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: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf 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

Huskies win over Vipers on Wednesday

first_imgThen at 9:19 left in the period, Aiden Craig-Steele would make his third goal of the night, this time unassisted, putting the Huskies lead at 5-1.With 5:07 left in the game, the Vipers would make their second goal putting the score 5-2.The Huskies would end up winning this game 5-2 over the Vipers.Huskies Coach, Todd Alexander, says he is impressed with the way his team played last night despite being short on the roster.Advertisement “The fact that we were were a little short-changed with some of our key guys missing, it was a really good effort for a lot of our depth guys last night. I’m definitely impressed with the handful of the young guys that have been able to rise up to the occasion.”Up next the Huskies are at home this Saturday, December 8 as they take on the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks with puck drop at 8:00 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.Then on Sunday, the pups head down to Dawson Creek to continue the series with the Canucks with game time at 1:30 p.m. at the Memorial Arena. SEXSMITH, A.B. – The Fort St. John Huskies had a great game as they visited the Sexsmith Vipers on Wednesday.At 2:30 into the game, the Huskies had an excellent start as Aiden Craig-Steele scored one on the Vipers with an assist by Gary Loewen making the score 1-0.The pups would continue to maintain the lead as at 2:07 left in the frame, Aiden Craig-Steele would score his second goal of the game with a feed from Alex Nimmo and Gary Loewen sending the score 2-0.- Advertisement -Then with one second remaining, Alex Nimmo would put one into the net with an assist from Matthew Apsassin making the score 3-0 as they headed into the second.In period two, Gary Loewen would make the only goal during the frame at 7:47 into the period on a power play with a double assist from Joel Bourgeois and Jared Loewen taking the lead 4-0.In the third period, the Vipers were looking to make a comeback as they made a goal at 6:26 into the frame making the score 4-1.Advertisementlast_img read more