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PCA’s 2012 Regional Conference — Registration Now Open

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, in collaboration with the surrounding suburban Area Agencies on Aging, is offering a cutting-edge program and continuing education for professionals who work with older adults. Nationally and locally recognized content experts will present relevant, practical and current information that will be immediately beneficial to anyone working in the aging arena.

October 1-4, 2012

Free parking, lunchtime presentations and resources!

Who should attend?
All professionals who work with older adults and their families and those in related professions will benefit from attending the East Coast Conference on Aging.

Continuing Education Credits
Continuing education credits (CEUs) are available for specific sessions for Social Workers and Nurses. If you are not sure whether your licensing organization will accept conference CEUs, please contact them for clarification.

Conference Brochure [pdf file]

 

Ben Cohen’s “Lakeside” Is Signature Artwork for PCA’s 2012 “Celebrate Arts and Aging”

ImageAsked how long he’s been painting, artist Benjamin (Ben) Cohen, 88, replies, “I guess forever.” Cohen’s painting, “Lakeside,” an idyllic scene of a lakeside house with autumnal trees in the background, is the signature artwork for Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA) 10th annual senior arts festival “Celebrate Arts and Aging” http://www.phillyfunguide.com/page/Celebrate.   It will be on exhibit during May at Independence Visitor Center in the city’s historic district and featured on posters, mailings, and electronic media publicizing the citywide celebration.

“My philosophy is that art should be uplifting and thought-provoking and may allow for quite a smile.  There is enough horror and aggravation going on nowadays. If I can make someone smile, I want to do that,” the artist says.

“Lakeside” was inspired by the one of the many outings Cohen has enjoyed with the Rancocas Valley Plein Air painters, a group of more than 30 local artists, who visit a different outdoor site to paint each week, weather permitting. “I bring my backpack with a bunch of pastels and sit and relax and paint,” Cohen explains.”People will see me and ask: ‘Are you an artist?’”

Cohen’s talent was noticed early on. The son of an iceman and a homemaker, he grew up in New York City’s Lower East Side, and attended the Henry Street Settlement http://www.henrystreet.org/, a social service agency there dedicated to “opening the doors of opportunity” to residents in the community through social services, arts, and health care programs. “They were very interested in keeping kids on the right path,” he remembers. “They thought I had talent and sent me to a life-study art class. But at nine years old, I was too embarrassed to look at the [nude] model.”

Ben CohenCohen later studied at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn on the GI bill, after serving in the U.S. army in World War II.

He fought in many of the war’s most famous battles, including the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of Metz in France that followed the Normandy landings. Earlier this spring, during a special ceremony at the French consulate in New York City, he was one of 18 U.S. veterans presented with the Legion of Honor Chevalier for their services in the liberation of France during World War II.

“War taught me to face reality,” Cohen reflects. “I try to follow my instincts. When I do something, I don’t look back.” That goes for painting too, he says. “When I paint a nose, it’s really a nose, not just a metaphor or a philosophical statement.”

Cohen graduated Pratt with a degree in industrial design and spent 50 years as a commercial artist, designing everything from toys and sweaters to catalogues and displays. It often meant working around the clock. While those demands left little time for fine art pursuits, he squeezed in what time he could to paint in the pastel medium he favors.

After such a demanding work schedule, “I was a little leery about retiring,” he admits of that decision 10 years ago. “I thought, ‘I’ll go crazy. What will I do?’”

The answer came quickly enough. Tuesdays are spent with his fellow plein air painters. On Thursdays, he attends a class at the Philadelphia Sketch Club, where he has helped to organize exhibitions. He taught at the Philadelphia Art Alliance and Fleisher Art Memorial and currently teaches at the Willingboro Art Alliance near his Cinnaminson, New Jersey home. Most of all, life these days is centered on his home studio, “where I still work around the clock. It’s still a crazy, busy schedule.” His expressive landscapes and figure paintings have found homes in many private, corporate and public collections.

In September, the Home Fine Art Gallery in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, will open an exhibition of his work entitled “The Flip Side.” One of these artworks features Santa Claus sitting in front of a window and eyeing the raging snow and ice storm outside. “I titled it ‘I Ain’t Going Out in That,’” the artist says with a laugh.

Cohen now manages to fit in a few hobbies, including gardening. “It’s one of my passions because it’s so relaxing,” he says. “I can dig in the garden and forget the world around me. Art, when it’s on a serious level, is not overly relaxing because you are never satisfied with what you do.”

“Lakeside” will be on exhibit through May at Independence Visitor Center, 1 Independence Mall West, in Philadelphia.

For more information on this exhibit and other PCA “Celebrate Arts and Aging” exhibits and cultural opportunities this month, visit www.phillyfunguide.com/celebrate.

By Marcia Z. Siegal
Source: Philadelphia Corporation for Aging

Register! Lawton Conference – March 26, 2012

Conference on Urban Aging and Award Luncheon - Aging in the Community: Three Models

Local and national experts will compare and contrast:

  • Villages
  • Age-friendly Initiatives
  • Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)

Topics will include how they work; who they serve; strengths and weaknesses;
funding issues; and their impact on aging services and on neighborhoods.

Fredda VladeckThe 2012 Lawton Award will be presented to Fredda Vladeck, founding director of the first Naturally Occuring Retirement Community supportive service program (NORC) in 1986.  She is now Director of the Aging in Place Initiative of the United Hospital Fund, in New York.

 

Loews Hotel
1200 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA

Registration fee of $50 includes Award Luncheon
Social work CEUs will be offered

http://www.pcaCares.org/lawton
For more information, call 215-765-9000 ext 5063, or email: aglicksm@pcaphl.org

Photo Credits: Philadelphia Corporation for Aging

PCA Heatline – Helps 1,300+ Callers

PCA HEATLINE RECEIVED MORE THAN 1,300 CALLS
DURING THREE ACTIVATIONS SO FAR THIS YEAR

The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) Heatline received 1, 326 calls from Philadelphia residents during the three activations that have taken place so far this year. Of those, 111 callers were referred to nurses from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health who were stationed at the site.  Nurses dispatched the city mobile health team to intervene in one case and called 9-1-1 for emergency assistance on behalf of two other callers.

“We believe – and statistics show – that we are helping to save lives by providing this service,” says Chris Gallagher, director of the PCA Helpline Call Center — 215-765-9040 — which becomes the city’s Heatline during a potentially dangerous heat wave.

The PCA Heatline was created in 1993, following a heat wave the previous year that claimed 118 lives. It is a collaboration between PCA and Philadelphia’s Health Department, and has been recognized as a model nationwide.

Trained staff members from PCA are available to counsel callers with tips to prevent heat stress and suggest air-conditioned locations where they can go. Callers with medical concerns are referred to city Public Health Department nurses.

Activations are triggered when the National Weather Service declares an “Excessive Heat Warning for Philadelphia.” The latest activation began Wednesday, July 20 and ended on Sunday, July 24.  The HEATLINE was previously activated this year from June 8 to 9 and from May 31 to June 1 – its earliest activation ever.

The elderly; individuals with chronic medical conditions; those on medication; homebound individuals; and persons who live alone and receive few visitors are encouraged to call the Heatline for advice on coping with the heat. In addition, callers may contact the Heatline on behalf of another individual who may be at risk for heat stress.

GenPhilly in the New York Times and 250+ new publications!!

Over the weekend more than 250 news outlets published (mostly on-line) an AP article about Age-friendly efforts that mentions GenPhilly and our chair, Kate Clark.

The link to the New York Times version of the article can be found below.  The material about Philadelphia is toward the end.

GenPhilly in the New York Times!

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.*

Source: PCAcares.org

Public Hearing on Meeting the Needs of Philadelphia’s Elderly – May 26

PCA will host a public hearing to obtain comment on its proposed budget and programs for 2011-2012 on Thursday, May 26 at 10 a.m. at PCA, 642 N. Broad St. in Philadelphia.

Since the PA Dept. of Aging has not yet provided allocation information for the next year, the proposed budget was developed based on the assumption of flat funding. Older adults, community advocates and aging network professionals are invited. Attendees will have an opportunity to testify on how to best utilize resources to fill gaps in the continuum of aging care. The Public Hearing will serve as an opportunity to comment on the budget, highlight an unmet need or aging issue, or suggest a program idea or service strategy.

To testify in person at the hearing or to submit written comments, contact Lauren Ring by May 24 at 215-765-9000, ext. 5075 or email lring@pcaphl.org. more info>>

Source: PCA News Bulletin

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