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Great American Cleanup of PA Video Contest Open Now

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is encouraging state residents to participate in a video competition highlighting all of the ways that Pennsylvanians work to keep our communities clean and vibrant. The video contest is open now and runs through June 7.

Details about the video contest are available here. More information about the statewide Great American Cleanup of PA initiative is available here.

Transportation Commission Seeks Public Input

The Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission is updating its Twelve-Year Program to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure, not only for motorists, but also for recreation, public transit and other modes of transportation.

The Commission is seeking input from members of the public regarding the development of the update to the program.

An online survey is available online here. I encourage community residents to complete the survey and share with anyone else who has an interest in Pennsylvania’s transportation system.

Lyme Disease Predictions and Preparation for 2019

The PA Department of Environmental Protection is surveying all counties to track tick habitats, life stages, peak activity levels, and disease detection. Between July 2018 and mid-March 2019, DEP collected 3,663 adult black-legged ticks.

At the same time, the PA Department of Health is conducting a public awareness campaign to decrease the transmission of tick-borne diseases.  Take steps to avoid contact with ticks in your backyard, hiking, or on a camping trip. Recommendations include:

  • Beware of grassy, brushy, and wooded areas.
  • Handle with care any potentially exposed animals.
  • Use an Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellant.
  • Upon return home or to your campsite, check clothing, gear, and pets.
  • Shower within 2 hours of being outdoors.
  • Conduct a body check.

Individuals are encouraged to see a doctor within 3 to 30 days of a tick bite if symptoms appear, including fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, with or without a skin rash or bull’s eye.  Current Lyme Disease treatment includes oral or intravenous antibiotics.

Preventing Elder Financial Abuse

The Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (PA DOBS) witnessed a 17 percent increase in elder financial abuse, constituting 40,000 allegations of elder abuse during the previous fiscal year.

Whether it’s older family members or elderly clients with whom you engage socially or in business, the PA DOBS encourages you to look for red flags or signs of elder abuse, including:

  • Difficulties with decision making, such as trouble paying bills.
  • A noticeable decline in appearance, or fear and anxiety.
  • Suspicious account activity, abrupt changes to financial and legal documents, or large cash withdrawals may signal a problem

Consider appropriate questions and guidance if decision making appears impaired, there are signs of suspicious behaviors, or evidence of unexplained account activity.  Anyone witnessing similar problems is encouraged to call the Elder Abuse Hotline 1-800-490-8505 to report any type of elder abuse.

Resources for Pennsylvanians Living with Autism

The Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training Collaborative (ASERT) provides access to information and services for the estimated 30,000 Pennsylvanians living with autism, their family and caregivers.

ASERT also hosts free training and special events. If you or a loved one could benefit from autism support, National Autism Awareness Month is a good time to check out this resource.

Nursing Home Inspections Posted Online

Inspections of 305 nursing homes across Pennsylvania in March have been posted online by the PA Health Department.

The report includes the type of inspections (or “surveys”), such as complaint investigation, re-certification, etc., whether a facility was cited, correction plans to fix the problems and more.

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