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The pcaCares.org News Bulletin provides a headline service, five days a week, of news and information on health and aging from publications across the country. The Aging Network News, Events and Action Items include information targeted to Philadelphia's aging network.

Aging Network News

Week of August 30, 2015
Register by Tomorrow for Free Virtual Grad-School Fair on Sept. 10 (Idealist.org)

After 12 years of hosting annual graduate school fairs in cities across America, Idealist will host its first Virtual Grad-School Fair on Thursday, September 10 from 2 to 3 p.m. This free online event is for people who want to advance in social impact careers. Attendees will be able to chat one-on-one with representatives from 65 local, national and international universities offering degrees in social work, public policy, nonprofit management, international affairs, public interest law, social entrepreneurship, and more. For more information or to register by September 3, Click Here>>

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"My parents' healthcare changed dramatically for the better once we found a geriatrician — a physician with years of additional training in the health of older people — who could fill the role of primary-care provider. But we were lucky. In 2014, there were fewer than 7,500 geriatricians in practice in the United States. In 2013, only 75 physicians nationwide entered a geriatric fellowship. The American Geriatrics Society projects that there will be only one geriatrician for every 4,000 seniors in the next 15 years."

Marcy Cottrell Houle. See "How Our Healthcare System Can Be deadly to the Elderly" (Los Angeles Times, Sept. 1, 2015).

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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Aging Network News

Online Geriatric Resource Nurse Training to Begin Late Fall 2015(Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition)

The multiple complex health problems often found in the elderly population are most effectively addressed using an inter-professional team care delivery model. Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) training uses this approach to train community nurses (RNs) in current knowledge about aging and behavioral health issues. The workshop series seeks to impart skills to develop and enable community-based teams of health professionals to prevent, assess, and treat community-dwelling older adults and at-risk spouses/caregivers. Topics will include physical changes that accompany aging; brain health and cognitive changes in older adults; behavioral health issues; substance and medication use/abuse, and interventions; family and caregiving issues; and social work evaluation & support. A total of 16 PA State Nurses Association Contact Hours are available for RNs upon completion. (Full attendance is required to receive CEUs.) The program will be offered on Mondays in the late Fall of 2015 and late Winter of 2016. Workshops will be available via webinar video conference. The cost of the training is $250, which includes the 16 contact hours. If interested, contact Linda Shumaker at linda@olderpa.org.

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"One has had a long experience of life, not only one’s own life, but others’, too. One has seen triumphs and tragedies, booms and busts, revolutions and wars, great achievements and deep ambiguities, too. One has seen grand theories rise, only to be toppled by stubborn facts. One is more conscious of transience and, perhaps, of beauty. At 80, one can take a long view and have a vivid, lived sense of history not possible at an earlier age."

Oliver Sacks, neurologist and writer, died on Sunday at age 82.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Aging Network News

Clean Power, Climate Change & Older Americans(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – EPA)

Climate change poses serious threats to the health of America’s growing population of older adults, according to the EPA. Many aging Americans are battling chronic illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, lung disease and high blood pressure, which can be made worse under the added stresses of climate change. Air pollution is expected to increase in densely-populated areas, contributing to asthma attacks and other respiratory issues. Extreme heat events are a major source of climate-related risk for older adults, with seniors experiencing disproportionate risks of heat-related mortality. People with certain diseases, such as cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses, are especially vulnerable to excessive heat exposure, as are the economically disadvantaged and elders in urban areas. Click Here>> to read the EPA’s Clean Power Plan to maintain an affordable, reliable energy system, while cutting pollution and protecting public health and the environment.

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

The sprinkler twirls.
The summer wanes.
The pavement wears
Popsicle stains.

The playground grass
Is worn to dust.
The weary swings
Creak, creak with rust.

The trees are bored
With being green.
Some people leave
The local scene

And go to seaside
And take off nearly
All their clothes.

John Updike, "August," from A Child's Calendar (2002)

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Action Items

Weekday distribution of produce vouchers has ended. Produce vouchers will be available Fridays only from 10-2 while supplies last. Call the Helpline: 215-765-9040 for details.

Job in the Aging Network: PCA Planner for Policy and Program Development --see PCAcareers.org for more information.

Mayor’s Commission on Aging and AARP Pennsylvania: Take the "Age-Friendly Philadelphia Survey" online>> or at Free Library locations across the city. Surveys will be collected through Sept.

CMS Webinar: Development of HCBS Quality Measures - Sept. 9, 12 noon - 1:30 pm EDT. Register>>

PCA Community Relations Department Hosts Fall Information and Referral (I and R) Council Meeting - Sept. 10, 12:30 - 2:30 pm at PCA, 642 N. Broad St. The I and R Council is open to all aging system workers and provides important updates about social service programs affecting the aging and networking opportunities for attendees. To register, call 215-765-9000, ext. 4470 or e mail: KLawrence@pcaphl.org.

Ideas grant program is open to all innovative, exciting proposals that support Philadelphia’s startup ecosystem, with a particular focus on ideas focusing on young people and that address the issue of poverty in the city. Applications are due by 11:59 pm on Sept. 11. Apply>>

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