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Aging Network News

Week of August 23, 2015
Feedback Sought to Make Philadelphia a More Age-Friendly City (Mayor’s Commission on Aging & AARP Pa.)


More than 12% of Philadelphia’s 1.5 million residents are 65 or older, according to the 2010 Census. Pennsylvania’s senior population has grown by another 8.9% in the past five years. Mayor Michael A. Nutter has released a city-wide survey to identify challenges and issues affecting Philadelphia’s age-friendliness and livability, such as safety, transportation and housing. Responses to the survey, which is available online and at Free Library locations across the city, will be collected through September 2015. “Philadelphia is committed to being a great place to live, work and visit. We know that different communities have different needs. I want to encourage Philadelphians, especially our seniors, to participate in this survey to help us better understand the diverse needs within our communities and what we can do as a city to support our residents, bringing Philadelphia closer to being an age-friendly city,” said Mayor Nutter. Take the survey>>

Friday, August 28, 2015

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Quote of the Day

"The world has made great progress in health, but now the challenge is to invest in finding more effective ways of preventing or treating the major causes of illness and disability."

Theo Vos, professor, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. See "Life expectancy climbs worldwide but people spend more years living with illness and disability," in a press release from The Lancet (Aug. 26, 2015).

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Aging Network News

Free Cambodian Senior Health Fair September 19(Philadelphia Corporation for Aging - PCA & Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia)


Older Cambodian Philadelphians (age 55-plus) are invited to a free health and information fair on Saturday, September 19 from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Preah Buddha Rangsey Temple, 2400 S. 6th St. in Philadelphia. The event will feature lectures by experts on topics of interest to seniors, benefits information, lunch, entertainment and more. Khmer interpreters will be onsite to assist vendors and transportation is available to attendees. For information, contact Sun Young Yun, PCA Asian outreach coordinator at 215-282-6523 or e-mail. SYun@pcaphl.org. This event is sponsored by Health Partners Plans and Always Best Care Senior Services.

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"Do you know how good it feels to sing for someone who needs a song - who really needs it? People so often say that music is frivolous. But it heals."

Suzanne Duplantis, mezzo-soprano, to Tom Purdom, 79, music reviewer, science-fiction author and ICU patient. See "The Music is the Medicine" (Philadelphia Daily News, Aug. 26, 2015).

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Aging Network News

Feedback Sought on Draft Adult Protective Services Guidelines: Listening Session Today @ 2:30(Administration on Community Living – ACL)


Adult Protective Services (APS) play a critical role in addressing the abuse, neglect, self-neglect and financial exploitation of older adults and people with disabilities. ACL is committed to supporting states in developing effective APS systems that ensure adults are afforded similar protections and services, regardless of state or jurisdiction. As part of these efforts, last month ACL released Draft Voluntary Consensus Guidelines for State APS Systems. The network of people and organizations that interact with APS is vast – from staff, clients, and families, to those making and receiving referrals. If you are a part of this diverse network, we want to hear from you. Share your feedback on the draft guidelines by calling into a listening session or submitting comments by October 30. Listening sessions for the general public will be held today (Wednesday, Aug. 26) and Oct. 13 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Additional listening sessions for targeted audiences will also be held: Aging (Sept. 9), APS (Sept. 14 and 16), disability rights (Sept. 29), and legal services (Sept. 22) networks, as well as those working with tribes (Sept. 17).To register for a listening session or to submit comments, Click Here>>

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"I don't know a better preparation for life than a love of poetry and a good digestion."

Zona Gale, novelist and playwright, first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama, was born on August 26, 1874 in Portage, Wisconsin.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Aging Network News

New Rules about Service Animals in VA Facilities(U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – VA)


The regulations regarding the presence of animals on VA property have been revised. The update will ensure VA practices comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal laws, and will also help VA personnel better understand what is meant by "service animals." Under the revised regulation, only dogs that are trained to perform work or tasks for people with disabilities will be considered service animals. Other animals will not be permitted in VA facilities, unless expressly allowed as an exception under the regulation for activities such as animal-assisted therapy or for other reasons such as law enforcement purposes. Service animals that access VA property are subject to the same terms that govern the admission of the public, and may be restricted from certain areas to ensure that patient care, patient safety, and infection control standards are not compromised. Read More>>

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time."

Leonard Bernstein, conductor and composer, was born on August 25, 1918 in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Aging Network News

Applications Sought for Health IT Advisory Committees(The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology – ONC)


The Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) is seeking applications for a Consumer/Patient Representative. The HITPC makes recommendations on a policy framework for the development and adoption of a nationwide health information infrastructure, including standards for the exchange of patient medical information. The Health IT Standards Committee (HITSC) is seeking applications for a variety of positions, including Long-term Care Representative and Ancillary Healthcare Worker Representative. The HITSC makes recommendations on standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health information. Applications for all committee positions are due by September 11. For more information or to apply online, Click Here>>

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, 
Old Time is still a-flying, 
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.

Robert Herrick, from "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time." The poet was born in London, England and baptized on August 24, 1591.

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Action Items

National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) Announces Request for Applications for What A Waste Service Grants - Letter of Application due: Aug. 31. More>>

Weekday distribution of produce vouchers has ended. Starting today, produce vouchers will be available Fridays only from 10-2 while supplies last. Call the Helpline @ 215-765-9040 for details.

Job in the Aging Network: PCA Planner for Policy and Program Development works both externally and internally on assigned policy, planning, and program development; agency and community capacity building and grant writing; advocacy; and relationship building activities in support of PCA's efforts to respond to the needs of the elderly in Philadelphia. See PCAcareers.org for more information.

PCA Community Relations Department Hosts Fall Information and Referral (I and R) Council Meeting - Sept. 10, 12:30 - 2:30 pm at PCA, 642 N. Broad St. The I and R Council is open to all aging system workers and provides important updates about social service programs affecting the aging and networking opportunities for attendees. To register, call 215-765-9000, ext. 4470 or e mail: KLawrence@pcaphl.org.

GenPhilly: Working with Older Adults & The Graying of HIV - Sept. 15, 12 - 2 pm EDT. Register>> and find out about other events included as part of "National HIV/AIDS & Awareness Week."

Open to the public: The National Quality Forum's Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Committee will convene via web meeting on Friday, August 28, 12:30 - 2:30 pm ET. Register>>

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