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Week of June 28, 2015
Friday, July 03, 2015

Aging Network News

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Aging Network News

Join Local 2015 White House Conference on Aging Watch Party(Center in the Park & AARP-PA)


The White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA), held once every 10 years, takes place next week. This year’s conference will focus on four main issues: retirement security, healthy aging, long-term services and supports, and elder justice. President Obama is slated to speak about these issues and the impact on older Americans. Join local seniors and aging network professionals for a WHCOA “Watch Party” on Monday, July 13 starting at 9 a.m. at Center in the Park, 5818 Germantown Ave. in Philadelphia. The event will include refreshments, live streaming of the conference, discussion and other activities. This event continues a year-long effort to listen, learn, and share with older adults, their families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders, and experts in the aging field on how to best address the changing landscape of aging in the coming decade. Seating is limited, and RSVP is required HERE>> or at 215-848-7722, ext. 225.

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Quote of the Day

"For every man who lives without freedom, the rest of us must face the guilt," ~ Lillian Hellman



PCA offices will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day. There will be no News Bulletin tomorrow. Reports of elder abuse can be made 24/7 to 215-765-9040 or 888-482-9060.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Aging Network News

Produce Voucher Program for Low-Income Philly Seniors Begins Monday, July 6(Philadelphia Corporation for Aging - PCA)



PCA will begin distribution of Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program produce vouchers on Monday, July 6. This annual program encourages seniors to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Eligible Philadelphia seniors (age 60+) can receive $20 worth of vouchers to purchase fresh Pennsylvania-grown produce at certified Farmers’ Markets in Philadelphia. The vouchers will be distributed at PCA, 642 North Broad St. in Philadelphia (weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and at other designated sites. A popular distribution site is the Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Sts., where the vouchers will be distributed on July 8 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and can be spent onsite. Proof of age and Philadelphia residency must be presented to receive vouchers. Seniors must sign in person (or through a proxy) and may receive the vouchers only once per year. To receive the produce vouchers, 2014 household income must not exceed: $21,775 (individual), $29,471 (couple), $37,167 (3 people), or $44,863 (4 people). For more information, including other distribution sites, call the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040. The vouchers, made available through funds from U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and Pa. Dept. of Agriculture, are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and must be used by Nov. 30. More>>

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Quote of the Day

"If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability," ~ Henry Ford

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Aging Network News

Philadelphia Seniors Can Save on Water, Sewer & Tax Bills (City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue)



Income-eligible senior residents can receive a 25% discount on their water and sewer bills. Applicants must be named on the bill, be age 65-plus, and have a household income that doesn’t exceed $32,000.  To apply, the following documentation is required: proof of age for applicant and spouse (i.e., birth/marriage certificate); proof of address (i.e., driver’s license or state-issued ID); utility bill in applicant’s name with visible address; lease or rent receipts (for tenants); and proof of total household income (i.e., income tax return from previous year). Applications are available online or at the Municipal Services Building, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Concourse Level from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 215-686-6800. Senior homeowner occupants may also take advantage of the city’s Low-Income Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Freeze Program, which prevents real estate taxes from increasing in the future. If the tax liability decreases (either due to a rate decrease or a lower assessment), the tax due will also be lowered to the new amount. Homeowners must be age 65-plus, or a widow/widower age 50-plus of a spouse age 65-plus at the time of death. The total annual household income limit is $23,500 for a single person and $31,500 for a married couple. New applicants must apply by January 31, for credit on the current tax year. (Previous applicants do not need to re-apply, but may be subject to re-certification.) For information, call 215-686-6442. For more on both programs or to download an application, Click Here>> 

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Quote of the Day

"Take your profession seriously; don't take yourself seriously. Don't take yourself seriously in the process, because you really only matter to a certain degree in the whole circus out here. If a person is confident enough in the way they feel, whether it's an art form or whether it's just in life, it comes off - you don't have anything to prove; you can just be what you are,"
~ Clint Eastwood

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Aging Network News

Free Training: Improving the Quality of Services & Supports for LGBT Older Adults(United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey - UWGPSNJ)



Agencies and professionals serving older adults throughout the region are invited to a free training about improving the quality of services for LGBT seniors. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults are a significant and growing share of America’s older adult population. The number of LGBT seniors is expected to double in size over the next several decades, reaching more than 3 million by 2030. Yet the stigma that many LGBT older adults have experienced across their lifespan continues into their later years. Fearful of mistreatment from health care professionals and aging providers, many LGBT elders delay seeking care until their health deteriorates and crisis hits. It’s crucial that service providers are prepared to provide resources that meet the unique needs of LGBT older adults and remove barriers to accessing services. UWGPSNJ will host a comprehensive training presented at its office, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, on July 10 and 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 1  p.m. (Register for one date only, limit of 2 representatives per agency. Leadership and direct service providers are encouraged to attend.) SAGE, a project of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, will present the training to discuss the culture, needs and concerns of LGBT older adults; best practices for increasing inclusiveness and safety; and health disparities between LGBT and heterosexual older adults. Register: July 10 OR July 24.

Philadelphia Seniors Can Save on Water, Sewer & Tax Bills (City of Philadelphia Department of Revenue)


Income-eligible senior residents can receive a 25% discount on their water and sewer bills. Applicants must be named on the bill, be age 65-plus, and have a household income that doesn’t exceed $32,000.  To apply, the following documentation is required: proof of age for applicant and spouse (i.e., birth/marriage certificate), proof of address (i.e., driver’s license or state-issued ID), utility bill in applicant’s name with visible address, lease or rent receipts (for tenants), and proof of total household income (i.e., Income Tax Return from previous year). Applications are available online or at the Municipal Services Building, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Concourse Level from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call 215-686-6800.

Senior homeowner occupants may also take advantage of the city’s Low-Income Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Freeze Program, which prevents real estate taxes from increasing in the future. If the tax liability decreases (either due to a rate decrease or a lower assessment), the tax due will also be lowered to the new amount. Homeowners must be age 65-plus, or a widow/widower age 50-plus of a spouse age 65-plus at the time of death. The total annual household income limit is $23,500 for a single person and $31,500 for a married couple. New applicants must apply by January 31, for credit on the current tax year. (Previous applicants do not need to re-apply, but may be subject to re-certification.) For information, call 215-686-6442.

For information about either program or to download an application, Click Here>>

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Quote of the Day

"Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins," ~ Tweet by President Barack Obama about U.S. Supreme Court ruling that requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

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