Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program
Starts June 1

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program provides $24.00 in vouchers for fresh Pennsylvania produce to eligible seniors. You may qualify if you are a Pennsylvania resident age 60 or older, or turning 60 by December 31, 2021, and meet income criteria. An individual with yearly income less than $23,828 and couples with combined yearly income less than $32,227 meet income eligibility criteria.
 
Vouchers will be available at offices of B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. on or after June 1, 2021. Vouchers are also able to be distributed by mail. Applications are available online at bsstaaa.org, and by mail as requested.

Alzheimer's Awareness Month
The Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging people to make brain health a priority during the month of June, which is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

The association is also offering five suggestions to promote brain health to help Americans restore their mental wellbeing:
1. Recommit to “Brain-Healthy Basics;” like regular exercise, healthy eating and proper sleep.
2. Return to normal at your own pace; a return to normal life from the pandemic has many feeling anxious, so it’s best to return to your normal routine at a rate that won’t make you feel anxious.
3. Help others; research shows that being helpful toward others alleviates stress and anxiety.
4. Unplug and disconnect; experts warn that excessive stimulation coming from our phones, computers, social media sources and news reports can add to our already heightened anxiety levels. So make time for technology-free sessions during your day.
5. Control stress before it controls you; the Alzheimer’s Association reports that prolonged or repeated stress can wear down and damage the brain, leading to serious health problems including depression, anxiety disorders, memory loss and increased risk for dementia. Meditation, exercise, music or a favorite activity are effective ways to manage stress.

More information about the Alzheimer’s Association’s June Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month can be found here.
Meals on Wheels Recipients Speak Out
Meals on Wheels Endless Mountains provides meals to seniors in the community who face food insecurity whether through lack of mobility, lack of resources, or any myriad of other reasons. An integral part of the Meals on Wheels program are the dedicated and selfless volunteers, and their altruism does not go unnoticed.
 
Recently, a survey was sent out to all Meals on Wheels recipients asking for feedback on the program and its volunteers. The response was overwhelming.
In the Press
Area Agency on Aging Awarded $260,000 to Support Senior Volunteer Service
Funding will support 40 AmeriCorps Seniors Senior Companion volunteers
(May 21, 2021)

B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. announced today that it has received an AmeriCorps Seniors Senior Companion grant of $260,000 from the AmeriCorps federal agency to support 40 Senior Companion volunteers serving in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga Counties. The grant will expand the Area Agency on Aging’s AmeriCorps Seniors presence in the four counties, where the Area Agency on Aging has been providing service opportunities for older Americans as a Foster Grandparent Program project since 2000.
 
With this new funding, the Area Agency on Aging will leverage the skills and experience of seniors in the four county area to reduce senior isolation. These AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers will serve as companions to clients by sharing coffee, playing games and conversing. 

For more information, please call 1-800-982-4346.