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Week of May 17, 2015
Public Input Sought on Philadelphia’s ADA Curb Ramps (The Streets Department & Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities)


Input from Philadelphia residents is sought to identify specific street locations where Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramps should be installed or upgraded. Residents are asked to provide detailed information on the requested locations for upgrade or installation. Click Here>> to access the online form. Citizens can also contact the Streets Department’s Customer Affairs Information helpline at 215-686-5560 for assistance and further accommodations. Upon submission of the request, a confirmation customer service number will be assigned for the submitter’s records. All ADA curb ramp requests will be investigated through a review process and a determination will be made based upon the greatest need.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

“Today most scientists would agree with the ancient Hindus that nothing exists or is destroyed, things merely change shape or form…the cosmic radiation that is thought to come from the explosion of creation strikes the earth with equal intensity from all directions, which suggests either that the earth is at the center of the universe, as in our innocence we once supposed, or that the known universe has no center.” 

Peter Matthiessen , from The Snow Leopard (1978). The novelist, naturalist, co-founder of The Paris Review, travel writer and CIA agent, was born on May 22, 1927.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Aging Network News

Pioneering Geriatric Podiatrist Arthur E. Helfand to be Honored at June 4 Emergency Fund Luncheon Fundraiser(Philadelphia Corporation for Aging – PCA)


The Emergency Fund Coalition for Older Philadelphians will honor pioneering geriatric podiatrist Arthur E. Helfand at its 26th annual luncheon fundraiser on Thursday, June 4. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cannstatter’s Catering, 9130 Academy Rd. in Northeast Philadelphia. Helfand will receive the Bright Star of Aging Award for his long and distinguished career assisting and advocating for older adults on issues of proper foot health. He is currently board vice chair of PCA and a consultant to Temple University’s Institute on Aging. He is a former PCA board chair and treasurer. Community Service awards will be given to three recipients for dedicated service to seniors: Hanna Do, Vietnamese outreach worker with the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition (SEAMAAC); Rev. John K Jallah, executive director of the Agape African Senior Center; and Rev. Angela V. Lundy, founder and CEO of Interfaith Specialty Services, Inc. The cost to attend the luncheon is $45 per person or $40 for people age 60-plus. Read More>> To register or for more information, visit www.pcaCares.org/efundlunch; call 215-765-9000, ext. 5340 or e-mail rspector@pcaphl.org.

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves."

Alexander Pope, poet, was born in London, England on May 21, 1688.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Aging Network News

Innovative Financial Literacy Initiatives Sought(The Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment & Opportunity – CEO)


In 2013, Philadelphia launched the Financial Empowerment Centers (FECs) in partnership with Clarifi. Since that time, more than 7,000 Philadelphians have been received assistance to reduce debt, improve credit scores, build assets, and access safe and affordable financial products. In the third year of service, CEO seeks to expand its economic security work. A pre-funding Request for Information (RFI) has been released for organizations interested in working with CEO to pilot an innovative financial empowerment tool or idea to support the work of the FEC’s and the city’s Shared Prosperity plan. Examples of ideas include: financial product that enables clients to build credit, technological tool that promotes healthy financial habits, program that helps people to save more money, tools or programs that raise public awareness about financial issues, or pilot that tests various behavioral economics interventions. Creative solutions that can be easily scaled are encouraged. If you have questions, you may contact Program Director Carey Morgan at Carey.Morgan@phila.gov by May 27. Responses to the RFI are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29. Details>>

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

“It’s one of the painful truths about neurosurgery that you only get good at doing the really difficult cases if you get lots of practice, but that means making lots of mistakes at first and leaving a trail of injured patients behind you.”

Henry Marsh, neurosurgeon, from his book "Do No Harm," reviewed in the New York Times.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Aging Network News

Funding Opportunity: 2015 Promising Innovations Grants to Support Caregivers of Older Adults(Kendal Charitable Funds)


Family, friends and unpaid caregivers of older adults experience many challenges, some of which are unique and some of which are more universal. Kendal Charitable Funds supports projects that identify and address these challenges in ways that support and nurture primary caregivers, educate their support systems, and enhance the quality of life of the individuals in their care. Priority will be given to projects that have significant potential for change and replication. Only organizations with an IRS section 501(c)(3) or 7871 status may apply. Grants do not normally exceed $25,000, and several smaller requests may be granted. Kendal Charitable Funds encourages collaboration. Letters of Intent are due by May 22. Read More>>

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Quote of the Day

"I wish someone had told me all about labor and delivery, and I wish they had taught me to use my body correctly … I did not know how to help myself. And I wish someone had shown me how to relax. Nobody told me anything beforehand. I was frightened and helpless and very lonely.”

Elisabeth Bing, co-founder of Lamaze International, died last Friday at age 100.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Aging Network News

Preventing Falls in Older Americans: New Data and Resources for Community-Based Programs(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC)


The CDC has released new data highlighting the seriousness of falls and new tools to support greater adoption of best practices to reduce falls in older adults. From 2000 to 2013, age-adjusted death rates from unintentional falls grew for those aged 65-plus. Death rates from falls increased from 38.2 per 100,000 in 2000 to 67.9 in 2013 for males. For females, death rates virtually doubled from 24.6 in 2000 to 49.1 in 2013. To help communities identify appropriate evidence-based fall prevention programs, CDC developed ”Preventing Falls: A Guide to Implementing Effective Community-Based Fall Prevention Programs.” The guide provides resources and strategies to help community-based organizations initiate and maintain effective programs. The guide focuses on implementation of fall prevention programs, offering strategies on program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation. For information on effective fall interventions for community-dwelling older adults, Click Here>>

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you."

B. B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015), was an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist.

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NCEA Webinar: Toward a Global Framework on the 10th Anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. May 22, 1 - 2 pm EDT. More & Register>>

PCA: Call for Volunteers: n4a Conference, July 11 to 15 in Philadelphia - For more information or to volunteer, contact Lynda Pickett, PCA’s 2015 N4A Conference Volunteer Chair, at 215-765-9000, ext. 3109 or lpickett@pcaphl.org. Volunteers will receive a special link to receive the discounted conference rate and should not register for the conference on the general website. More>>

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NCOA Webinar: Integrating Aging Services and Behavioral Health: Key Resources You Should Know About - May 28, 1 - 2 pm EDT. Register>>

FCC Webinar: Older Americans Month Webinar: Get In the Act…Online! - May 28, 1 -2:30 pm EDT. Register>>

Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association: ABC's of Managed Care - June 9, 1 - 3 pm - Temple University, Harrisburg Campus. More>>

"SIQ" in Philadelphia: Public Health Implications of Social Distancing, Isolation, and Quarantine for Immigrant and Faith-Based Communities - June 12, 9 - 11 am, Philadelphia Public Health Dept., 500 S. Broad St., 1st floor auditorium, Philadelphia, 19146. Registration required; For more information, email or call Chad Thomas at chad.thomas@phila.gov or 215-685-6459. Register>>

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