Elderly http://wesa.fm en PA Lottery Seeks to Lower Revenue Percentage Allotted for Senior Programs http://wesa.fm/post/pa-lottery-seeks-lower-revenue-percentage-allotted-senior-programs <p>Despite bringing in $99 million dollars more in sales than last year, the PA Lottery is seeking to lower the percentage of revenue it is legally required to give to programs for seniors.</p><p>For the third year in a row, the lottery has given more than one billion dollars to programs that help the elderly with transportation, prescription costs and even tax rebates. This year, $3.8 billion dollars in sales revenue were generated, with $1.8 billion going towards seniors, the largest dollar amount in PA Lottery history.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:22:20 +0000 Kaye Burnet 33030 at http://wesa.fm Sen. Casey Looks For Policy Initiatives To Help 'Sandwich Generation' http://wesa.fm/post/sen-casey-looks-policy-initiatives-help-sandwich-generation <p>They’re known as the “sandwich generation:” people simultaneously caring for aging parents and children still living at home.</p><p>They are typically in their 40s and 50s, and according to U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), they’ve been all but ignored by policymakers.</p><p>On Monday, Casey held a hearing in Pittsburgh to learn more about the experiences of people in the “sandwich generation” and to hear from social service and healthcare professionals about potential policy changes that could ease the burden of those caring for both parents and children.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 01:02:42 +0000 Liz Reid 31842 at http://wesa.fm Sen. Casey Looks For Policy Initiatives To Help 'Sandwich Generation' Older Unemployed Get New Opportunities http://wesa.fm/post/older-unemployed-get-new-opportunities <p>According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for persons ages 55 and older has increased steeply since the 2008-09 recession. Many were laid off in favor of younger employees, who are more familiar with new technology, leaving older workers with obstacles to support themselves and their families.</p><p>The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh is working to improve the lot of older, lower-income job seekers with the Mature Workers Program, which gives eligible workers on-the-job training for up to four years at local non-profits.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Kaye Burnet 30449 at http://wesa.fm Steps for Older Adults to Reduce the Risk of Falling http://wesa.fm/post/steps-older-adults-reduce-risk-falling <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Among people 65 and older, falling is a dangerous reality. Yet a new program has reduced falls among the elderly by 17 percent statewide according to the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. </span><a href="http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/our-faculty?department=Behavioral+and+Community+Health+Sciences&amp;letter=%25&amp;type=Primary+Faculty&amp;pagesize24=true&amp;uid=1" style="line-height: 1.5;">Steven Albert is</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><a href="http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/our-faculty?department=Behavioral+and+Community+Health+Sciences&amp;letter=%25&amp;type=Primary+Faculty&amp;pagesize24=true&amp;uid=1" style="line-height: 1.5;">Chairman</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Services and says older adults often do not realize the severity of their falling risk.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:33:40 +0000 Katherine Blackley 27210 at http://wesa.fm Steps for Older Adults to Reduce the Risk of Falling 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 United Way Report: Elderly Needs on the Rise http://wesa.fm/post/united-way-report-elderly-needs-rise <p>Fewer funds and resources for elderly and disabled people along with a growing aging population are creating problems of “epic proportion,” according to a new report from the United Way of Allegheny County.</p><p>United Way President Bob Nelkin said that with new medical advancements people are now outliving their spouses and caregivers more than before, and their needs are increasing.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:35:59 +0000 Tim Camerato 18617 at http://wesa.fm Sen. Casey Wants to Get Tough on Senior Scammers http://wesa.fm/post/sen-casey-wants-get-tough-senior-scammers <p>According to the latest numbers from the Federal Trade Commission, 26 percent of all securities fraud is perpetrated against seniors, but seniors only represent 14 percent of the nation’s population.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:46:58 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 11680 at http://wesa.fm 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