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From the Executive Director

Best regards,

Whitney Lingle     

I am so excited to be a new addition to the CARIE team. Over 20 years of volunteer and professional experience in human services, I have developed a passion for advocacy and am thrilled to have this opportunity with an organization comprised of such talented individuals focused on advocating for older adults. I have worked in senior services for the past 9 years, and I love working to help this dynamic, diverse population.
If we are lucky, aging affects all of us. Because of that, our work is inherently intersectional and must be approached with a nuanced lens. As Baby Boomers and Generation X become elders, our services will adapt to their unique needs and communication styles.The pandemic has shown us how much of our work can be completed from remote locations but has also made time in the office with colleagues and clients more special. Over these coming years I expect the CARIE team to continue using a hybrid approach to deliver services of the highest quality.Over the next few months, I will build relationships with staff, volunteers, Board members, and our community partners and funders. As with any nonprofit organization, there are challenges to raise funds and awareness. Fortunately, CARIE has an excellent reputation as a leader in advocacy for elders and continues to make new connections regularly. I look forward to using my social science experience to provide data that accurately quantifies the impact we make to hundreds of people every day.Diane Menio leaves behind an incredible legacy of service and leadership. Building off her excellent foundation will ensure health and success for the organization for years to come. I am honored to get to work with her as she ends her years of service and look forward to this next chapter.

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News & Events

A CARIE Timeline

Scroll to view CARIE’s extensive history.

  1. intergenerational Nursing Home Friendly Visitor Program initiated using school students

  2. Legislative Committee develops position paper and holds forum, “Policy Issues of Older
    Pennsylvanians

  3. Annual Conference, “Living Wills and Advance Directives: Whose Life Is it Anyway?”

  4. Advance Directives Committee Established to provide education

  5. Three-year grant from William Penn Foundation to provide advocacy for In-Home LTC Consumers

  6. Bernice Soffer retires after nearly 16 years of service

  7. Abuse Prevention Training Program awarded Brookdale Center on Aging and ASA’s “Best Practices in Human Resources Award”

  8. CARIE changes name to, Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly, reaffirms its mission

  9. Health Care Fraud Education Project Established with grant from the Administration on Aging

  10. Honored with Governor’s Silver & Gold Award for “Dignity”

  11. Advance Directives Committee extends its work to LTC ethics and begins pilot project

  12. Reached more than 25,000 people through direct advocacy, outreach, public and professional presentations

  13. Received grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Communities United to promote the well-being of Hispanic Elders

  14. “Providing Advocacy for Victimized Elders (PAVE) ” funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency became part of CARIE

  15. CARIE was recognized by Citizens Bank and NBC 10 as their “Community Champion” for the Elderly

  16. CARIE was selected to receive its second Community Health Impact Award presented by Glaxo Smith Kline

  17. Better Jobs, Better Care/PA piloted its Universal Core Curriculum and also provided education at its Direct Care Workers conference

  18. CARIE received an award for “Excellence in Senior Advocacy” from the Emergency Fund Coalition for Older Philadelphians

  19. Terri Ivers, a volunteer with the Pennsylvania Senior Medicare Patrol, was honored bythe Administration on Aging

  20. CARIE formally collaborated with SeniorLAW Center to serve older women who are victims of domestic violence

  21. Commissioned by PA Department of Aging to embark on a study evaluating guardianship practices amongst older adults

  22. ScamWire™, a program to protect elderly from scam callers, was distributed to approximately 32,350 individuals

  23. Averted a major policy change to the DPW’s MA Para-transportation services and a positive budget for older Pennsylvanians

  24. CARIE’s policy efforts include averting a SEPTA fare increase and advocating for $50 million additional funding for seniors’ home and community based services

  25. CARIE received funding to advocate for older adults impacted by Managed Long-Term Care

  26. CARIE was selected by the Pew Charitable Trusts to participate in an innovative Evaluation Capacity-Building Initiative

  27. CARIE leads the coalition for elders advocacy during COVID, issuing several reports including “Immediate Actions Pennsylvania Must Take toAddress the COVID-19 Crisis in Long-Term Care Facilities”

  28. CARIE issues, “Separate and Unconscionable: A Report on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Pennsylvania’s Nursing Homes with Recommendations for Immediate Action”

  29. CARIE Celebrates 45 years!

  30. Diane Menio retires; Whitney Lingle becomes CARIE Executive Director

Making a Difference

Mrs. Walker was not being heard by others. A shy woman, Mrs. Walker often had a hard time speaking up on her own behalf because she needs time to formulate her thoughts. She came to CARIE because she needed help in resolving a number of different problems relating to housing repairs, a billing dispute and most recently, assistance with choosing health insurance.

“I came here first for one problem but because the Advocate made me feel so comfortable, I just kept coming back for more help. The staff at CARIE took the time to explain everything to me so I would understand. They are caring and helpful in ways that other agencies are not. I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t find CARIE.!”

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