Tag Archive | Health

Family Caregivers Act for PA

For information in your area visit AARP and search the law pertaining to your state. Also, AARP branch offices are located in 51 states. Membership is $16/year.

Family Caregivers in Pennsylvania Now Have More Support. The CARE Act Takes Effect April 20.

Posted on 03/24/2017 by | AARP Pennsylvania

More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians care for older parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on April 20, 2017, a new law takes effect that will make life a little bit easier for them.

The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home.

The CARE Act requires hospitals to:

  • Provide your loved one the opportunity to designate a family caregiver.
  • Inform you when your loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home.
  • Give you an explanation and demonstration of the medical tasks you will need to perform at home.

AARP Pennsylvania fought for the CARE Act because supporting caregivers is a top priority for all of us.

To make sure you and your loved ones have important information about this new law available when you need it most, we’ve created simple cards to keep in your wallet. To get your free Pennsylvania CARE Act wallet card, call 1-877-333-5885 or download one here.

For more information about caregiving resources, visit the AARP Caregiving Resource Center. You’ll find a wide range of information, tips, and tools to better care for a loved one at home.

Finally, at AARP we believe family caregivers aren’t celebrated or supported nearly enough. Caregivers help loved ones live independently in their homes and communities—where they want to be.  We encourage you to share your story and help us fight for more support for caregivers right here in Pennsylvania. To share your caregiving story, visit aarp.org/iheartcaregivers.

The bottom line is that while caregiving can be a difficult and emotionally taxing job, caregivers consider it a labor of love and simply wouldn’t have it any other way.

Thankfully, Pennsylvania’s new CARE Act will make that job a little easier.


It’s Not A Pancreas, However, I Appreciate The Upgrade



Last month I received my new insulin pump (630G), meter, and CGM. And I had a panic attack. The packaging and booklets were overwhelming. And yes, I cried. After Tuesday’s class, I felt better. Life is always better when the instructor (who has diabetes too) simplifies three books into 2 hours. This is my 7th insulin pump since 1990. New and improved. It’s waterproof! The screen is colorful and bold! I can set the rate that I want the insulin to enter into my body! Buttons lock to avoid accidents! Did I mention the pie chart? Glucose meter needs no batteries! The list is endless. But it’s not a pancreas. And I can think of other things to buy on my wish list, besides a pump and pump gadgets.


Unsolicited Advice From A Friend

When a person continuously e-mails you cures for diabetes without understanding the many forms of the disease, what do you do? I click the setting key and type their e-mail address in the filter box. When they use the following words: diabetes, tea, herbs, cleansing, and juicing. Her propaganda is deleted. When asks if I received the message I answer, “No. The trash received it.”

Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition

Who is DPAC?

DPAC is a grassroots organizaion co-founded and run by patients with diabetes: Bennet Dunlap and Christel Marchand Aprigliano. All are welcomed to join and make decisions to improve diabetes policies.

The Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC) consists of people with diabetes (PWD), caregivers, patient advocates, health professionals, disease organizations and companies working together to promote and support public policy proposals to improve the health of people with diabetes. This includes ensuring the safety and quality of medications, devices, and services; and access to care for those with diabetes.

To learn more visit http://www.DiabetesPAC.org


Survival Book for Women

When I was twenty, my sister gave me The Modern Woman‘s Guide To Life. If I had read it sooner I would have less horrific tales to share. Yes, mistakes are a learning tool, however, I wish that I had experienced fewer mistakes.

This book is full of useful tips: preparing food, dating, motherhood, aplomb, heat attacks, wills, underpinning, sex, self-defense, home improvements, do-it-your repairs, first aid… It’s witty, humorous, truthful…with illustrations in layman’s terms.  I’ve decided to have a female gathering (ages 15 and over) and use the book as a guide to create a fun yet serious Question and Answer session, and give healthy appetizers with healthy survival tips.

Many women don’t practice dating themselves. Feeling the need to always have company makes you vulnerable. You’re more likely to neglect your needs: pap smears, breast exams, balance meals… Women need to stop crying the blues and have fun alone once in a while. You get a lot accomplished when you focus on you. Make you a priority. Create a list of realistic wants and needs and make them happen one-step-at-a-time.

Remember, all relationships are not solvable. Move on. If your mate leaves don’t mope. Make you attractive for you and have fun. Stop worrying about what others think. Worrying will kill you. Correct those old wives’ tales and learn to repair that faucet.

Slice of Life Vitamins Free of Sugar/GMOs for PWD (People with Diabetes)


Since I dislike taking pills I found a chewable vitamin without an aftertaste.  Most chewable vitamins contain 5 grams of sugar. If you take three different chewable vitamins at once, that’s 15 grams of sugar. Check with your doctor before taking any supplement.


Free Prostate Screening for those living in or near Philadelphia, PA

Calling all men 35 and older! Your body is your temple. Treat it as such.

Don’t  allow your fears to keep you from getting a prostate cancer screening. Not knowing can place you in danger. Cancer is a slow process that can metastasize (spread) if not detected earlier.

Contact 1-800-JEFF-NOW  to register.

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Kimmel Cancer Center – Bodine Bldg., Jefferson University, Center City
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Time: 9a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Jefferson’s Methodist Hospital Radiation Oncology