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“Wyden Hearing Statement on Keeping the Promise of Social Security”

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This July 25, 2014 InsuranceNewsNet.Com article talks about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the need to shore it up by 2016, but also reminds us that it is a benefit that is earned and not simply a handout.

English: A collection of pictograms. Three of ...

English: A collection of pictograms. Three of them used by the United States National Park Service. A package containing those three and all NPS symbols is available at the Open Icon Library (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Disability, mental health providers rally in Harrisburg for more funding”

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This June 17, 2014 WGAL 8 NBC News article talks about a rally held in Harrisburg by members of the disability and mental health communities of Pennsylvania in trying to prevent funding from being further cut in the coming Pennsylvania state budget.

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“Lawsuit seeks restoration of Pennsylvania’s General Assistance for the disabled”

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This October 3, 2012 article on the Philly.com website talks about the lawsuit being made to try to restore General Assistance according to the article the action by Governor Corbett may have been unconstitutional

Special thanks to the folks at DVCPA

I would like to take a moment to send a special thanks out to the folks at the Disability Voting Coalition of PA for posting an excerpt and link to a piece I had published entitled “To Vote or Not to Vote …”  it can be found through their site at … http://www.dvcpa.org/j_campbell.asp

Please take a moment to check out the rest of their site while your there and maybe even get involved with their effort to promote voting.

Also if you want to check out more of my published work, there is a graphical link that says “AC Contributor” on it on the right hand side of this screen clicking it will take you to my profile on Associated Content which lists everything I’ve published there.

“Humor contributing to one’s life”

I stumbled across this letter to the reader’s forum of the Jamestown, NY, Post-Journal.  It is written by a women who suffered with and recovered from depression in part through music and humor.  She also has physical disabilities, but has lead a successfull life.  I found this letter to be inspirational and offering hope to those who maybe think they don’t have much to offer.  The letter was found at this address …. http://post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/519047.html?nav=5006

To the Readers’ Forum:

I would like to share with you how humor contributes to good health in my own life, as well as in the lives of elderly residents of nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living homes.

I am a person with physical and mental disabilities who rose from disability to a high functioning life of 32 years in five full-time jobs. It was magic that brought me out of a three year depression and enabled me to function as organist in the Panama Catholic Church. Performing improved my health so much that I was able to move to Jamestown and begin an independent career in human services.

To fill in the gaps, I began to play the piano at Fenton Park Nursing Home in 1976, and over the years I gained a singing group of three performers. I have been head of the Key Notes for 13 years. One of my singers was shy and wore a clowns suit to hide in. Later, with our support, she began to stand up and sing.

Our group has developed a system of singing seasonal songs, inspirational songs, country songs, and the playing of classical piano pieces. Though shy myself, I began to include jokes in our programs. I have a network of friends and relatives who send me jokes I can use. I find that Alzheimer patients in Memory Garden can understand and laugh at jokes, even jokes about dementia. In Tanglewood Manor and other assisted living homes, residents roar with laughter at jokes on senior issues and memory problems. In nursing homes, I have to speak loudly, and the residents chuckle at jokes on church, children and old age. At Warren State Hospital, patients laugh at psychiatrist jokes and share their own with our group.

Performing humor to these needy people enhances their mental health and physical health. In return, it has enhanced my own health. One of my singers is 80 years old and sings like a broadway star. Music and humor go hand in hand to improve the lives of many people in our community.

Patricia E. Moniot
Jamestown

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