October 2017

October 1, 2017

From The CEO...

 

Your area agency on aging will be celebrating 40 years of service on November 21, 2017.  In 1977, our private non-profit corporation was established as the designated agency to plan, develop and coordinate a comprehensive array of information and services for people over 60 years old in Clearfield County. A basic array of core services was developed in accordance with the federal Older Americans Act including: Senior Centers, Nutrition Services, Homemaker Services, Information and Referral, Case Management and Senior Transportation.  Over the years, new programs were developed with support and commitment from our Board of Directors, Staff, Volunteers and Community to include Blizzard Boxes, Medication Reconciliation Programs, Shared Housing Opportunities, Protective Services, Care Transitions, Nursing Home Transitions and, coming soon, ECHO Housing. ECHO stands for Elder Care Housing Option, and is basically a small one story cottage, manufactured to be placed on the property of family/caregivers to provide for an elder to receive care and services close to family in the community and be close enough to have frequent quality visits and still maintain privacy and a sense of independence. When the cottage is no longer needed, it is simply moved to another property for a family in need of such an option.

 

In addition, our staff has significantly enhanced their expertise and qualifications and has become credentialed in new Health and Wellness Programs, including Diabetes Self-Management, Chronic Disease  Self-Management, Chronic Pain                 Self-Management, and Healthy IDEAS (Depression screening/management); and Grief Recovery.  In accordance with the planning, set more than 10 years ago, wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention efforts have expanded into senior high rise communities and partnerships have been nurtured and further developed with other organizations such as the YMCA for senior fitness programs, Lock Haven University for our LifeLong Learning Institute, Parker Dam and Curwensville Lake for educational and recreational opportunities.  Cultural event opportunities continue to expand options for trips to the Phipps Conservatory, as well as travels to the Johnstown Flood Museum and the Flight 93 Memorial, to name just a few.

 

Our new meal production facility, acquired in July of 2016, has increased our capacity to expand and now prepares over 1000 hot meals every day, including meals transported to another county.

 

Our commitment to community continues to set our course in the continued improvement of our array of services and attention to quality initiatives. The opportunities to serve, to serve more and to serve better are a catalyst for the development of even more creative and innovative responses to the needs of the elders we serve.

 

Keep in Touch,

 

Kathy Gillespie, CEO

 

 

These are just a few of the items that will be available at the

22nd Annual Anne S. Thacik Charity Auction

 

 

 

 

Staff Development

 

We’re pleased to introduce the newest smiles at the CCAAA!

 

Mrs. Terry Khoury has been hired as Coordinator of Mission Advancement & Public Relations. Terry is a 2013 graduate of the PA Rural-Urban Leadership Program and a graduate of the Greater DuBois Leadership Institute. She worked in education for several years, first as a Pre-school Teacher for Mother’s Day Out, and then as a substitute Secretary and Teacher Aide for the DuBois Area School District. For the past 13 years, Terry was employed by DuBois Business College. Mrs. Khoury’s first position with DBC was as Admissions Representative. In 2010, she was promoted to Corporate Director of Admissions and most recently served as Campus Director of DuBois            Business College in Oil City, PA. Terry earned a degree in Specialized Business/Marketing from Duff’s Business            Institute in Pittsburgh. She also received an Associate in Specialized Business, Executive Secretarial, from the DuBois Business College.

 

 On July 18th, Thomas Dodson began employment as Staff Development     Coordinator.  In this role, Tom performs various personnel and administrative  support functions including coordination of employee training, managing employee relations and coordinating applicant tracking. Mr. Dodson graduated from the Pennsylvania State University, Smeal College of Business with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, Human Capital      Concentration. While at Penn State, Tom worked with team members to strategize a marketing campaign for on-campus THON store sales and gathered data to craft proposals through interviews, social media analytics, and E-Marketer. 

 

 During July, Jacqueline Krolick joined our staff in a temporary position. Ms. Krolick has been assisting our information & referral department and our APPRISE health insurance counseling   program. Jacque has extensive experience in the social services field.  Her prior employment includes serving as Activities Assistant for Christ the King Manor and Activities Coordinator of Meyersdale Manor.  She worked at the Area Agency on Aging in Somerset, in the roles of RSVP Transportation  Coordinator, Ombudsman, Intake Worker and Caseworker. Jacque also served as a Caseworker with Bedford-Somerset Mental Health & Mental Retardation Base Service Unit. Other related experience includes service as a Resident Advocate, Admissions Director, and Director of Social Services at Heritage Hall Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Ridgeview Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, and Mountain Laurel Health & Rehabilitation Center. For seven years, Jacque also served as Assistant Manager of Adult Day Care at Carver. Ms.Krolick earned her Bachelor degree in Psychology from Clarion University of PA.

 

Ms. Lauren Dietz began employment in our Options Care Management unit on July 25, 2017.  As a Care Manager, Lauren collaborates with consumers and their family members, medical providers, and/or other agencies to develop appropriate care plans to meet identified needs. For the past three years, Lauren worked as Community Resource Specialist/Employment Specialist for Goodwill Industries of North Central PA. Other prior employment includes serving as a dental assistant for Dr. Ronald Statler.  Ms. Dietz graduated with a business degree from the Pennsylvania State University.

 

 Our protective services unit received additional support when Annie Livergood transferred to the position of Protective Services Care Manager. Annie has over two decades of experience with our Area Agency on Aging and its various programs.  Ms. Livergood began her employment in December 1996 as a Care Manager Trainee. Since that time, Annie has performed client assessment, served as an Intensive Care Manager and has worked with frail elderly individuals as NFCE (nursing facility clinically eligible) Service Coordinator. Ms. Livergood earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Slippery Rock               University.  She is also credentialed as a Certified Senior  Advisor.

 

 Our final photo may look familiar. Mrs. Connie Harris joined our agency last fall as a casual Center Manager. Connie was recently awarded the regular, full-time Center Manager position at the               Clearfield Center for Active Living. Her tasks include organizing, planning, and scheduling services and activities for older adults. Connie has over three decades of experience working with the public. For 26 years, she worked as a basic logic assistant for JC Penney in Clearfield. Mrs. Harris then entered the social services field, serving for 12 years as Clearfield County Family Service Supervisor for Central Pennsylvania Community Action.   In addition, Connie previously served as Employment and Training Coordinator for Experience Works, where she placed low income individuals 55 years of age and older into job             training positions with non-profit organizations. In             mid-2016, AARP was awarded the state contract for the  senior community service employment program, at which time Connie returned to employment with JC Penney.

 

You are Invited

to the 22nd Annual Anne S. Thacik Charity Auction

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - Knights of Columbus, Clearfield

Silent Auction 5:00 PM, Live Auction 6:30 PM

Enjoy Wine, Desserts, & More

 

The 2017 Auction Committee is collecting donations and sponsorships for the upcoming 22nd Annual Anne S. Thacik  Charity Auction. This year’s auction will be held on Thursday evening, October 12 at the Knights of Columbus in
Clearfield, PA and promises to be a wonderful event you will not want to miss. The evening begins at 5:00 PM with a
silent auction and various games of chance. The live auction begins at 6:30 PM, with Bob E. Day as emcee and local
favorite, Pat Errigo, as auctioneer. Wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a variety of desserts will be available throughout the evening for your enjoyment. More than 100 items are expected to be on the docket to be auctioned, including dining out packages,
exquisite art work, autographed items, event tickets, theme baskets, electronics, hand-made items and much more.

Admission tickets are $10 each, but special pricing is available for groups at 15 tickets for $100. Funds raised will help
support programs and services of the Area Agency on Aging. 

View auction items online at www.ccaaa.net or on our

Facebook page!




FUN AT THE

CENTERS FOR ACTIVE LIVING

 

The Clearfield County Centers for Active Living kicked off  National Senior Center Month on September 5th with a bus trip for 55 Seniors to Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, preceded by lunch at Golden Corral.

 

Clearfield, Coalport, Karthaus-Kylertown and Mahaffey Centers offer a full line of programs each month: Generations on Line (a special class on learning to use a tablet), Open Forum Program with Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Bruce Morris, Early Signs of Alzheimer's, Blood Pressure Checks, Diabetes Management, Celebration Days, Exercise, Cards, Art Classes and other events.

 

Pick up a schedule at your local Center for Active Living, check our webpage at www.ccaaa.net or become a fan of the CCAAA on Facebook to be part of the action.