Last week, WOW released the updated, 2014 Elder Index data for every state and county in the U.S.

To access the database, please go to:

A few applications of the Elder Index:

  • Help lawmakers and the public to understand true levels of senior need
  • Fight the misperceptions and indifference that block action for change
  • Evaluate policy and program effectiveness in closing the economic security gap
  • Support the case for preserving and strengthening programs that make a difference
  • Retirement planning for family & individuals

Made For Each Other: Seniors and Their Animal Companions

Scientific studies now confirm what thoughtful people have long suspected. A beloved dog or cat can help a human friend to live a longer, healthier life. Two experts will explain what these studies actually show. In addition, those who study the psychology and behavior of the creatures we love most will review the information we’ve learned about pets in the last five years.

Monday, September 8, at 11:00 A.M.

Carlo Siracusa, DVM, MS, PhD, Dip. ACVB, Dip. ECAWBM Director, Animal Behavior Service, the Ryan Veterinary Hospital, at the University of Pennsylvania, explains what we have learned about the psychology and behavior of dogs in recent years. Research indicates that 38% of Philadelphians over the age of 60 own a dog.

Friday, September 19 at 11:00 A.M.

Allyson Wurst, Director of Humane Education, for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, discusses the problem of unwanted and abandoned animals. She will also explain what her organization is doing about this important humanitarian concern.

Lecture will be presented at Central Senior Services, Parkway Central Library, Room 108, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

For more information call 215-686-5331.

4th Annual Sexuality, Intimacy & Aging Conference
September 19—20, 2014 Widener University, Chester, PA

Experience a unique gathering of renowned researchers, trainers, advocates and authors plus professionals, consumers, paraprofessionals and students. Expertise will be shared through engaging plenary presentations and 24 interactive and educational workshops . Enjoy networking, entertainment, and great food, too. Professionals can earn up to 17 CEs. Just for fun, you’ll be entered into prize drawings throughout our two days together. Take a look at the Conference Event Descriptions 2014.


Discounts are available for Consortium members, plenary and workshop presenters, students, adults age 65+ (with ID), Widener faculty, and agencies sending 5+ people to the conference. Students and recent alumni are invited to submit a 2014 Research Poster Proposal. This annual conference provides great, affordable promotional opportunities for sponsors! Conference Sponsorship Opportunities.

Co-sponsored by the Sexuality & Aging Consortium and Widener University’s School of Social Work Education, Center for Human Sexuality Studies and Center for Clinical Psychology.


Final Report Available on Long Term Care Services and Supports

The Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee on Long Term Care Services and Supports has released its final report.

The Report of the Advisory Committee on Long Term Care Services and Supports for Older Pennsylvanians and a one page summary can be accessed at

Some of the most accomplished—and difficult people in history were cat lovers. A brief list includes Samuel Johnson, Vladimir Lenin, Florence Nightingale, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway and both Bronte sisters. We also know that 40% of Philadelphians over the age of 60 share their homes with these independent and mysterious creatures. Over the last five years, a variety of scientists and scholars have been studying the psychology and behavior of cats. Come out to see what the experts have discovered. Special guest, Nathanael Oster, DVM, with the Philadelphia Cat Hospital. Also learn about an upcoming cat adoption event that will be specifically for seniors.

Date: Thursday, August 28th

Time: 11:00 A.M.

Place: Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine Street, Rm #108



Hi all! For those of you who could not make it – check out what happened at the GenPhilly-supported Hackathon this past weekend! It was a super success! Thanks to Philly and The Philadelphia LINK for being such great sponsors and hosts  – and to the Department of Making and Doing to being a great partner as well!

If you would like to learn more or stay connected – email and request to be put on the HACK4ACCESS google group!

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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