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Week of February 22, 2015
Free National Women’s History Month Program March 6 Features Local Artist Betsy Casañas (Spring Garden Senior Center)


In the next “First Friday” free monthly art event, Spring Garden Senior Center, 1221 Spring Garden St., will feature local artist Betsy Casañas on March 6 at 11 a.m. Casañas is a studio and public mural artist, community activist and educator who was born and raised in “The Badlands” of North Philadelphia. She studied at Moore College of Art and Design and has worked in the Latino community since 1994. The free event on March 6 will feature an Artist Talk, Q&A session, lunch and reception. All are welcome. Casañas will also appear at an evening event on April 3 with photographer Luz Selena Salas in a collaborative Artist Talk and reception. Throughout the month of March, an art exhibit will be on display at the center from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Spring Garden Senior Center provides congregate meals, recreation activities, education, transportation, health programs and more to Philadelphians aged 55-plus. For information about the center and its First Friday monthly art events, call 215-787-2944

Friday, February 27, 2015

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet, was born on February 27, 1807 in Portland, Maine.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Aging Network News

Nominations Sought for Federal Health IT Standards Advisory Committee(U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services – HHS)


Professionals in health and social service fields are sought to use their expertise to help improve health information technology (IT). HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT is seeking applications for membership in the Health IT Standards Committee (#HITSC). Experts in the following fields are sought for the committee: long-term care, research, health plans and providers, Health Exchanges, ancillary health care workers, consumers and patients, technology, and privacy. The application deadline is Friday, March 6. Details>>

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face."

Victor Hugo, author of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misérables, was born in Besançon, France on February 26, 1802.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Aging Network News

Community Service & Bright Star of Aging Awardees Selected for June 4 Emergency Fund Luncheon(Philadelphia Corporation for Aging – PCA)


The Emergency Fund Coalition (EFC) has selected four outstanding individuals to be honored for their commitment to provide quality service to older adults in our community. Arthur Helfand, D.P.M., PCA Board Member and former Board Chair, was selected to receive the Bright Star of Aging Award. Community Service Awards will be presented to:
 Hanna Do, Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance  Association Coalition (SEAMAAC), leader and service provider in Asian refugee community 
 Reverend John K. Jallah, AGAPE African Senior Center, Inc.,  advocate and leader for the African immigrant community
 Reverend Angela V. Lundy, Interfaith Specialty Services, Inc., leader and advocate for people with disabilities, especially, deaf and hearing-impaired seniors
The awards will be presented at the EFC’s 26th anniversary luncheon and fundraiser on Thursday, June 4 at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road in Northeast Philadelphia.

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

“Television is a weapon of mass distraction.”

Larry Gelbart, comedy writer for TV (M*A*S*H*), movies(Tootsie), and Broadway (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), was born in Chicago on February 25, 1928.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Aging Network News

Better Mobility 2015 Mayoral Candidate Forum: March 20(Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia)


An upcoming forum for Philadelphia mayoral candidates will be devoted to safe and accessible streets, sidewalks and modes of transportation. The Better Mobility Philadelphia 2015 Mayoral Candidate Forum will be held Thursday, March 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. Candidates for Philadelphia mayor and City Council will be invited to discuss sidewalk repair, transportation policy, infrastructure, and issues covered in the Better Mobility and Safer Streets reports which are of particular interest to older adults and people with disabilities. The forum is hosted by the Better Mobility Working Group, which is comprised of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Penn Future, the Clean Air Council, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Feet First Philly, and others. To register for the forum, Click Here>>

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computers, was born in San Francisco on February 24, 1955.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Aging Network News

February is American Heart Month: Help Spread the Healthy Message(U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services – HHS)


In the United States, one in four deaths is caused by heart disease. This term includes heart attack, stroke, congenital heart defects and other conditions. American Heart Month aims to increase awareness and inspire lifestyle changes to prevent heart disease. Small changes that can help prevent heart disease include reducing salt intake, increasing exercise, and monitoring cholesterol levels. The American Heart Association sponsors American Heart Month every February raise awareness of our nation’s #1 killer – heart disease. Go to www.heart.org to access information on heart conditions and how to reduce risk, research and educational materials, and caregiver information. HHS’ Office of Disease Prevention and Promotion has prepared a toolkit with sample materials to help spread the word. More>> 

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"When people die, they cannot be replaced. They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate — the genetic and neural fate — of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death."

Oliver Sacks, neurologist, teacher and author whose works include Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, and Musicophilia. See "My Own Life: Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer" (New York Times, Feb. 19, 2015).

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Upcoming Events
Action Items

SeniorLAW Center6 Over 60: Nominate a remarkable senior! - Deadline: Feb. 27. More>>

Women's Way free annual conference: Women & Influence Conference: Women, Families, & Immigration - Feb. 28, 9 am - 3:30 pm, Moore College of Art & Design, 20th St. and the Parkway. Keynote Address is “The Future of Care: What We Need For A Changing America” by Ai-jen Poo, co-founder of Domestic Workers United, co-director of Caring Across Generations and author of The Age of Dignity. Register>>

Registration is open for the Stroehmann Walk+Run Against Hunger, April 11, Philadelphia Museum of Art. More>>

America Walks Webinar: Lessons from the Experts: 10 First Steps to Walkability - Mar. 9, 2015 EDT. Register>>

Franklin Institute: The Aging Brain and Alzheimer's Disease -  Mar. 11, 7 - 8:30 pm. More>>

LGBT Elder Initiative and the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania: LGBT Legal Clinic - Mar. 14. More>>

Emergency Fund Silent Auction Items Needed for the Rose Epstein Silent Auction and Emergency Fund Luncheon to be held at Cannstatter’s  Caterers, NE Philly, June 4, 2015. 
Restaurant and movie gift cards are ideal,  other new items are welcome also. Deadline is April  17.  To donate or for more information,  contact KLawrence@pcaphl.org.

Current Research & Issues

U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security - Hearing Testimony: "Maintaining the Disability Insurance Trust Fund's Solvency" (Feb. 25, 2015)

Does Medicare Part D Save Lives? (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Working Paper, Feb. 2015)

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