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Aging News Headlines: September 22, 2016

Where We Live: Communities for All Ages Donald Trump’s Plan To Support Family Caregivers This new paid leave policy may be the smartest perk for families yet Study: Elderly’s Family Caregivers Need Help, Too Pitt receives $1 million grant to study family caregivers We Must Support Caregivers  

‘Elder orphans’ should take legal steps

The population known as “elder orphans” – seniors who live alone and don’t have family members to help them – weighs heavy on the heart and mind of Debra H. Kroll, a professor at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. Kroll, who runs the school’s Elderly Law Project (which receives funding from PCA), knows many people, both personally and professionally, who struggle with aging alone.

‘Elder orphans’ face life on their own

“Aging is not for the squeamish,” a friend in her 60s said to me recently. To be sure, growing older can bring challenges as one’s physical and mental capabilities change and, often, one’s independence diminishes. Those challenges loom especially large for “elder orphans” – seniors who live alone and do not have family members available to help them. From having someone to care for you when you’re sick to knowing who to list as an emergency contact, needs or concerns that may be easily surmounted by seniors with family members to rely on can be obstacles for those who are on their own.

Deadline extended to submit proposal for ASA conference

The deadline to submit a proposal to present at the American Society on Aging’s (ASA’s) “Aging in America” conference has been extended to Friday, July 14.

Verizon to update service network

Verizon is updating its network in the Philadelphia area by replacing the copper with the latest fiber-optic technology, and the company would like to keep seniors informed and answer any questions they might have.

Federal report calls for greater action to reduce falls, injuries to seniors at home

About one-third of adults 65 or older fall in their homes, resulting in injury, long-term disability or premature institutionalization.

Exploring by hiking

About eight years ago, Sidney Goldstein he decided to explore Philadelphia by walking. He also decided he’d rather have company than walk alone. So he started a group through Meetup, an online social networking site, called Hiking Around Philly. “It’s a lot of fun,” he says.

Advocacy alert: Oppose proposed Medicaid cuts to safeguard family caregivers

The President’s budget, released this spring, proposes $610 billion in cuts to the Medicaid program in the next 10 years, on top of the House’s proposed $800 billion cuts in Medicaid in the American Health Care Act (more here).

Program to focus on sleep problems in older adults

The program “Sleep and Sleep Problems in Older Adults” will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, June 23, at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia, 1939 W. Venango St.

Advocacy alert: Opposition urged to cuts in SNAP funding

The Philadelphia-based Coalition Against Hunger is urging advocates for seniors to contact their U.S. representatives and urge their opposition to cuts in funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).