News About Aging

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Making long-distance caregiving more manageable

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) joins the national “Home for the Holidays” campaign, which encourages discussion of important issues affecting older Americans. The annual initiative is led by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) in collaboration with the Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. This year’s campaign is entitled “Caring Across the Miles: Resources for Long-Distance Caregivers.”

Follow these tips to avoid cold stress. (Thinkstock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Simple tips to help seniors prevent cold stress

The elderly population is disproportionately affected by hypothermia (commonly known as cold stress), caused by excessive body heat loss and exposure to cold. People can protect themselves by following some simple guidelines.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Caring for a cancer patient

Among life’s storms, a cancer diagnosis hits like a hurricane. It can send shock waves not only through patients’ emotions, finances and relationships, but also through those of caregivers.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Recalling the soothing powers of oatmeal

I hadn’t had oatmeal in the house for years, so off I went to get some. The moment my hands reached for it on the supermarket shelf, a whole rush of feelings almost overcame me. That familiar carton of Quaker oats carried me right back to my mother’s apartment in a Philadelphia high-rise.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

More millennials caring for elders

While most people think of family caregivers as middle-aged or older, one-quarter of those caring for family members are considerably younger. These millennial caregivers (born between 1980 and 1996) play a critical role in families by providing unpaid care to their chronically ill, disabled and aging parents, grandparents or other relatives.

Posted By Alicia Colombo

Is it dementia or normal aging?

Are you getting forgetful? Have you misplaced your keys lately? You might be concerned that it’s something serious, like Alzheimer’s. It’s important to know the difference between normal aging and signs of a problem — and when it may be time to seek help.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Nov. 15 is deadline to enroll in Community HealthChoices

A major shift in the way Medicaid-funded long-term services are provided is coming to Southeast Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties – in January: Community HealthChoices (CHC). Enrollment is underway now through November 15.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Community HealthChoices: What you need to know

Community HealthChoices (CHC) is Pennsylvania’s mandatory managed care program for individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid and people with physical disabilities.

Posted By Michael Hanisco

October is National Residents’ Rights Month

October is National Residents’ Rights Month, focusing on the rights and quality of life of residents in long-term care facilities. This year’s theme is “Speak Up: Know Your Rights and How to Use Them.”

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