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					                   WESTMORELAND COUNTY
                                AREA AGENCY ON AGING


      INSIDE LINE                                                          JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2009



     THE SENIOR FUND                 Dunn at 724-925-4066 or          Westmoreland County Area
       Honor the memory of          toll-free at 1-800-262-2103             Agency on Aging
a loved one or celebrate a                                                 200 S. Main Street
                                     CLASSICAL ELEGANCE
special occasion with a gift to                                      Greensburg, PA 15601-3110
the Seniors’ Fund. You will        The Westmoreland County                  Your request must be
support our mission by             Area Agency on Aging is           postmarked no later than
enriching lives of the most        pleased to announce that          February 13, 2009. You
needy, and the honoree will        tickets are available for the     must be a Westmoreland
be notified that a tribute gift    Westmoreland Symphony             County resident age 60 or
has been received. All             Orchestra’s “Classical            older to receive these tickets.
tribute gifts are tax-             Elegance!” concert on
deductible and can be made         Saturday, March 14, 2009 at            ARE YOU READY
payable to “Community              8:00 p.m. at the Palace
Foundation of Westmoreland         Theatre in Greensburg.            February 17, 2009 is quickly
County – Seniors’ Fund”.                   This performance          approaching and the full-
Please send to the attention       features violinist, Kypros        power TV stations will only
of Denise Kummick,                 Markou and oboist Renate          broadcast in digital. The
Westmoreland County Area           Sakins. Musical selections        DTV transition will affect
Agency on Aging, 200 South         include Bach’s “Concerto for      those who watch free over-
Main Street, Greensburg, PA        Violin and Oboe”,                 the-air television, through a
15601.                             Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella Suite”   rooftop antenna or “rabbit
                                   and Haydn’s “Symphony No.         ears”. You have three
        JOB TRAINING               104, London”.                     choices to be ready:
If you are 55 years of age or              Tickets will be              1. Connect your
      older, a resident of         distributed by a random                  analog TV to a
 Westmoreland County, and          drawing. Please send your                digital-to-analog
 your income falls within the      request with the following               converter box. The
    guidelines, you may be         information:                             cost of a box is
     eligible for the Senior            Name                               between $40 and $70.
      Community Service                 Address                            The U.S. Government
     Employment Program                 Telephone number                   is offering two $40
  (SCSEP) at Westmoreland               Number of tickets (1               coupons per
 County Community College.                 or 2)                            household. For more
For more information, please       And a self-addressed,                    information on the
 call Mimi Owens or Rebecca        stamped envelope to:                     coupons, visit
                                             Jean Healey                    www.dtv2009.gov, or
      call 1-888-388-2009.      certainly finds this             the importance of healthy
      Or:                       information useful!              eating and keeping active. If
   2. Buy a digital                     The sessions include     you want more information
      television (a TV          activities, educational games,   about the program, call 724-
      with a built-in           and healthy recipe food          837-1402 and ask for
      digital tuner).           tasting. Everyone has fun        Antonia Redigan or Onedia
      However, this is not      while learning!                  Sedok.
      necessary unless you              The “Simply Good
      happen to be in the       Eating” program will be                 FIBER FOCUS
      market for a new          starting in your local Senior
      television set. Or:       Center on the following          January is National Fiber
   3. Subscribe to a paid       dates. No registration is        Focus Month. Getting plenty
      TV service. If you        necessary. Contact your          of fiber in your diet is
      subscribe to a paid       local center for the exact       important for good health.
      service such as cable     times.                           Fiber has important benefits
      or satellite TV, you      January 15 New                   including reducing
      should contact your       Kensington Senior Center         cholesterol, improving blood
      provider to see what,     January 16 Jeannette             sugar control, and lowering
      if any, equipment you     Senior Center                    risk of heart disease. It has
      may need.                 March 18       Herminie          a positive effect on the
                                Senior Center                    digestive system by helping
                                March 19       Laughlintown      to maintain regularity and
 “SIMPLY GOOD EATING”
                                Senior Center                    reduce risk of diverticulitis.
 MESSAGE COMES TO THE
                                March 31       East              A low-fat diet that contains
     SENIOR CENTERS!
                                Vandergrift Senior Center        plenty of fiber foods such as
Starting this January, Penn
                                April 3        New Alexandria    grains, fruits and vegetables
State Cooperative Extension
                                Senior Center                    may play an important role
in Westmoreland County PA
                                June 8         Avonmore          in reducing the risk of certain
TRACKS Project will be
                                Senior Center                    types of cancer.
bringing the “Simply Good
                                June 9         Mt. Pleasant              Fiber is found in plant
Eating” nutrition education
                                Senior Center                    foods and comes in two
program to each of the
                                June 24        Latrobe Senior    forms. Soluble fiber is the
thirteen Senior Centers in
                                Center                           part that dissolves in water
Westmoreland County.
                                June 25        New Florence      and may help in lowering
        This year’s ten week                                     cholesterol as part of a low-
                                Senior Center
series includes topics such
                                July 9         Monessen          fat diet. Examples include
as: “Boning Up on Calcium”,
                                Senior Center                    oatmeal, broccoli, bananas
“Eating for a Healthy Heart”,
                                July 10               West       and citrus fruits. Insoluble
“Shopping and Cooking for
                                Newton Senior Center             fiber is the roughage part
One or Two”, “Using All of
                                July 10               McKenna    that doesn’t dissolve in
Our Resources”. The lesson
                                Senior Center                    water. This type of fiber
about resources includes
                                        Many of the regular      promotes regularity and may
information on accessing all
                                participants in the senior       help reduce your risk of
of the services available in
                                centers look forward to the      certain types of cancer as
Westmoreland County to
                                PA TRACKS “Living Healthy”       part of a low-fat diet.
make nutritious food                                             Examples include wheat
                                program each year. This
available for seniors on a
                                past year, over 400 seniors      bran, corn bran and brown
limited budget. And, in
                                participated in the sessions     rice. Some points to
today’s economy, everyone
                                and enjoyed all of the fun       remember when adding fiber
                                and activities, while learning   to your diet include:
       Increase fiber slowly    cumin, oregano and, as             blood clot that seals the
        to prevent digestive     desired, cayenne pepper.           break. The clot reduces
        problems.                Simmer for about 10                blood flow. The cycle of
     Drink plenty of water      minutes, or until all the          fatty buildup, plaque rupture,
        (about 8 glasses a       vegetables are soft. Ladle         and blood clot formation
        day).                    into bowls. Sprinkle each          causes the coronary arteries
     Try a variety of fiber-    serving with 1 tablespoon          to narrow, reducing blood
        rich foods to increase   cheese and 1 teaspoon              flow.
        nutrient sources.        cilantro. Serves 6.                        When too little blood
        The following recipe                                        reaches the heart, the
has 12 grams of fiber per                                           condition is called ischemia.
                                   WE NEED YOUR HELP
serving (about 2 cups) and                                          Chest pain, or angina, may
promises to warm you up in              We are updating our         occur. The pain can vary in
the winter months. Enjoy!        Inside Line mailing list.          occurrence and be mild and
    White Chicken Chili          Please let us know if you are      intermittent, or more
1 can (10 ounces) white          moving, receive more than          pronounced and steady. It
chunk chicken                    one newsletter, or wish to be      can be severe enough to
3 cups cooked white beans        removed from the mailing           make normal everyday
1 can (14.5 ounces) low-         list. Undeliverable and            activities difficult. The same
sodium diced tomatoes            unwanted mailings expend           inadequate blood supply also
4 cups low-sodium chicken        our valuable resources. To         may cause no symptoms, a
broth                            update our records, call 724-      condition called silent
1 medium onion, chopped          830-4444 or 1-800-442-             ischemia.
½ medium green pepper,           8000. Thank you.                           If a blood clot
chopped                                                             suddenly cuts off most or all
1 medium red pepper,                    HEART FACTS                 blood supply to the heart, a
chopped                                                             heart attack results. Cells in
2 garlic cloves, minced           by The National Heart Lung        the heart muscle that do not
2 teaspoons chili powder              and Blood Institute           receive enough oxygen-
1 teaspoon ground cumin                  The heart works 24         carrying blood begin to die.
1 teaspoon dried oregano         hours a day, pumping               The more time that passes
Cayenne pepper, to taste         oxygen- and nutrient-rich          without treatment to restore
6 tablespoons shredded           blood to the body. Blood is        blood flow, the greater the
reduced-fat Monterey Jack        supplied to the heart through      damage to the heart.
cheese                           its coronary arteries. In                  A heart attack is a
2 tablespoons chopped fresh      coronary heart disease             frightening event, and you
cilantro                         (CHD), plaques or fatty            probably don’t want to think
        In a large soup pot,     substances build up inside         about it. But, if you learn
add the chicken, beans,          the walls of the arteries.         the signs of a heart attack
tomatoes and chicken broth.      The plaques also attract           and what steps to take, you
Cover and simmer over            blood components, which            can save a life – maybe your
medium heat. Meanwhile,          stick to the artery wall lining,   own.
spray a nonstick frying pan      called atherosclerosis. The                Many heart attacks
with cooking spray. Add the      process develops gradually,        start slowly, as a mild pain or
onions, peppers and garlic       over many years. It often          discomfort. If you feel such
and sauté until the              begins early in life, even in      a symptom, you may not be
vegetables are soft, 3 to 5      childhood.                         sure what’s wrong. Your
minutes. Add the onion and               The fatty buildup or       symptoms may even come
pepper mixture to the soup       plaque can break open and          and go. Even those who
pot. Stir in the chili powder,   lead to the formation of a         have had a heart attack may
not recognize their                    Aim for a healthy                 Oxytocin does more
symptoms because the next               weight                    than make us feel good. It
attack can have entirely             Be physically active        lowers the levels of stress
different ones. Warning                 each day                  hormones in the body,
signs of a heart attack are:         Manage diabetes             reducing blood pressure,
      Chest discomfort in              For more information      improving mood, increasing
        the center of the        regarding heart disease,         tolerance for pain and
        chest that lasts for     contact the local                perhaps even speeding how
        more than a few          Westmoreland American            fast wounds heal. It also
        minutes, or goes         Heart Association at 724-        seems to play an important
        away and comes           837-5468 or online at            role in our relationships. It’s
        back. The discomfort     www.americanheart.org.           been linked, for example, to
        can feel like                                             how much we trust others.
        uncomfortable                                                     Researchers have
                                   THE POWER OF LOVE
        pressure, squeezing,                                      found that physical contact
        fullness, or pain.       How often do you hug or sit      affects oxytocin levels and
      Discomfort in other       close and hold each other’s      that people who get lots of
        areas of the upper       hands? It can be good for        hugs and other warm
        body, which can          your health. Between loving      contact at home tend to
        include pain or          partners, between parents        have the highest levels of
        discomfort in one or     and children, or even            oxytocin in the laboratory.
        both arms, the back,     between close friends,           They believe that frequent
        neck, jaw or stomach.    physical affection can help      warm contact may somehow
      Shortness of              the brain, the heart and         prime the oxytocin system
        breath comes along       other body systems.              and make it quicker to turn
        with chest discomfort.           At the center of how     on whenever there’s warm
        But it also can occur    our bodies respond to love       contact, even in a laboratory.
        before chest             and affection is a hormone       The same is true for mothers
        discomfort.              called oxytocin. Most of our     and infants; they both
      Other symptoms            oxytocin is made in the area     produce higher levels of
        may include breaking     of the brain called the          oxytocin when they have lots
        out in a cold sweat,     hypothalamus. Some is            of warm contact with each
        nausea, or light-        released into our                other.
        headedness.              bloodstream but much of its              We may not yet fully
        You can reduce your      effect is thought to reside in   understand how love and
risk of having a heart attack    the brain.                       affection develop between
even if you already have                 Oxytocin makes us        people – or how love affects
coronary heart disease           feel good when we’re close       our health – but research is
(CHD) or have had a              to family and other loved        giving us some guidance.
previous heart attack. The       ones, including pets. It does    Give those you love all the
key is to take steps to          this by acting through what      affection you can. It can’t
prevent or control your heart    scientists call the dopamine     hurt, and it may bring a
disease risk factors. The six    reward system. Dopamine is       bounty of health benefits.
key steps to reduce your risk    a brain chemical that plays a        DOMICILIARY CARE
of having a heart attack are:    crucial part in how we                HOME PROVIDERS
     Stop smoking               perceive pleasure. Problems               NEEDED IN
     Lower high blood           with the system can lead to            WESTMORELAND
        pressure                 serious depression and other                COUNTY
     Reduce high blood          mental illness.                  A Dom Care home is a
        cholesterol                                               private residential home
certified by the Area Agency            If you are interested      Our Lady of Grace Church
                                                                   Greensburg, PA 15601
on Aging (AAA). Every home       in learning more, call us at      Fridays, 10:00am-2:00pm
provides a 24-hour               724-830-4444 or toll-free 1-      (closed April 10)
supervised living                800-442-8000.
                                                                   Westmoreland Mall
arrangement for individuals                                        Greensburg, PA 15601
referred by the AAA. The           SUPER BOWL SUNDAY               Fridays, 3:00pm-7:00pm
program is for individuals       The Super Bowl was first          (closed April 10)
who do not need nursing          played on January 15, 1967        Westmoreland Multi-Service
home or hospital care but do     as part of an agreement           Center
have mental, physical, or        between the NFL and its           Mount Pleasant, PA 15666
                                                                   Tuesdays, 9:00am-1:00pm
emotional impairment(s) that     younger rival, the American       By Appt (724-547-4593)
prevent them from living         Football League (AFL) in
independently. All Dom Care      which each league’s               Scottdale Library
                                                                   Scottdale, PA 15683
homes retain a home-like         championship team would           Thursdays, 12:00pm-4:00pm
setting and will have no         play each other in an “AFL-       By Appt (724-887-6140)
more than three (3)              NFL World Championship
                                                                   Jeannette Senior Center
dependent care residents at      Game”. After the leagues          Jeannette, PA 15644
one time. Each consumer is       merged in 1970, the Super         Wednesdays, 9:00am-1:00pm
provided a single or double      Bowl became the NFL’s
                                                                   St. Regis Catholic Church
occupancy bedroom.               championship game.                Trafford, PA 15085
        The goals of Dom                                           Alternating Mondays, 9:00am-1:00pm
Care are:                                INCOME TAX                Feb. 2, 16, March 2, 16, 30 and April
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     To provide a safe,                 ASSISTANCE
        supportive,                                                West Hempfield Presbyterian
        community-based                   The Tax Counseling for   Church
                                 the Elderly (TCE) program         Irwin, PA 15642
        living arrangement for                                     Mondays, 10:00am-2:00pm
        individuals who          offers free tax help to lower
                                 income, elderly, persons with
        cannot live                                                North Huntingdon Townhouse
                                 disabilities and non-English      North Huntingdon, PA 15642
        independently in the
                                 speaking taxpayers. Taxpayers     Tuesdays & Thursdays,
        community;               are reminded to maintain          9:00am-1:00pm
     To encourage and           accurate records, bring this
        assist individuals in    year’s tax package, income        United Church of Christ
        improving or             interest and dividend             Manor, PA 15665
        maintaining their        statements, and copies of last    Feb 17 & March 17, 10:00am-2:00pm
        current level of         year’s federal and state tax      Herminie Senior Center
        functioning in a home-   returns when they seek tax        Herminie, PA 15637
        like setting;            help. The locations are listed    Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm
     To provide an              as follows:
        alternative to           McKenna Senior Center
                                                                   WCCC’s Laurel Center, Room 6001
        institutionalization.                                      Latrobe, PA 15650
                                 Greensburg, PA 15601
                                                                   Mondays, 9:00am-1:00pm
        The AAA certifies Dom    Mondays, 10:00am-2:00pm
                                                                   By Appt (724-539-3390)
                                 (closed February 16)
Care homes after complying
with regulations established     Maplewood United Presbyterian
                                                                   Ligonier YMCA
                                                                   Ligonier, PA 15658
by the PA Department of          Church
                                                                   Tuesdays, 9:00am-2:00pm
                                 Greensburg, PA 15601
Aging. The homes are             Tuesdays, 10:00am-2:00pm
                                                                   By Appt (724-238-7580)
monitored and inspected on
                                                                   Latrobe Senior Center
a regular basis to ensure        WCCC
                                                                   Latrobe, PA 15650
                                 Youngwood, PA 15697
local fire and safety            Thursdays, 10:00am-2:00pm
                                                                   Tuesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm and
standards and Dom Care           (closed April 9)
                                                                   12:30-1:30pm
                                                                   By Appt (724-539-0237)
home standards.
                                         By Appt (724-325-1715)
New Alexandria Senior Center
Community Center Building                Murrysville Senior Center
New Alexandria, PA 15670                 Murrysville, PA 15668
Thursdays, 9:00am-1:30pm                 Fridays, 8:30am-1:30pm
By Appt (724-668-7055)                   By Appt (724-327-7673)
                                         (closed April 10)
Aluminum City Terrace Activity
Center                                   West Newton Senior Citizens
New Kensington, PA 15068                 Center
Mondays, 8:30am-12:00pm                  West Newton, PA 15089
(Beginning Feb. 9)                       Mondays & Fridays, 9:00am-1:00pm
                                         By Appt (724-872-4976)
Alle Kiski Valley Senior Citizens        (closed February 16 and April 10)
Center
New Kensington, PA 15068                 Monessen Senior Center
Tuesdays, 8:30am-12:00pm &               Monessen, PA 15062
Fridays, 12:00pm-4:00pm                  Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00am-
(closed April 10)                        12:00pm
                                         By Appt (724-684-6105)
WCCC’s Alle-Kiski Center
New Kensington, PA 15068
Wednesdays, 3:00pm-7:00pm

People’s Library
Main Branch
New Kensington, PA 15068
Thursdays, 1:00pm-5:00pm
                                                  INSIDE LINE
People’s Library                                     STAFF
Lower Burrell, PA 15068
                                                Jean Healey, Editor
Mondays, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Avonmore Senior Citizens Center
                                                Production Assistants:
Avonmore, PA 15618
                                            Sharon Casario, Debbie Sikora,
Wednesdays, 8:30am-12:00pm
By Appt (724-697-4014)
                                              Trudy Thiem, Diane Peters,
                                                 Maureen Wisyanski,
Vandergrift Senior Citizens Center          Lyn Sarosi, & Helen Krajnak &
Vandergrift, PA 15690                             Donalee Fleming
Thursdays, 8:30am-12:00pm

East Vandergrift Senior Citizens
Center
East Vandergrift, PA 15629
Fridays, 8:30am-12:30pm                  _________________________
(closed April 10)

Senator Logan’s Office                   INSIDE LINE is published bimonthly by the
                                         Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging,
New Kensington, PA 15068                 200 South Main Street, Greensburg,
Tuesdays, 1:00pm-4:00pm                  Pennsylvania 15601 (Phone 830-4444), the
By Appt (724-334-1143)                   Westmoreland County Commissioners and
                                         the PA Department of Aging.
Export American Legion
Export, PA 15632
Alternating Fridays, 9:00am-1:00pm
Feb. 6, 20, March 6, 20 and April 3

Cloverleaf Community Center
Delmont, PA 15626
Alternating Fridays, 9:00am-1:30pm
Feb. 13, 27, March 13, 27 and April 10

Clover Ridge Community Club
House
Murrysville, PA 15668
Thursdays & Fridays, 10:00am-3:00pm