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Posted on: July 29, 2014


Understanding and using sunscreen is essential to successfully minimizing risk of sun-induced skin cancer. The best approach to avoid damaging exposure is in using a high-factor sunscreen, stay out of mid-day sun, and have... Read on...

Posted on: July 17, 2014

Scams continued to be aimed at senior citizens

Door-to-door scam artists... Digital abuse, internet, emails... Direct mailers... Telemarketing calls... Con games perpetrated by caregivers, scheming relatives or a new "sweetheart"...

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Posted on: July 17, 2014

Westmoreland Agency on Aging delivers 'summer service boxes'

More than 700 senior citizens in Westmoreland County received “Summer Service Boxes” complete with drinks, snacks and gadgets to stay cool and beat the summer heat. The Westmoreland County Agency on Aging delivered the boxes last week.

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Posted on: July 14, 2014

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Planning your meals ahead of time and choosing healthful foods will help improve your diet. It also can save you money.

Here are some tips for eating well on a budget:
- Make a list before you go food shopping.- Shop... Read on...

Posted on: July 7, 2014

Staying Cool

Heatstroke is a life-threatening illness that occurs when a person’s body temperature rises to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. If the heat persists, organs in the body will begin to shut down. There are two types of heat stroke... Read on...

Posted on: July 10, 2014

Rehab Program of Westmoreland County

The Westmoreland County Rehab Program provides roof or furnace replacements to homeowners in Westmoreland County, except for the cities of Arnold, Jeannette, Monessen, New Kensington, and Scottdale.

The program is... Read on...

Posted on: June 20, 2014

Making Sense of Your Finances and Avoiding Exploitation

Please pass the word! Link Network is sponsoring a Financial Education Day on June 30 at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg for consumers, agency staff and the general public.

Seating is limited -- register now by using the attached form!

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Posted on: June 12, 2014

Tips for Summer Safety

Summer is just around the corner and is a great time to enjoy the beautiful weather outdoors. Unfortunately, the heat and humidity can create problems, especially for the elderly. Here are a few tips to keep you safe... Read on...

Summer Box Contents
Posted on: June 12, 2014

Hydration for Health

One of the more common diagnoses on admission to hospitals for older citizens is dehydration. This can be due to several different reasons. Certain medications can make for this, along with some untreated medical... Read on...

Posted on: June 4, 2014

Five Steps for Preventing Kidney Stones

If you have ever had a kidney stone, you surely remember it! The pain can be unbearable, coming in waves until the tiny stone passes through your urinary plumbing and out of the body. For many, kidney stones aren’t a... Read on...

Posted on: May 28, 2014

AAA’s Inside Line is hot off the press!

Inside Line

AAA’s Inside Line is hot off the press! Summer safety tips for seniors, Farmers’ Market voucher program, Rx’s and Medicare D--read it all online!

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Posted on: May 29, 2014

Jeannette Senior Center Offers Local Activities

The Jeannette Senior Center is boasting new signs,and the president of the center, Dick Gounder, and the other members of the center are very proud of it.

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Posted on: May 28, 2014

Farmers Market Vouchers Available at Various Sites beginning June 2014

Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

The 2014 Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible seniors with vouchers to purchase produce grown in Pennsylvania. This program provides four $5.00 vouchers to be used at participating Farmers Markets from 6-1-14... Read on...

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Posted on: February 3, 2014

Creating Your Oral History

Who doesn’t enjoy taking a trip down memory lane by looking through old photo albums and scrapbooks? With the increase in popularity of today’s technology, more people store photos on their smart phones than in... Read more »

Posted on: February 5, 2014

APPRISE offers the Extra Help and Medicare Savings Program

The APPRISE Program (State Health Insurance Counseling Program) wants to make sure you and your loved ones who have Medicare know about the Extra Help and the Medicare Savings Programs.

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Posted on: January 28, 2014

Healthy Living and You

As important as health is to all of us, it’s surprising that many people pay more attention to maintaining their homes or cars than they do to maintaining their bodies. Fortunately, it is never too late to begin a... Read on...

Posted on: January 28, 2014


As winter waxes on, there is an ongoing risk, especially to the elderly, for exposure to cold temperatures. Exposure can come about for various reasons -- lack of fuel, furnace not working, lack of shelter entirely,... Read on...

Posted on: January 15, 2014

How tired is too tired?

According to an article by Markham Heid, published in Prevention Magazine (December 2012), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a mysterious condition characterized by ongoing feelings of sleepiness that are alleviated with... Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2013


Hypertension, elevated blood pressure, is a medical condition in which the flow of blood to cells is obstructed by compression of the blood vessels, which requires the heart to generate more pressure to force a normal amount... Read on...

Posted on: December 8, 2013


As a general accepted philosophy regarding the things in life that are broken or sick, it is almost always better to prevent a problem than to fix it once it has become a problem. This is true in medicine, mental health,... Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2013

Westmoreland Senior Center Task Force Wants to Better Serve Younger Seniors

Senior Center Youth

(Greensburg, PA)—Neighborhood senior centers aren’t what they used to be—that’s the message Area Agency on Aging staff and members of the advisory boards of the county’s 13 senior centers want those 60 and over to know. To... Read on...

Human Services
Posted on: October 2, 2013

First Aid For The Eyes

First reaction is to rub it, which only makes the problem worse.

Here are a few tips to remove grit or foreign bodies from the eye:

o Wash eye generously with clear tap water or give tears a chance to wash out... Read more »

Posted on: October 7, 2013

Cold & Influenza Prevention Tips

o Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before and following food preparation, before eating and after using restrooms.

o Be careful what you touch. Hands transmit germs.

o Cover your nose... Read on...

Posted on: September 30, 2013


Longevity is not well understood but certain trends and indicators are worthy of mention. Longevity is a consequence of genetics and life style choices. We cannot change the genetic hand we have been dealt but we can... Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2013

Communication and the Person with Dementia

The Alzheimer’s Association recommends the following tips for better communication:

1. BE PATIENT AND SUPPORTIVE -- Let the person know you’re listening and trying to understand what is being said.

2. SHOW YOUR... Read on...

Posted on: August 26, 2013


Gout is an arthritis-related condition that causes sporadic episodes of severe pain and inflammation, usually in a single joint and most often the large joint of the big toe. Pain and swelling are thought to be from uric... Read on...

Posted on: August 19, 2013

Home Safety Adaptations for the Person with Dementia

The Alzheimer's Association recommends the following tips for a safe environment.

1. ASSESS YOUR HOME: Look through the eyes of a person with dementia. What objects could injure the person? Identify possible areas of... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2013

Family Emergency Plan

Your family may not be together when an emergency occurs so it is important to know how you will contact them and what to do in case of an emergency. Below are a few guidelines to help your family develop an emergency plan... Read on...

Posted on: August 8, 2013

The Heat is On!

The dog days of summer are here! With the higher temperatures and humidity, we have been hearing lots of suggestions about how to keep cool. Unfortunately, we are also hearing of individuals who experience heat-related... Read on...

Posted on: July 23, 2013


Constipation is a symptom rather than a disease. It can be defined as having fewer bowel movements than usual, often accompanied by longer or more difficult passage of stool. What is normal for one person may not be normal... Read on...

Posted on: July 23, 2013

Safe Driving Tips for Seniors

The ability to drive is an important element in maintaining one's independence but as people age, it becomes more challenging. These are a few safety tips that seniors can use to drive safely.

• Avoid driving at... Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2013

Diet for Arthritis

Is there really a diet that can help reduce the pain of arthritis? Andrew Weil, MD, Founder and Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine believes so.

Dr. Weil has found that eating foods known to fight... Read on...

Posted on: June 24, 2013

Benefits of Seeing a Geriatrician

As the baby boomer generation enters it's senior years, one in five Americans will be over 65. Seniors over age 85 are the fastest growing segment of the population. Geriatricians are primary care doctors who have had... Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2013

Ten Ways to Help a Family Living with Alzheimer's Disease

The Alzheimer's Association suggests ten ways to help a family living with Alzheimer's Disease.

1. Stay in touch - Show you care. A card, a call or a visit all mean a lot.
2. Treat the person with... Read on...

Alzheimer's Association
Posted on: April 1, 2013

Gardening Away Stress

As the icy winter season melts into spring, many of us emerge from the hibernation of our homes and look forward to basking in the warmth and sunshine of our yards and gardens. Along with the pleasure of fresh air, sunshine... Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2013

Haggle with your doctor?

According to the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) everything in healthcare is negotiable, including bills from the doctor, pharmacist or hospital. FTCR says “you are paying bills not only as a consumer but... Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2013

New Year's Resolutions

Although the major celebration for the new year was last month, there is still time to review your New Year resolutions and see how you are doing. Typically, individuals have to start a new habit a few times before it... Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2013

Sleep Disturbances

Seniors need about seven to nine hours per night, but it may be harder for seniors to get the sleep they need.

Many seniors have problems sleeping because of health conditions or medications. Some common senior health... Read on...

Posted on: February 1, 2013

Your Mother's Medical Advocate

Of all the people that go to a doctor, a significant portion is represented by aged (80’s) women (fewer men survive into their 80’s than women). Selecting or keeping a physician for the elderly is a common experience for... Read on...

Posted on: January 21, 2013

How to Prevent the Flu

Take time to get a flu vaccine.
• Center for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
• While... Read on...

Posted on: January 14, 2013

Solving Consumer Problems

Disappointed by a product or service you have paid for? You don’t have to settle for shabby performance. Here are a few strategies that can help.
• Return to the store or Website • Call... Read on...

Posted on: December 24, 2012

Westmoreland County Senior Centers

The following is a list of Westmoreland County Senior Centers. Please contact the director of the senior center in your area and find out how you can receive their monthly newsletter. The newsletter will outline activities... Read on...

Posted on: December 17, 2012

Winter Transportation

Winter presents transportation challenges for everyone, not just seniors, but seniors are particularly challenged due to their being less likely to brave the roads in icy weather, less likely to change a flat tire, and in... Read on...

Posted on: December 18, 2012

Pennsylvania Senior Citizens Driver’s License and Vehicle Registration Services

There are several special services that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Driver Licensing offers to senior citizens. Some of these include:

• Retired Person’s Vehicle Registration - If you are retired and receiving... Read on...

Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles
Posted on: December 13, 2012

Heating Season Woes

Heating season is here and may present several potential problems that if anticipated and handled can minimize your risk. The first consideration should be safety. Heating systems involve burning fuel to generate heat. ... Read on...

Posted on: December 13, 2012

Federal Benefits to go Electronic on March 1, 2013

The Treasury Department is phasing out paper check payments and requiring federal benefit recipients to get their money electronically. This includes people who receive paper Social Security and Supplemental Income checks... Read on...

Social Security Administration