Get the facts: Senior poverty rampant in Philadelphia
Philadelphia has the highest percentage of seniors in poverty of the nation’s 10 largest cities, according to the 2017 U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Find out more about local senior poverty statistics and their implications for seniors’ health and well-being.
Transitioning from a nursing home back to the community
“I feel so content,” says Lillian Coaxum, 77, who resettled into her apartment in the city’s Wynnefield section with the help of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) Nursing Home Transition (NHT) program.
Journey’s Way senior center reflects its community
Karen Rouse wants people to think a little differently about how they view senior community centers. She’s worked at centers across the city for three decades and is now the director of Journey’s Way, a senior center serving adults 55-plus in Roxborough.
At 85, this great-grandmother is raising her great-grandson
By Marcia Z. Siegal
Doris Roberts, 85, is among the thousands of older adults in Philadelphia who are raising grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other young relatives whose biological parents cannot care for them. “I raised six children; seven grandchildren, who are all adults now; and now I’m raising my great-grandson, Hydir,” she said. Hydir, who is now 14, has been in Roberts’ care since he was a baby.
Funding crisis is looming for PCA’s Emergency Fund
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) Emergency Fund for Older Philadelphians, which provides crisis assistance to help low-income seniors to purchase food, fuel, medications and other necessities, is itself in crisis and may have to shut down soon if it doesn’t receive additional donations. Its balance is less than half of what is was last year at this time, according to Chris Gallagher, director of PCA’s Helpline call center, who oversees fund distribution.
At Southwest Senior Center, everyone is welcome
By Michael Hanisco
Just inside the entrance of Southwest Senior Center, 6916 Elmwood Ave., sits a large blackboard plastered with bright posters and stickers. The first poster features a picture of Earth from outer space and is captioned with a simple, provocative tagline: “I don’t see any borders. Do you?” “No one is truly free while others are oppressed,” another declares. A third plainly states, “Immigration is the American Way.” While new images have been added to the collection over time, the unifying message has remained the same: Everyone is welcome.
PCA sets public hearing to address needs of Philadelphia’s older adults for Sept. 20
PCA is holding a public hearing to obtain comments regarding its programs and proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. at PCA, 642 N. Broad St. Seniors, aging-services professionals and other interested stakeholders are invited to attend the hearing and may provide verbal and/or written testimony.