Online Resources

  • Boston University Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research (CADER)

    The following course from the Boston University Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research (CADER) is available for professional staff working within the Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging network:

    • Assessment with Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities

    Steps to Request Access to Boston University:

    • Access to Boston University is only being granted to individuals who complete assessments as part of their job title/role and plan to take the LCD Assessor Credentialing Exam prior to March 31, 2019*.
    • An Assessment Supervisor should submit an email on behalf of the staff member(s) the request is being made for, to P4A – Margot Troutman (  Please include the following information for the person who is to receive access to the Boston University online trainings:

      • First and Last Name
      • Email Address
      • Job Title
      • Agency Name
      • *By submitting the email to P4A, the Assessment Supervisor is confirming that the staff member(s) for whom the request is being made, completes assessments as part of their job title/role and plans to take the LCD Assessor Credentialing Exam prior to March 31, 2019.
      • After P4A receives and reviews the request, it will be sent to Boston University for processing.

    Registration and Enrollment:

    • After Boston University receives the request from P4A, it will be processed and they will send the individual(s) an email that contains instructions for registration and enrollment in the Boston University online training program.
    • If technical assistance is needed to access or navigate the Boston University CADER training portal, below are several methods to request assistance:

    NOTE:  The following Boston University courses that were offered prior to June 30, 2018, are no longer available:

    • Pennsylvania Core Training
    • Pennsylvania State Assessor Training
  • Military Cultural Competence Online Training

    The training “provides an overview of military culture to include organizational structure, rank, branches of service, core values, and demographics as well as similarities and differences between the Active and Reserve components.  It is intended to assist civilian mental health providers in better understanding, communicating and effectively interacting with Service members and their families.”  There is no cost for this 2-hour online training.

    This training was created to benefit the Allegheny County Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery (JDTR) project.  Please distribute or share with your colleagues or stakeholders that work with Veterans and would be interested in such a training.  CEU’s are available through WPIC’s Office of Education and Regional Programming (OERP).  Please contact Joanne Slappo at for additional information.

    Click here to access Military Cultural Competence Training

  • NASUAD - National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities

    NASUAD Launches On-Line Training to Strengthen the Aging Network

    The National Association of States United for Aging and Disibilities (NASUAD) has released an on-line learning curriculum designed to enhance the abilities of individuals and state agencies across the country who work in the development of long-term services and supports (LTSS) systems.  Developed with 7 distinct modules, the course offers a variety of training opportunities and resources to build the knowledge and expertise of persons who perform in the aging network.  To learn more about the course, you can access  This curriculum is a free service provided by NASUAD through a special project supported by the Administration on Aging.

    Click here to access the NASUAD website

  • Mesothelioma Center

    Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second-most common type of mesothelioma, accounting for 10 to 20 percent of all mesothelioma cases. About 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed annually in the United States and approximately 300 to 600 of these are peritoneal mesothelioma. Asbestos exposure is its primary cause and most cases take more than two decades to develop once asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested.

    Due to the long latency period of mesothelioma, approximately 20-50 years, 75% of the people who are diagnosed with the disease are seniors.  The Mesothelioma Center works with those who are diagnosed and their families to help find local doctors, treatment centers and support groups.

    Mesothelioma of the Peritoneum