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2013-11-25 16:26:47

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medicare beneficiaries in Pennsylvania are reminded that the deadline for Medicare annual open enrollment is Saturday, Dec. 7. Older Pennsylvanians are urged to utilize the state Department of Aging's APPRISE program to determine a Medicare health plan that works for them. "If you are on Medicare, the Dec. 7( )deadline is a little more than a week away for you to make your determination for the plan of your choice,"...

2013-11-07 12:28:58

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Aging Brian Duke is recognizing November as Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and encourages Pennsylvanians to learn more about this debilitating disease. Alzheimer's disease is the nation's seventh leading cause of death. Pennsylvania's aging population ranks as the fourth grayest state in the nation. The U.S. Census predicts that by 2015, one in four Pennsylvanians will be 60 years and older. It is estimated...

2013-11-05 16:25:28

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Aging Brian Duke encourages all Pennsylvanians to recognize November as National Family Caregiver Month. The designation honors the efforts of caregivers in the commonwealth. A family caregiver is someone who provides any type of unpaid help or care to a loved one who is ill or has a disability. Whether it is physical, emotional or functional, a caregiver enables a person to remain in their home and community....

2013-09-23 12:23:42

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania departments of Aging and Health encourage all Pennsylvania residents to join in the observance of Falls Prevention Awareness Week, which is Sept. 22-28. The theme of this year's Falls Prevention Awareness Week, "Preventing Falls, One Step at a Time," aims to promote practices that help protect people against hazardous falls. "Falls are the leading cause of injuries and fatalities for Pennsylvanians age 65...

2013-07-09 16:23:33

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Aging Brian Duke today praised Governor Tom Corbett and the legislature for the additional $50 million that has been included in the 2013-14 budget for programs that will benefit older Pennsylvanians. This unprecedented increase will enable older Pennsylvanians to remain living in their homes and communities and have access to long-term care services. This comes at a time when there is more demand for services...

2013-02-13 12:25:33

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary Brian Duke today spoke to a group of older Pennsylvanians at the Rutherford House, a senior center in Harrisburg, about Governor Tom Corbett's 2013-14 proposed budget. The budget, due to the Lottery Private Management Agreement, provides an additional $50 million for programs that will enable older Pennsylvanians to remain living in their homes. This comes at a time when there is an increased demand for services due to the...

2012-12-03 16:23:59

EXTON, Pa., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Aging Brian Duke today marked National Influenza Vaccination Week by urging older Pennsylvanians to get a flu shot. "One of the most important steps older Pennsylvanians can take to stay healthy during the flu season is to get a flu shot," Duke said at a flu clinic held at the Chester County Library. "It is important to remember that influenza is highly contagious and can pose serious and life-threatening health risks,...

2012-11-30 16:22:32

Hurricane Sandy victims may be eligible for an extension HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Older Pennsylvanians are reminded that the deadline for Medicare annual enrollment is Friday, Dec. 7. Individuals are urged to utilize the state Department of Aging's APPRISE program to determine a Medicare health plan that works for them. The APPRISE program has trained volunteers who work through the local Area Agencies on Aging. They deal with questions and concerns...

2012-11-09 12:26:21

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Aging Brian Duke is marking November as Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month by recognizing citizens and their families affected by Alzheimer's and encouraging Pennsylvanians to learn more about the debilitating disease. "Alzheimer's is a devastating disease that touches many Pennsylvanians," Duke said. "Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month emphasizes education about the disease and brings understanding and support for...

2012-11-01 15:27:01

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Department of Aging Secretary Brian Duke today announced the launch of a free monthly webinar series to begin this month, which is National Caregiver Support month. Webinar topics will be related to healthy living, self care tips and basic medical facts for caregivers. A caregiver is someone who provides unpaid care to an elderly relative, friend, grandchild or a relative between the ages of 19-59 with a disability. "Caregivers are on...