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Send an e-card to nursing home residents

The community is invited to send an e-card to residents of Roosevelt Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, 7800 Bustleton Ave.

Visitations are suspended, and social distancing protocols are mandating the cancellation of communal dining and group activities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

E-cards can be made by visiting or and be sent to ••

Hohenstein wants hearing aids covered by Medicare

State Reps. Joe Hohenstein and Liz Hanbidge applauded the unanimous adoption of their resolution urging Congress to take action on legislation that would expand Medicare coverage to include hearing aids.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 1.1 million Pennsylvanians – 8.6% of the state’s population – live with hearing loss.

In Pennsylvania, hearing aids are required to be covered only for Medicaid recipients under age 21, while all other populations in need of hearing assistance are forced to pay for hearing aids out of pocket, with the average cost being $2,300.

Hohenstein was diagnosed with moderate hearing loss at an early age.

“My first hearing aid was a monstrosity, a machine strapped to my chest,” he said. “That was a 5-year-old’s worst nightmare. I was an active child and broke a lot of hearing aids. I didn’t know it at the time, but my family received help to pay for them each time I needed a new one.

“So, my support for this resolution is my way of recognizing the generosity of those who helped me. Along with Rep. Hanbidge, I will continue to work for greater access to hearing aids so that people with hearing loss can have access to the opportunities with which I have been blessed.” ••

Write notes to the isolated homebound

Caring for Friends (formerly Aid for Friends) is inviting the community to provide handwritten “caring notes” for its snack bags, which are filled with nutritious nonperishable items for isolated, homebound, hungry people in the Philadelphia area.

The notes can be written on white or brightly colored 4×6-inch note cards using markers or colored pens. Kids who aren’t able to write notes can draw pictures or put stickers on the cards. They can be signed with first names.

Use clear, larger-sized print, as some clients may have poor eyesight. Do not make religious, political or controversial references.

Mail completed note cards to Caring for Friends, 12271 Townsend Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154. ••

KleinLife is going on the road

Travel with KleinLife will go on a four-day, three-night trip to Newport, Rhode Island from June 8-11.

Highlights of the trip are a tour of the Scenic Ten Mile Drive, a visit to the Touro Synagogue, America’s oldest, a visit to Olde Mistick Village and a harbor cruise. The excursion features three overnight stays at the Foxwoods Casino-Great Cedar Hotel, which includes a $30 slot play, three full breakfast buffets, two dinner buffets or a food credit and one dinner in a Newport restaurant as well as roundtrip motorcoach transportation.

Cost for the trip is $750 double occupancy, with a $190 supplement for single occupancy.

For additional details and reservations and a free Travel with KleinLife brochure, contact Andrea Kimelheim at 215-698-7300, Ext. 176 or ••

North alums going to A.C.

The Northeast Catholic Alumni Summer Fun Trip IV will take place on Monday, Aug. 3.

There will be a one-hour boat ride and a five-hour stay at Caesars Casino in Atlantic City.

The trip costs $70, paid in full by July 1, and includes $25 slot cash and a lunch buffet.

The bus will depart the alumni house at Rhawn and Fairfield streets at 9 a.m. and arrive back at about 7 p.m.

Call the alumni office 215-543-1051 for more information.

Checks can be made payable to “Northeast Catholic Alumni Assoc. Inc.” ••