Feb 2010 Event

SargeGolden Years and Furry Ears:
Linking Older Adults with Homeless Pets to Build a Better Philadelphia

Event Announcement (website) and Poster (pdf)
Presentations (pdf) – JASA, PCA
Event Photos (facebook) – view
Resource Guide (pdf) – view
Survey of Respondents:
Executive Summary (pdf) – view

GenPhilly hosted a panel of experts in the fields of aging, animal welfare, & social services at NewCourtland’s Philadelphia Senior Center on February 18, 2010.  The purpose of the gathering was to:

  • Learn how adopting an animal can benefit the physical & mental health of older adults, and identify the challenges that older pet owners face
  • Discuss how animal shelters & rescue groups could increase adoptions, improve “save rates,” & expand their volunteer base by engaging with older adults
  • Consider how pet ownership, especially among older adults, can contribute to healthier, stronger neighborhoods for Philadelphians of all ages
  • Hear best practices from “Pets and Elder Team Support (PETS),” a project of the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA) in New York City


  • Alexandra Collier, MPA, Director of Special Projects, Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA)
  • Allen Glicksman, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA)
  • Kim Wolf, Board Member, PHILADOPTABLES (Friends of the Philadelphia Animal Control Shelter)

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Comments on: "Feb 2010 Event" (3)

  1. […] View the survey GenPhilly requested for attendees to complete after our February 18, 2010 event, Golden Years and Furry Ears, which focused on the need of a program in Philadelphia that discussed the physical and mental […]

  2. As a result of our amazing event last February called Golden Years and Furry Ears: Linking Older Adults with Pets – there has been a lot of activity in Philly related to this topic. Just this September, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging launched a new website dedicated to this very issue! Please check out the website below (and “like” it on Facebook) – and pass it on! Kate


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