PEER ombudsmen advocate for fellow long-term care residents
By Marcia Z. Siegal
Darlene Sauer frequently walks the halls on her floor at the Immaculate Mary Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Northeast Philadelphia to check on fellow residents. Recently, she heard a female resident calling for help. The woman wanted to take a shower and needed aides to help her into the Hoyer lift, a specialized mechanical sling for people with limited mobility that allows them to be lifted and transferred. Sauer went to a nursing supervisor to report that the resident needed assistance. “Then I went back to her room and waited with her until the aides arrived,” she said. “I try to solve problems and, if I can’t, I report them to people who can,” said Sauer, who is a Pennsylvania Empowered Expert Resident (PEER) ombudsman at the skilled nursing facility.
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.
Recent Headlines: April 18, 2018
Heart transplant recipient expands her life
By Constance Garcia-Barrio
Waiting for a donor organ can leave patients caught between hope and desperation, says heart transplant recipient Janet Dennis. “I lived in the University of Pennsylvania hospital for six and a half weeks, waiting for a donor heart,” says Dennis, 63, a social worker retired from the city of Philadelphia. “I was blessed. Twenty-two people die every single day in the U.S. while waiting for a donor organ.”
New Medicare cards coming
Starting this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin a year-long process of sending all Medicare beneficiaries a new Medicare card. Beneficiaries in Pennsylvania will be among the first groups of seniors to receive new cards, and will get theirs between April and June.
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.
Recent Headlines: April 11, 2018
Veteran volunteer offers volunteering tips
By Barbara Sherf
Longtime volunteer Bob Rossman, who retired as a computer programmer more than 15 years ago, has some tips for those looking to take on volunteer responsibilities. Rossman, 75, who has lived in Northwest Philadelphia for 40 years, enjoys a mix of volunteer activities that includes serving on several boards, as well as working with his hands.
Recent Headlines: April 4, 2018