It’s been a pretty mild winter so far, and this week’s forecasts call for more of the same. But when the snow does fall, it’s harder for some to deal with it than others.
Kate Clark, a planner with the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, is also a chairwoman of GenPhilly. That’s Generation Appreciation, an organization that promotes interaction between young and old.
“When I’m walking down the street and I see a home that’s not shoveled, sometimes I think, ‘Oh, wow, I wonder if that’s a senior that can’t get out and shovel,'” said Clark.
So, she’s helping to coordinate Philadelphia Senior Snow Corps. read more>>
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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]
Read below to find out what GenPhilly’s founder, Kate Clark, has to say about Philadelphia Zoning & Elderly.
What could aging possibly have to do with zoning? According to Kate Clark, a planner with the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), the needs of older city residents were never addressed in the city’s zoning code.
“There wasn’t any mention of ‘senior,’ ‘elder,’ ‘older person.’ There was no mention” in the code whatsoever, Clark said.
That might be a problem. According to PCA’s director of research and evaluation, [Allen] Glicksman, Philadelphia’s population is aging. One of the city’s most rapidly growing demographic groups is adults over the age of 85.
“Philadelphia will have a disproportionately large population of older people for some time,” Glicksman said. “Housing the elderly is housing a good chunk of the population. They’re not just frail. They want to be active parts of the community. It benefits the older person, but it can also benefit the neighborhood. Part of that is contingent on them being able to live safely in the homes they currently reside in.” continue reading>>
Source: Nick Gilewicz (PlanPhilly)
Saturday, September 25, 2010 – GenPhilly was honored by Sarge the Elderbull for our hard work on promoting the importance of pets and elders. More than 100 animal lovers and dogs attended the event to celebrate Sarge’s Sweet 16th and to watch Sarge present awards to individuals and organizations for their commitment to Philadelphia’s animals and animal lovers.
Rachel Cheetham-Richard, Vice President of Azavea
Rachel spent a tremendous amount of time during her childhood with her paternal grandmother. “Manou”, as she used to call her … When Manou passed away last year, she left a big hole in Rachel’s life. Soon afterward, Rachel met two terrific women, Kate Clark and Lauren Ring, both working at the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, who are also leading the development and activities of GenPhilly … Rachel decided to volunteer because she saw this as an opportunity to remain connected to her grandmother, better understand and connect to elderly’s issues, and participate in the promotion of Philadelphia as a place where growing older doesn’t have to be alienating. read full article>>
Source: Abby Fretz (Azavea Journal, Vol. 5, Issue 3, July 2010)