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PCA Fall Conference :: Lunch Time Programs

Remember that the 2011 Regional Conference on Aging is coming up (September 19th to September 22nd).   In addition to a great line up of regular workshops (see www.pcacares.org in the upper right hand corner of the web page) there are a series of lunch time events including discussions and resource tables on topics of interest to GenPhilly members.  Many of the presenters are people active in GenPhilly.

Below please find a list of the Lunch Time Program and resource tables for each day.  All events are held at PCA.

Lunch Time Program
PCA
Second Floor Classroom
12:30pm – 1:15pm

Topics & Speakers

  • Monday – 9/19
    • “Caregiver GPS: Helping Caregivers Navigate Critical Transitions in Care”
    • Speaker: Michele Mathes, JD, Education Director and Director of Research Programs at the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE).
  • Tuesday – 9/20
    • Walkability & Senior Health: Mapping the Results of a PCA Study
    • Speakers:  Lauren Ring, GIS Services, PCA  &Allen Glicksman, Director of Research, PCA
  • Wednesday – 9/21
    • The Delaware Valley LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI)
    • Speakers: Heshie Zinman, former Executive Director of The AIDS Information Network & Terri Clark, MPH, CHES, Prevention Services Coordinator at ActionAIDS, co-chairs of the Delaware Valley LGBTEI.
  • Thursday – 9/22
    • Urban Community Gardening with Seniors
    • Speakers: Jamie Johns, MSW, Social Service Program Coordinator, The Salvation Army, Philadelphia, Social Service Ministries and Julie Umstead

The Resource Room, located in Conference Room R along with the Registration Desk, will have 7-9 tables staffed daily from Noon – 1:30 pm. Participants will change daily, and there will be a general theme each day that will highlight the various organizations who will be participating.

Themes

  • Monday, 9/19 Age-Friendly Initiatives
  • Tuesday, 9/ 20 Harnessing Technology to Enhance Services to Seniors
  • Wednesday, 9/21 Gardening and Food Access
  • Thursday, 9/ 22 Volunteer & Community Initiatives

Download the Full Conference Brochure here [pdf].

Local Gardeners Team Up To Create More Green Space In Philadelphia

It may be winter, but there are groups already hard at work helping to connect local seniors with community gardens.

Starting more neighborhood gardens and getting older Philadelphians involved; that’s one of the projects of Gen Philly, a network linking young professionals with older Philadelphians.

The group sponsored a City Hall workshop last week, where organizations talked about how to get more gardens going. Tara Schwartzendruber-Landis of the Nationalities Senior program says gardening helps the body and soul. continue reading>>

Source: CBS Philly

Elderly immigrants share the language of the garden

Senior tending a GardenThis article came out of last week’s GenPhilly event – Germinating Partnerships event.  The reporter attended the event.  Special thanks to Marcia Siegal, PCA Public Relations Manager, the event planning team and to Tara & Raechel for great press!!

In just a few weeks, dozens of hardy lettuce, kale, and spinach seedlings will go into the still-chilled ground at Our Lady of Hope Church in Logan, marking the start of a remarkable garden’s second season.

It is remarkable not so much for the crops grown, though some are unusual. It’s more the growers, themselves a hardy bunch.

They’re 65 to 85 years old, survivors of repression, poverty, war, and displacement in their home countries of Vietnam, Cambodia, and China. As different as their languages and narratives may be, however, they have one important thing in common … continue reading>>

Source: Philly.com (Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer)
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