June 2017 Lifespan

May 31, 2017



From the CEO...


In the summer of 2016, a Housing Needs Assessment was completed in our program service area. The results of the survey were compiled by Diana T. Myers and Associates, Inc. with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. The survey targeted low to moderate income households with members age 50 and older from all areas of the county and included individuals both with and without disabilities. The outcome of this survey validated that senior affordable housing options are a real need in our service area. In addition, respondents expressed a preference to remain in their own communities, in a small cottage or house as opposed to a high-rise, and also expressed a strong desire to age in place in their homes and communities. Guided by these outcomes, your area agency on aging has been focused on providing housing options that will enable individuals to age in place.


In addition to several single family dwellings in various communities, a shared home has been established in Curwensville. A shared home is an alternative long term living arrangement where 2-3 people choose to reside together for their mutual benefit. Each individual has a private bedroom and all share the common areas. Many individuals will also be eligible for in home services to assist with activities of daily living; shopping, appointments etc. Individuals will age in place and remain in the shared home regardless of the progression of disease process or health status. This arrangement is also an option for individuals to reside in a home and community versus an institutional setting for long term services and supports. Individuals benefit from security, companionship, independence, help in case of emergency, cost savings and living sustainability. In addition, episodes of loneliness, helplessness, social isolation and symptoms of depression can be mitigated in a home sharing environment.


Home Sharing can also be created when an individual chooses to open his/her home to other individuals in need to share in all of the above noted benefits, which has also historically been occurring when individuals choose to share housing regardless of age.


ECHO (Elder Cottage Housing Option) housing will also be available soon in our service area. This option allows for greater flexibility for individuals who are receiving care and support from their families. The ECHO cottage can be placed on the property of a care giver, and ties into the main house utilities to provide more opportunities for oversight and help by alleviating transport time. The elder then can receive all of the usual in home services and supports and also benefits from frequent family interaction, while allowing for the needs of each to their own privacy. This is a growing trend and option for individuals in need of long term services and supports and is a growing alternative to nursing home placement. Once the cottage is no longer needed, it is relocated to a different elder and family in need of such an arrangement.


As always, additional information on these and other services available can be found at www.ccaaa.net.

Stay well,


Kathy Gillespie, CEO


The CCAAA Celebrates Older Americans Month 2017: "Age Out Loud"


Older Americans Month 2017: Age Out Loud was the theme for this annual celebration of older Americans. Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals, and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best.


Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the annual observance offers a special opportunity to learn about, support, and recognize our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, "Age Out Loud," emphasizes the ways older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence, and passion while serving as an inspiration to people of all ages.


The Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Inc. uses OAM 2017 to focus on how older adults in our community are redefining aging—through work or family interests, by taking charge of their health and staying independent for as long as possible, and through their community and advocacy efforts. We can also use this opportunity to learn how to best support and learn from our community’s older members.


Throughout the month, the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Inc. conducted activities and shared information designed to highlight these themes. We encourage you to get involved by visiting your local Center for Active Living.



Join us and ACL as we speak up for #OAM17 and #AgeOutLoud! For more information about Older Americans Month and the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Inc., call   765-2696 or call your local Center for Active Living; Clearfield 765-9319, Kylertown 345- 6338, Mahaffey 277-4544, Karthaus 263-7277, Coalport 672-3574, Houtzdale 378-5120 or DuBois 371-4000.

The CCAAA Celebrates Older Americans Month 2017: "Age Out Loud

New Partnership in Programming


The Centers for Active Living have been working hard to develop new programs and activities for individuals over the age of 50. The Centers have been providing new programs to adjust to the change of taste and preferences of our current consumers, as well as those who have never utilized our programs and services.


The CCAAA Center for Active Living has formed new Partnerships throughout the county to find ways to bring a variety of exciting activities to consumers. Some of the events that are happening in the county or have already taken place are:


Vanessa Snyder, Wellness Director at the Clearfield YMCA: Walk with Ease, a walking class for better health, improved fitness and less pain, certified by the Arthritis Foundation and sponsored by the Centers for Active Living and the Clearfield YMCA. Classes are being held at the Clearfield River Walk 9:00 AM in May & June.


If bird watching is something you enjoy, Carey Huber, Environmental Education Specialist, of PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources of State Parks has part-nered with the CCAL to present a Two-Part Bird Watching Class on May 13 and June 17 from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM at the Environmental Education Classroom at Parker Dam State Park. Call the CCAAA at 814-765-2696 to register (required). Receive a free "Stokes Field Guide to Birds. Must be 50 years of age or older. Limited Spaces available.


Diabetes Self- Management Classes: six session certified series on how to manage your Diabetes are being held at the Centers for Active Living; presented by the CCAAA Certified Diabetes Specialist . Get the right tools for the job to manage your diabetes, learn how to proceed with healthy eating, medication, physical activity, monitoring, avoiding complications, action planning, decision-making and understanding emotions related to your disease, how to working with health professionals and much more. Call your local CAL for more information or to register for classes at: Coalport-814-672-3574, Karthaus CAL at 814-263-7277, Kylertown CAL 814-345-6338, Mahaffey CAL 814-277-4544 and Clearfield CAL at 814-765-9319.


CCAAA, Clearfield-Jefferson Drug and Alcohol Commission and Quiet Creek Farm are teaming together to sponsor a free bus trip for Clearfield County consumers age 50 and older. Enjoy a day that includes a free organic lunch, prepared and grown on the farm at Quiet Creek Herb Farm in Brookville Pa, and to learn about Healthy Alternatives for you, complements of the Clearfield-Jefferson Drug and Alcohol Commission on June 7, 2017 from 9:00 AM -1:00 PM. Transportation is being provided via Fullington Bus Co. and will leave Walmart-Clearfield at 8:00 AM. Please call The CCAAA at 814-765-2696 to register. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring a bottle of water.


These are a few of what we hope will be a long list of new and exciting events and activities for individuals 50 and older. Your suggestions are welcome, as the CAL staff work on new ideas and partnerships. The schedule for new activities will be listed in the newspaper, on our web site, www.ccaaa.net and on Facebook.

New Partnership in Programming


Thanks to everyone who has already joined our Auxiliary for 2017-2018. The annual meeting will be June 7, 2017, 2 PM, at the Clearfield Center for Active Living. We are at 30% of our goal.





The Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Inc. and the PA Association of Senior Centers are Asking for Help in Saving the PA Department of Aging


Area seniors and other interested individuals, who care about services to seniors in communities throughout the state, are being asked to notify legislators that they want their help in saving the PA Department of Aging. The Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Inc. and the PA Association of Senior Centers state the action is necessary due to the Governor’s recently proposed consolidation of four state departments including the Department of Aging. This action would totally dismantle the Department of Aging, along with its powers and duties to represent the aging population throughout Pennsylvania. This would also jeopardize the lottery fund, which provides the majority of the funding supporting older adult programs and services. Today, as Pennsylvania’s aging population continues to grow, it is even more important that these seniors have a Cabinet level Department charged with advocating for their needs and services than it was in 1978 when the Legislature recognized the value of creating a Department of Aging.


Constituents are encouraged to reach out to legislators by phone, email or US mail to ask them to help save the PA Department of Aging; local contact information is below. For more information about the proposed consolidation, contact the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging, Inc. at 765-2696 or visit our website at www.ccaaa.net.


Senator Robert Casey      817 E. Bishop St., Suite C      Bellefonte      PA      16823      (814) 357-0314

Representative Matt Gabler      315 East Market St., Suite 100      Clearfield      PA      16830      (814) 765-0593

Representative Tommy Sankey      315 East Market St., Suite 100      Clearfield      PA      16830      (814) 765-0609

Senator Joseph Scarnati      410 Main Street      Brockway      PA      15824           (814) 265-2030

Representative Glenn Thompson      3555 Benner Pike, Suite 101      Bellefonte      PA      16823      (814) 353-0215

Senator Patrick Toomey      Richland Square 111, Suite 302       Johnstown      PA      15904      (814) 266-5970

Senator Wayne Langerholc      125 E Market Street      Clearfield      PA      16830      (814) 765-0555

Governor Tom Wolf      Office of the Governor      508 Main Capitol Building      Harrisburg      PA      17120      (717) 787-2500

Diabetes Care in Heat & Emergencies


Did you know that people who have diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, feel the heat more than people who don’t have diabetes?

  •  Certain diabetes complications, such as damage to blood vessels and nerves, can affect your sweat glandes so your body can’t cool as effectively, leading to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

  •  People with diabetes get dehydrated more quickly. Not drinking enough liquids can raise blood sugar, and this can make you urinate more, causing dehydration.

  •  High temperatures can change how a body stores insulin. You may need to test your blood sugar more often and adjust your insulin dose and what you eat and drink.

Temperatures of 80 degrees Fahrenheit or above, especially with high humidity, can affect medication and testing supplies. The heat index, which measures how hot it really feels by combining temperature and humidity readings, advises caution starting at 80 degrees Fahrenheit with 40% humidity. Extreme heat is especially dangerous to people aged 65 and older, children under 4 years and people with chronic diseases such as diabetes.


Check medication inserts to learn when high temperatures can affect them. While traveling, protect medications from the heat. Insulin should not be stored in direct sunlight or in a hot car. Keep it in a cooler, but don’t place it directly on ice or on a gel pack. Check glucose meter and test strip packages for information on use during times of high heat and humidity. Heat can damage insulin pumps and other equipment. Don’t leave the disconnected pump or supplies in a hot car, by the pool, in the direct sun, or on the beach.


If you leave your home during an emergency such as a hurricane, earthquake or tornado, or are staying in an emergency shelter, identify yourself as a person with diabetes or other health problems so you can get help if needed.


Keep something containing sugar with you at all times, in case of dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). You may not always be able to check blood sugar levels, so know the warning signs of low blood sugar. Pay attention to your feet. Stay out of contaminated water, wear shoes and examine feet for signs of infection or injury.


Prepare an emergency supply of food and water. Include an adequate supply of medicine and medical supplies, enough for at least three days, depending on your needs. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about storing prescription medicines or insulin. Plan how you’ll handle medicine that normally requires refrigeration. Check expiration dates on all medicine and supplies often so that you can keep them up to date in your emergency kit. List the types and model numbers of medical devices you use (such as an insulin pump) and be sure to include your health care provider’s phone number.


If you have a school-age child with diabetes, learn the school’s emergency plan. Always wear identification that says you have diabetes.


Ask your doctor what to do in an emergency if you don’t have your insulin and can’t get more.

Consumer Spotlight - Carl Young 


...as told to Joan Bracco

Carl Young, a Clearfield resident, was born in Clearfield on April 22, 1931, the 5th  of 8 children of Thelma Houdeshell Young and Phillip A Young. He attended Paradise Elementary School and Clearfield Jr High. He quit school to join the Army at the age of 17, during the Korean Campaign, for 4 years and went through Basic Training at Fort Dix, NJ. Carl went to Cooking & Bakery School in November of 1948 in San Antonio, Texas for 3 months, then returned to Fort Bliss as an Army Cook.  He served 3 dining rooms totaling 3000 people.


I saw Mr. Young’s “Bible”; the US Army Cookbook of recipes for 3 meals a day for 3,000 people. They (the staff) had one day on and one day off. They used gas stoves in San Antonio, TX.

Mr. Young remembers that his brother, Phillip, Jr., married Mitzi from Vienna, Austria, who spoke German. Mitzi came to live with the Young family in Clearfield. There were party lines on the telephone, and when Mitzi & Phillip spoke German to each other, the neighbors were incensed about the German living amongst them. After the war when Mitzi & Phillip were re-united and lived in Clearfield and had children, their children spoke German. The teacher sent them home from School with a note, stating if they couldn’t speak English they couldn’t attend School. The family moved to NY State.


Mr. Young promised to take his family on vacation if they all passed in school. They did and so, true to his word, they got a “pop-up” camper and headed West on I-80 to Akron, OH, visited his sister and went to his cousin’s home in N.M. They were gone about 10 days. A really great time was had by all.


When Carl was discharged from the US Army, Fort Bliss, TX on May 30, 1952, he had a cousin who lived in New Mexico that mined raw ore out of the mountainsides in Grant County, N.M. Carl visited Cliff N.M. and went into the “Hard-Rock” Mining Business. It was manganese ore, which is hard & flexible – manganese ore was used in making steel – the Federal Government bought the manganese steel and sold it to the steel mills, which now costs about $2000.00 per ton. He worked there and went home about 2 years later, working in several local coal mines, a tot