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June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse AwarenessThis is a day “for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.” Below is a link with tool kits and resources to help bring awareness and fight elder abuse.

Tool Kits & Resources:

Image Source: National Council on Aging
Source: Administration on Aging

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 more info>>

Source: PCA News Bulletin

10 Recommendations to Ensure Programs are Inclusive, Accessible, & Relevant to New Comers to America & Older Adults

As you are aware, immigrants and older adults are collectively a growing portion of the United States population with diverse values, varying economic resources, and very different assets and challenges. Arts and cultural organizations have remarkable tools at their disposal to engage these populations through meaningful outreach while simultaneously contributing to organizational sustainability.

Culture Connects All: Rethinking Audiences in Times of Demographic Change  details ten recommendations for ensuring that programs are inclusive, accessible, and relevant to new comers to America and older adults. The recommendations are not prescriptive but are intended to provoke thought and highlight innovative models. Each recommendation is accompanied by stimulating examples from arts and cultural organizations in six cities: New York, Tampa, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, and Phoenix. We hope this report will initiate discussion within your organizations and communities on the opportunities that arise by reaching out to immigrants and older adults.  read report>>

Source: Partners for Livable Communities and MetLife Foundation

Celebrating Older Adults during May

May is Older Americans Month, designated by the U.S. Administration on Aging to pay tribute to older persons in our communities. This year’s Older Americans Month theme is “Older Americans: Connecting the Community.” This theme recognizes the diverse role of today’s older American in enriching and strengthening our community. This is a chance for each and every one of us to show our appreciation and support for all our seniors do for our community. Their shared histories, diverse experiences and wealth of knowledge have made our culture, economy and local character what they are today. -Janet Taylor,

Join Philadelphia Corporation for Aging all month long in celebrating art work created by older adults at the following locations:

  • Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street
    Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Call 215-686-5403 for more hours.
    Reception: May 4, 2011
  • Philadelphia Senior Center, 509 South Broad Street
    View art Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Reception: May 13, 2011, 4-6 p.m.
  • Center on the Hill…the place for active adults, 8855 Germantown Ave.
    (Adjacent to the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill)
    View art Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Reception: May 31, 2011, 5-7 p.m.

Admission to all receptions & exhibits is free.

Seniors Play Powerful Role In Today’s Elections

The Christian Science Monitor: “Seniors and baby boomers are more engaged in the election and more excited about voting than any preelection polling has found since 1994, according to the Pew Research Center. While it was considered to be youth that ushered in the Obama revolution, it is the older generation that is wielding more power now… continue reading>>

Source: Kaiser Health News

Old? Elderly? Senior? No, just aging.

A few days ago, a young gal asked me if I wrote about “senior citizens.” I told her I hadn’t written about them in years. In fact, I rarely even write about “seniors” anymore…

Now there’s nothing wrong with being elderly. I hope I am some day.

But we don’t talk about ourselves getting “elderly” anymore. Instead, we are “aging.” Which equates with ripening on the vine. Growing mature. Reaching our potential.  continue reading>>

Source: Jane Glenn Haas (The Orange County Register / MSNBC, Sept 13 ,2010)

Senior Citizens, Other Older Adults Catching Up Fast in Use of Internet Social Media

Older female adult using laptopSocial networking use among internet users ages 50 and older has nearly doubled — from 22% to 42% over the past year.

Half (47%) of internet users ages 50-64 and one-in-four (26%) users ages 65 and older now use social networking sites.

While social media use has grown dramatically across all age groups, older users have been especially enthusiastic over the past year about embracing new networking tools. Although email continues to be the primary way that older users maintain contact with friends, families and colleagues, many users now rely on social network platforms to help manage their daily communications — sharing links, photos, videos, news and status updates with a growing network of contacts. continue reading>>

Source: Mary Madden, Senior Research Specialist, Pew Internet & American Life Project (, August 27, 2010)

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