News About Aging

Posted By Abbey Porter

Home-heating assistance deadline extended to April 7

Pennsylvanians struggling to pay home heating bills will now have until April 7 to apply for financial help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Driver Clyde White brings a meal to Patricia Hughes, a participant in Philadelphia Corporation for Aging's (PCA's) home-delivered meals program.
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.”

SEPTA Trolley
Posted By Alicia Colombo

More SEPTA Key senior photo ID sessions scheduled

SEPTA representatives will be present at four additional locations in Philadelphia in April to take photos for new SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID cards.

The prevalence of dizziness rises with age according to John Cacciamani, M.D., a geriatrician and CEO of Chestnut Hill Hospital.
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Feeling dizzy?

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.

Shared ride driver helps an elderly woman with a walker out of a Shared Ride van.
Posted By Linda Riley

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.

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