October 2018

October 2, 2018





From the CEO...


On July 9, 2018, President Trump signed Senators Casey’s and Collins’ bill to support grandparents raising grandchildren into law. The Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act will establish a task force that will support grandparents and other older relatives caring for grandchildren. 


On July 1, 2018, a new updated issue of the Pennsylvania Caregiver Support program was implemented. The Caregiver Support Program provides assistance to individuals who assume primary responsibility for provision of care for individuals functionally dependent, disabled adults, adults with Alzheimer’s disease or other chronic dementia, children with chronic dementia, and dependent children who are related to the caregiver, but who are not the children of the caregiver.  The goal of this program is to help to alleviate stress associated with caregiving and to support the caregiving relationship by focusing on the wellbeing of the Caregiver. The program supports respite services for the Caregiver and may also provide financial assistance/reimbursement for caregiving related services and supplies. 


There are eligibility requirements and may be a cost share involved for this program. 85% of all care provided to frail elders is provided by family members or friends. The vast majority of caregivers (90%) are not compensated for their work and many are paying thousands of dollars annually to care for dependent family members in need of personal care and assistance. Caregivers juggle employment  responsibilities with caregiving, with almost 1.3 of all informal caregivers working full time or part time jobs. The most common caregiving activities are shopping, attending appointments, managing finances or paying bills, providing transportation and communicating with friends and family about their loved one’s condition.  For many, caregiving has become what amounts to a full-time, unpaid job.  Family caregivers handle a wide array of tasks and activities for their loved one; from running errands and preparing meals to helping their loved one get bathed or dressed. With a surging number of adults over 65, along with rising life expectancies, the need for elder caregivers will continue to grow.


Raising a grandchild creates unique  legal, financial, medical, educational and family issues. There are nearly 90,000 grandparents raising grandchildren in Pennsylvania. These are individuals who have stepped up to care for their grandchildren when the parents become unable or unwilling to do so.  For both the grandparent (Caregiver) and the children (Care receiver), these are often trying and stressful times when grandparents feel overwhelmed and grandchildren don’t understand the absence of the biological parents. Unfortunately, there is a growing population in our area, as well as in the State and the Country, of grandparents raising children for the second time in their life.  In Pennsylvania, 195,000 children are being raised by grandparents and that figure is steadily climbing. 


Please reach out to your friends, family or neighbors who may be coping with either of these challenging situations to offer a listening ear!


For additional information and available resources, please call your  Area Agency on Aging. 


Kathleen Gillespie, CEO





The 2019 CCAAA Lottery Calendar features photographs taken by local residents.  Each calendar has one three-digit number, good for every day of the year. Cash prizes are awarded each day according to the money amount listed on that calendar day.  Winning numbers are determined by the first three-digit PA Pick 3 at 7:00 PM. 


It’s like buying 365 Lottery tickets for just $25! Cash prizes awarded daily.

Contact your local

Center for Active Living,

the CCAAA at 765-2696

or go online at

to order your calendar today!










Lifelong Learning


The CCAAA, Inc., in collaboration with LHU Clearfield, is pleased to once again offer a great educational opportunity for adult residents of Clearfield County. The Clearfield Community Lifelong Learning Institute offers courses geared toward the interests of baby boomers and older citizens. All programs are free, or very low cost for supplies, etc.  Some of the classes being offered this fall include:

¨ Things Naturalists Do

¨ Slab Clay Art

¨ Everyday Weather

¨ Diabetes Prevention

¨ The Staged Train Engine Collision 1914


For more information or a schedule of Fall 2018 classes, call the CCAAA at 814-765-2696 or go to our website at www.ccaaa.net



Staff Development




For the last few months, our Area Agency on Aging has had the privilege of assisting Brittany Renaud, a Penn State University graduate, with achieving her educational goals.


Brittany began an internship with our agency in June 2018 to fulfill requirements for her Bachelor of Science degree in           Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State            University, DuBois Campus. Relevant courses completed included Ethics, Resolving Problems, Family Relations, Family    Development, Issues in Gerontology and Adult Development/Aging. Brittany graduated as a member of the Penn State DuBois Human Development Club where she volunteered for the Annual Suicide Walk, organized the Hats, Gloves and Scarves Drive and ran a safe Trick-or-Treat.  Brittany also completed a large amount of research in the field of geriatrics; her Bachelor’s degree included a minor in Gerontology.


During her internship with us, Ms. Renaud shadowed many of the Agency’s program areas including: Intake, Protective  Services, Ombudsman, NHT and Care Management. Brittany also performed a great deal of data management tasks and SAMS database file audits. 


We congratulate Brittany in achieving her degree and thank her for the excellent experience!  We are also pleased to            announce that, effective August 13, 2018, Brittany began employment with the CCAAA as a Care Manager in the Options and Caregiver Support Programs.  Well done, Brittany!



We are also pleased to introduce Nadine Bressler as a new Casual Center Manager. Casuals serve an important role, filling in as substitutes when our regular workers are absent due to illness, training, or taking a well-deserved vacation.  Tasks include coordinating services and leading activities,  encouraging socialization among center participants, preparing for congregate meals and cleaning and maintaining a safe facility. 


Nadine will begin training in the Clearfield Center for Active Living; she has also agreed to cover our centers in other areas.  Prior to her retirement, Nadine worked as food coordinator for the Curwensville Area School District.  She also served as a shift manager at the Clearfield Truck Stop/Sapp Brothers.


While the name may be new to some, Nadine has been active with the CCAAA for several years. She serves as an advisory council member for the Volunteer Center for Clearfield County.  Nadine also volunteers her time and gifts for Tax Aide, Farmers Market and fundraising activities of the Friends of the Area Agency on Aging Auxiliary.



 Your Chance to win BIG on October 11!


The CCAAA will be holding our Annual 50-50 at the Anne S Thacik Charity Auction, but you can buy your ticket in advance!


1/$1  - 6/$5 - 12/$10 - 20/$15


Last year’s winner received $573.00!

Stop by the CCAAA or one of our Centers for Active Living            to purchase your tickets!





The Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging’s annual Tree of Stars Holiday Appeal is now underway.  All of us know and appreciate older family members, friends, and neighbors.  Tree of Stars is an opportunity for you to honor or remember these special elders through a monetary gift.  Funds raised through the Appeal provide support for AAA programs such as Meals on Wheels & More and in-home services.  Your gift will go far in serving others with a meal or an hour of personal care.


For each donation given, a personalized white star with the donor’s name is hung on the holiday tree displayed at the corner of Front and Locust Streets in Clearfield.  A gold colored star will be hung on the tree for those donors who give $50 or more.  In addition, donors at the $50 level will receive a 2018 Wendell August hand-forged Christmas ornament.


Thanks to our sponsors, Action Graphics Printing & Sign Making and wOKw-FM, for their continued support!







Where can I find it…?

Who does it?

Who is it?


Call the CCAAA

and ask for


Your resource



(800) 494-5678


Memorial & Honorarium Fund



Get Ready for Medicare Changes and Open Enrollment October 15 thru December 7, 2018:


Important changes always take place during Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment:


This is the time when Medicare Advantage Plans and Prescription Plans for 2019 can change their plans and             formularies for 2019.


The Medicare’s Annual Coordinated Election Period (AEP) will take place October 15 thru December 7, 2018.  Beneficiaries enrolled in a drug plan or an Advantage plan should check their coverage carefully to insure they are enrolled in a plan that will continue to meet their needs and budget.  It is recommended that you look at your drug plan during Open Enrollment to see if the plan you have is making any of the following changes:


Raising beneficiaries’ premiums and /or cost-sharing

Reducing  their network providers

Reducing extra benefits

Making quality improvements to obtain bonuses

Withdrawing their plan completely


Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging’s APPRISE Program’s staff and volunteers are ready to help you. The APPRISE  State Health Insurance Program counselors will be available to assist people with assessing their Medicare coverage options this enrollment season.   Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to contact CCAAA’S APPRISE Program as soon as possible to set up a counseling appointment. If you need additional help with Medicare or would like to volunteer to be part of the volunteer team call CCAAA’s APPRISE  program at 814-765-2696 or 800-225-8571.


The APPRISE program helps Medicare beneficiaries of all ages residing in Pennsylvania to understand their health insurance options and make informed decisions about what is best for them without providing any bias about their choices.   





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