Aging News Headlines: March 30, 2017
Aging News Headlines: March 29, 2017
PCA’s food lifeline
Clyde White can be counted on to knock on Patricia Hughes’ door every Thursday morning. A driver with Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA)’s Meal Distribution Center (MDC), White makes a weekly delivery of seven frozen meals to her. To Hughes, who is homebound, PCA’s home-delivered meals program “is a godsend.”
The lyrics from old love songs say it all: “You’re making me dizzy; my head is spinning,” or “You got me going in circles.” Alas, dizziness may signal not wild infatuation, but a possible medical problem. “The prevalence of dizziness rises with age,” said John Cacciamani, M.D., a geriatrician and CEO of Chestnut Hill Hospital.
Aging News Headlines: March 28, 2017
Consumer Headlines: March 29, 2017
Advocacy Alert: SEPTA rate hike proposed
SEPTA is proposing an increase in fares for the paratransit/Shared Ride service for individuals unable to take fixed route transportation. This will have a severe impact on the ability of older Philadelphians and those with disabilities to remain independent. This is because 15 % of the cost of each ride is paid for by the rider, or, in many cases, by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. The proposed changes will result in a decrease of more than 30,000 PCA-sponsored rides because there is no corresponding increase in state funding to support the fare increase.
Seniors and advocates are urged to testify at the public hearing, and to submit comments.