Senior Citizens

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

Produce and fresh cuts of meat are no longer sold at the South Side Market House, but you can still stop by to get something to eat most days, if you’re over 60.

Once an actual market, the historic building now houses a senior center with art and fitness classes, internet access and a free lunch five days a week.

A study done in February found that 50 percent of surveyed families living near senior relatives feel they do not share enough meals with older loved ones.

Home Instead Senior Care surveyed 1,000 households in the U.S. and Canada.

The Omaha-based company is pledging $1 to Meals on Wheels (up to $20,000) for every person who pledges to reestablish Sunday dinners with an elderly family member.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

 Each night at 6:59 p.m., the state-run lottery conducts a live drawing at the studios of WITF in Harrisburg. From behind the three cameras that face a Pennsylvania-festooned background and drawing machines, it’s possible to hear the control booth.

“Stand by ready to roll red in 5…4…3…2…1. Cue music.”

Allegheny County Celebrates National Bookmobile Day

Apr 14, 2015

With an annual circulation of roughly 70,000 books, CDs, and other items, the Allegheny County Library Association’s Mobile Library Services program serves the elderly and the very young through a century-old American tradition—the bookmobile.

April 15 is National Bookmobile Day, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the approximately 900 bookmobiles currently operating in the United States. This is part of the larger National Library Week.

A commission tasked with examining the long-term care system in Pennsylvania is prepared to submit its recommendations to Gov. Tom Corbett but not before it has one more meeting.

The Long-Term Care Commission was formed in January of this year and has until Dec. 31 to report to the governor on issues including illness prevention and caregiver support, accessibility, provision of services and quality outcomes and management.

Bonnie Rose, deputy secretary for the Office of Long-Term Living, said the commission will have the report on Corbett’s desk ahead of the deadline.

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).

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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With emphasis on maintaining positive intergenerational relationships and boosting the self-esteem of struggling students, the OASIS Tutoring Program recruits and trains older adults to tutor kids in the Pittsburgh Public and Woodland Hills school districts.

Tutor Coordinator John Spehar and tutor Charlene Briggs say the program is beneficial for students’ academic and emotional health.

“If their self-esteem is higher, they’re more interested to learn and work on activities,” says Spehar.

Senior citizens are being targeted in the latest over-the-phone scam.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office has issued a warning to seniors after a recent spike in “robocalls.”

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.”