I first met this incredible lady in 1966 when we moved to Pennsylvania. She was a grade school teacher in the Canton Area School District. Long since retired, she is still the woman I remember from my childhood. Way to go Edna!!!!! Here is a link to the write-up in the Elkhart Truth http://www.elkharttruth.com/news/2015/06/24/90-year-old-retired-teacher-has-skydiving-wish-granted-through-Live-A-Dream-program.html
WHEN: 10am on April 9th, May 14th, June 11th, September 10th, and October 8th
WHERE: Boyertown Area Sr. High School Memorial Stadium Community Track
Free event encouraging activity and fun!
Grandparents bring your grandkids, kids bring your senior parents, caregivers bring the seniors you care for. Bingo cards, prizes, water, and snacks are provided for Seniors.
We encourage multigenerational activity for fun & fitness!
What may you ask is “BINGO Walking”?
When you arrive, each Senior will receive a BINGO card. For each half lap you walk around the track, 10 BINGO numbers will be pulled. Mark your BINGO cards with pulled numbers. Each 5 in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal), you get to choose a prize from our Prize Table including household goods & healthy living items.
Boyertown Area Sr. High School
Memorial Stadium Community Track
120 N. Monroe St., Boyertown, PA
Weather Permitting –
if the weather is inclement please join us at the
New Hanover Rec. Center, 2373 Hoffmansville Road, Fredrick, PA 19435
Dr. Julie Adamski, Chair at DrJulieAdamski@energy-pt.com or 610-310-0915
Diane Lauer, Director at BoyertownWellness@yahoo.com or 610-334-3710.
Come join us for the
You’re invited to an educational and entertaining program where you can learn about today’s leading scams and schemes, such as insurance and investment fraud, identity theft, and other cons targeting the 50+. Come to get your questions answered by consumer protection experts and visit related exhibits.
Fight Back – Learn How to Protect Yourself from Frauds and Scams
Friday, April 10, 2015
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Berean Bible Church*
2675 East High Street
Sanatoga, PA 19464
*The Berean Bible Church is located in Sanatoga, near Cutillo’s Restaurant (across the street).
Free parking! Doors open at 12:30 and light refreshments will be served!
To RSVP or for more information, please call the AARP event registration line at 1-877-926-8300 and tell the operator you would like to register or click HERE.
AARP is fighting for you, and the Fraud Watch Network is just one of the many ways we give you tools to help you protect your family’s financial security. Think you know AARP? What we do in Pennsylvania may surprise you.
Bill Johnston, Director
May 8, 2015 – 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Road, Pottstown
For more details, click here: http://tcnetwork.org/healthy-lifestyles-expo/
The homeownership rate in Philadelphia declined sharply between 2000 and 2012, primarily as a consequence of the prolonged and sweeping real estate downturn that followed the bursting of the housing bubble in 2006-07, according to a study released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Although Philadelphia’s homeownership rate remains high among the nation’s 30 largest cities, the 7.1 percentage-point drop in owner-occupied units – from 59.3 percent to 52.2 percent, or by 47,082 – was surpassed only by Phoenix, which suffered record foreclosures and price declines when the market swooned, the Pew study shows.
Stagnant incomes, rising home prices, and tight credit, all products of the recession, have cut into owner-occupied numbers, the study showed.
In addition, young professionals who once were the chief source of first-time buyers are either wary of homeownership or burdened by student-loan debt.
SANATOGA, PA – State Rep. Mark Painter, D-Montgomery, reminds older residents about a program that provides low-income seniors with vouchers redeemable for fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs at local farmers’ markets.
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides qualified seniors with four vouchers totaling $20 that they may exchange for Pennsylvania-grown produce. Recipients are given a list of participating farmers and farmers’ markets when they receive their checks.
“This program is immensely beneficial for senior citizens to enhance their daily diet with nutritious produce grown right here in Pennsylvania,” said Painter, a member of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.
To qualify, recipients must be 60 or older by Dec. 31, with a total household income before taxes of less than $21,589 for a single person, $29,100 for a couple and $36,611 for a family of three, based on 2013 income.
The vouchers will be distributed at the Pottstown Cluster from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays and Fridays; and at the Pottstown Senior Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The vouchers, made available through funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, are distributed on a first-come basis.
Painter said constituents with questions may contact his office at 610-326-9563.
Contact: Tom Andrews, 717-787-7895
Murrysville is home to an aging population along with younger families who can’t afford to buy the empty-nesters’ larger lots, according to an architect who is developing the municipality’s comprehensive plan.
The plan provides a glimpse into Murrysville’s future, including some trends that are beginning to emerge, Andrew Schwartz, of Pittsburgh-based Environmental Planning and Design, told officials this week.
“You need to start thinking about that (55- to 65-year-old demographic) now,” Schwartz said. “Are there some places that maybe there should be higher densities encouraged?”
On Thursday, November 14th a Senior Health Expo will be held at the Sunnybrook Ballroom in Pottstown from 9:00am until 1:00pm.
The Expo will be free to all attendees and provide information and resources on healthy living for seniors. Educational workshops will be offered by the TriCounty Community Network. Attendees will receive lunch and enjoy musical performances by Pottsgrove and Spring-Ford choral groups.
If you are interested in being a vendor for this event click here http://www.tcnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Senior-Health-Fair.pdf
You must return the registration form with payment by Wednesday, October 23rd.
A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Utah showed that the health benefits of a community garden go far beyond the fresh fruits and vegetables added to your diet.
After studying the body mass index data of 198 community gardeners and their same-sex siblings, spouses and neighbors, researchers found they had lower BMIs than their non-gardening counterparts. They were also less likely to be obese or overweight.
When a gardener’s BMI, a measure of body fat, was compared to their non-gardening spouse’s BMI, the researchers found no discernible difference. This led them to conclude that the spouses were benefiting from the harvested food and possibly helped out in the garden. Results were reported April 18 in the American Journal of Public Health.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Are U.S. seniors “truly vulnerable” to spending their retirement in poverty?
That thought, almost unthinkable almost 15 years ago, is inching closer to reality, says a study from the Washington, D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute.
Older African-Americans (63%) and Hispanics (70%) are especially vulnerable to spending their golden years in economic peril, the study says, with 48% of all U.S. seniors, or about 19.9 million Americans, “one bad economic shock away” from falling off a financial cliff after age 65 — a fall from which they may not recover.
HARRISBURG — A House bill to eliminate all school property taxes would fall $1.5 billion short of generating enough money to replace the revenue existing property taxes raise, according to a report from Pennsylvania‘s Independent Fiscal Office.
“The IFO has confirmed the views I held in June,” when the bill was tabled, said Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, who released the report over the weekend. “House Bill 1776 simply does not raise the revenue it claims to provide.”
Sponsors of the bill estimated it would raise about $10 billion a year by increasing the state’s income tax rate to 4 percent from 3.04 percent and the state sales tax rate to 7 percent from 6 percent.
Allegheny County‘s rate, already at 7 percent, would jump to 8 percent.
Editor’s note: We are glad that the Senior Center will stay in the borough of Pottstown where it belongs. Furthermore, we are happy to see the former Pottstown Health Club building be reoccupied before it turns into a blighted property! A win-win by all accounts!
POTTSTOWN, PA — After years of searching, the Pottstown Area Senior Center has finally found a new home: the former Pottstown Health Club site on Moser Road.
It was 1997 when the decision was made to leave the senior center’s former downtown home, the former Eagles building, and move into space in the expanded YMCA.
But a decade later, with both organizations growing, both needed more space. And so the search began.
Locations investigated included the former East Penn AAA building on South Hanover and South Street and the former Dames Chevrolet dealership on High Street, as well as the former Giant supermarket, former Super-Fresh (now site of Wawa) and St. Pius X High School.
An excellent article from the Lansdale Reporter about what impact the gigantic retiring Baby Boomer generation will have on cities.
As a Baby Boomer, I found this very interesting reading. Learning how cities are coping with increasing senior populations is important to me and I thought it might be to others as well.
To read the article, click here:
For the second consecutive year, the Social Security trustees have determined that a cost-of-living adjustment for social security recipients is not necessary as the cost of living has not increase enough to warrant a raise. An official announcement is expected on Friday when the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics announces their inflation estimates.