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Posted By Michael Hanisco

October is National Residents’ Rights Month

October is National Residents’ Rights Month, focusing on the rights and quality of life of residents in long-term care facilities. This year’s theme is “Speak Up: Know Your Rights and How to Use Them.”

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Posted By Michael Hanisco

Community Educational Meeting Schedule Announced for Community HealthChoices

To learn more about CHC, you are invited to a community meeting to hear about the program and have an opportunity to ask questions.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

These home safety tips help prevent falls, other accidents

By Alicia M. Colombo

Lois Rosage, a licensed and registered occupational therapist for 33 years, works to evaluate the safety of seniors’ homes through Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program. “I go into a home and look at all the areas that can make seniors independent and safe in their home,” Rosage said. She offers this advice: “Be mindful of your surroundings. Keep walkways clear and use adequate lighting.”

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Program provides temporary help to support self-sufficiency

By Marcia Z. Siegal

When Sarah Jackson* was recovering from a double mastectomy and receiving chemotherapy to treat her breast cancer, the ordeal left the 60-year-old drained and lethargic. Taking care of herself and her home had become overwhelming. That situation changed when she began to receive temporary support services through the In-Home Support Program (IHSP) offered by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA).

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Home technology promotes seniors’ independence

A significant rise in the number of people 65-plus is driving technological innovations aimed at helping older adults live more independently. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the nation’s 65-and-older population is 46 million and will reach 83.7 million by 2050. With more Americans living longer, the demand for technology to help people “age in place” will only increase. The most popular home technology currently on the market comes in the form of voice-assisted devices such as Amazon Echo or Google Home, according to a report in USA Today. These devices allow users to control lighting and thermostat settings with just the sound of their voice, giving seniors greater control over energy use.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Meeting caregiving challenges

By Sally Friedman

Once past childhood dependence, most adults cherish the gift of autonomy. They want to determine their own destinies. But needs can change with satisfying – or devastating – results. The shifting of one’s role from equal to caregiver or care recipient can be painful enough to destroy even the best family relationship.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Connect to the right resources

Many people don’t access the supports they need for aging and living with disabilities at home, in the community – where the overwhelming majority prefers to remain. Often, when they do so, their challenges have become overwhelming and critical. By that time, they may have expended much in the way of time and resources, said Lance Robertson, assistant secretary for aging and administrator for the Administration for Community Living (ACL) during a recent town hall meeting at Center in the Park senior center in Germantown.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

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

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