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Centers are open 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. All the centers will

be closed Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.

Lock Haven Center

352 E. Water St.

748-2906

May 4 — Decorating the center with May flowers, 8:30 a.m.

Tuesdays and Fridays — Healthy Steps in Motion exercise program, 8:30 a.m.

Tuesdays — Wii Fitness Program, 9:30 a.m.

Thursdays — Wii Fitness Program, 8:30 a.m.

Fridays — Tai Chi Level 1, 1 p.m.

Jersey Shore Center

641 Cemetery St.

398-4352

May 4 — Blood pressure screening with D. Hess, LPN, noon.

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo celebration, noon.

May 6 — First Friday Feast, 11:30 a.m., followed by Motherʼs Day celebration at

noon.

May 10 — Take-a-Trip Tuesday to the Cottage Restaurant, 1 p.m.

May 11 — Beautiful Baby Contest, noon. Bring in your baby picture.

May 12 — Nutty Fudge Day, noon.

May 12 — Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, noon.

May 13 — “Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention” by a Manor Care representative,

noon.

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Senior centers to observe Mother’s Day

Helping the world hear better

Batteries, Repairs

on all Makes &

Models of

Hearing Aids

PROVIDER

IN HOME TESTING

BY APPOINTMENT

Call Toll Free

1-866-748-7794

I am

DAN

CONWAY

CANDIDATE FOR

COUNTY COMMISSIONER

and this is

My commitment to you

when elected

• Full Time Commissioner

• Fight to stabilize and not increase property

taxes

• Implement programs to help our Senior Citizens

• Open Door Policy - I will work for YOU!

Make your vote count on May 17.

Vote for Dan Conway, he is

FOR THE PEOPLE.

#4 on the ballot

Paid for by the candidate.

May 17 — Blood pressure screening with Community Nursing Service, noon.

May 18 — Ham, eggs and has browns breakfast, 8 a.m. Cost: A donation.

May 18 — Visit to Taber Museum for International Museum Day, 12:30 p.m.

May 21 — Card party, 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.

May 23 — World Turtle Day activities, noon.

May 24 — Chicken and waffles supper, 4 p.m. Cost: a donation. Reservations

needed by May 23.

May 25 — National Backyard Games Week fun, noon.

May 25 — Blood pressure screening with D. Hess, LPN, noon.

May 26 — New Friends Old Friends Week activity, noon.

May 27 — Senior Council, noon.

May 27 — Senior food boxes from the Love Center, noon.

Mondays & Wednesdays — Tai Chi, 3 p.m.

Tuesdays & Thursdays — Healthy Steps in Motion exercise program, 9:15 a.m.

Mill Hall Center, in the fire hall

9 Peale Ave.

726-6378

May 5 — “Home Exercise” by a Lock Haven Hospital representative, 11 a.m.

May 10 — “Osteoporosis” by a Manor Care representative, 11 a.m.

May 17 — Food bank pick-ups, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

May 19 — Blood pressure check by Community Nursing, 10:45 a.m.

Tuesdays & Thursdays — Tai Chi for Beginners, 9:30 a.m.

Tuesdays & Thursdays — Healthy Steps in Motion exercise program, 9 a.m.

Renovo Center, at the fire hall

414 Fourth St., South Renovo

923-2525

May 8— Motherʼs Day Tea, noon.

May 11 — Pizza party day.

May 18 — Presentation by a Manor Care representative, 11 a.m.

May 25 — Center Council, 11 a.m.

Tuesdays & Thursdays — Healthy Steps in Motion exercise program, 11 a.m.

Need help with costs

LOCK HAVEN — Attention, senior

citizens — you may be eligible for

PACE, the Pennsylvania Lottery-funded

prescription price reduction program.

If your total family income for 2006

was less than $14,500 single or

$17,700 per couple, you may be eligible.

In addition, incomes between

$14,500 to $23,500 single and $17,700

to $31,500 per couple are eligible for

PACENET after meeting a $40 monthly

deductible.

Eligibility information, filing forms

and assistance with completing forms

are available for Clinton County residents

at the Bi-County Office of Aging,

352 E. Water St., Lock Haven, open

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through

Friday, and for Lycoming County residents

at the Senior Citizens Information

Center, 802 Campbell St. on the

Williamsport Hospital Campus of

Susquehanna Health on Mondays and

Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon.


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Lawyer Specialization: Selecting a Certified Elder Law Attorney

JEFFREY A. MARSHALL

WHAT IS

LAWYER

CERTIFICATION

Maybe you have

never needed the

services of an attorney

before; but now you

do. Obviously, you

want to find a lawyer

who is an expert in the

area of law relating to

your legal needs and

can best handle your

particular legal situation.

To help you find

such a lawyer, the

Pennsylvania Supreme

Court has established

rules for the certification

of lawyers who

are proven experts in

a particular area of

law. Certification is

designed to help the

public make informed

decisions when selecting

a lawyer. It can

help you make a smart

choice when you

chose a lawyer to represent

you.

At the present time

Pennsylvania lawyers

can be certified in the

following areas of law:

Civil Trial Advocacy,

Criminal Trial

Advocacy, Family Law

Trial Advocacy, Elder

Law, Business

Bankruptcy, Consumer

Bankruptcy, and

Creditorsʼ Rights.

Certification is recognition

by the

Pennsylvania Supreme

Court of the competency

and experience of

attorneys who have

been certified in those

areas of law.

Consumers who need

expert help in one of

these legal areas can

look for a lawyer who

has proven his or her

skill by attaining certification.

HOW CAN YOU

FIND A

CERTIFIED

ELDER LAW

ATTORNEY

Letʼs say that your

wife or mother needs

nursing home care and

your family needs help

with the complicated

issues that arise in

that situation. This is

an area where you

could use the legal

guidance of a certified

elder law attorney.

How do you find one

Trying to find a

certified specialist in

elder law is not all that

easy. First, you need

to understand that all

lawyers are allowed to

advertise that they

practice in any legal

area. A lawyer who

does mostly real

estate work can advertise

that they handle

criminal cases. An

attorney who is not

certified can nevertheless

advertise that

they practice “elder

law.” No experience or

special skill is needed.

This means the

consumer has to recognize

the keys words

that are evidence of

certification. Only

lawyers who have met

the Supreme Courtʼs

requirements for certification

are allowed to

identify themselves as

“Certified” or as a

“Specialist” in an area

of law. Certified Elder

Law Attorneys usually

use the abbreviation

“CELA” (for Certified

Elder Law Attorney) to

signify their certified

status. So, in seeking

out a certified specialist

in elder law you

need to look for one of

these three key words:

Certified or Specialist

or CELA. Only a

lawyer who has met all

of the high standards

set by the Supreme

Court can say that

they are Certified or a

Specialist or a CELA.

WHAT ARE THE

CRITERIA FOR

CERTIFICATION

AS AN ELDER

LAW ATTORNEY

Lawyers who are

certified in elder law

typically deal with

issues such as: protecting

assets from the

cost of long term care

whether at home or in

a nursing facility;

Medicare and

Medicaid; wills, trusts

and estate planning;

representation of

trustees and executors;

health and personal

care planning;

tax planning for seniors;

financial and

health care power of

attorney; special

needs trusts; Veterans

pension benefits;

guardianship; public

benefits programs and

insurance; probate and

winding up the affairs

of someone who has

died; protecting the

rights of residents of

long-term care facilities;

retirement matters;

reducing income,

estate, inheritance and

gift taxes; and claims

against nursing

homes.

A lawyer must

demonstrate expert

knowledge in the

areas of elder law by

passing a tough fullday

certification examination.

(This examination

is failed by a

majority of the lawyers

who take it). The

lawyer must receive

positive peer reviews

from at least five attorneys

who are familiar

with their competence

and qualifications in

elder law. In addition,

the lawyer must have

had substantial experience

in dealing with

elder law matters and

they must have participated

in at least 45

hours of continuing

legal education in

elder law during the

preceding three years.

The above requirements

are difficult to

meet.

A lawyer must prove

that they have

enhanced knowledge,

skills, experience, and

proficiency to be identified

to the public as a

Certified Elder Law

Attorney. As a result,

informed consumers

who understand the

significance of certification

in the legal profession

can use this

information to help

assure that they get

high qualify legal services

when they hire a

lawyer. Why take a

chance When you

need an elder law

attorney it is just good

common sense to

choose a certified

lawyer to represent

you.

Marshall, Parker &

Associates has 5

CELAs, a distinction

held by no other law

firm in the nation. If

you are located out of

our geographic area,

the National Elder Law

Foundation maintains

a list of all of the

Certified Elder Law

Attorneys in

Pennsylvania (as well

as other states). To

find one in your geographic

area you can

visit the Foundationʼs

website at

www.nelf.org.

———

Attorney Marshall is a

Certified Elder Law

Attorney by the

National Elder Law

Foundation. He is the

founding partner of the

law firm of Marshall,

Parker & Associates

where they specialize

in helping families plan

and pay for long term

care. He can be contacted

at 398-7603 or

at

www.paelderlaw.com.

JUST OPENED!

308 North Grove Street,

Lock Haven, PA 17745

Phone: 570-295-2005

Email: lsmith@kcnet.org

Hours: Open Tuesday to Friday, Saturdays by

Appointment, Walk-ins Welcome!

Be an editor - Send

photos & stories for

Golden Opportunities

through our

Virtual Newsroom at:

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LH ECU CELEBRATES EASTER

The Lock Haven Extended Care Unit

residents had some youthful assistance

with their Easter activities this

year. Caroline Troutman, completing

her high school senior project, has

been working with the residents and

the Recreation Department. Carolineʼs

future plans are to become a registered

nurse. The residents decorated

hats as Easter bonnets and Caroline

later judged them. Closer to the Easter

holiday, the residents colored eggs.

Pictured are Betty Hawkins, Caroline

Troutman and Anna Wink. Below,

Louise Caldwell was the winner of the

“Judgeʼs Favorite” award. Each

resident who had a winning hat

received a certificate and a box of

Gertrude Hawk candy.

Elect

Peggy Heller

County Auditor

“Experience Counts”

#3 on the ballot

Paid for by the candidate


PHOTOS PROVIDED

Hoppin’ down the bunny trail

Participants at Albright LIFE, the areaʼs only

adult day health center, recently enjoyed a modified

version of the bunny hop as part of their

daily balance program. Led by Melissa Frederick,

LIFE certified occupational therapy assistant,

participants in conga-style lines took turns following

directions from Barry Snyder, LIFE

restorative aide. Melissa wore bunny ears and a

tail to get everyone in the spirit. Above,

Frederick, left, LIFE certified occupational therapy

assistant, poses with Jane Peluso who

thoughtfully supplied the bunny costume for

Easter fun at Albright LIFE Center. Located at

901 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, Albright LIFE

(Living Independently for Elders) is

Pennsylvaniaʼs version of the nationally recognized

Program for All-Inclusive Care for the

Elderly. To learn more about Albright LIFE, call

322-5433 or visit AlbrightLIFE.org.

ON THE COVER

From left are Melissa Frederick, LIFE certified

occupational therapy assistant; Lawrence

“Spence” Spencer; Beverly Smith; Sue Berta,

LIFE activities coordinator/recreation therapist;

and Barry Snyder, LIFE restorative aide.

Golden Opportunities

LOCK HAVEN — Attention,

senior citizens — You may be eligible

for a rent or property tax

rebate benefit offered through

the Pennsylvania lottery.

Fifty percent of Social

Security income can be excluded

from the total family income limit

Check into this benefit

CHARLES BURZYNSKI, DDS

Board Certified

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Dental Implant Center

* Participating with most insurances

525 High Street, Lock Haven

570-748-8500

of $35,000.

Eligibility information, filing

forms, and assistance with completing

forms are available for

Clinton County residents at the

Bi-County Office of Aging, 352 E.

Water St., Lock Haven, open

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday

Providing

Surgical

through Friday, and for Lycoming

County residents at the Senior

Citizens Information Center, 802

Campbell St. on the Williamsport

Hospital Campus of

Susquehanna Health on

Mondays and Wednesdays from

9:30 a.m. to noon.

Excellence

along with

Personal Attention

at an Affordable Price.

Accepting

New Patients

FREE CONSULTATION

Valid for Extractions, Wisdom Teeth Removal and Implants only. Cannot be combined with

insurance. Not valid with previous consultation. Call our office for details. Charge may apply for x-ray.

Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Offer ends 4/30/2011.

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Egg decorating is

fun for all ages

Preparing for Easter is always an exciting time

at Albright LIFE, the areaʼs only Adult Day

Health Center. Eggs are decorated, baskets are

filled and special springtime projects begin.

This year, children from the Williamsport

YMCAʼs pre-school program helped the LIFE

participants decorate the eggs. The painting

process was a bit messy, but the participants

helped their pre-school partners carefully dip

the eggs in their favorite colors. The children

then sang songs to the participants and did

relay races with plastic eggs. Everyone had

beautiful Easter eggs to show at the end of the

activity, plus some new friends too! At right,

Williamsport YMCA pre-school students

Brianna Butler and Andrew Ware work on a coloring

project with Eva Roles, LIFE Participant,

while waiting for their Easter eggs to dry.

Below, Eileen Dickey, LIFE participant, and

Williamsport YMCA pre-school student Coltin

McLaughlin work together to create the perfect

Easter egg.

ADVANCED

FAMILY

CHIROPRACTIC

266 Hogan Blvd.,

Mill Hall

570-893-1808

Golden Opportunities

PHOTOS PROVIDED

Insurance Consultant/Financial Advisor

Attention Seniors:

• Medicare Supplements

• Medicare Choice/Advantage Plans

• Medicare “Part D” Rx Coverage

• Long & Short Term Care Coverage

• Tax Deferred Annuities

Kent A. Bennett

Call (570) 327-1006 or

Toll Free (800) 548-9119

ASSOCIATES, INC.

SERVING SENIORS SINCE 1978

249 Broad Street • Montoursville, PA 17754


Q.: My mother suffers

from macular

degeneration — which

has left her nearly blind

— and her quality of life

has slipped considerably.

She can rarely do

anything around the

house anymore. What

can I do to prevent getting

this terrible disease

and help her

A.: Macular degeneration

is a big problem

in the U.S. and is the

leading cause of vision

loss in senior citizens.

An estimated nine million

U.S. adults ages 40

years and older show

signs of age-related

macular degeneration

(AMD), according to

research that appeared

in an issue of Archives

of Ophthalmology, one

of the JAMA/Archives

journals.

An additional 7.3

million persons have

early age-related macular

degeneration, which

does increase the risk

of progression to

advanced age-related

macular degeneration.

Thatʼs why this new

study is particularly

important, not just for

you and your mother,

but millions of others at

risk for this disease.

The regular consumption

of fish and

omega-3 fatty acids

found in fish is associated

with a significantly

reduced risk for women

of developing age-related

macular degeneration,

according to the

study from Brigham and

Womenʼs Hospital and

Harvard Medical

School, Boston.

Results for fish

intake showed that consumption

of one or

more servings of fish

per week, when compared

to less than one

per month, was associated

with a 42 percent

lower risk of age-related

macular degeneration.

Researchers say the

lower risk appeared to

be due primarily to consumption

of canned

tuna fish and dark-meat

fish.

Regular eye exams

for you and your mother

could help you learn

how to reduce the risks

for this disease and

ensure that your mom is

getting the proper care

for her condition.

Also, please

encourage your mother

to get assistance

around the house. She

could be putting her

health at risk. Seniors

who suffer from eye

conditions such as macular

degeneration

sometimes canʼt see

their medications or

Golden Opportunities

Prevent blindness ... Eat more fish, study says

JOE DELAUTER

perform the activities

that are important to

daily life such as meal

preparation and housekeeping.

She likely

would be unable to

drive, so errands and

shopping also could be

needs.

These are all functions

that a professional caregiver

could assist your

mother with while taking

some of the load off

you.

MORE SENIORS

SURVIVING

CANCER, STUDY

REVEALS

Q.: I have just survived

my second bout

with breast cancer and I

am thrilled to have beaten

this again. Although,

at age 82, the treatments

took a toll on me

and I am very weak and

unable to do what I

once did, I still am

encouraged that I am

disease free.

A.: You should take

heart in your prognosis.

Congratulations. You are

in good company,

according to a recent

research study. The

number of cancer survivors

in the United

States increased to 11.7

million in 2007 and

seven million of those

were senior citizens,

according to a report

released by the Centers

for Disease Control and

Prevention and the

National Cancer Institute

(NCI). It appears about

one of five seniors is a

cancer survivor.

The largest numbers

of survivors with female

breast cancer were ages

65-84 years (1.2 million)

and 40-64 years (just

over 1 million), according

to the research

results. Approximately

1.1 million of the 11.7

million cancer survivors

had lived with a diagnosis

of cancer for at least

25 years; of those survivors,

75.4 percent

were females.

Other highlights of the

study:

■ Among cancer

survivors on Jan. 1,

2007, an estimated 64.8

percent had lived with a

diagnosis of cancer for

at least five years; of

those survivors, 57.2

percent were females.

■ Among all cancer

survivors, 54.3 percent

were female, and 45.7

percent were male.

The authors note that

the increase in number

of cancer survivors is

due to many factors,

including a growing

aging population, early

detection, improved

diagnostic methods,

more effective treatment,

and improved clinical

follow-up after treatment.

It may not be unusual

for cancer treatments

to weaken individuals.

Talk to your doctor about

whether this is normal

for you and ask what

you could do about it.

Then consider getting

more help around your

home until you are

stronger.

———

For more information

about Home Instead

Senior Care, contact

Joe DeLauter at 866-

522-6533 or go to

www.homeinstead.com.

Have you ever had a loved one reside in a Nursing Home

Then, you KNOW how much a visit can mean!

OMBUDSMEN are Special VOLUNTEERS…

Who Enrich the Lives of Long Term Care Residents.

These volunteers receive training to help empower nursing home

and personal care home residents to live with dignity,

and to ensure the quality of care they receive.

YOU CAN HELP with this IMPORTANT PROGRAM!

Training is coming up June 15th in Pleasant Gap

For Information, Call Michelle 323-3096

or Cindy at 748-2906

APPLY NOW-We will provide orientation and some experience

before the June training

STEP Office of Aging

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Jersey Shore Hospital

Occupational Health













Physicals including DOT and lifting

Laboratory testing

Workers’ compensation

Drug screens including post-accident,

DOT and non-DOT

Random drug screens

Vision screenings

Hearing screenings

Spirometry testing

Smoking cessation classes

Diabetic education

FIT testing

Flu shots and other vaccines



Almost everything can be

performed at your facility!

No annual consortium fee!

Call today for competitive pricing!

570-398-5214

Protection for your employees,

security for your business.

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