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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Selecting the best care option for your loved one with memory challenges

submitted by Callista Oberholtzer, Admissions Director, Spring Village of Floral Vale

The Alzheimer’s Association reminds us in their literature that “everyone with a brain is at risk for Alzheimer’s.” This is a hard reality. Currently there are five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s.

If Alzheimer’s or a related dementia has touched your life, you are not alone.

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Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms now available

State Rep. Tina Davis’ office has received Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application forms from the PA Department of Revenue and her staff is ready to help you file yours.

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. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650.

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Middletown Seniors’ bus trip

The Middletown Senior Citizen’s Association offers a travel program for all ages. Buses depart from Middletown Senior Citizen’s Association, 2142 Trenton Road, Levittown. Make checks payable to M.S.C.A. and mail to above address.

Include traveler’s name, phone number, address, and partners. Call for further details at 215-945-5345 or 215-945-2920.

  • Wednesday, May 13th:  Brooklyn’s Pizza & Chocolate Tour. Includes excellent guided tour of Brooklyn, Cooney Island free time, lunch at two famous Pizzerias plus desert. Cost $102. Leave 8:30am, return 7:30pm.
  • Wednesday, August 5th: River Boat Lunch Cruise Toms River, NJ & Valenzano Winery. Narrated three-hour cruise on board “River Lady” and wine tasting (13 wine samples). Cost $93.  Leave 9:00am,  return  6:15pm.
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A quick look at Medicare, Medicaid, and nursing homes

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

Many people are surprised to discover that Medicare actually provides very limited coverage for nursing homes.

In theory, Medicare Part A covers up to 100 days of care in a skilled nursing facility for each spell of illness. However, this is true only if the nursing-home care follows at least a three-day admission to a hospital. Further, after 20 days, you must pay a copayment of $157 a day (although this may be covered by Medigap insurance).

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2015 Middletown Seniors’ bus trip

The Middletown Senior Citizen’s Association offers a travel program for all ages. Buses depart from Middletown Senior Citizen’s Association, 2142 Trenton Road, Levittown. Make checks payable to M.S.C.A. and mail to above address.

Include traveler’s name, phone number, address, and partners.

Call for further details at 215-945-5345 or 215-945-2920.

  • Wednesday, March 11th: CELEBRATE ST PATTY’S DAY at Doolan’s Shore Club, Spring Lake, NJ – Lunch, cocktails, Green Derby Irish Band starring Jimmy Byrne, comedian & bagpiper. Cost: $86. Leave 9:30am, return 5:00pm.
  • Wednesday, April 15th: Mural Capital of the World & Culinary of Arts Luncheon, Philadelphia – Tour Culinary School, complete lunch & guided tour by an Mural of Arts Expert. Cost: $77. Leave 9:45am, return 5:15pm.
  • Wednesday, April 29th: On Broadway in NYC, Orchestra Seats & NYC Free time – “MATILDA THE MUSICAL” Cost: $134; “LES MISERABLES” Cost: $144. Leave 9:30am, return 7:30pm.
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‘The Way We Were’

The Art Gallery at Spring Village at Floral Vale opened a unique exhibit to celebrate Valentine’s Day featuring Wedding and Engagement Portraits on February 14th to February 16th. The exhibit, aptly titled “The Way We Were,” drew attention to nearly 30 portraits of Spring Village’s residents and their spouses.

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Always Best Care Senior Services: Helping seniors age in place with dignity

by June Portnoy

If you’re caring for an older family member, there are obviously times you can’t be there to tend to their needs, and as their needs increase with age, it becomes more difficult to provide them with all the care they need.

Fortunately, Always Best Care Senior Services, a leader in non-medical in-home care, can offer you the assistance you need so your loved one can maintain an independent lifestyle in the comfort of their home.

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Senior Adults for Greater Education (S.A.G.E.)

Senior Adults for Greater Education (S.A.G.E.) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization “devoted to uniting youth and seniors in their quest to enrich education and leave a legacy for future generations.” S.A.G.E. recognizes the wisdom of older adults and integrates their contributions into the school community in a variety of intergenerational activities for the mutual benefit of youth, seniors and the community.

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Twilight Wish Foundation

Twilight Wish Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization whose mission is to honor and enrich the lives of deserving seniors through wish granting celebrations that connect generations. Their vision is to make the world a nicer place to age, one wish at a time. Founded in Doylestown in 2003, Twilight Wish has granted 2,190 wishes to deserving, low-income seniors across the U.S. who are unable to make their own dreams come true because of financial or other reasons.

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