Older Americans Month 2018 promotes ‘Engage at Every Age’
For 55 years, Older Americans Month (OAM) has been observed to recognize older Americans and their contributions to our communities. Led by the Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging, this celebration each May offers an opportunity to hear from, support, and celebrate our nation’s elders. This year’s OAM theme, “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizes the importance of being active and involved. You are never too old (or too young) to participate in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
PCA’s Celebrate Arts & Aging highlights joys of creativity
By Marcia Z. Siegal
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) 16th annual Celebrate Arts & Aging festival takes place during May. “Our goal is to encourage older people to experience the wealth of artistic possibilities our region has to offer and to showcase the outstanding work of senior artists,” PCA President and CEO Holly Lange said. “We also know that staying active and engaged is one of the keys to healthy aging, and the arts specifically have been shown to have a broad range of physical, mental and emotional benefits.”
Emergency Fund Luncheon on May 17 benefits seniors in crisis
The Emergency Fund Coalition for Older Philadelphians will hold its 29th Annual Luncheon and Rose Epstein Silent Auction fundraiser on Thursday, May 17. The event, which benefits the Emergency Fund for Older Philadelphians, will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue, 4200 City Ave. It comes at an especially critical time because the fund’s balance is low due to significantly higher demands and costs over the past months to provide help with heat, food, and general needs such as rent, prescriptions and medical supplies, coalition leaders say.
During the luncheon, the coalition will present Joe Snyder with its Bright Star of Aging Award to honor his decades of distinguished service on behalf of older adults. Snyder was director of PCA’s Older Adult Protective Services (OAPS) for 25 years prior to his retirement last January.
Empowering seniors to take charge of their health
More than 250,000 Philadelphia seniors are living with chronic conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and heart disease. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) offers free workshops at community sites to help adults 60-plus learn to manage their symptoms, maximize their independence and improve their quality of life.
PCA offers April 12 training on serving Latino seniors
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging will present a free training for social workers and volunteers serving Latino and other older adults, on Thursday, April 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Taller Puertorriqueno, 2600 N. 5th St. in Philadelphia. The event will include continental breakfast, lunch and free on-site parking. Presentation topics will include “Defeating Malnutrition Among […]
PCA’s David Nevison receives 2018 ASA Award
David Nevison, M.S.S., M.B.A., Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) chief planning, development and government relations officer, was honored with the 2018 ASA Award by the American Society on Aging. Nevison received the award during the society’s 2018 Aging in America Conference held March 25-29 in San Francisco.
Support Team PCA in the April 21 Walk Against Hunger
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) will sponsor a team at the Walk Against Hunger on Saturday, April 21. An annual Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger fundraising event, the walk will take place at Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way in South Philadelphia, beginning at 10 a.m. It benefits area organizations, soup kitchens and food pantries fighting hunger. Funds raised by Team PCA will be donated to the food portion of the PCA Emergency Fund for Older Philadelphians.
Seeking senior artists
Each year in honor of Older Americans Month in May, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s “Celebrate Arts & Aging” showcases the achievements and creativity of older artists. Artists are invited to submit works for the celebration. The deadline for submission is Friday, March 23. Work must have been created in the past three years by an individual age 55 or older. Each person may submit one work for consideration.
Fighting senior malnutrition
By Alicia M. Colombo
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) recently joined the Defeat Malnutrition Today Coalition, a national group of more than 65 organizations and other stakeholders working to defeat malnutrition in older adults. Specifically, the coalition seeks to garner wider recognition of malnutrition as a key indicator and vital sign of older adult health risk and to work to intervene before malnutrition becomes detrimental to seniors’ health.