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Diane Menio: Advocate for nursing home quality offers tips on how to choose a facility

Diane Menio, 61, is one of Pennsylvania’s leading advocates for issues affecting the elderly, which includes trying to ensure quality care

5 months ago

Emily Brandon: Author/journalist weighs in on retirement issues of Social Security, Medicare, savings plans

Emily Brandon, 34, a senior editor at U.S. News & World Report, knows far more about retirement issues than most people twice her age.

6 months ago

Nadia Pietrzykowska: Obesity specialist lends insight on weight challenges of older adults

Nadia Pietrzykowska, 42, is a physician who is board-certified in obesity medicine and works closely with the Obesity Action Coalition.

7 months ago

Phillip Little: Attorney general's outreach specialist warns about scams of seniors

Phillip Little, 31, is an education and outreach specialist in southwestern Pennsylvania for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. He

7 months ago

Claudia Barich: Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year describes the job

Claudia Barich, 59, describes herself as a home “caregiver” rather than aide for Home Instead Senior Care of Bethel Park, a position she

8 months ago

Vonda Wright: Orthopedic surgeon, fitness writer offers guidance on getting in shape

Vonda Wright, 49, is an orthopedic surgeon with wide experience studying fitness among older adults. She is medical director of the UPMC

8 months ago

Nancy Zionts: Advocate for end-of-life planning advises how to prepare

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, when the public is urged to discuss such advance care plans with loved ones.

9 months ago

Mildred Morrison: AAA administrator explains aging services and trends

The longtime head of Allegheny County’s Area Agency on Aging dispenses advice and describes how issues have changed in her 16 years there.

9 months ago

About Aging Edge

Aging Edge is a comprehensive guide to news, issues and resources affecting the older adults of Western Pennsylvania and their families and other caregivers.

The blog will provide frequent updates in the form of stories, research and analysis covering health, finances, living options, long-term care, government programs, work, recreation and more. It aims to provide helpful advice and referrals to help readers navigate the complex array of questions that coincide with the aging process.

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