B utler The County Senior Express 25 Years 1984 - 2009 Area Agency on Aging November 2 0 0 9 of Service Many people have never heard of the Federal Older Americans Act yet some of the standard benefits enjoyed by older consumers today were the result of Goals and Objectives included in the original act. The Federal Older Americans Act was originally authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1965 and is up for reauthorization every 10 years. The goal of the Act was to “Provide assistance in the development of new or improved programs to help older persons.” It established Grants (funding) to the states for community planning and services, training project grants, and training through research and development. Many of the original objectives were linked to a better quality of life for seniors. Here are a list of a few of the original objectives from the ACT and the results. The ACT has been reauthorized many times since 1965 and its’ scope continues to expand to improve quality of life for seniors. The last re-authorization was completed in 2005. OBJECTIVE An adequate income in retirement in accordance with the American standard of living. RESULT - Cost of Living Increase in Social Security OBJECTIVE The best possible physical and mental health which science can make available and without regard to economic status. RESULT - The Medicare Program OBJECTIVE Obtaining and maintaining suitable housing, independently selected, designed and located with reference to special needs and available at costs which older citizens can afford. RESULT - HUD Programs/Senior Citizen subsidized housing OBJECTIVE Participating in and contributing to meaningful activity within the widest range of civic, cultural educational, and training and recreational opportunities. RESULT - Senior Centers OBJECTIVE Efficient Community services, including access to low-cost transportation, which provide a choice in supported living arrangements and social assistance in a coordinated manner and which are readily available when needed, with emphasis on maintaining a continuum of care for vulnerable older individuals. RESULT - Federal funding for In-home and Transportation Services continued on page 7 A Look Back Over 25 Years SENIOR EXPRESS DONORS SENIOR VOICE TOPICS November 1 - 7:10am November 2 - 6:30pm Renee Hewitt of the Area Agency on Aging talks about prescription coverage topics. November 7 - 7:10am November 8 - 6:30pm Paula Sypulski of Concordia Health and Human Services talks Dementia Screening event on November 17th. November 14 - 7:10am November 15 - 6:30pm Paula Sypulski of Concordia Health and Human Services talks about the importance of brain exercises and offers a great opportunity to exercise your brain for free using new technology at Concordia. November 21 - 7:10am November 22 - 6:30pm Renee Hewitt of the Area Agency on Aging talks about prescription coverage topics. November 28 - 7:10am November 29 - 6:30pm Jo Donaldson, Care Manager Supervisor at the Area Agency on Aging, discusses Family Caregiver Support Programs. Many Anonymous Donors Thank you! Donations are used to offset the cost of publishing this monthly newsletter. Postage and printing costs average $25,000 a year. Many of you are repeat donors. We thank you for your ongoing support of the Senior Express. Yes, I want to help offset the $25,000 yearly cost of printing & delivery of the newsletter. Name (Please Print Clearly) Amount of Donation $ Senior Express Donation Please print my name as a donor in the next Senior Express. Please DO NOT print my name as a donor in the Senior Express. Please add me to the mailing list: [AAA protects your privacy by NOT sharing our mailing lists. Please provide both your first and last names.] Street Address S E N I O R N E W S A I R S E V E RY S AT U R D AY M O R N I N G O N WISR680AM. T U N E I N F O R I N F O R M AT I O N A B O U T City St ate Zip Please mail this form and donation to: Butler County Area Agency on Aging 111 Sunnyview Circle Suite 101 Butler, PA 16001 November 2009 “The Senior Express” November 2009 AGENCY PROGRAMS AND G E N E R A L I N F O R M AT I O N . Page 2 NEW SNAP GUIDELINES MEANS MORE MAY BE ELIGIBLE Every October 1st, the income eligibility guidelines for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), (Federal Food Stamp Program) are revised to reflect the current federal income poverty guidelines. In Pennsylvania the Department of Public Welfare administers this nutrition program. Effective 10/01/09, the monthly gross income limit for SNAP has been increased. For a family of four that monthly limit is now $2,941. This means a family of four can now make as much as $35,292 a year and still be eligible to participate in SNAP! Other changes were made to assist those over 60 years of age and those with a chronic disability, raising those limits so that an individual over 60 or with a documented disability can have a gross monthly income of $1,805 (one person household), or $21,660 annually and still qualify. Assets such as savings, checking or retirement accounts are no longer counted. If you pay any money out-of-pocket for daycare from your income, that entire amount will now be deducted, and if you are eligible, it may increase your family food stamp allotment. You can own a home or car and still may be eligible to receive food stamps. . GROSS INCOME GUIDELINES FOR SNAP AT A GLANCE People in Household One Two Three Four Five Gross Monthly Income $1,444 $1,943 $2,442 $2,941 $3,440 Gross Monthly Income for Elderly or Disabled $1,805 $2,429 $3,052 $3,675 $4,299 If you have recently applied for SNAP benefits and were denied now is the time to consider reapplying. If you live in Beaver or Butler Counties please call The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank at: 1-800-343-3135 to complete a quick pre-screen for potential eligibility. If it appears you may be eligible, the SNAP Coordinator can complete an application over the phone in about fifteen minutes. By completing the application in this manner, you will also be eligible to waive a visit to the County Assistance Office and your determination for eligibility can all be completed via telephone and mail. Please call to take advantage of this helpful nutrition program for you and your family. guidelines at that time appeared in many publications as well as other media at the same time. Response was very overwhelming and additional phone staff was recruited. This information is even more current than previously released. Call the Food Bank at 1-800343-3135 to discuss eligibility, however, please allow the staff a few days to return your call. “The Senior Express” November 2009 Page 3 Special Note: Guidelines were also changed in July 2009. Information regarding the new CENTER M EDICARE P ART D I NFORMATION P ROGRAMS Bruin Butler Cranberry Evans City Mars November 9 11:00 AM November 10 11:00 AM November 18 11:00 AM November 12 11:00 AM November 13 11:00 AM Chicora - December 3 Mt. Chestnut November N. Central November Sl. Rock November SouthEast November Zelienople November 11:00 AM - N EW D ATE 2 11:00 6 11:00 16 11:00 3 11:00 17 11:00 AM AM AM AM AM Reminder: Open enrollment for Medicare Part D Prescription coverage runs from November 15th through December 31st. Act now before you get caught up in the coming holiday season. These public programs are for information. Private appointments may be obtained by calling the Agency office at 724-282-3008. Insurance enrollment is a personal and detailed process. Agency staff are unable to serve walk-in consumers having Medicare Part D or other insurance questions. The Top Ten Reasons to Become a Member of a Senior Center 1. LOCATION - There are 11 Senior Centers throughout Butler County and one is close to you! 2. CHOICES - You have a variety of programs and activities to choose from at the Senior Centers. Also, members of one center may participate in a program of interest at another center. 3. LIFE-LONG LEARNING - Centers offer classes and informational programs such as language, genealogy, safe driving, Medicare, home safety, identity protection, and health topics. 4. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Centers provide opportunities for you to share your skills and talents with other seniors and to contribute your ideas and suggestions to improve and promote programs and services. 5. FRIENDSHIP AND SOCIALIZATION - play 500, Bridge, Euchre, Dominoes and other games with your friends and join the Center for one of the theme parties held monthly. Have a group of your own? Make a center YOUR eating and meeting place! 6. TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES - bus trips and field trips to cultural, sight-seeing and entertainment destinations at reasonable prices 7. LIFE-LONG LIVING - exercise, dance classes, Wii Fit, and Primetime Health programs keep you well and mobile 8. CREATIVE ARTS - art classes, card making, wood working, quilting and crafts allow you to tap in to your creative talents 9. GREAT FOOD - a lunchtime meal is served at all Senior Centers 10. ACCESS TO BENEFITS AND SERVICES - Centers are the gateway to all other senior services and resources provided by the Area Agency on Aging such as PACE applications, reduced car registrations, Tax and Rent Rebates as well as information and referral services. Page 4 “The Senior Express “ November 2009 S TA G E L UNCH E NTREES The menu items highlighted in blue are People’s Choice Menu. Please call 24 hours ahead to reserve your meal. Nov 2 - Taco Salad Nov 3 - Pulled Turkey with Gravy Nov 4 - Low Salt Ham BBQ on Wheat Bun Nov 5 - Meatball Sub Nov 6 - Chicken Salad and Wedding Soup Nov 9 - BBQ Ribette on Wheat Bun Nov 10 - Chicken Breast w/Pepper Strips Nov 11 - Breaded Cod - Veterans Day Party Nov 12 - Vegetable Lasagna - Birthday Party Nov 13 - Salisbury Steak Nov 16 - Meatball Stroganoff Nov 17 - Supreme Personal Pizza w/meat Nov 18 - Barley Soup and Salad Platter Nov 19 - Roast Turkey - Thanksgiving Party Nov 20 - Tuna Patty w/Dill Sauce Nov 23 - Chili and Tossed Salad Nov 24 - BBQ Pork on Wheat Nov 25 - Grilled Chicken Salad Nov 26 -Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday Nov 27 - Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday Nov 30 - Low-Salt Ham w/Pineapple Sauce Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: M ATCH P ROGRAMS WITH THE M ENU AND M AKE A G REAT D AY ! Nov 2 - Reasons to be Thankful with Reverend Knosp at Evans City Center Nov 3 - Keep Your Joints Healthy with Alex Ward in the Zelienople Center Nov 5 - Balance and Physical Activity Surveys with SRU Students at the Slippery Rock Center Nov 10 - Catch the Dream with Scott Grinder, President, Christian Sports International at Zelienople Center Nov 11 - Dealing with the Holiday Blues by Bonnie Delozier at North Central Nov 12 - Living with Diabetes, Patrick McCarthy, RN at Zelienople Center Nov 13 - Heritage of Coal Mining by Jennings Environmental Education Center in Slippery Rock Center (Tie Dye a T-shirt with Mine Water for a $3.00 donation) Nov 18 - Diabetes Program with Carol Eury at the North Central Center Nov 19 - How Your Weight Affects Your Bones by Dr. Peduzzi at the Cranberry Center Nov 19 - Handling the Holiday Blues by CCR at Slippery Rock Center Nov 23 - Handling the Holiday Blues by CCR at the Mars Center Nov 24 - Handling the Holiday Blues by CCR at the Butler Center A LT E R N AT E L U N C H E N T R E E S Bologna with American Cheese Turkey with Swiss Cheese Chicken Salad Ham, Salami with Provolone Egg Salad Center Locations and Contact Information BUTLER CENTER - 724-285-5392 - Jane Beatty, Manager CHICORA CENTER - 724-445-2551- Karen Sheakley, Manager CRANBERRY CENTER - 724-772-6086 - Terrie Walker, Manager EVANS CITY CENTER - 724-538-9414 - Barb Lehman, Manager MARS CENTER - 724-625-4466 - Amanda Brubaker, Manager SLIPPERY ROCK CENTER - 724-794-6440 - Mary Lou Kirin, Manager ZELIENOPLE CENTER - 724-452-5292 - Janice Knosp, Manager BRUIN CENTER - 724-753-2922 - Marilyn Slagle, Manager SOUTHEAST CENTER - 724-352-2036 - Joan Burr, Manager MT. CHESTNUT CENTER - 724-282-6006 - Liz McMullen, Manager N. CENTRAL CENTER - 724-637-2959 - Marilyn Slagle, Manager Page 5 “The Senior Express” November 2009 Senior Employment Program Ranks Tops in State The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) managed by Lutheran Service Society, under contract with the Butler Area Agency on Aging, was one of the top four county-run programs to meet or exceed goals set by the PA Department of Labor. The Program Coordinator is Edith Kelly. Statistics compiled by the Department of Aging and Long Term Living, Bureau of Individual Supports for the Fiscal Year of 2008-2009 showed that Ms. Kelly obtained a service level of 200%, exceeding the state goal of 175%. Edith’s endeavors on behalf of participants showed the greatest success in two other categories. Butler County scored 3.55% under the Service to Most in Need category, which was well over the 2.27% goal by the state. The program most excelled in the category of Average Earnings obtained by a participant once the program is completed and unsubsidized employment is obtained. The Average Earnings for Butler County participants was $14,524 - over twice the state goal of $6,491. Lutheran Service Society and Butler County Area Agency on Aging thank Edith for a job-well done despite the adverse economic conditions. The Senior Community Service Employment Program is a community service and work-based training program for older workers administered by the Department of Labor under Title V of the Older Americans Act of 1965. Program participants work an average of 20 hours a week and are paid the highest of Federal, State, or local minimum wage, or prevailing wage. They are placed in a wide variety of community service activities at non-profit and public facilities, including day-care centers, senior centers, schools, and hospitals. It is intended that these community service experiences serve as a bridge to other employment positions that are not supported with Federal funds. The program is open to county residents 55 years of age or better. Generally, the income guidelines require that a senior’s family income not exceed 125% of the Current Federal Poverty guidelines. This means monthly income for one person is less than $1,046 and $1,426 for two persons. Certain types of income are excluded. It is best to meet with the SCSEP Coordinator to verify eligibility. The program goals are for the worker to secure unsubsidized employment after training and to promote the hiring of the Senior workers. The program offers services to prepare Seniors for the workforce: ♦ Individualized assessment of skills, needs, experience, physical and psychological abilities, and job interests ♦ Developing a personalized plan to assist Seniors in finding job opportunities ♦ Employment Coordinator maintains information on job openings ♦ Referral to sources of training, Vocational education, and/or Basic education, where tuition funds may be available for training and education ♦ Orientation includes training of interpersonal skills and work habits ♦ Recruiting and registering local employers for the program and advocating for the hiring of Senior workers ♦ Follow-up services continue after job placement to ensure job satisfaction for the participant and employer More information on SCSEP is available from the Senior Employment Coordinator, Edith Kelly, at 724-283-9002 Page 6 “The Senior Express” November 2009 A LOOK BACK (CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE) OBJECTIVE Freedom, independence, and the free exercise of individual initiative in planning and managing their own lives, full participation in the planing and operation of communitybased services and programs provided for their benefit, and protection against abuse, neglect and exploitation. RESULT - Federal Funding - Inhome services, Case Management, and Protective Services OBJECTIVE Opportunity for employment with no discriminatory personnel practices because of age. RESULT - Equal Employment Opportunity (non-discrimination) OBJECTIVE Immediate benefit from proven research knowledge which can sustain and improve health and happiness. RESULT - Research Grants OBJECTIVE A healthy, honorable, and dignified retirement after years of contributing to the economy. RESULT - All of the above LIHEAP 2009-2010 The Pennsylvania Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low income people pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants and crisis grants. You need not have an unpaid bill to receive home heating energy assistance. You can receive this money without being in the Cash Assistance program — a family of four with an annual income of up to $33,075 can qualify for assistance. No lien is placed on your property if you receive this help. The opening date for Cash Assistance is November 2, 2009 through March 15, 2010; Crisis Assistance runs January 2010 through March 15, 2010. The Department of Public Welfare may extend or shorten the program depending upon the availability of federal funds. Based on the decrease in fuel costs this year, the income limits have been increased. This year’s income limits are: 1 person household 2 person household 3 person household 4 person household $16,245 $21,855 $27,465 $33,075 Beginning November 2, 2009, the fastest way to apply and to check to see if we made a decision about your application is by applying through www.compass.state.pa.us, the online resource for cash assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, health care coverage, home heating assistance (LIHEAP), and long-term living services. For more information, please contact Butler County Assistance Office by phone at 1-866256-0093 or 724-284-8844. “The Senior Express” November 2009 Page 7 BUTLER COUNTY AREA AGENCY ON AGING www.co.butler.pa.us DATED MATERIAL Suite 101, 111 Sunnyview Circle Butler, PA 16001-3547 PRSRT STD POSTAGE PAID PERMIT #205 BUTLER PA 16001 If you are receiving this publication in error, changing your address, or you would like to receive the newsletter via e-mail, please call the Aging Office at 724-282-3008 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org. Published monthly by the Butler County Area Agency on Aging, funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and your donations. Butler County Commissioners Area Agency on Aging Administrator A. Dale Pinkerton, Chairman Lisa M. Monday James L. Kennedy, Vice-Chairman James C. 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