Posted on: September 19, 2017

HealthChoices meetings announced

Health Choices Meetings flyer

BEGINNING JANUARY 2018, Community HealthChoices (CHC) will be the service program for persons enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid (Medical Assistance); individuals enrolled in Medicaid waivers for physical disabilities; and Medicaid-eligible consumers ...

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Posted on: September 19, 2017

Saint Vincent College’s Series on Aging and Spirituality begins Wed., Sept. 20

Spirituality and Aging

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Fred M. Rogers Center Meeting Room 2A/B

Maureen Ceidro, bereavement counselor for Excela Health Home Care and Hospice, and Sandi Labuda, medical social worker at Excela, will be the first ...

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Human Services
Posted on: September 18, 2017

Group that feeds the hungry expands into five counties

Seeing an increase in the number of people in need of food in the areas surrounding Allegheny County, 412 Food Rescue will kick off the creation of 724 Food Rescue at this year’s Farm Aid concert on Saturday at KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown.

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Posted on: September 14, 2017

Spectrum band a unique outlet for members affected by autism

Music is a sanctuary for Justin Laus of Penn Hills.

"It calms me down," said Laus, 23. "If I'm frustrated or angry, it really helps me relax and focus."

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Posted on: September 14, 2017

University leaders speak out against sexual violence

Elected officials, law enforcement, victim advocates & university representatives from campuses in Allegheny & Westmoreland counties gathered at the University of Pittsburgh Monday to reaffirm their commitment to ending sexual assault on college campuses.

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Posted on: September 14, 2017

5 state-run facilities for disabled adults could close if bill passes

Family members of the residents of Pennsylvania's five intermediate care facilities are mobilizing in opposition to a bill that could close the centers by 2023.

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Posted on: September 14, 2017

Changes ahead for seniors selecting Medigap supplement insurance

A plan to shut the doors on the most popular insurance policies used by retirees on Medicare will soon present difficult decisions for people choosing Medigap supplement insurance.

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Posted on: September 8, 2017

United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania celebrating 15 years with 'Day of Caring'

The United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania will mark 15 years of matching volunteers with community service projects during its annual “Day of Caring” on Friday.

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Posted on: September 5, 2017

Opioids aren’t the only pain drugs to fear

Opioids aside, the vast majority of medical difficulties pain patients encounter result from the use and abuse of pain-reducing medications that are sold over the counter.

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Posted on: September 5, 2017

Lengthy Pa. budget battle could jeopardize local governments

Stalled talks in Harrisburg over how to fund Pennsylvania's $32 billion budget could have a trickle down affect later this year on local governments as they figure out how to pay for mandated social services.

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Posted on: September 1, 2017

September is National Senior Center Month – Open Houses at 13 Center for Active Adults

Senior citizens in a circle with fist pumps in sign of strength

This year’s theme “Masters of Aging” highlights the many ways centers empower, enlighten, engage, and enrich individuals to master this phase of life.

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Posted on: August 30, 2017

Inside Line--News from your Agency on Aging

National Senior Center Month, Elder Abuse Task Force, Smart Driving Skills..and more!

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Posted on: August 24, 2017

WINE AND CHOCOLATE GALA TO SUPPORT OUR CHILDREN October 7th

Westmoreland Co. Chidren First Fund logo

The Advisory Board of the Westmoreland County Children's Bureau Cordially Invites You to the 4th Annual Wine & Chocolate Gala

October 7, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Greensburg Garden and Civic Center, 951 Old Salem Rd

All proceeds benefit children u...

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Posted on: August 23, 2017

Register now for LOVE AND LIMITS Navigating the Teen Years in Greensburg

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LOVE AND LIMITS Navigating the Teen Years: A Guide to Success s is a FREE program to help prepare 5th & 6th grade families for the transition to middle school and the teen years.

The program will be offered at Greensburg Salem Middle School beginning W...

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Human Services
Posted on: August 22, 2017

When someone shows signs of mental health problems, first aid training gives people tools to help

In a class of people who are led to help others, they shuffled their places in a lineup, holding cards saying “epilepsy,” “severe asthma,” “severe post-traumatic stress disorder” and “severe depression,” and more.

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Posted on: August 22, 2017

Angels, heartbreak and murder

The family of a young man with mental illness tried to get help, but couldn’t until he turned violent.

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Posted on: August 22, 2017

Westmoreland County Housing Authority gets funds to boost residents' internet access

The Westmoreland County Housing Authority was one of 30 public agencies named Monday to participate in a federal program to assist low-income residents to acquire computer skills and internet services.

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Posted on: August 21, 2017

Salvation Army Back 2 School Bash in Greensburg

The Salvation Army was joined by a host of Westmoreland County organizations at the Back 2 School Bash, held Saturday at St. Clair Park in Greensburg.

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Posted on: August 18, 2017

State names Teresa Miller acting secretary for Human Services

Teresa Miller, Pennsylvania's insurance commissioner and a native of Oregon, has been named Pennsylvania's acting Human Services secretary, effective Monday, according to a message sent to department staff.

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Posted on: August 16, 2017

Polio's painful aftermath: Support group for older survivors

Thirty or forty years after surviving polio as a child, people can find themselves with a new set of disabling symptoms, such as muscle weakness and pain, trouble breathing and a terrible intolerance to cold weather.

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

Mental illness and homelessness are connected. But not how you might think

“Look around. It’s here,” Rep. Timothy F. Murphy (R-Pa.) said during a recent visit, describing why he sees Step Up’s residential programs as a national model.

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Posted on: August 7, 2017

The limits of 8

Section 8 vouchers were designed to give low-income people choice in housing. A Post-Gazette data analysis shows their choices are mainly in low-income areas.

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Posted on: August 7, 2017

Former Pirates play ball with disabled athletes

Miracles — in all shapes and sizes — came to the Bill Mazeroski Miracle League Field in Murrysville Community Park this weekend.

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Posted on: August 7, 2017

Westmoreland Notables: Longtime military man helps veterans

After a nearly 20-year Air Force career that took him all over the world, Matt Zamosky returned to Westmoreland County looking for a job.

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Posted on: August 2, 2017

Financial experts say it's not always advisable to drop life insurance

Life insurance generally does a good job of doing what it’s mainly intended to do, which is to protect spouses, children and other people who depend on the policy owner financially.

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Posted on: August 1, 2017

'Human Library' event in East Liberty sparks dialogue on behavioral health

On Monday, four speakers addressed about 50 people at the Carnegie Library in East Liberty to spread understanding and awareness about behavioral health as part of the launch of the “The Human Library” project.

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Posted on: July 31, 2017

Food stamp recipient numbers plummet in Westmoreland, Allegheny counties

Westmoreland County experienced an 80 percent drop in the number of food stamp recipients in one year, one of the highest decreases among Pennsylvania counties.

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Posted on: July 31, 2017

Food stamp recipient numbers plummet in Westmoreland, Allegheny counties

Westmoreland County experienced an 80 percent drop in the number of food stamp recipients in one year, one of the highest decreases among Pennsylvania counties.

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Posted on: July 25, 2017

Avoiding 9 Key Risks Could Potentially Stave Off Dementia: Panel

There are no proven ways to stave off Alzheimer's, but a new report raises the prospect that avoiding nine key risks starting in childhood just might delay or even prevent about a third of dementia cases around the world.

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Posted on: June 27, 2017

New rules set for sentencing Pennsylvania juveniles to life

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Juveniles should only rarely be sentenced to life without parole... such cases require proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is an unusual example of someone who can never be rehabilitated.

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Posted on: June 27, 2017

Nonprofit plans to put affordable housing in blighted area of Latrobe

Greensburg nonprofit Homes Build Hope is seeking approval from Latrobe and funding from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency to replace a dozen vacant, dilapidated homes along Latrobe's Mary Street with new, affordable housing.

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Posted on: June 21, 2017

Westmoreland County Housing Authority passes smoking ban

Nearly 5,000 Westmoreland County Housing Authority tenants have until next summer to be smoke-free or risk being evicted.

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Posted on: June 5, 2017

New PA ABLE program helps disabled save funds without risking penalties

A couple of weeks ago, Michael Anderson did what most people would when their home is damaged: He used his checking account to pay someone to fix some small holes in the wall after his aide accidentally pushed Mr. Anderson’s wheelchair into the wall.

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Posted on: May 11, 2017

Have you lost a Loved One who suffers from addiction?

Date, time, and location of the grief support groups for Mental Health America

Mental Health America is opening their doors to anyone who has lost a loved one who suffers from addiction. The "Loving and Losing - The War on Addiction" grief support group begins May 31st at 7 p.m. and will meet the last Wednesday of every mo...

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

Substance Abuse Forum and Education, Penn-Trafford HS, Sept. 20th

(S.A.F.E.) Substance Abuse Forum and Education WHERE: PENN TRAFFORD HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM WHEN: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 TIME: 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. In an effort to deal with the ongoing drug crisis and its effect on our youth in Westmoreland County, ...

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Posted on: March 14, 2016

Pitt study links exercise, delay in mental decline

There's no question exercise is beneficial on many fronts, and a new study links calorie-burning in older people to delaying the onset of cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

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