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Posted on: July 16, 2019

Today's seniors report fewer depression symptoms than their parents

At a time when more younger people are struggling with mental-health issues, older Americans say they have fewer depression symptoms than elders of earlier generations, according to a new University of Pittsburgh study.

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Posted on: July 15, 2019

List of poor-performing nursing homes still not public a month after promised release

A month after federal regulators pledged to release its secret list of poor-performing nursing homes, officials echoed what the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said five weeks ago — that the report would be coming “soon.”

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Posted on: July 15, 2019

Westmoreland food bank seeks to expand ‘senior food box’ program

Hunger-Free Pennsylvania Executive Director Sheila Christopher is happy 1,300 Westmoreland County seniors take advantage of the food boxes available each month through the group’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program, or CSFP.

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Posted on: July 15, 2019

Joy Riders kick off biking program at Cedar Creek Park for people with limited mobility

Carol Storez of West Newton gets out of the house often enough. But at 87 years old, she’s not exactly ready to hop on a Huffy and pedal around Cedar Creek Park in Rostraver.

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Posted on: July 12, 2019

Depression In Older Pittsburghers Is Dropping

People in the Mon Valley ages 65 and older are experiencing fewer depression symptoms than previously reported.

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Posted on: July 12, 2019

Youths who have experienced homelessness needed for Youth Action Board

Youth 16-24 years old who have experienced homelessness or housing instability ("couch surfing") are invited to apply to become members of a Youth Action Board. This is a paid opportunity. Please see flyer for details and application.

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Human Services
Posted on: July 10, 2019

CDC warns that season of AFM paralysis cases in children is approaching

Experts Tuesday called for doctors to keep an eye out for cases of acute flaccid myelitis, a serious illness that mostly affects young children and causes paralysis.

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Posted on: July 10, 2019

Do you need a bone density test? Answer varies by age, gender

If you’re a woman 65 or older, a bone density test is recommended.

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Posted on: July 9, 2019

Summer 2019 Inside Line

The Summer 2019 Inside Line Newsletter is now available online. The Inside Line is a Newsletter is Published every other month by the Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging, Westmoreland County Commissioners and Pennsylvania Department of Aging

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Human Services
Posted on: July 3, 2019

State delays change to Westmoreland’s paratransit system

A proposed state change local officials said could devastate Westmoreland County’s paratransit system for low income and elderly riders has been delayed.

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Posted on: June 26, 2019

Husband-wife team leaving Greensburg Salvation Army after 3 years, will join Pittsburgh corps

During their time in Greensburg, the Fullwoods oversaw the expansion of several Salvation Army programs, including Pathway of Hope, Love in a Backpack and the Back 2 School Bash.

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Posted on: June 26, 2019

What the UPMC-Highmark truce does and doesn’t mean for patients

A day after UPMC and Highmark reached a 10-year pact, patients across Western Pennsylvania are awaiting answers on precisely what the unexpected deal between the nonprofit health giants means for them.

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Posted on: June 24, 2019

Highlands Hospital serving several counties with renovated behavior health unit

The Westmoreland Behavioral Health Administration provided grant funds for the renovation because of the needs in both Fayette and Westmoreland counties; Highlands responded to the administration’s search to create the extended stay unit.

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Posted on: June 24, 2019

Pitt research could be a big step in tying exercise to healthy, older brain

Awaiting one of her regular exercise workouts on the University of Pittsburgh’s upper campus, 70-year-old Julie Murphy winced when describing forgetful moments that have begun plaguing her in a way that never occurred decades ago.

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Posted on: June 24, 2019

Consumer advocate’s efforts recognized by Westinghouse retiree group

Mary Bach of Murrysville was recognized recently for her work in consumer advocacy, by a group of Westinghouse retirees dedicated to community service.

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Posted on: June 24, 2019

Pennsylvania warns of phone scam targeting elderly, disabled

Phone scammers posing as state Department of Revenue employees are targeting senior citizens and people with disabilities in an effort to obtain people’s bank information, according to the state agency.

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Posted on: June 21, 2019

Autism Speaks walk planned at Storybook Forest

Laurel Highlands Autism Speaks Walk will be held at Idlewild & Soak Zone’s Storybook Forest this year.

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Posted on: June 19, 2019

Highmark-insured seniors who use UPMC could get another chance to switch plans

The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services plans to announce a special enrollment period for about 1,300 of Highmark’s Medicare Advantage members in Western Pennsylvania who have visited UPMC facilities in the past three months.

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Posted on: June 18, 2019

Westmoreland County native selected as new United Way CEO

United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania has decided to hire from within to replace its retiring CEO.

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Posted on: June 13, 2019

Some Pa. residents receiving ‘unexpected’ medical bills, organization says

When Emily Christian-Michaels went to UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh for a regular scan at 20 weeks pregnant, she didn’t expect to get hit with a $1,900 bill.

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Posted on: June 11, 2019

New incentives help pregnant women stop smoking

Pregnancy can be a strong incentive to stop smoking.

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Posted on: June 11, 2019

5-county United Way sees growth in services, outreach in 2018

The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania continues to set records in the number of people it helps.

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Posted on: June 10, 2019

Social Security error jeopardizes Medicare coverage for 250,000 seniors

At least a quarter of a million Medicare beneficiaries may receive bills for as many as five months of premiums they thought they already paid.

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Posted on: June 10, 2019

Franklin Regional life skills students gain marketable experience through shop

Funded by a roughly $12,000 grant from the FR Panther Foundation, special-education students now produce ornaments, magnets and FR-branded drink-ware that has been sold to staff as well as the public at the recent Festival of the Arts.

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

UPMC Dropping Prepayments Policy For Some Patients

Months after announcing the policy, UPMC has reversed course and now says it will not require Highmark Medicare Advantage members to pay in advance for services once consent decrees linking the two organizations expire July 1.

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Posted on: June 6, 2019

Federal government will update list of troubled nursing homes monthly

The federal government will release an updated list of the nation’s most troubled nursing homes monthly, officials with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said.

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Posted on: June 6, 2019

Penn Area Library plans summer reading programs

The Penn Area Library will “explore the universe” with its summer reading program, running from June 3 to July 27

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Posted on: June 5, 2019

Pennsylvania moves to take over health insurance exchange

Pennsylvania is moving to take over the online health insurance exchange that’s been operated by the federal government since 2014, saying it can cut health insurance costs for the hundreds of thousands who buy the individual Affordable Care Act policies.

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Posted on: June 4, 2019

Financial column: What will long-term care cost you?

Most people over 65 eventually will need help with daily living tasks, such as bathing, eating or dressing.

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Posted on: June 4, 2019

Number of Pennsylvania babies treated for drug exposure levels off, report shows

After spiking for more than a decade, the rate of Pennsylvania newborns hospitalized for drug withdrawal at birth leveled off and remained stable for the last two years, a new report reveals.

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Posted on: June 4, 2019

Casey, Toomey report reveals nearly 400 troubled nursing homes, 5 in Western Pa.

The federal government for years has kept under wraps the names of hundreds of nursing homes around the country found by inspectors to have serious ongoing health, safety or sanitary problems.

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Posted on: June 3, 2019

WIC Enrollment Is Down, Creating A 'Catch-22'

A recent analysis by the Pittsburgh-based Jewish Healthcare Foundation finds that just 50 percent of eligible Pennsylvanians receive assistance from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC.

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Posted on: May 31, 2019

Report shows many underage kids get alcohol from parents, friends’ parents

One in four Pennsylvania kids who drink underage get the alcohol from their parents, according to a report released Thursday by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

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Posted on: May 31, 2019

Smartwise releases Internet safety guide as kids finish school

Understanding the dangers of online predators, guiding online behaviors, monitoring activity and keeping kids out of places like chat rooms and social networks can help protect them from online predators....

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Posted on: May 30, 2019

New youth homelessness program looking for volunteer host homes

A new program that aims to reduce youth homelessness in Armstrong, Indiana, Washington and Westmoreland counties is looking for volunteers to provide host homes.

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Posted on: May 28, 2019

Excela, Saint Vincent, Seton Hill team up to provide grief counseling for children

Childhood and death shouldn’t go together, but they often do. That reality is prompting a movement within Westmoreland County to increase services for children grieving the death of a loved one — whether from suicide, an opioid overdose or natural causes

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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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