Senior Citizens http://wesa.fm en Seniors Get Financial Assistance For Farmers Markets http://wesa.fm/post/seniors-get-financial-assistance-farmers-markets <p>Qualifying seniors can head off to farmers markets in the Pittsburgh area starting June 17 with $20 worth of checks in hand provided by the Allegheny County Department of Health Services Area Agency on Aging (AAA).</p><p>“The goal of the program is to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to the eligible seniors in our area and to support the farmers,” said Marian Matik, administrative officer for AAA.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:11:41 +0000 Jess Lasky 30318 at http://wesa.fm Experts Say PA Senior Care Needs Improvements http://wesa.fm/post/experts-say-pa-senior-care-needs-improvements <p>With more than 2 million citizens 65 or older, Pennsylvania has the fourth oldest population in the United States, and experts say they aren’t getting the care they need.</p><p>Advocates and senior citizen care professionals met to discuss the safety of the state’s elderly with a Pennsylvania Senate committee. Drawing up a four-year aging plan for the state, the meetings emphasis was on senior abuse.</p><p>Self-neglect and caregiver neglect make up about 65 percent of all reported abuse cases in the state, but the majority of cases go unreported, according to the panel.</p> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 22581 at http://wesa.fm Intergenerational Tutoring: The Benefits of Learning From Seniors http://wesa.fm/post/intergenerational-tutoring-benefits-learning-seniors <p>With emphasis on maintaining positive intergenerational relationships and boosting the self-esteem of struggling students, the <a href="http://www.oasisnet.org/Cities/East/PittsburghPA.aspx">OASIS Tutoring</a> Program recruits and trains older adults to tutor kids in the Pittsburgh Public and Woodland Hills school districts.</p><p>Tutor Coordinator John Spehar and tutor Charlene Briggs say the program is <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-east/oasis-tutors-still-going-strong-211672/">beneficial</a> for students’ academic and emotional health.</p><p>“If their self-esteem is higher, they’re more interested to learn and work on activities,” says Spehar. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:09:14 +0000 Katie Blackley 16362 at http://wesa.fm Intergenerational Tutoring: The Benefits of Learning From Seniors Scam Targets Elderly With Health Concerns http://wesa.fm/post/scam-targets-elderly-health-concerns <p>Senior citizens are being targeted in the latest over-the-phone scam.</p><p>The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office has issued a warning to seniors after a recent spike in “robocalls.”</p><p>These robocalls are designed to obtain credit card and other personal information from unknowing victims by claiming to sell medical equipment like life monitors for $35 a month. In recent calls, companies identified themselves as “Senior Medical Alert” or “Senior Medical Advisors.”</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 10842 at http://wesa.fm