Consumer Headlines: August 23, 2017
Could this idea help fix America’s shortage of home care workers? (Next Avenue)Joan Ditzion on aging with purpose, passion and power (Senior Planet) The age of anti-aging: Media hype and the myth of ageless baby boomers (Generations) Nursing home residents could lose their day in court (AARP) Meet the Raging Grannies, Portland’s not-so-secret warriors for civility […]
Asian Arts Initiative connects cultures
If you listen closely at the door of Asian Arts Initiative (AAI), 1219 Vine St. in Chinatown North, you can almost hear the stereotypes shatter. Begun in 1993 as a program of Painted Bride Art Center, a multicultural performing arts venue in Old City, AAI was launched as a means of promoting understanding and defusing tension between Asian-Americans and African-Americans. Over the years, AAI has grown to become an independent multidisciplinary community arts center, but its mission of building cross-cultural understanding remains. The initiative presents works that address the Asian-American experience, including by taking a frank look at Asian-American interactions with black Americans.
Help available to couples with reverse mortgages
By Elizabeth P. Shay, Esq., director of homeownership rights, SeniorLAW Center
Reverse mortgages have become popular as the result of marketing and television commercials that claim this is a simple way for seniors to get cash from their home with no repayment until after they die. While this type of loan is not suitable for many borrowers, it may be useful for a senior living on a fixed income who is facing foreclosure of their conventional mortgage. But for most seniors, a reverse mortgage is expensive and may pose big risks to borrowers. If you already have a reverse mortgage, take a moment and look over the deed to your home.
Consumer Headlines: August 16, 2017
Volunteering for Haiti
In 1994, with years of social activism under his belt, Ray Torres joined a delegation from the First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG) as a volunteer to aid Fondwa, a village in southern Haiti. Led by the vision of “Father Joseph” Phillipe, a Haitian Catholic priest, Torres became a key member of the group that helped to raise seed capital to start a bank, Fonkoze. “The bank provides micro-loans to the organized poor in Fondwa,” says Torres, a retired psychiatric social worker. “Fonkoze began with one office and three employees and has grown to 46 branches nationwide and 230,000 members.”
‘My mysterious brother’
My brother Marty has been gone three decades now. As time passes, I miss him more and more, especially during holidays, when I experience a tremendous emptiness that no number of festivities can allay. I yearn just to hear his voice. Marty was a gentle, kind man who liked cooking, music, science fiction and travel. He was two years younger than me. Yet as adults, we weren’t especially close, even though, for a time, we lived on the same Philadelphia street.
Consumer Headlines: August 9, 2017
The Ralston Center: A pioneer in serving seniors, past and present
In the early 1800s, senior women who lacked money often ended up in the almshouse, the shelter system of yesteryear. Sarah Clarkson Ralston aimed to change that fate by pioneering a new role for women.
New frontiers: PCA staff reaches out to immigrant elder populations
There are nearly 41,000 foreign-born older Philadelphians, according to the American Community Survey. Comprising 15 percent of Philadelphians 60-plus, they often settle in insular communities of fellow immigrants.