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Rita Griffith

Rita Griffith

Rita Griffith has been a Senior Companion at Blair Senior Services, Inc. for 4 days a week for the last 20 years.  Rita said that her husband had been a Senior Companion and after he passed away she decided she wanted to volunteer to do the same with Blair Senior Services.

Currently, Rita’s volunteer site is at the ALSM Senior Daily Living Center where she assists a consumer with some routine daily activities and provides peer support.  In talking with Rita, there is no doubt of her genuine care and concern for not only the senior she is companion to, but everyone at the Center, both consumers and volunteers.

When asked what she liked the most about volunteering for Blair Senior Services, Rita stated “I really just love helping the elderly people.  All of these people are my friends. I try to treat everyone as how I would want to be treated.  You really get as much as you give! I truly look forward to every day I get to spend volunteering.  As of this September 15th, I have been doing this for 4 days a week for 20 years.  Only every once in a great while I might have to take a day off, but I try not to!  I love it as much now as when I started.”

Rita said that she would encourage anyone to give the Senior Companion Program a try saying, “Once you try it you will see that it is as good for you as it is the person you are giving companionship to.”

If you or your group is interested in volunteering for this program or any of the programs offered, please call Blair Senior Services, Inc. at 814-946-1235.

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​Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Aging today announced that older adults who will soon be turning 65 and are not yet enrolled in Medicare can attend a free virtual event to learn about their healthcare coverage options when enrolling for Medicare.


The "Welcome to Medicare" event on June 23, open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., will feature national presentations from the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs on Medicare eligibility, enrollment and coverage options. Representatives will be available to answer questions and assist older adults with information to enable them to make choices on Medicare coverage that best meets their needs and lowers their costs.


In Pennsylvania, this program is known as APPRISE. Throughout the national presentation, staff from APPRISE will host an exhibit for Pennsylvania and will respond to Medicare questions and provide information about the program. The Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) – Pennsylvania's Senior Medicare Patrol – also will join APPRISE to discuss Medicare fraud prevention.


"We encourage anyone who is turning 65 soon to join our Virtual Welcome to Medicare Fair. Pennsylvania's Medicare Counseling Program is here to help older adults learn about signing up and navigating the complexities of Medicare, avoiding late enrollment penalties, and preventing fraud," said Susan Neff, APPRISE director. "We also invite those who attend to visit the Pennsylvania-specific virtual exhibit at any time during the event. The APPRISE and CARIE staff look forward to chatting with seniors about their Medicare enrollment concerns."


Older adults can register for this event here


The APPRISE Program has nearly 800 trained counselors in the commonwealth who provide free, confidential, objective, and easy-to-understand information about original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, prescription drug plans, and Medicare Supplement plans, and allows Medicare beneficiaries to compare plans and determine what best meets their needs and save them money.

To learn more about the APPRISE Program or becoming a volunteer, click here or call the APPRISE Helpline at 1-800-783-7067 .



Department Of Aging: June 23 Medicare Event Welcomes Future Beneficiaries With Information On Eligibility, Coverage Options