BLOG: Helping Older Pennsylvanians During Winter’s Worst

first_img January 28, 2016 By: Teresa Osborne, Secretary of Aging SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: Helping Older Pennsylvanians During Winter’s Worstcenter_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: PSA,  Seniors,  The Blog,  Weather Safety Though its impact is still being felt in communities and neighborhoods across Pennsylvania, one of the worst winter storms in the history of the commonwealth did not disturb the commitment of scores of social and health care workers who care for older Pennsylvanians.From hospitals and nursing homes, to personal care homes and group homes, direct care workers, cooks, dietary aides, nurses, and support staff from various other facility departments worked around the clock to make certain that residents who rely on them for care and shelter were tended to before, during, and after the storm.Administrators from facilities most directly impacted by the storm have shared countless stories hailing these often unsung heroes who left the solace of their own homes to ensure that their facility’s patients or residents would be safe, cared for and comfortable.One such story involved an 18-year-old high school senior, Elsie McCarthy, who walked two miles so that she could be at her job at a Harrisburg-based assisted living community, ensuring that breakfast, lunch, and dinner was prepared, served, and cleared without interruption. Because of the dedication of workers like Ms. McCarthy, those who reside in such facilities don’t have to worry about having enough food or shoveling snow.I would also like to praise our local area agencies on aging, who ensured that extra meals were delivered and extra wellness checks were made. In one local community, the area agency on aging director calmed the fears of an out-of-town son by ensuring that his elderly mother’s pilot light was functioning and the vent pipe on her roof was clear of snow.This winter, the PA Department of Aging is reminding Pennsylvanians that while these dedicated workers have kept care facilities running, the majority of older adults who live on their own must practice caution and safety on their own accord when winter storms wreak havoc.While age alone does not make a person vulnerable or compromised in their capacity to respond to and recover from such storms,  there is a correlation between advancing age and the likelihood of having special needs, such as being house-bound or socially isolated, having impaired mobility, or being reliant upon nursing, home health care or food from aging service providers or volunteer agencies. These needs increase frailty and thus heighten the need for an elderly citizen’s community to be good neighbors.There have been numerous incredible examples of neighbors stepping up to support each other. When severe weather strikes, being a good neighbor can help save a life.Here are some tips for checking on your elderly neighbors during winter weather:Take a few minutes to shovel out their driveway and sidewalks and clear the front of all the doors, so that even if the elderly occupant does not need to get out, if need be, medical personnel, home health workers, or volunteers can get in. If they have a car, offer to clean off the snow, start it up, and let it run for a few minutes.Engage in a conversation with your elderly neighbors. Ask them if their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work and if they have an adequate supply of oil, batteries, water, food, and medications. If you are headed to the market, call and ask if you can pick anything up for them.Knock on the door of those you may not have seen out and about during and after the storm. Sometimes a quick check-in can make a big difference — for safety or for those who may be lonely.As we witnessed throughout the commonwealth during and after this weekend’s blizzard, facility and home based health and direct care workers, area agency on aging staff, and community neighbors did a tremendous job to care for Pennsylvania’s seniors, despite the extreme forces of Mother Nature. I thank them for their vigilance and commitment as together we strive to enable, empower, serve, and protect older Pennsylvanians.last_img read more

Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye in France to seek cure for hamstring woes

first_img Press Association Manager Tim Sherwood revealed the Senegal international is seeing a specialist after being sidelined for Villa’s last two games. He is also set to miss Tuesday’s Capital One Cup derby with Birmingham after a set-back in his recovery from the injury – which he suffered on international duty this month – on Friday. “He’s gone back to France to see a specialist he knows there who he’s confident with, we’re waiting to hear from him today and hopefully he’ll give us some positive news,” said Sherwood. “We thought he was going to play on Saturday (a 1-0 defeat to West Brom) but he got injured again in training on Friday with a re-occurrence of the hamstring injury. “It is disappointing because, out of all the players we have brought in, he is the most outstanding one who has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water.” Jores Okore (knee) and Adama Traore (ankle) are also expected to be sidelined while Rudy Gestede could start at Villa Park. Villa have not played Sky Bet Championships side Birmingham since 2011 and are unbeaten in their last four home games against their rivals, and Sherwood has impressed on his squad how vital the game is. He said: “I’m telling them it’s not a normal game. It means an awful lot to the fans and an awful lot to us in the dressing room because we need to experience that winning feeling again. I’m not used to losing as many football games as I actually have. “You need to keep focused and keep to your plan and make sure you impose yourself on a very organised Birmingham side. It’s going to be blood and thunder and we expect that but we need 11 players on the pitch at the end of the game.” center_img Aston Villa midfielder Idrissa Gueye has flown to France in a bid to cure his hamstring troubles.last_img read more

MultiChoice Launches IAAF World Championship Pop-Up Channel on GOtv

first_imgGOtv Max subscribers will join in on the 17th edition of the athletics action when the 2019 IAAF World Championships is held at Khalifa International Stadium aka National Stadium in Doha, Qatar.The IAAF World Championship Pop Up Channel will be made available to GOtv Max customers from today, 26th September till Tuesday, 8th October 2019 on channel 37.A statement from GOtv wednesday said its Max subscribers can get the privilege of watching one of Africa’s leading athletics nation, Ethiopia, who will be dispatching a squad of 37 to Doha, Qatar. Muktar Edris will be present to defend and secure his 5000m title, whilst Almaz Ayana will aim to attain her 10,000m title. The winner of the 3000m steeplechase at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels, Getnet Wale, will also feature on the team.“The pop-up channel will also provide subscribers with access to view world leaders such as Samuel Tefera, Selemon Barega, Telahun Haile, Hagos Gebrhiwet and Letesenbet Gidey. Yomif Kejelcha and Genzebe Dibaba who are world record-holders will also be attending.“The IAAF World Championship Pop Up channel will be available from Thursday, 26th September till Tuesday, 8th October 2019 on GOtv channel 37.“Subscribers can take advantage of the #GOtvStepUp offer to upgrade or renew on GOtv Max package by paying a reduced fee of N2,600. The offer runs till 31st October, 2019,” concludes the statement.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

PlayStation 5 reveal date, price, design, backwards compatability & more to know about PS5

first_imgPlayStation 5 controllerThe PS5 controller was revealed in April, giving Sony fans a tease of what’s to come. The DualSense name is a departure from the DualShock moniker of years past, while the design is similar when it comes to button and stick layouts.However, the tech of the controller itself is likely very different, with haptic feedback playing a big role into the triggers and other areas of the remote.A first look at DualSense, PS5’s new wireless controller.More details and images:— PlayStation (@PlayStation) April 7, 2020The controller features new feedback in the triggers, making for a more immersive experience when traveling or performing actions in-game. For more details on the PS5 controller, click here. While the new controller and its technology were released earlier in 2020, details of the PS5 are still scarce and rumors are running rampant. Could the console cost nearly $600? Is there going to be backwards compatibility What will it look like?Lots of those rumors regarding price, backwards compatibility and the design will hopefully be put to rest come Thursday. Until then, here’s everything we know about the Playstation 5:When is the PlayStation 5 release date?Sony is set to reveal the PlayStation 5 during an unveiling event on Thursday, June 11 at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT), when it is expected the company will also announce the 2020 release date to consumers.See you Thursday, June 11 at 1:00pm Pacific time (9:00pm BST) for a look at the future of gaming on #PS5:— PlayStation (@PlayStation) June 8, 2020PlayStation 5 priceVerified details of the console’s price are expected to be revealed on Thursday, but current rumors and reports point to the system going for $499 and up. A report from Bloomberg in February said the consoles are relatively expensive to produce, with numbers around $450 per console. Unless Sony is going to run at a deficit as it did with the cost of production of the PS3, then expect PS5 to retail north of $500.PlayStation 5 backwards compatabilityWhile rumors swirled of the PS5 originally having full backwards compatibility to early PlayStation games, Sony’s specs reveal in March revealed that full backwards compatibility is probably not the case.A graphic detailing the capabilities of backwards compatibility from the March showcase painted the picture that older PlayStation iterations won’t be able to be played on the PS5, but PS4 will be able to be played.Lead PS5 architect Mark Cerny said during the specs broadcast that placing a previous console’s chip design to allow for backwards compatibility is “extremely expensive,” whereas the PS4’s technology allowed for future game uses on future consoles at a lesser cost. This means don’t expect any big updates to the PS5’s infrastructure to allow for PS1, 2 or 3 backwards compatibility on the PS5.PlayStation 5 designWhile no official console design has been revealed yet, leaked dev kits photos may provide an early look at a blueprint for Sony’s design.PS5 Patent ‘Leak’ Teases Glimpse of Sony’s Plans for Mysterious Showcase: Crypto New Media PressA newly-published patent details the cooling solution underpinning the PS5 devkit. It features six fans, a hefty heat-sink, and a vapor chamber design. Re …— World Cryptonomic Foundation (@wcryptofound) June 4, 2020And more leaked images and renders could paint the PS5 to look something like this:PS5 design to consider #PS5— PS5 Only (@PS5only) June 4, 2020The PS4 allowed for multiple venting options, masterfully crafted for proper airflow so the insides never got too hot. Expect something similar for the upcoming console. Welcome to the next generation (finally, again).Sony is set to reveal the future of its PlayStation brand this Thursday, after having previously delayed the event for reasons unknown to the public. While the folks at Sony had a high-level tech and specs reveal in March, the event did little to quench the thirst of gamers everywhere.last_img read more

BatteryFree Toothbrush Powered By You

first_img Kickstart This Sleep Box Inspired by Mark Zuckerberg’Legend of the White Dragon’ Reunites Original Power Rangers Stay on target Green is the new black: A battery-free powered toothbrush has more than doubled its crowdfunding goal in one week.The unlikely product—a wildly popular dental hygiene tool—runs on kinetic energy.Simply apply toothpaste, give Be (Beyond Electric) two full twists, and press the power button, and you’re off to the teeth-cleaning races.AdChoices广告Made from 90 percent post-consumer material, Be is 100 percent recyclable, biodegradable, and portable. Free from cables and batteries, the device comes with a travel case and brush refills; take it on business trips and camping adventures, or just to the office, for a “diamond-clean smile.”It even comes with recyclable packaging (via Goodwell Co.)Be uses Binchotan (a.k.a. activated charcoal) in its bristles, to help with Ph balance, odor absorption, and anti-microbial purification. The toothbrush automatically shuts down after a dentist-recommended two minutes (and 80,000 oscillating brush strokes).“Every year, 15 billion batteries are discarded worldwide, and only 1 percent of them are recycled,” according to the Kickstarter campaign, led by Goodwell Co. “We know it’s bad but let’s face it, it’s hard to feel like one person can actually make a difference … until now.”On a mission to create 100 percent natural technologies that raise environmental awareness and help preserve the planet, Goodwell manufactures affordable and eco-friendly toothbrushes, floss, and toothpaste.It’s latest project Be has already collected more than $151,300 from nearly 2,000 backers.Do you part to save the environment (via Goodwell Co.)There are still 37 days to snag your own Be battery-free toothbrush, on sale with a snap-on travel case, and three biodegradable brush head refills for an early-bird price of $49 (comparable to a low-end Oral-B electric tooth sweeper).Customers can also save $60 off the retail price of an entire Clean Kit—toothbrush, case, toothpaste, floss, refills—by pledging $89.Every purchase comes with a one-year supply of replacement heads “to minimize the energy and carbon of bi-monthly refill shipping,” the project page said.“Don’t forget recyclable packaging, too!”The electric-free toothbrush is estimated to ship in December 2018.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Riviera Maya tour van crashes leaving 8 injured

first_imgRiviera Maya, Q.R. — A tour van with passengers overturned on the federal highway near Xel-Ha while on its way to Playa del Carmen.The accident occurred when the driver of a local tour company van lost control and ended up on its side. Municipal Civil Protection along with firemen from Tulum attended the accident, having to free people from inside the overturned van.Preliminary reports sat that in total, eight people were injured, four of which were reported to be serious. All the injured received medical attention.Unofficial reports say that the van was struck by a tire that dislodged from a dump truck, causing the van to crash.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more