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Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: Feb. 26-March 2, 2018

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: February 20-23, 2018

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

PCA service coordination helps keep frail seniors at home

The majority of older adults want to age at home, in the community. PCA’s nearly 200 service coordinators are vital to helping them do so when they become frail. Each year, the agency provides service coordination for more than 17,000 older Philadelphians.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: January 10-12, 2018

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Posted By Alicia Colombo

Home care: Why choose PCA?

PCA helps older adults stay in their homes through its service coordination.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: December 18-22, 2017

  • Professional quality of life of adult protective service workers.  Angela Ghesquiere , PhD, Stacey B. Plichta , ScD, CPH, Caitlin McAfee , LMSW & Geoff Rogers , BA.  Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, Volume 30, 2018 – Issue 1, Pages 1-19.  Published online: November 21, 2017.  A sizable minority of adult protective service workers (22.7%) were at high risk for burnout, 24.6% were at risk for secondary traumatic stress, and 19.9% reported low compassion satisfaction.
  • Armed and Aging: Dementia and Firearms Do Not Mix !  Gabriele Cipriani, Sabrina Danti, Cecilia Carlesi & Mario Di Fiorino.  Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Volume 60, 2017 – Issue 8,  Pages 647-660.  Published online: October 27, 2017.
Follow these tips to avoid cold stress. (Thinkstock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Tips to help avoid 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. Those who don’t dress warmly enough; live in a cold room or house; lack shelter from the snow, rain, wind, and water; eat poorly and take certain prescription medications* are at risk for cold stress. Cold stress can happen indoors, even at temperatures as mild as 60°- 70°F. People can help protect themselves by following some simple guidelines, according to Sharon Congleton, RN, BSN, health promotion nurse supervisor at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA).

Long-distance caregivers need to enlist help. (iStock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Caregiving from a distance

In 2015, my mother, after whom I am named, died after nearly a decade of shuttling among hospitals, rehab facilities and her Somers Point, New Jersey home, where my younger brother, Kevin, took care of her. Over the years, I witnessed Kevin leave his job, go into depression, gain way too much weight, and isolate himself while taking care of Mom. My oldest sister, Karen, was busy caring for her son and an adult daughter who has epilepsy while overseeing the building of a handicapped-accessible home. When needed, she stepped up to help me navigate the nightmare of helping to care for ailing parents from a distance.

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