Falls Township Senior Center Renting Banquet Space

Are you looking for a place to have that family celebration? If so, look no farther than Falls Township Senior Center, located at 282 Trenton Road in Fairless Hills.

The Center offers two rooms for rentals on Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays.The large open spaces can accommodate up to 80 in the newly renovated Annex building and up to 120 in the bright Main building. With their recent renovations in the Annex, the place has a fresh, new atmosphere with new flooring, ceiling, lighting, and window blinds. The Main building has a new floor and a renovated lobby.

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Seniors can stay connected with great programs in Bucks

submitted by Amanda Mayer, Bucks County Area Agency on Aging

Senior centers are a great way to stay connected. For many people, the term “senior center” is synonymous with adult day-care center. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Visit a senior center near you and you’ll find very active adults in their 60s, 70s even 80s who are redefining what it means to be retired. As we age, the desire for a social life doesn’t diminish. In fact, there are health risks associated with social isolation. Among those are depression, high blood pressure, dementia, increased risk of re-hospitalization, an increased number of falls and shorter life expectancy.

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Local ‘Rosie the Riveter’ returns home from national reunion

Levittown resident Anna “Mae” Krier recently had her wish to attend the American Rosie the Riveter Association’s (ARRA) reunion granted, thanks to Doylestown-headquartered nonprofit Twilight Wish Foundation.

Mae, 89, is one of the original “Rosie the Riveter’s” of World War II. In 1943, after just graduating from high school in North Dakota, Mae and her family moved to Seattle for war work. At the age of 17, she got a job working on B-17s and B-29s for Boeing in Seattle.

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Record retention recommendations

submitted by E. Garrett Gummer, III, Esquire, and Maureen L. Anderson, Esquire, www.GummerElderLaw.com

When downsizing or maintaining records, consider the following guidelines to manage your records:

Legal Documents: Estate Planning documents including Wills, Powers of Attorney, Trusts and Living Wills should be kept permanently in a secure environment, such as a safe deposit box or fireproof box. Keep the most recent documents and destroy any previous versions to prevent any confusion and inform your loved ones of the location.

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How does the same sex marriage ruling affect funeral arrangements?

submitted by Jason “Oz” Oszczakiewicz, Owner/Supervisor, Varcoe-Thomas Funeral Home of Doylestown, Inc.

For many years, same sex couples were discriminated against when making arrangements for a partner who died because they did not share the same legal rights as a defined married couple in the United States. Partners could not sign off on authorizations, make plans for a burial or cremation arrangement, select merchandise, nor sign the contract unless the partner’s immediate family authorized them to do so at the funeral home.

Before this ruling, there were many times when a funeral home would be caught in the middle of a dispute over the right to control and would have to contact estranged family members to sign off on legal documentation to allow a partner the right to control the funeral.

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Benefits of physical activity for older adults

submitted by Jeanine Hendrie, Certified Personal Trainer, Balance and Mobility Specialist, and Fitness Coordinator for Wesley Enhanced Living

Growing older doesn’t mean that you have to lose your strength or the ability to do everyday tasks or things you enjoy doing. Almost all older adults can safely improve their health and independence through exercise and physical activity.

Regular physical activity over time can produce long-term health benefits; experts agree that older adults should be active every day to maintain good health.

The following types of exercises benefit your health when incorporated into your daily routine:

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The Brunswick breaks new ground for gardens

On May 19th, students from the Horticulture Academy at Abraham Lincoln High School in Philadelphia donated their day to create a new garden for the 100+ residents at The Brunswick at Attleboro, a Personal Care Community in Langhorne Borough. Lincoln High School students were responsible for the design and implementation of the new garden.

On their day off, the students donated over five hours of their time to put it all in to place. This time did not include the countless hours spent in development.

Along with the students, Dylan Thomas, a fifth grader at Herbert Hoover in Langhorne, and some of the residents and staff of The Brunswick were out in the gardens volunteering as well.

This day brought many generations together to develop a place for the community to enjoy. The Brunswick at Attleboro is proud to be cultivating relationships with the community at large, and hopes this is the beginning of many more events and opportunities to come.

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Deadline extended for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

The deadline to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30th to December 31st, 2015. The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older.

The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

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Care Plus More named Best Senior Living Provider

Care Plus More, a Senior Home-Care Agency, located in Washington Crossing, has been named Best Senior Living Provider for 2015.

“Because we treat our clients and caregivers like family and are committed to delivering the best home care experience, we are honored to have won this award. We pride ourselves on attracting employees who have a genuine love for helping others,” said Gregg Rackin, Agency CEO.

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Farmers Market Nutrition Program for seniors now open

Farmers Market Nutrition Program – offering free vouchers for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets – is now open throughout Bucks County.

County residents 60 or older are eligible for free vouchers worth $20. Income guidelines start at $21,775 or less annually for an individual, adding $7,696 for each additional household member.

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