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Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: September 18-22, 2017

Thousands of grandparents in Philadelphia are raising grandchildren in the absence of the children's biological parents. (StockPhoto Pro)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Supporting grandparent caregivers

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), a member of the Philadelphia Kinship Care Committee, administers the Caregiver Support Grandparent Program for relatives, age 55 or older, who are raising a child age 18 or younger. The committee is among the presenters for the 2017 Kinship Care Conference, “Trauma & Resilience,” which will take place on Saturday, September 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Philadelphia High School, 4901 Chestnut St.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: August 21 – 25, 2017

  • A 2-Year Follow-Up After a 2-Year RCT with Vitamin D and Exercise: Effects on Falls, Injurious Falls and Physical Functioning Among Older Women.  Kirsti Uusi-Rasi, Radhika Patil, Saija Karinkanta, Pekka Kannus, Kari Tokola, Christel Lamberg-Allardt, Harri Sievänen.  The Journals of Gerontology: Series A (Medical Science), Volume 72, Issue 9,  September 1, 2017, Pages 1239–1245.  Published online: March 21, 2017.
    Exercise-induced benefits in physical functioning partly remained 2 years after cessation of supervised training. Although there was no difference in the rate of all falls, former exercise groups continued to have lower rate of medically attended injured fallers compared with referents even 2 years after the intervention. Vitamin D without exercise was associated with less injurious falls with no difference in physical functioning.
  • Types of Learning Activities and Life Satisfaction among Older Adults in Urban Community-Based Lifelong Learning Programs.  Takashi Yamashita, Erick B. López , Jennifer Stevens & Jennifer R. Keene.  Activities, Adaptation & Aging, Volume 41, 2017 – Issue 3, Pages 239-257.  Published online:  June 6, 2017.  Results showed that additional participation in organized education programs was positively associated with life satisfaction among lifelong learning members.
Posted By Abbey Porter

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).

Posted By Abbey Porter

Nominations open for awards honoring long-term care consumers, caregivers and advocates

Individuals or organizations looking to recognize a long-term care consumer, long-term care ombudsman, family caregiver, citizen advocate or other individual for their advocacy on behalf of long-term care consumers is encouraged to nominate the person for a leadership award from the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: June 12 – 16, 2017

Posted By Alicia Colombo

Message from Secretary of Aging: Pa. CARE Act supports caregivers, reduces hospitalizations

According to Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne, Pennsylvania’s passage of the Caregiver, Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which was signed into law in 2016 and took effect on April 20, 2017, will make life a little bit more manageable by supporting caregivers when the person they are caring for is hospitalized and then returns home and is in need of care. Sponsored by State Rep. Hal English, the Act was based on model legislation developed by AARP.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Elder abuse awareness event set for June 14

The Philadelphia Financial Exploitation Prevention Task Force will sponsor “Safe Banking & Financial Management Tips for Seniors,” a free forum for seniors and caregivers, on Wednesday, June 14, in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The event will take place at Ralston Center, 3615 Chestnut St., from 9 to 11 a.m. It is open to the public and will focus on keeping money and assets safe; making good financial decisions as you age; and identifying and accessing available resources to prevent and report elder financial abuse. For information/registration, call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

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