Research & Information

PCA collects and analyzes data and undertakes research on aging issues, with a special focus on Philadelphia.

Research reports and analyses are posted in this section, including Neighborhood Profiles, which are analyses of Philadelphia’s Planning Districts. These explore the area’s demographics and services and resources available in each part of the city.

Information about research by other organizations, and current trends, can be found here.

PCA’s Planning Department includes a research program that is actively engaged in ongoing research related to program and policy, and that publishes articles on aging topics. The department is also able to provide data and resources for individuals working in the field. For information, contact Director of Research and Evaluation Allen Glicksman, PhD. at


Once a week, the pcaCares News Bulletin e-newsletter offers professionals news of the local aging network, including grant announcements, conferences, and job openings; plus synopses of the latest news, culled from newspapers, scholarly journals, magazines and websites nationwide and delivered to you as headlines in email with links to the full stories. Subscribe to the News Bulletin 

PCA Library

PCA also maintains a gerontology/geriatrics library at its headquarters, 642 N. Broad Street, which is open to the public. Established in 1978, the library serves the information needs of PCA staff and of the aging network. A multi-media computer with high-speed Internet access is also available for library users, by reservation. Lending privileges are extended to PCA staff and members of the aging network only; however, the Library is open to the public by appointment.

The library’s holdings include current subscriptions to 35 scholarly journals and aging-related periodicals; more than 4,000 books and reports; and a collection of video and audio recordings on aging issues, and the following electronic databases:

AGELINE, a comprehensive and current bibliographic database indexing periodical and other literature in the field of aging, is no longer freely accessible on the AARP website.

MEDLINE PLUS, the National Library of Medicine’s vast bibliographic database indexing the periodical literature of medicine and medical research.


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