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Posted By Michael Hanisco

PCA sets public hearing to address needs of Philadelphia’s older adults for Sept. 20

PCA is holding a public hearing to obtain comments regarding its programs and proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. at PCA, 642 N. Broad St. Seniors, aging-services professionals and other interested stakeholders are invited to attend the hearing and may provide verbal and/or written testimony.

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Posted By Alicia Colombo

PCA receives National Mature Media Awards for Milestones newspaper

PCA has won four 2018 National Mature Media Awards for outstanding writing and overall impression of its Milestones newspaper.

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Posted By Michael Hanisco

Annual report highlights PCA’s impact on Philadelphia seniors

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) has released its annual report, which highlights the agency’s impact on the lives of Philadelphia seniors. The report conveys the agency’s mission, funding and governance and highlights personal stories from several people who have been assisted by PCA.

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Posted By Alicia Colombo

PCA’s Senior Strut: A Health Event in the Park presented by PA Health & Wellness, October 12

Starting at Lloyd Hall on Kelly Drive, seniors are invited to join in a one-mile walk led by Mummers, in colorful costumes playing lively music.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Learn about Community HealthChoices

A major shift in the way Medicaid-funded long-term services are provided in the home is coming to Philadelphia. Community HealthChoices (CHC), a new state-mandated program, will affect up to 88,000 seniors or adults with disabilities in Philadelphia. The program, which has already begun in the southwest part of the state, will start in Southeast Pennsylvania in January 2019.

Under CHC, both physical health care and “long-term services and supports” – meaning home-based or nursing-home care – will be coordinated through three state-selected managed-care organizations (MCOs): KeystoneFirst (a member of AmeriHealth Caritas), Pennsylvania Health & Wellness, and UPMC Community HealthChoices. CHC participants will have to choose one of these organizations.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

PCA Heatline – 215-765-9040 – activated July 1 through 4

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) has activated its Heatline – 215-765-9040 – July 1 through 4 as a result of a Heat Health Emergency declared by the Philadelphia Public Health Department. Hours of Heatline operation are:

Sunday, July 1, noon to midnight

Monday, July 2, 8:30 a.m. to midnight

Tuesday, July 3, 8:30 a.m. to midnight

Wednesday, July 4, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Helping African and Caribbean immigrant seniors

By Marcia Z. Siegal

African-born elders, as well as those who immigrated from Caribbean nations like Haiti, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, are two of Philadelphia’s fastest growing segments of foreign-born seniors, according to the 2016 American Community Survey. Together, these groups comprise 22 percent of the city’s older immigrant population. A third of African elders and 23 percent of Caribbean elders lack proficiency in English. Nearly a third of both groups have one or more disabilities. More than a fifth are low-income.

Knowing that the African and Caribbean immigrant populations rank among the city’s most vulnerable older adults, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) is intensifying its efforts to reach out to them and to identify and address their needs.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Free produce vouchers available for eligible Philly seniors

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) has begun distributing Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) produce vouchers as part of an annual program to encourage seniors to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Eligible Philadelphia seniors can receive $20 worth of vouchers (four vouchers, each valued at $5) that can be used to purchase fresh Pennsylvania-grown produce sold at certified Farmers’ Markets throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding area.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Tips to prevent heat stress

When you’re feeling the heat, this information could be a lifesaver.

Sharon Congleton, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) health promotion nurse supervisor, says that senior citizens, young children and people with chronic health conditions are at a greater risk heat-related illness, such as heat exhaustion or heat stress.

“It is important for older adults to understand the dangers and potential complications that can occur from being exposed to severe heat. Older adults also need to know what they can do to prevent heat stress from occurring,” she said.

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