Entries by Matthew J. Gallardo

Connections Program Coming to an End

For more than six years, the Community Support Services team has been collaborating with vendors, community partners, committed stakeholders, and friends to bring a thriving, fulfilling village-to-village model to Central Pennsylvania. Connections is a grassroots, neighbor helping neighbor program. Over the years, we’ve heard great stories of new friendships, creative solutions, common bonds, and shared […]

A New Approach to this Year’s Resolutions

Each New Year we come up with idealistic resolutions that are going to change our lives for the better such as, “I’m going to lose weight, “I’m going to be a more giving or helpful person,” or “I’m going to start a new hobby.” So we go into the New Year committed and enthused but […]

Autumn: Time for Pumpkins, Football and…. Medicare Open Enrollment

 For most, the fall season is synonymous with football, the beauty of autumn and everything and anything pumpkin flavored or scented. However, fall now includes a new seasonal tradition- shopping for the right Medicare plan during open enrollment season running October 15 through December 7. Medicare provides health insurance benefits to over 52 million seniors […]

Retirement Planning: Beyond Dollars & Cents

“Retirement is a time of great change, and a chance to begin an exciting new phase of your life. But like anything done well, it takes planning. While everyone thinks they are ready to retire, not everyone is truly prepared.” – Retirement Options Coaching Financial planning for retirement is crucial. It takes center stage in […]

Caregiver Absenteeism: a Growing Economic Burden

“There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” – Former First Lady, Rosalynn Carter The Family Caregiver Alliance® defines a caregiver as, “an unpaid individual (for example, a spouse, partner, family member, friend, […]

The Intern Experience

Get to Know Me …My name is Eliese Bjerke, and this fall I will be a senior at Messiah College located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania! I’m currently in the process of earning my Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Science and minor in Gerontology. Now you may be wondering what on earth is […]

Paying for Personal Care in PA: Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Personal Care Homes (PCH) and Assisted Living Residences (ALR) are housing options typically for older adults that provide hands-on care with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming and offer three meals a day, activities and medication monitoring. The average annual cost of a personal care home or assisted living in Pennsylvania is […]

Understanding Medicare Coverage For Nursing Care

Episode 13 of the Coach’s Corner Podcast is entitled Understanding Medicare Coverage For Nursing Care. Grasping Medicare coverage can be tricky, especially when it comes to Part A coverage for nursing care. This episode will focus on clearing up those myths and misconceptions about Medicare Part A with special guest, Nicholle Dixon, Messiah Village Billing […]