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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.

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Activities & Events In Your Area

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Oct 15, 2022 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Fall Vendor & Craft Fair - Whitehall

On Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at The Residence of Whitehall.  Treat yourself to a day filled with fun, shopping, and raffles!  All proceeds from the raffles will benefit "Hats Off to Ron" - a nonprofit organization which assists patients with expenses related to liver and lung transplants.

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Oct 26, 2022 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Wine & Wills by Ashley Sharek Esq. - Gibsonia

On Wednesday, October 26, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Narcisi Winery. Join us for a free wine tasting and estate planning education!  WHAT YOU'LL LEARN DURING THIS FREE WINE TASTING:              Why you need an estate plan, even if you aren't rich (and how it may be even more important for families of modest means).The 3 things your estate plan must include to keep your money out of the hands of the government (and almost certainly doesn't right now, even if you've worked with a lawyer).How often your Will or Trust needs to be reviewed and updated to ensure they work and don't become a pile of expensive, and useless, paper in your desk drawer or bookshelf.What estate planning should cost and who pays the cost of a "too cheap" plan.To register, visit the website at www.shareklaw.com or call 412/347-1731.

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Dec 28, 2022 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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Oct 05, 2022 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Webinar (FREE) - Medicare Open Enrollment - Avoiding Critical Mistakes

On Wednesday, October 5, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM via virtual.  Find out how to take advantage of the Medicare Open Enrollment period that begins on October 15th and ends on December 7th, 2022.  Jim Holtzman, CFP will present Medicare Open Enrollment - Avoiding Critical Mistakes, a Free Webcast on Wednesday, October 5th at Noon Eastern Time.  Jim will discuss critical issues that individuals need to take into consideration when making their choices for Medicare or Medicare Advantage Plans.Jim will provide important new information on the following topics:What Are The Four Parts of Medicare?How To Avoid The Medicare Enrollment Penalty?What Are The Out-Of-Pockets Costs?How To Enroll In Medicare?What Does Medicare Cover And Not Cover?What Are The Changes In Medigap Insurance?What Are Medicare Advantage Plans?Jim Holtzman, CFP, CPA (Inactive), is the CEO, President and Wealth Advisor at Legend Financial Advisors, Inc. and its sister firm EmergingWealth Investment Management, Inc. Register Here:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2146445035416465932

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Local Aging Options

Ashton Commons

Independent Living 551 Cooper St, Wexford, Pennsylvania, 15090

A beautiful building is important.But its 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 thenecessarydaily activities and precautions from crowding out theimportantthings that impact our residents' quality of life."There is a place for you or your loved one at Ashton Commons in Wexford, PA, near Pittsburgh.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 withquality 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. Contact us for a tour today!

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The New Riverview Apartments

Affordable-Subsidized 52 Garetta St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15217

A vibrant senior community where the goal is to live comfortably, remain self-reliant, and enjoy life to the fullest. Part of JAA's array of senior services, 191 renovated apartments provide affordable independent living options for tenants at all income levels. Service coordinators and on-site activities staff support active, healthy lifestyle choices, and encourage participation.

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Southminster Place, A Presbyterian SeniorCare Network Community

Assisted Living 880 S Main St, Washington, Pennsylvania, 15301

Nestled in the rolling hills about 40 minutes south of Pittsburgh, Southminster Place is part of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network in Washington and features beautiful personal care apartments, with kitchenettes and private bathrooms. Onsite and community activities, worship services for a variety of denominations, a lovely dining room and more, with access to rehabilitation services and skilled nursing care just across the street at Southmont.

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Chartiers Bend Retirement Community

Independent Living 1001 Hastings Park Dr, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, 15017

Youll find Chartiers Bend nestled into a broad bend of Chartiers Creek, which is located along the South Hills of Pittsburgh. It is surrounded by a stunning 600 acres of parkland with trails and an abundance of mature trees. Our all-inclusive, 55 plus retirement community is home to those who relish living a luxurious lifestyle, complete with 24/7 service, resort-style dining, and lavish accommodations. The value and luxury built into our long list of amenities are what sets us apart. Our month-to-month rent includes no hidden fees. With everything taken care of by our professional staff, youll have the time and freedom to enjoy all the amenities and services we have to offer!

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Culinary Experiences You’ll Crave

When families seek a senior living community for their loved one, the quality of the dining experience is often one of the most important factors considered in the final decision. Thats good, because studies show that up to 60% of a residents day revolves around meal times.Residents are more likely to desire flexibility, both in menu options and in their choice of dining venues. This means providers need to ensure that the dining experiences they offer are truly extraordinary, as well as nutritious. Senior living communities have answered this call by introducing a host of different dining options.Gone are the days of the one-size-fits-all senior living dining room. Now, many communities offer residents dining venues that serve on demand, like grab-and-go cafs, bistros and coffee shops.The dining experience at Anthology of McCandless offers a formal restaurant-style dining room, culinary by choice menu, private family dining suite, anytime dining between 7am-7pm, and gourmet meals prepared by in-house chefs. Also, the Bistro at Anthology is open around the clock (24/7) for light snacks and refreshments.Eating is a family and friend affair. Dining together promotes healthy eating for seniors, especially for those living alone. This is because we naturally eat more around others and make better food choices. Often, seniors feel that cooking a big, healthy meal for one is too difficult and pointless, so they turn to pre-packaged or frozen foods or worse, they skip meals altogether.Senior living communities recognize the importance of eating together, and many offer restaurant-style dining with a variety of well-balanced, healthy meals prepared by professional chefs. Residents who eat together have the opportunity to talk about the events of the day, recalling memories of eating with their families. New friendships often form and relationships grow while sitting around the table together. Most importantly, the best senior living communities offer venues where residents and their family members WANT to come and enjoy the experience. After all, food always tastes better when its with family.Editors Note: Article submitted by Anthology of McCandless. For more information go to AnthologySeniorLiving.com or contact us at 412-336-8371.

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4 Essential Strategies For Protecting Your Family's Assets

You might think that only the super wealthy need to worry about asset protection planning. But the truth is that if you dont have millions, you may be at even greater risk. For instance, if you are a multi-millionaire, a $50,000 judgment against you might not be that big of a deal. But for a family with a modest income, savings, and home, it could be devastating.Furthermore, asset protection planning isnt something you can put off until something happens. Once you are under threat of a lawsuit, its likely too late to protect your assets. Like all types of planning, to be effective, you must have your asset protection strategies in place well before something happens. And your asset protection plan isnt a one-and-done deal: it must be regularly updated to accommodate changes to your assets, family dynamics, and the law.While you should meet with us, your Personal Family Lawyer to determine the asset protection strategies that are best suited for your particular asset profile and family situation, here are four essential strategies to consider for safeguarding your familys most valuable assets. 1. Invest In InsuranceInsurance is always the first line of defense when it comes to asset protection. Anyone can file a lawsuit against you at any timeand basically for any reason. And whether you are ultimately found at fault or not, defending yourself in court can be extremely costly.The insurance coverage you purchase should not only pay damages if a lawsuit against you is successful, the policy should also cover the cost of hiring a lawyer to defend you in court, whether you win or lose your case. And because a large judgment could exceed your policies coverage limits, you should also seriously consider buying umbrella insurance.Should your underlying insurance policy max out, an umbrella policy will help cover any remaining damages and legal expenses. As your Personal Family Lawyer, we will evaluate your current insurance policies and advise you about the types and amounts of insurance you should have for maximum protection of your assets.2. Take Advantage Of Statutory ExemptionsAnother way to protect your familys assets is by taking full advantage of federal and state laws that make certain types of assets exempt from creditor claims and judgments. Depending on the state, the availability and amount of protection offered by these exemptions can vary.For example, many states offer a homestead exemption, which protects a certain amountor even the full valueof the equity you have in your primary residence from creditors. If your state provides a generous homestead exemption, paying down your mortgage could protect funds that would otherwise be vulnerable.Similarly, federal and state laws also classify many retirement plans, such as 401(k)s and IRAs, as exempt assets. Additionally, some states offer significant, or complete, exemptions for life insurance policies and annuities, as well.Even though such exemptions wont offer you total protection, they can provide significant shelter for certain assets. Plus, using statutory exemptions is something that can be accomplished without investing anythingall thats required is for you to understand how best to structure your investments to take advantage of these protections. Meet with us, your local Personal Family Lawyer to learn what types and amounts of exemptions are available in your area, and how to make the best use of each one.3. Use The Right Business EntityOwning a business can be a major wealth-generating asset for your family, but it can also be a serious liability. In fact, without the proper protection, your personal assets are at serious risk if your company ever runs into trouble. For example, if your business is currently a sole proprietorship or general partnership, you are personally liable for any debts or lawsuits incurred by your business.However, structuring your business as a limited liability company (LLC) or corporation is typically the best move for most small businesses. When properly set up and maintained, both entities create an impenetrable barrier between your personal assets and your business activities. Creditors, clients, and other potentially litigious individuals can go after assets owned by your company, but not your personal assets. Additionally, having the right business insurance in place can help shield your business assets from such claims.If you own any kind of business, even just a side gig to earn extra income, you should consider setting up a protective entity to ensure any liabilities incurred by your company wont affect your personal assets. We can help you select, put in place, and maintain the proper entity structure for your particular business operation. If you havent done this already, contact us right away to ensure your business doesnt put your personal assets in jeopardy.4. Put The Proper Estate Planning In PlaceAlthough each of the above scenarios are mere possibilities, there is one certainty in lifedeath. Its coming for all of us, and given this fact, your eventual deathor your potential incapacity from a serious accident or illness before you pass awayis the biggest risk to your familys assets. If you become incapacitated or die without proper estate planning in place, your assets and family will face a number of potentially tragic outcomes. Without the proper planning, your assets will get stuck in the court system, which could result in those assets passing to family members you would never want inheriting them, or if the assets eventually do pass to the loved ones you would want inheriting them, those assets could be seriously depleted or even lost. To this end, planning in advance for the inevitability of death is one of the greatest gifts you can give those you love most. You work way too hard to leave your familys assets at risk. If youve been putting off creating your estate planor if you havent updated your existing plan recentlynow is the time to get it handled. As your Personal Family Lawyer firm, weve made estate planning incredibly easy, and we start with a Life and Legacy Planning Session, which is the first step in our Life & Legacy Planning process.Life & Legacy Planning: Do Right By Those You Love Most During this process, well walk you through an analysis of your assets, whats most important to you, and what will happen to your loved ones when you die or if you become incapacitated. From there, well work together with you to put in place the right combination of estate planning solutions to fit with your unique asset profile, family dynamics, budget, as well as your overall goals and desires. As your Personal Family Lawyer, we arent like most estate planning firmswe see estate planning as far more than simply planning for your death and passing on your estate and assets to your loved onesits about planning for a life you love and a legacy worth leaving by the choices you make today. And this is why we call our services Life & Legacy Planning. Contact us today to schedule your visit to ensure that your assets and loved ones are safeguarded from all potential threats.This article is a service of Sharek Law Office, LLC. We dont just draft documents; we ensure you make informed and empowered decisions about life and death, for yourself and the people you love. That's why we offer a Life and Legacy Planning Session, during which you will get more financially organized than youve ever been before, and make all the best choices for the people you love. You can begin by calling our office today to schedule a Life and Legacy Planning Session and mention this article to find out how to get this $750 session at no charge.

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The Medicaid 5-Year Look Back Period Explained

There is nothing in Medicaid Law that causes more confusion than the 5-Year Look Back Period.Many people mistakenly believe that you cant do any planning within 5 years of needing care. This isnt exactly true. Heres how the Look Back Period Works: If you go into a nursing home and want to apply for Medicaid benefits to pay the bill, you must be below the low asset thresholds. Many families try to transfer assets to their children so that they can qualify without spending all of their money on care. However, when you apply for Medicaid, you must report any assets that you have gifted during the last 5 years. If you have made gifts, the state will impose a penalty period, during which time Medicaid will not pay your nursing home bill. The length of the penalty period depends on the amount of the gift. This is a problem because the nursing home is providing needed care and they deserve to be paid. But if you arent eligible for Medicaid because you gave away your assets, then no one is paying their bill. This could force the nursing home to sue your children for payment. If your family has already made gifts, there are ways to fix the problem. There are also less risky options for Medicaid eligibility planning. While gifting during the 5-Year Look Back Period can be problematic, there are several other options available to protect assets, even after someone is in the nursing home. To learn more, consider attending one of our complimentary Elder Law Workshops. Register on our website at www.sechlerlawfirm.com/workshops/ or call my office at 724-564-6615 to schedule an initial consultation. Editors Note: This article was written by Tim Sechler, Esq., a Certified Elder Law Attorney and Principal of Sechler Law Firm, LLC.

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Life Stories by Gateway Hospice

At the age of 6, Don received a diagnosis that would change the course of his entire life. A rare lung disease required him to undergo a radical surgery and would cause him to spend the rest of his life in and out of hospitals. But, despite the fact he was never fully healthy, Don still had big dreams to live fully and fought to experience all he could before ultimately receiving a double-lung transplant at the age of 48.Living fully has unique meaning for each of us. We all come into this world as a blank slate, but leave it with a range of experiences and stories that attest to who we are, what we care about, and what we believe in. These stories are within us and our individual experiences shape the meaning of our life from how we spent childhood growing up in our families, to having one of our own; from finding purpose through a career, or simply experiencing adventure in the day-to-day along the way. Whether its major life events like Dons experience or the everyday small things that make our heart smile, what do we want to share with those we care about? What lessons have we learned, or advice would we like to give?Gateway Hospices Life Story Project, led by our volunteers passion, compassion, empathy, and listening spirit, afford hospice patients the opportunity to record their Life Story. Gateway Hospice volunteers are trained and equipped to guide the patient (and their family) through the journey of sharing their experiences and what is most important to them.Recording their Life Story using a voice recorder, video recorder, and/or putting their stories together in a scrapbook with pictures are the ways in which volunteers can help give a voice to their story. The captured story lives on film, record and in the hearts of their loved ones forever.To learn more about Gateway Hospices services and programs, or the Life Story Project, please visit our website at GatewayHospice.com or contact us today at 412-536-2020. Storytelling is just one of the many ways the value of relationships and love are reflected in all that we do!Editors Note: This article was written by Amylyn Verrone, Community Development/Volunteer Coordinator with Gateway Hospice. She may be reached at 412-536-2020 or averrone@gatewayhospice.com. See Ad on page 157.

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Local Business Videos

SBB University welcomes Jeff Weinberg, Owner of Caregiver Champion, LLC

Are you a stressed out caregiver during Covid-19?  Caregiver Champion can help!Caregiver Champion promotes the health, dignity, rights and quality of life for caregivers, the chronically disabled and seniors. We offer services that make a difference in peoples lives, helping clients and their families select the best options for their needs and protecting the rights and well-being of people living in long-term care facilities. We provide our clients with a comprehensive assessment, excellent care and a specialized care plan that is constantly monitored.Over 1/3 of our clients have family members that live out of town. Caregiver Champion provides extensive Care Management services to these families to ensure their loved one is being cared for appropriately in our area. This reduces their stress and saves them time and money.

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Caregiver Champion Showcases Valuable Resources Available in Pittsburgh PA

As part of Caregiver Champion's series, this episode features Jessica Neiss, Physical Therapist and owner of To Life! Therapy & Fitness. Jessica is a part of the Caregiver Champion team. Jessica has a passion for helping Older Adults and people with Chronic Disabilities to maximize the enjoyment in their lives. She has 20 years of experience as a licensed physical therapist, and loves the challenge of creating therapy and exercise programs for people of all abilities and ages. Jessica has prior experience as a Spinal Cord Injury Team Leader and Director of Neurorehab in an outpatient clinic.To Life! is a one-stop therapy and wellness center and a community where people of all ages and abilities can exercise and work towards  their goals with the help of Physical Therapists and other allied health professionals. She is so excited to help you live your life with vigor, confidence, strength and balance! To Life! is located at 826 Hazelwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Their phone number is 412-414-1988.To learn more about To Life! click here.To learn more about Caregiver Champion and how we can help caregivers like you, click here.

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SBB University welcomes Jeff Kosor, Owner of Senior Helpers of Southwest Pittsburgh

SBB University welcomes Jeff Kosor, owner of Senior Helpers of Southwest Pittsburgh!  Jeff shares with us what differentiates Seniors Helpers apart from other home care agencies, examples of the types of care that their caregivers can provide, and reviews the safety measures that his staff takes on a continual basis to ensure the safety of their clients.Jeff is currently hiring and in search of passionate caregivers to join his team!

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Seniors Blue Book welcomes Lauren Yuran, MediConnect Insurance!

We welcome Lauren Yuran, Associate Manager with MediConnect Insurance! Lauren shares why she chose a career with MediConnect and what makes them unique. She shares how overwhelming the Medicare enrollment can be and the ways that MediConnect can help simplify the process, at no charge. She also shares why it is important every year to re-evaluate your Medicare Plan. To learn more call 888-818-6334.

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Job Opportunities Near You

Flexible Caregiver - Ohio & Pennsylvania

Looking for a job with flexible hours and competitive pay? Join the Companion Care family as a caregiver! Were always looking for great people to join our team.

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Job Fair - Anthology of McCandless (Open Interviews for Multiple Positions)

Open Interviews at Anthology of McCandless held on September 8 from 10am to 4pm.    Many positions offer Sign-on bonuses.

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Full Time Care - Butler/Cranberry Twp/Zelienople/Harmony/Evans City/Mars

Caregiver Opportunity: Do you have a passion to serve and help others live their best lives possible? WE ARE HIRING COMPANION CAREGIVERS in Butler, Cranberry Twp., Zelienople, Harmony, Evans City and Mars. Work for a company that CARES LIKE FAMILY Contact our office ComForCare Home Care (724) 759-7674 or Text (724) 874-9940

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