelines for preventing dementia advise.

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Posted on: May 13, 2019

An unlikely caregiver: How wife's stroke stoked love in a self-centered man

George Shannon was at a Sewickley cocktail party, six years into an unexpected, demanding period involving nearly 24/7 care of his longtime wife, who had had two strokes, two hip fractures and triple-bypass surgery.

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Posted on: May 8, 2019

Art therapy helps people explore and resolve many issues

Beaver is a prolific artist despite having a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia — along with, he says “depression, anger and bipolar disorder.”

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Posted on: May 7, 2019

Allegheny County Health Dept. Warns Of Additional Locations For Potential Measles Exposures

Visitors and workers at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh’s North Side, a Squirrel Hill restaurant and an Avalon thrift shop may have been exposed to measles last month, health officials said Monday.

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Posted on: May 6, 2019

Early intervention programs target Westmoreland children in need of help

Born at just over 27 weeks gestation, Victoria Zerlin began life with unusual challenges. She spent her first 80 days in the neonatal intensive care unit at University Medical Center in Lubbock, where her parents, both Venezuelans, were living.

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Posted on: May 6, 2019

Westmoreland County Special Olympics celebrates 50 years at competition

Skyler Wood, a fourth-grader at RK Mellon Elementary School in Bolivar, flashed a big smile as he was presented with a gold medal for winning his heat in the 50-meter dash Saturday morning at Westmoreland County’s Special Olympics track and field event.

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Posted on: May 6, 2019

Disabled students at Edinboro University say goodbye to the end of an era

EDINBORO, Pa. -- Veronica Siaba is leaving college because the program she traveled hundreds of miles for is gone.

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Posted on: May 6, 2019

Pa. senior centers get grants to improve buildings, programs

Several Westmoreland and Allegheny County senior centers are receiving grant money that will help modernize buildings and expand programs.

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Posted on: May 6, 2019

What you need to know about measles

Allegheny County last week reported five confirmed cases of measles, its first ones of the year, and health officials are warning residents there will likely be more cases.

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Posted on: May 3, 2019

Westmoreland County Food Bank honors its volunteers of the year

Even in the midst of personal tragedy, Robbyn Slavin did not miss a beat as volunteer coordinator for the Charter Oak Church Food Pantry.

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Posted on: May 2, 2019

Study: Elder fraud costs Pennsylvanians an estimated $1.2 billion per year

Elderly Pennsylvanians are being defrauded to the tune of an estimated $1.2 billion per year, according to a recent study, and when it happens, many do not report it to the authorities.

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Posted on: May 1, 2019

Fate of state centers for people with intellectual disabilities debated in Harrisburg

For many years, Pennsylvania has been slowly closing state institutions for people with intellectual disabilities in favor of caring for them in smaller, community-based settings such as group homes, a trend welcomed by many disability advocates.

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Posted on: May 1, 2019

News for Job Seekers from PA CareerLink

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New staff announcements, Employment conference, Upcoming events, Employer spotlight, Hot Jobs list--all in the CareerLink Chronicle

Human Services
Posted on: May 1, 2019

How Did We Get Here? 7 Things To Know About Measles

According to the CDC, dults born between 1957 and 1967 should be revaccinated, as early vaccines were less effective than the vaccine available after 1967.

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Posted on: May 1, 2019

Child welfare report shows increase in abuse reports statewide, locally

A report from the state Department of Human Services found a 50% increase statewide in child abuse reports 2014-2016, a trend local child welfare officials said comes from an increase in mandated reporters and rise in children impacted by addiction.

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Posted on: May 1, 2019

Scientists identify another form of dementia that mimics Alzheimer’s

Some people told they have Alzheimer’s may instead have a newly identified mimic of the disease — and scientists say even though neither is yet curable, it’s critical to get better at telling different kinds of dementia apart.

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Posted on: April 29, 2019

Measles Shots Aren't Just For Kids: Many Adults Could Use A Booster Too

Although the majority of people getting the illness now were never vaccinated, the expanding outbreaks have raised new questions about whether some older adults — including many of those born before the mid-1960s — should be revaccinated.

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Posted on: April 29, 2019

Adults with high-level spectrum disorders often not recognized

The Latrobe Bulletin--Thomas Jefferson would have been diagnosed with high-functioning autism if he were alive today. Author Norman Ledgin comes to that conclusion in his book “Diagnosing Jefferson. ” tioning autism, or HFA.

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Posted on: April 29, 2019

Gary Cuccia: Look for dating violence warnings

Early red flags of controlling behavior can seem normal — wanting to spend all of your time together; wanting to know everything about you — including where you are, what you are doing, who you are with; checking your phone and social media accounts.

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Posted on: April 26, 2019

Westmoreland County Transit Authority launches mobile ticketing ability

Westmoreland County Transit Authority bus riders can now pay fares via smart phones.

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Posted on: April 26, 2019

First non-drug therapy for ADHD in children wins FDA approval

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first medical device to treat ADHD. The system is a prescription-only device intended for patients age 7 to 12 years old who are not currently taking ADHD medication.

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Posted on: April 27, 2019

Veterans and Military, you are not alone. Call the Crisis Line for help.

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Military personnel and Veterans who need help or support can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255, press 1. Or, text 838255.

Human Services
Posted on: April 22, 2019

Redstone Highlands offers nursing, HVAC scholarships to Pitt-Greensburg, WCCC

Students who want to pursue a nursing career this fall semester can apply for one of three scholarships worth a total of $96,800 to attend either the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg or Westmoreland County Community College.

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Posted on: April 18, 2019

Pa. House approves tougher rules on child sexual abuse reporting

The PA House is approving tougher penalties for people who don’t report suspicions about repeated child sexual abuse and it’s clarifying that nondisclosure agreements can’t prevent people from talking to police in child molestation investigations

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Posted on: April 18, 2019

Senior’s weakness for scams may be warning sign of dementia

Does an older friend or relative have a hard time hanging up on telemarketers or get excited about a “You’ve won a prize” voicemail? New research suggests seniors who aren’t on guard against scams also might be at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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Posted on: April 18, 2019

Changes coming to federal disability programs' application process in PA

The process of applying for federal disability assistance will change this week in Pennsylvania — and for many applicants, it will become longer and more complicated.

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Posted on: April 18, 2019

Pa. Supreme Court to take up AG Shapiro’s case against UPMC

The AG seeks to delay this summer’s insurance network breakup between rival health systems UPMC and Highmark, in hopes of ultimately enabling thousands of seniors, cancer patients & people with disabilities to maintain access to doctors.

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Posted on: April 18, 2019

Hempfield event pairs disabled children with adaptive devices, bikes

William Gunther will be able to ride a bicycle alongside other kids in his Unity neighborhood and Sarah Carl will be able to tell her parents what she wants to eat when they plan meals in their Penn Borough home.

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Posted on: April 17, 2019

5 to be honored during Mental Health America of Southwestern Pennsylvania annual event

Several community members and organizations will be honored by Mental Health America of Southwestern Pennsylvania next month.

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Posted on: April 16, 2019

Bill would enhance caseworkers’ access to information in child abuse cases

More than a year and a half after a state audit found child welfare workers were underpaid and ill-equipped to deal with an increasing tide of abuse complaints, a bill would give caseworkers access to more information about at-risk children.

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Posted on: April 15, 2019

Greensburg march raises awareness about domestic, sexual violence

State Rep. Eric Nelson has four daughters, and he’s pretty sure all of them placed bets on when he’d take a spill during Saturday’s “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, hosted by the Blackburn Center in Greensburg.

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Posted on: April 10, 2019

Pa. lawmakers try to stop plan to switch paratransit funding from counties to private brokers

State lawmakers Tuesday moved to delay — and eventually kill, they hope — a planned funding change that could severely reduce subsidized rides to doctors offices and other medical appointments for the poor and elderly in Pennsylvania.

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Posted on: April 4, 2019

Hempfield donor recipient thankful for ‘gift of life’

Heather Hunter of Hempfield wasn’t supposed to be at Excela Square at Norwin on Wednesday morning, talking about how a double lung transplant in September 2016 gave her a second chance at life.

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Posted on: April 3, 2019

WIC: Public meetings announced

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The Department of Health has scheduled 11 public meetings regarding the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations.

 The meetings are open to the public to obtain comments and recommendations for t...

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Human Services
Posted on: April 1, 2019

Cook Township center’s new enclosure allows year-round equine therapy

Catherine Markosky’s stable of nine therapy horses have important work to do.

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Posted on: March 29, 2019

Online tool helps you compare prescription prices

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The state Department of Aging maintains an online database to help consumers compare the cost of frequently used medications.

The cost of prescriptions for cash-paying customers can vary widely between pharmacies, as each pharmacy sets its own prices for c...

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Human Services
Posted on: March 28, 2019

Get help applying for SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the federal government’s first line of defense against food insecurity in the United States, provides benefits to help individuals and families make ends meet.

Depending on income guidelines, ...

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Human Services
Posted on: February 19, 2019

Avoiding veteran scams-interview with Veterans Affairs Director Matt Zamosky

KDKA's Lynne Hays-Freeland interviews Westmoreland Director of Veterans Affairs on the recent suit by the PA Attorney General of an organization preying on veterans. Learn about reputable resource for claims assistance. Listen to the brief interview at ht...

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Human Services
Posted on: January 9, 2019

Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Trainings Offered

This Free 5.5-hour training will define the diagnostic terminology regarding FASD. The prevalence, signs, symptoms and impact of FASD will also be presented. Interventions will be explored regarding the overall difficulties when working with individuals t...

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Human Services
Posted on: November 23, 2018

Did You Know? Information for Veterans and Friends of Veterans

Westmoreland County has a veteran population of approximately 28,000, according to VA estimates.  Westmoreland County and Westmoreland County Courts would like to remind those who have served, as well as friends, family and attorneys who represen...

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