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5th Birthday Celebration

Today GenPhilly celebrated 5 years of working towards an age-friendly Philadelphia!!

Click the link to download/view GenPhilly highlights, events, and information about our members.

GenPhilly Turns 5 – PowerPoint Show

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Making mass transit accessible to the masses

When Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) opens its Accessible Travel Center, it will mark more than the unveiling  of another facility — SEPTA will celebrate helping people with disabilities experience the freedom of traveling on public transportation independently…

SEPTA is the first East Coast transit agency to have an accessible travel training center of this kind. The center was established due to high demand — SEPTA bus ridership by wheelchair users has increased five-fold since 2004, and the need for bus boarding practice and system orientation by customers with disabilities continues to grow.

“Supporting independence and mobility is our goal,” said Cynthia Lister, SEPTA regulatory coordinator. “Travel training enables passengers with disabilities to use public transportation for specific trips on their own and gives them more personal freedom.” read more>> (Source: Metro Magazine)

SEPTA’s Accessible Transit Center is located in the Suburban Station Concourse, Room 108.

At the ATC you can:

  • Learn about the service options SEPTA offers and tips on riding
  • Practice boarding and exiting in your wheelchair
  • Practice navigating SEPTA vehicles if you are partially sighted
  • Practice transit use with your service animal
  • Work with your trainer or instructor

The Accessible Travel Center is open on weekdays, during regular business hours, to individuals or groups by appointment. For more information, please complete the form below and then click on SUBMIT. Please include all requested information. A staff member will contact you within three working days. You may also contact CCT Customer Service department at 215-580-7145 for more information. (Source: SEPTA.org)

Cabs giving wheelchair users a lift

Filomena Ward celebrates her arrival at a theater… Of the nation’s 10 biggest cities, only Philadelphia has no taxicab that can give a lift to a person who uses a power chair.

Henry Gooden’s power chair died the other day on South 16th Street, about a half-mile short of his apartment in the Scottish Rite Towers.

He’d gone to Holt’s for a blend of pipe and cigarette tobacco that lets him roll his own smokes and save money on Newports.

When his chair ran out of juice, Gooden was outside the 274 Apartments. He figured he was stuck…

Then a passing cabbie told the men of a new player in town, a powder-blue and maroon Freedom Cab van, specially equipped for wheelchairs.

A few minutes later, Billy Goodman pulled up to the curb. In the front passenger seat rode Everett Abitbol, co-owner of the cab company. They opened the back gate, fastened two hooks to the front of Gooden’s chair, hit a switch, and drew him into the back of a new Toyota Sienna.

“I’m glad they came,” Gooden says of his Nov. 8 ordeal. “I’m glad they have the service.”

Continue reading full article>>

Source: Philly.com(Daniel Ruben)
Image Source: Philly.com

5 ways to avoid sabotaging your 401(k) plan

Your front porch sags, your kitchen is the size of a broom closet, and you can’t run the vacuum and the dishwasher at the same time without blowing a fuse. You’d love to buy a nicer house, but given the wretched state of the housing market, you’re probably stuck with the house you have.

If you’re like most workers, you’re in the same position with respect to your retirement savings plan. Sure, it would be nice to have a traditional pension that delivers a monthly check until the day you die, but hardly anyone has one of those anymore. Instead, most of us have a 401(k) plan, which requires more maintenance than a traditional pension. continue reading>>

Source: USA Today

And the award goes to …. Age-friendly & GenPhilly

RibbonNational Associations of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) recently announced that Philadelphia Corporation for Aging is among the recipients of a 2011 Aging Achievement Award for the following programs:

  • Community Living/Livable Communities award category: Age-Friendly Philadelphia
  • You Name It! award category: GENPHILLY

“Thanks to everyone who
has helped to make this happen!”

Kate, GenPhilly Chair

AARP Sues HUD Over Effects of Reverse Mortgages on the Elderly

Reverse mortgages, which pay older homeowners a regular sum against the equity in their house, are supposed to shield borrowers from economic upheaval. But the popular loans have become tangled up in the real estate collapse.

AARP, the seniors’ organization, filed suit Tuesday against the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which regulates reverse mortgages. The suit asserts that policy changes by HUD are pushing older homeowners into foreclosure.

The case was filed in Federal District Court for the District of Columbia by the AARP Foundation, the organization’s charitable arm, and the law firm of Mehri & Skalet on behalf of the surviving spouses of three homeowners who had bought reverse mortgages. All three are facing eviction, the suit says. continue reading>>

Source: New York Times

Happy Birthday :: GenPhilly Turns 2!

Happy Birthday GenPhilly Turns 2

Greetings Network Members and Supporters:

GenPhilly is turning two this month!  In February 2009, a handful of “young professionals” in the Aging Network got together to create GenPhilly.  Today, we have more than 180 members from diverse disciplines, such as urban planning, social work, philanthropy, community development, marketing, the arts, city government and more.

Through creative programming, we inspire and engage Philadelphians to connect with older adults in their professionals and personal lives.  Over the past two years, we’ve catalyzed new efforts in the city to support seniors and their pets, to connect senior centers to community gardens, to celebrate creativity and aging, to explore the images of woman and aging in the media, and much more.

These events, our listserv, and bi-monthly meetings are increasing the capacity of tomorrow’s leaders to understand the opportunities and challenges of an aging society.

Here are some of our accomplishments:

While much of the success of this network is due to the vision and commitment of members, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), the Area Agency on Aging for Philadelphia, deserves strong recognition for its foresight in supporting the group and for devoting staff time to its development.  We would also like to thank the United Way and the Jewish Federation for offering space for our bi-monthly meetings.

We are very proud that our programming has catalyzed larger efforts by local organizations to make the city more “age-friendly”  and with your continued participation, we hope to further this trend in 2011.

Stay tuned for more information on  upcoming events including:

  • Career Boom: Job Security in an Aging America on April 13th at Temple University
  • The Vintage Dance Party in July

Please email kclark@pcaphl.org for more information or if you are an emerging leader, to join the network.

Sincerely,
The GenPhilly Leadership Committee

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