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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 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
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.


  • 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].

Hot off the Press! PCA’s Age Friendly White Paper

Laying the Foundation for an Age-friendly Philadelphia: A Progress ReportLaying the Foundation for an Age-friendly Philadelphia: A Progress Report

Perhaps the most important thing to note is not the separate chapter on GenPhilly – it is the number of GenPhilly members who appear in EACH chapter who are taking the lead to make our city a better place for people of all ages. -Kate Clark, GenPhilly Chair

This document builds on the planning and research efforts that were reported on at the 2010 M. Powell Lawton Conference on Urban Aging and serves as testimony to the agenda’s current success. It is intended to outline the reasons behind the initiative, highlight current collaborations, and provide opportunities for new involvement.

Click here* to read the report online. Click here for a print-friendly version.*


In the News! GenPhilly and Age-friendly!

AARP Bulletin: Towns and Cities Prepare for Aging Populations

Get used to hearing about “age-friendly cities” and “livable communities.”

That’s exactly what many towns and cities are striving to become as the first of 78 million boomers turn 65 this year. In 10 years those boomers will be 75, and in 10 more, age 85. For the next 19 years, nearly 10,000 people a day will celebrate the big 6-5. And that doesn’t include the demographic that reached 65 before 2011. continue reading>>

Two years ago, Kate Clark, a PCA planner, created GenPhilly, a network of professionals, mostly in their 20s and 30s. The group raises awareness of the older demographic and offers professionally and networking opportunities for its members. continue reading the section about GenPhilly [here]

Source: AARP

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 for more information or if you are an emerging leader, to join the network.

The GenPhilly Leadership Committee

GenPhilly in the Press!!

Image (R)evolution

When she was in graduate school in the early ’80s, Merle Drake came upon a Cosmopolitan Magazine advertisement with the words “When you’re 25 and no longer young…”

“My first reaction was that I had only few more years to be a viable member of society,” she said. “The Women’s Movement was blossoming then, but the focus was primarily on younger women’s issues, not on women as they aged,”

Drake was one of the panelists at a recent forum on“Women and Aging: Image (R)evolution ,” sponsored by GenPhilly, a network of young professionals that focuses on fostering an age-friendly Philadelphia. Others were Sarah H. Kagan, Ph.D., RN, Lucy Walker Honorary Term Professor of Gerontological Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Valerie Temple Lange, programming and community outreach coordinator at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. continue reading>>

Source: Marcia Z.  Siegal (Milestones e-news, September 22 2010)

POST- JUNTO: Creating an Age-friendly Philadelphia

This event gave GenPhilly and the age-friendly effort excellent exposure to audiences that would otherwise never have thought about growing old in the city.

Junto coordinator Geoff DiMassi said afterwards that this was one of the best discussions he’s hosted so far, and even mentioned how impressed he was with GenPhilly’s professionalism!

Over 45 people attended the event in a space with a maximum capacity of about 50 – roughly half of the attendees were affiliated with the aging network, while the other half had backgrounds in urban planning, architecture and design.  This mixed audience was exactly what we were hoping to accomplish since the theme of the event was creating an age-friendly environment.

Kate Clark chaired and moderated the panel which included Allen Glicksman from Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Christine Knapp from Next Great City, and Katherine Gajewski, Director of Sustainability for the City.

There was an active and lively discussion about the city, aging in place, and related issues – folks were very positive and very sympathetic about helping out neighbors who are elders.

Other topics:

  • Urban Gardens / Farms and Senior centers
  • The GreenWorks new effort to create an Intergenerational Environmental Corps
  • Vacant land and developing age-friendly housing
  • Doing a “story slam” on seniors and sustainability (could be a possible upcoming GenPhilly event!)
  • The role that small businesses play in creating an age-friendly city.

Added Bonus: Color-coded demographic maps created by Lauren Ring added a visual element to Allen’s discussion- showing us where Philadelphia’s current aging population is in relation to social capital and community parks.

“We really seem to be making a difference.”
Kate Clark, GenPhilly chair

GenPhilly in the News!

Generation Appreciation Philadelphia (GenPhilly) is featured in the Journal of Social Innovations Blog!

A Quote from Article:

“In the realm of our aging population and the need to develop creative and successful services as well as a better understanding of how to go in a positive direction, one group really stands out for me—Generation Appreciation Philadelphia or GenPhilly (” – by Bob Groves

Check out the article – GenPhilly Steps Up:

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