From the CEO...
As the New Year begins, our focus is currently on the Federal Budget Continuing Resolution and evaluation of the currently proposed federal budget and potential impact on aging services program funding: the Federal State Health Insurance Program. In Pennsylvania, this program is referred to as APPRISE. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging created APPRISE to help Pennsylvania residents understand their Medicare and other health insurance benefits and assist citizens in making informed decisions about their health care options. Currently there are more than 50 million Americans enrolled in the Medicare program; 45 million of those folks are age 65 or over. Total Medicare beneficiaries in Pennsylvania are 2,533,515. Despite the popularity and reach of Medicare, the program is very complex and is a source of confusion for many people.
A recent survey found that most current beneficiaries could not correctly identify the health care expenses covered by Medicare Parts A, B, C and D. This information gap was even higher for “boomer” respondents, with 70% describing their understanding of Medicare as “fair” or “poor.” More than half said they wouldn’t know where to begin to transition from employer-sponsored health insurance to Medicare. As baby boomers turn 65 at a rate of 10,000 people every day, the need for accurate, unbiased information about this vital benefit has never been more crucial.
At the local level, your Area Agency on Aging serves as the local SHIP (APPRISE) program authority. Apprise counselors and volunteers interact directly with clients to offer 1-1 counseling and assistance via telephone and face-to-face interactive sessions, public education presentations and programs & media activities. Apprise counselors are specially trained and offer free help to individuals who have questions/concerns about their current insurance plan, including assistance to figure out which Medicare Part D prescription drug plan makes the most sense for his/her particular circumstances. This direct health insurance counseling empowers older adults to make informed benefit decisions that will strengthen their ability to live healthy and independent lives.
In the last fiscal year, 2016-2017, your local APPRISE Program answered 1,944 state hot line calls, worked on 888 in-county cases, 132 out-of-county cases and attended 123 town meetings.
Locally we continue to advocate for the continued federal funding of this very important and needed program and the impact it has on the seniors that we serve.
Additional information can be found at www.medicare.gov or by calling into the agency and requesting to speak with the APPRISE coordinator at 814-765-2696.
Be Safe, Be Active,
Kathleen Gillespie, CEO
On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, the CCAAA welcomed Paul Gardner to employment as an APPRISE Call Center Representative. In this position, Paul provides support for the APPRISE program, a state-wide program in Pennsylvania that offers health insurance counseling to senior Pennsylvanians. Work involves interviewing persons requesting assistance, gathering and screening information, performing data entry and providing unbiased advice regarding health insurance coverage and available options.
Mr. Gardner is a veteran of the United States Navy, where he served as a Chief Petty Officer. Paul retired from the Navy after 22 years of service. Mr. Gardner’s next career provided many years of experience in the benefit eligibility determination field through employment at the Department of Veterans’ Administration and the Department of Human Services. In addition, Paul attended Southern Illinois University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration. Mr. Gardner also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Troy University.
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...with special thanks to those who so generously donated to our annual "Tree of Stars" campaign!
Clearfield Community Lifelong Learning Institute
What is Genealogy?
Tuesday, February 6, 1:00 pm
Have you ever wanted to find out more about where you come from or why you look the way you do? This course will help you get started with answering some of these questions. Research resources will be touched upon from local archives, internet websites to genealogy software.
Presenter: Mary Kay Royer, LHU Alumni, Board of Directors Clfd County Hist Society & affectionately known as the Frenchville Curator
Depression in Older Adults
Tuesday, February 20, 1:00 pm
Older adults are often misdiagnosed with depression, the second most chronic disorder treated by primary care physicians. Older adults often don’t reach out for help because they don’t understand that they can feel better once correctly diagnosed and treated. Join us and learn how to identify depression and help those people in your support network to make this journey of aging a rewarding one.
Presenter: Laura Gardner, Faculty Member – Academic Development and Counseling, LHU
A Spring Serenade by the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra
Friday, March 2, 6:30pm
The Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra (PCO) exists to provide the Central PA region with an artistically superb orchestra and concerts, as well as to develop an environment where the awareness and appreciation for orchestral music will flourish. This performance will feature PCO stringed instruments and the PCO's principal oboist.
Presenter: Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra
Birds of Prey of Pennsylvania
Thursday, March 8, 1:00 pm
What are birds of prey and what species can we see in Pennsylvania? The answers might surprise you. Learn more, including a first-hand look at how we know what some species prey upon, at this program featuring “dead birds of prey”.
Presenters: Carey Huber, Environmental Ed Specialist and Eric Rensel, Natural Resource Specialist - Parker Dam State Park
Explore the Lumber Heritage Region - Past, Present, and Future
Tuesday, March 20, 1:00 pm
This presentation provides information about the 15-county Lumber Heritage Region (LHR), dedicated to preserving, relating, and enhancing the history and heritage of the people of PA and their relationship with the forest. Speakers will present information on things to do in the region with highlights on some main attractions and will talk about the past, present and future of lumber in our area. The Pennsylvania Wood Mobile will be on site to tour and discuss the lumber industry and its importance to PA’s economy and to provide some important facts about PA Hardwoods.
Presenters: Holly Komonczi, Exec Dir, LHR;
Steve Manginell, Outreach Coordinator, LHR;
Jonathan Geyer, Hardwoods Dev. Specialist, Hardwood Council
Company Tour – Vision Quality Components
(limit: 30) Thursday, April 5, 1:00 pm
The hub of the international powder metal (PM) industry is located in North Central Pennsylvania and is a significant employer in our region. This tour will feature Vision Quality Components, a powder metal parts manufacturer located in Clearfield, PA. They produce “Made in USA” powder metal parts, gears, and more. Learn about the industry and how product is made.
Tour Facilitator: Dennis Johns, President
Curwensville's War Monuments and a History of Commemoration
Thursday, April 19, 1:00 pm
Battles, victories and those who engage in them have been memorialized throughout the history of our country and the world. This session will examine some local monuments (Curwensville's Doughboy and other war memorials) in this historical and visual context.
Presenter: Laura Wingard, Assoc. Professor of Art History/Curator, Juniata College Museum of Art
Exploring Rural Jamaica Through Healthcare
Wednesday, May 2, 1:00 pm
Part of Lock Haven University’s mission is to offer “real-world experiences” to its students. The university's international emphasis “enables students to develop a wider perspective on the world and themselves”. Join Dr. Amy Way to learn how Lock Haven University partners with a local ministry to offer a health clinic in the small community of Harmons, Jamaica.
Presenter: Dr. Amy Way, Professor of Health Science, Lock Haven University
Thursday, May 17, 1:00 pm
Pennsylvania gardeners usually consider July to be the height of the year’s gardening season, but it’s the beginning, not the end. Learn how to reap the benefits of a second planting free of frost and early summer’s associated insects and diseases.
Presenter: Cheryl Shenkle, Jefferson County Master Gardener Coordinator
$5 per person charge for this program. Fee will be collected on program day.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 1:00 pm
Thursday, June 7, 2018, 1:00 pm
Choose only 1 session.
Limit: 20 participants.
In this program, participants will create a small ceramic ‘work of art’. Participants will each receive a ceramic bisque to paint. Painted bisques will be fired and can be picked up in the days following the session. The workshop will be held at The Liddle Gallery in downtown Clearfield.
Presenter: Jody Grumblatt, Owner,
The Liddle Gallery of Clearfield