Senior Expo Scheduled for August 10 in Lewistown
Please mark your calendar and join me at my Senior Expo on Thursday, August 10 in the Rec
Park Community Center from 10 a.m. to Noon. The Senior Expo brings together exhibitors from state, county and
local agencies to let you know what programs are available to help you. It promises to be an enjoyable
event. I hope to see you there!
Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Services
The PA Department of Health's HealthyWoman Program offers free breast and cervical
cancer early detection services to those meeting the eligibility standards.
For more information on the services provided and the income/age requirements,
please call 1-800-215-7494 or click here.
PA Unemployment Amnesty Program
The PA Unemployment Compensation amnesty program runs through September 30, 2017.
Claimants who have received UC benefits that they were not entitled to and employers who have not made
mandatory tax contributions to the UC Trust Fund are being offered amnesty to repay what they owe at a discount.
The total amount owed to the UC Trust Fund from both claimants and employers eligible
for the amnesty program is $651 million. You can find
out more here.
New Handbook Provides Helpful Information about Family Caregiving
Across Pennsylvania, more than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians are caring for older parents,
spouses, or other loved ones, assisting them to live independently rather than in one of the Commonwealth’s
long-term, institutional nursing homes.
Dedicated family and friends are providing $20 billion annually in uncompensated care
allowing seniors to safely live at home and in their community.
The PA Homecare Association is making available “Secrets No One Told You about Family
Caregiving.” The 48-page handbook features tips, tricks,
and helpful hints for family members caring for a loved
one. Obtain your copy by calling PHA at 1-800-382-1211.
Pennsylvanians Urged to Observe Deer Tick Safety and Prevention Measures
Deer ticks present a significant danger to any individual who spends time outdoors. Tick
bites can spread Lyme disease, a condition that creates a variety of dangerous symptoms including long-term
damage to the heart and central nervous system. Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of confirmed
cases of Lyme disease.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is warning state residents to be vigilant about
limiting exposure to deer ticks in order to prevent the spread of this dangerous disease. State residents are
encouraged to use repellents and wear protective clothing to avoid ticks and inspect themselves after any
prolonged period outdoors to identify ticks.
If a tick attaches itself to a person, it should be removed as soon as possible with
the use of fine-tipped tweezers, pulling upward with
steady and even pressure. The area should be thoroughly
cleaned with rubbing alcohol, iodine or soap and water.
Additional information on Lyme disease is available by visiting the Department of
Health’s website at www.health.pa.gov.