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Apryl Garrett

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Welcome to the Seniors Blue Book local page for the Greater Pittsburgh Area.  My name is  Apryl  Garrett, your local Publisher and Partner at the Seniors Blue Book. Please let me know how we can  help you!  Whether you are looking for resources, looking to promote your business or just  want to be aware of Senior Activities & Events in the Greater Pittsburgh Area, the Seniors Blue Book website is your go-to site for everything related to aging well and caring for your older loved ones.

To view our NEW Fall 2022-Winter 2023 electronic version of the guide - click to the right.  Free copies of our new edition will become available soon at your local Walgreens, Kuhn's Markets or Shop 'n Save stores. You can also reach out to us at 412-551-5951 to request a copy to be mailed to you.

As industry professionals, your clients come from many different sources:  the seniors themselves, family caregivers/adult children and other healthcare professionals. The Seniors Blue Book’s wide and  diverse reach offers you business opportunities that other marketing mediums are simply unable to provide. Contact me to discuss a package that will maximize your return for your marketing dollars at 412-551-5951 or apryl@seniorsbluebook.com.

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Activities & Events In Your Area

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Mar 07, 2023 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Medicare Educational Seminar by MediConnect - Ford City

On Tuesday, March 7, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Inn at Lenape Heights.Our seminar will guide you through the following: Enrollment PeriodsWho Can Get Medicare?Parts A & B: Original MedicareOptions for More CoverageMedicare Supplement PlansWhats Next?Commonly Asked QuestionsRSVP to https://www.mediconnectinsurance.com/live-events

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Feb 23, 2023 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Seminars - One Fall Can Change Everything (2 of 3 Part Series) - Irwin

On Thursdays, January 26, February 23, and March 23, 2023 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.The Western PA Eldercare Council invites you to an informative 3-part seminar series, ONE FALL CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING:Rehabilitation, Financial, Legal, Caregiving and Work Life Matters forFamilies Dealing with the Aftermath of a Fall Apryl Garrett, Ashley Sharek, Esq., Aminata Kamara, Janis Finn, Stella Nsong, RN, CCO, CMC, CDP, LTCP Join us for 1 (or all 3) sessions at First United Methodist Church located at 310 Oak St, Irwin PA 15642:1/26 at 11:30am, 2/23 at 11:30am, 3/23 at 11:30am RSVP to: happiness.pittsburgh@gmail.com

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Feb 01, 2023 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

To Life! Fitness New Parkinson's Program - Squirrel Hill

Starting Wednesday, February 1, 2023, a NEW Parkinson's Program for Mind, Body and Spirit. Also a 12 Week Program Offering Tai Chi, PWR! Moves Class, Nutritional Consultations, and Educational Lectures about PD.ENROLLING NOW!To Life! Fitness, LLC is the Pittsburgh region's only Parkinson's Foundation Community Grant 2022 recipient and they are offering an innovative new program in two semesters: Fall 2022 and Spring 2023! They are able to offer a limited number of scholarships to people with PD for each semester. All program participants are funded by a grant from the Parkinson's Foundation. Apply by January 30, 2023.For information, call 412-414-1988.Enroll Here:https://www.tolifefitness.com/parkinsons

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Jan 28, 2023 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

The Ugly Truth of Caregiving Morning Tea or Coffee -- Virtual

Register for on-line link2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, 9:30 am to 11:00 amNo ChargeGrab your tea or coffee and join Hope Grows virtual, facilitated Thursday morning chat focusing on the Think Caregiver Simple Self-Care suggestions. Family caregivers are encouraged to share their story and join peers to learn and help each other through the tasks of caregiving. The program is part of the Hope Grows Root of Good Care Counseling Services. There is no charge for caregivers to participate. Call 412 369-4673 or email info@hopegrows.net to register and then receive log-in information.

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Local Aging Options

Ashton Commons

Assisted Living 551 Cooper St, Wexford, Pennsylvania, 15090

A beautiful building is important.  But it's what happens inside that makes all the difference."We provide care and services to the most vulnerable population. The pandemic only magnified the need for healthy, loving employees. We knew we would need all hands on deck. They have done an excellent job in preventing the necessary daily activities and precautions from crowding out the important things that impact our residents' quality of life.  You may be searching for a feeling of community with people who share your interests, someplace safe and comfortable with little to no home maintenance. You value your independence and want to stay active and connected in an upscale Wexford independent living community, close to Pittsburgh, PA.  That may sound good, but you may also need a little extra support now or in the future keeping track of medications, doing laundry, errands, bathing or dressing. Our Personal Care Home provides the care you need right here in Wexford, leaving everything else in your capable hands.You might even be a concerned family member or friend who knows that Alzheimers and other forms of dementia can have unexpected effects on your loved one. We see family and friend caregivers feeling frustrated, overwhelmed and in need of help. Memory care close to home can provide daily support for both your loved one and for you.We are here for you and your loved ones with quality care and peace of mind.  Rest assured we are here to make the transition into our community, now and in the years to come, a seamless and positive experience for you and your loved ones. We care about the needs of each and every resident on a personal level.Ashton Commons Amenities:  Maintenance-free environmentProfessionally designed and decoratedPark setting with beautiful viewsOutdoor patio areasBeauty salon for hair and nailsChapelFitness center and classesRestaurant-style diningSpecial birthday and holiday dinnersHome cooked mealsGood china and cloth napkinsComfortable seatingSnacks available throughout the dayDaily happy hourHoliday decorations and musicLaundry facilitiesLaundry servicesHousekeeping servicesScheduled transportationEmergency Response System pull cords and pendantsVisiting healthcare specialistsScheduled outings and eventsContact us for a personal tour today!

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Home Helpers Home Care of Whitehall

Non-Medical 3867 Edge Rd, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15227

YOUR LOVED ONES ARE IN GREAT HANDSHome Helpers Home Care of Whitehall PA is more than an in-home health care agency were your extended family when family cant be there. Were a locally owned, trusted provider of quality, compassionate in-home care in Whitehall and Pittsburgh. We customize our home care plans to fit your unique situation for an affordable solution that keeps your loved one where theyre happiest: at home.Over 20 years of experiencePERSONALIZED CARENo two clients are the same, which means no two care plans should be, either. Home Helpers Home Care of Whitehall PA customizes our care to fit clients unique and changing needs. Each of our Caregivers is background checked, trained, insured, and wants to be the extended family that is always there for your loved one. Request a free in-home assessment today!

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Charlie Jenkins, REALTOR®, SRES - Berkshire Hathaway

Clutter Clean Up , , Pennsylvania, 00000

Charlie can offer an individualized service package for your transitioning needs.Available services:- Market and sell your home- Assist in finding your new home or living community- Estate liquidation- House clean outs- Moving services- Provide valuable resources for individuals over the age of 50You may be surprised to learn how much your home's value has grown in today's real estate market! Charlie would be delighted to prepare a complimentary Home Market Analysis of your home.

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New Hope Dementia Solutions

Memory & Dementia Care , Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 00000

We are private dementia consultants that provide creative solutions and insights to those living with dementia and their caregivers. We provide a personalized service to meet your specific needs and guide you through all stages of dementia.Our proactive approach at New Hope Dementia Solutions is simple. We offer people living with dementia individualized solutions that may assist them in safely remaining in their home and communities, while minimizing caregiver stress. As Certified Dementia Practitioners with backgrounds in rehabilitation, each individualized plan that we develop is person-centered and evidence-based. With over 40 years of combined experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist and Physical Therapist, ourpassion for better understanding dementia has evolved our approach that combines mind, body and spirit, not only for those living with dementia, but their caregivers as well.Contact us for a free 20 minute consultation to discuss any issues you are having and to discover how we may be able to support you.

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4 Ways Seniors Can Prepare for a Successful Retirement

Retirement is something everyone dreams of. However, as you near the age of retirement there are a few things you should do to prepare. Here are some ways to ensure you have the best retirement possible! SET GOALSCreating goals can help you get a better vision of your future during retirement. Try to set at least 3-5 realistic goals. What kind of lifestyle you want and who you want to be around? Do you want to spend more time with family and friends? Get involved in the community? Take some time to travel?  Then get more specific. For instance, if you want to travel, think about where you want to go and how long you want to stay there. Do you want to travel internationally? Go somewhere warm?EVALUATE YOUR FINANCESAn essential part of having a successful retirement is having enough money saved up for when you arent working. At the start of your career, you probably enrolled in your companys 401(k) program or opened a similar account to prepare for retirement. While these will probably have you covered, its smart to evaluate your current financial situation to ensure you have enough money saved.Once you know what your income will be during retirement, create a budget to live off of. If you have debt, make a plan to pay it off before you retire. Remember, itll be much harder to tackle debt payments without your normal income from work; its best to be proactive!FOCUS ON YOUR HEALTHBeing healthy will make retirement much more enjoyable and will allow you the freedom to do whatever you want! Be proactive and schedule preventative checkups with your doctor so you can make a plan to improve your health or get treatment for any serious conditions. You should also continue to stay active and exercise regularly to maintain your muscle and bone strength. Eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep, and focus on your mental health so youre ready for this lifestyle change!CONSIDER YOUR OPTIONSThink about your retirement goals and where you envision yourself later in life. Moving into an independent living community might be the right choice for you!  In these communities, you can meet new people, participate in social events, and have access to luxurious amenities (like room service, fitness centers, gourmet chefs, and more!).  Editors Note:  This article has been submitted South Hills Square Retirement Resort.  Contact them today to discover the benefits of all-inclusive retirement living at 412-253-6100. 

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6 Tips to Start "That" Conversation with Your Aging Parents

Watching your parents age can be heart wrenching. Whether they are struggling physically, mentally, or emotionally, it may be harder to navigate than you think. Imagine how frustrating and scary it must be. The best way to support your parents is to have a calm, thought-out conversation although they may be resistant.  They may have ideas and plans that they havent shared with you yet. With empathy and compassion, you can help them prepare for their next chapter.  Here are some tips to get started:1. DONT PROCRASTINATE. These are conversations to have when everyone is relaxed, rather than when faced with a medical emergency.2. ENLIST SUPPORT FROM YOUR FAMILY.  By getting your siblings and other family/friends involved, you may have a clearer picture of what kind of assistance your parents need most.3. SET THE STAGE. This is not a conversation to have over the phone. Pick a time and place where your parents will be relaxed and open to a productive conversation.4. START SMALL. Every topic should not be discussed or resolved in this first conversation.  If your parents see you as a partner in these decisions rather than an authority figure, it will be an easier.5. PATIENCE IS KEY. The best way to handle the inevitable vulnerability your parents will feel is with patience. Their reactions may be masked as avoidance or anger. Your patience will help them make practical decisions.6. CONSULT A PROFESSIONAL. There are many resources and community programs to support you and your parents, whether they opt to age in place or move to a more supervised environment. Familiarize yourself with local options so you can navigate the conversation with suggestions.BONUS TIP!7. Some opening lines to get the conversation started:One of my friends was telling me about [an emergency] they just had with their [mother/father] and how they wish they had discussed options before this crisis. It occurred to me that maybe I should be asking you those questions now.How are you feeling about living alone? Have you ever thought about getting some help with housekeeping or errands?Ive noticed that sometimes you sound lonely. Would you like to spend time with people your own age? Editors note:  This article was written by Patty Toner, Director of Marketing with the Seniors Blue Book Greater Pittsburgh. She can be reached at patty@seniorsbluebook.com or at 412-979-6145.

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Is Home Care Right for Me?

Choosing to get additional in-home support for yourself or a loved one is an important decision. In some cases, a physician may recommend certain services that can be received at home following a fall, surgery, or an illness. But in other cases, the need for in-home care may not be as clear. How do you know if the time is right to get some additional support in your home?1.      Is family support or a support network readily available? If not, this is one clue for the need for additional care.2.      Does you or your loved one have freedom of mobility being able to ambulate indoors and outdoors without falling? Is getting into/out of bed, climbing stairs, or negotiating the shower/tub a concern?3.      Is the person able to drive safely? Do they drive at all?4.      Does the loved one still have a capable memory and is able to perform tasks such as remembering to take medication, turn off a stove burner, and lock doors?5.      Is this person able to follow complex medical directions such as taking vital signs, or following a prescription regimen without supervision?6.      Can the loved one shop for themselves, stocking the home with healthy groceries, and then able to prepare these consistently?7.      Is this person able to pay attention to personal hygiene as well as do their own laundry including clothes, towels, and bedlinens?8.      Does the loved ones home offer a safe environment for living and socializing? Do they keep it clean, well heated and cooled, and free from pests. Is the home free from clutter and hazards (loose rugs, exposed wiring, slippery tile, uneven surfaces, etc.), and would they know what to do in the case of an emergency?9.      Are the levels of social interaction what they were 5 years ago?The points mentioned above should give you a starting point to think about in-home care and then have an appropriate conversation with your loved one. It might be urgent if the points above are not being accomplished, or it might be beneficial if the points are not consistently being accomplished.Editors Note:  This article was submitted by Jeff Kosor, owner of Senior Helpers of Southwest Pittsburgh.  Jeff can be reached at jkosor@seniorhelpers.com or 412.851.3223

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Ending Guardianship of an Adult

While a guardian can support the protected person by making important decisions, in some cases, an individual may wish to change or dissolve the arrangement.The ward, their family, or other involved people might feel that the guardian isn't doing a good job. They may then petition the court for the removal of the guardian, replacing them with another person.In other cases, they might think guardianship is no longer appropriate. For instance, if the ward regains the ability to make personal or financial decisions, the guardians role may become obsolete. In some cases, the protected person or another individual asserts that guardianship was never needed. A less restrictive option, such as supported decision-making, could be a better fit.How Hard Is It to Terminate Guardianship?Removing a guardian and terminating guardianship both require the courts involvement.Ultimately, the court decides whether to replace the guardian or disband the guardianship completely, restoring the rights of the person subject to the arrangement.Reasons for Removing a GuardianThe court can remove the guardian for several reasons.When guardians fail to perform their duties, the court can expel them. For instance, state laws require that guardians file annual reports with the court, describing the protected persons condition, living situation, and regular activities, and summarizing the guardians contact with the ward. When guardians fail to inform the court on a regular basis, the court can remove them.The court can also remove guardians who act improperly, such as those who abuse the individuals under their care. The state can also charge them with a crime when there is evidence of abuse.Other grounds for removal include misusing the wards income and assets, commingling funds, and failing to manage the protected persons estate appropriately.Disputes between guardians and those they protect are common. In some cases, the guardian and the ward might mutually agree that another person would better fit the role. Voluntarily, the guardian might agree to step down.Petitioning the CourtTo request the removal of a guardian, the ward, the guardian, or a person affected by the guardianship can petition the court. Then, the court will hold a hearing and issue a decision.When the court replaces a wards guardian, it maintains that the individual under the guardianship still cannot make personal or financial decisions independently and needs the protection of a responsible person.In contrast, the court ends the guardianship altogether when it finds that the ward can make independent choices.Ending the GuardianshipThe court terminates guardianship when it finds that the person no longer needs a guardian because of a change in circumstances.For example, the court might find that a person who doesn't have an active power of attorney for health care needs a guardian when the person becomes incapacitated due to a severe illness. If an individual becomes unconscious or cannot communicate for an extended period, a trusted person might need to make medical decisions and handle money on the incapacitated persons behalf. When the wards health improves such that they can express their wishes, assistance with decisions is no longer necessary.In other instances, courts end guardianships by finding that the control was never appropriate. Sometimes, individuals feel that a courts initial decision to order guardianship was wrong and challenge it. They can file a petition for termination with the court that oversees the case. Following a hearing, the court decides whether to terminate the guardianship, change its terms, or maintain the arrangement.To learn more about ending guardianship or removing a guardian, speak to an attorney.

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Local Business Videos

Dr. Labriola joins Jeff Weinberg from Caregiver Champion for a conversation about integrative healthcare & palliative care

Suzanne Labriola, DO, talks about integrative health care and palliative care in this video interview with Jeff Weinberg from Caregiver Champion. Dr. Labriola talks about important conversations families should have about end of life decisions, palliative care, advance directives, and other difficult healthcare conversations.NOTE: The book Jeff references in the video, The Emperor Needs New Clothes: Or Why The Caring Disappeared from Health Care is available now. You can order it today on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. For more information on Caregiver Champion and the patient advocate services we offer, please visit https://www.caregiverchampionadvocate.comConnect with Caregiver Champion on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CaregiverChampionAdvocates/ Join Caregiver Champion's Facebook support group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/workingcaregivers/Follow us on YouTube for more information on helping families and patients through patient advocacy. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX4jfZWtrM4-rUAn5xW0SCg'''''''Jeff Weinberg's new book, which is designed to provide caregivers with real life solutions, resources, and a call to action, is on sale nowThe title of the book is: The Emperor Needs New Clothes: Or Why The Caring Disappeared from Health Care_____For a preview of Jeff's new book, click here!_____To purchase:Available on Amazon Click here to add it to your Amazon Cart!Available on Barnes and Noble Click here to add it to your Barnes and Noble Cart

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Jeff Weinberg interviews Nikki Ghate, LPN on the benefits of hospice

Hospice Care can be an important part of a person's end of life care protocols. Learn more about Hospice with this interview Jeff Weinberg from Caregiver Champion conducted with Nikki Ghate, LPN.For more information onCaregiver Champion and the patient advocate services we offer, please visit https://www.caregiverchampionadvocate.comConnect with CaregiverChampion on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CaregiverChampionAdvocates/ Join Caregiver Champion's Facebook support group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/workingcaregivers/Follow us on YouTube for more information on helping families and patients through patient advocacy. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX4jfZWtrM4-rUAn5xW0SCg'''''''Jeff Weinberg's new book, which is designed to provide caregivers with real life solutions, resources, and a call to action, is on sale nowThe title of the book is: The Emperor Needs New Clothes: Or Why The Caring Disappeared from Health Care_____For a preview of Jeff's new book, click here!_____To purchase:Available on Amazon Click here to add it to your Amazon Cart!Available on Barnes and Noble Click here to add it to your Barnes and Noble Cart

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MediConnect Take 5 on WPXI

MediConnect president Brian Breisinger is featured on WPXI's Take 5, where he explains the importance of reviewing your Medicare coverage during the upcoming Annual Enrollment Period and also discusses how our organization began as well as what makes us the top-rated healthcare advisory firm in Pennsylvania!

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SBB University welcomes Amy Dukes and Barb Dull from Providence at Home!

SBB University welcomes Providence at Home!  Learn from Amy and Barb about this NEW INNOVATIVE PROGRAM designed for healthy, independent older adults that want security as they age and plan to remain in their home. Providence at Home is a Membership-based program that offers autonomy and peace of mind while you are healthy, but provides immediate help and support, choices and financial protection if or when you may need assistance (removing the burden of care from their families or loved ones).The program focuses on wellness, health and sustaining your lifestyle with the goal to keep you in your home as long as possible, due to the person-centered careful planning, medical consults, and education you receive from your Care Concierge.To contact Amy and Barb, call 412-819-4880.

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Job Opportunities Near You

Caregivers and CNAs

On Tuesday, January 10, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at PA CareerLink Lawrence County.  Home Helpers Home Care now hiring caregivers & CNAs in New Castle and Allison Park areas.  We are looking for compassionate, reliable, honest, hardworking people who want to make a difference.  Hiring representatives will be conducting open interviews.  For more information, call 724/656-3165.

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Local Hiring Event for In-Home Caregivers - New Castle

On Tuesday, December 13, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at PA Career Link of Lawrence County sponsored by ComForCare Home Care of NW Pittsburgh.   Call or visit us at 724/759-7674 or comforcare.com/pennsylvania/nw-pittsburgh.

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