PCACares.Org News Bulletin

Text Size:

The pcaCares.org News Bulletin provides a headline service, five days a week, of news and information on health and aging from publications across the country. The Aging Network News, Events and Action Items include information targeted to Philadelphia's aging network.

Aging Network News

Week of December 14, 2014
Help is Available for Caregivers Through PCA with No Waiting List (Philadelphia Corporation for Aging - PCA)


PCA’s Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) provides caregivers with financial support, education, training and resources. Caregivers who qualify may receive $200 a month in reimbursement for caregiving services and supplies, and may also receive up to $2,000 in housing modifications or assistive devices, such as stair glides and tub grab bars, to make caring for the loved one at home easier. The funds are most commonly used for “respite” care, where an in-home care aide comes in to give the caregiver a needed break, and for personal or medical supplies. To be eligible, the caregiver must provide hands-on care and have primary responsibility for the physical and emotional well-being of the care recipient. The care recipient must be age 60-plus, or 18-plus with a diagnosis of dementia or a severe disability, and require assistance with an activity of daily living. Information and benefits counseling is available to caregivers, regardless of income. Eligibility for reimbursement benefits is based on household income. FCSP currently has no waiting list, so applications and referrals are encouraged. For more information, call the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

“The beauty of collaboration between older and younger generations is that we combine strength with wisdom ― a surefire way to accomplish more for the glory of God,” ~ Brett Harris

This newsletter is maintained by the PCA Library.
Please note that access to some sites may require free registration. Click here to visit pcaCares.org

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Aging Network News

Rule Extending Wage Protections to Home Care Workers Beginning Jan. 1(U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services - HHS)



The Dept. of Labor passed a rule in Oct. 2013 extending the minimum wage and overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to most home care workers. Under the “Home Care Rule,” personal care assistants and home health aides will begin to receive fair pay on Jan. 1, 2015. The rule narrows exemptions from FLSA protections for companionship services and live-in domestic service employees. Most home care workers, including those providing services through publicly funded programs, will be entitled to receive at least the federal minimum wage for all hours worked and overtime compensation for all hours worked beyond 40-hour workweek. The minimum wage requirement applies to time spent traveling between worksites, when employed by the same employer at each site. Implementation of the Home Care Rule will require each public or private agency that administers or participates in a consumer-directed home care program, including those funded by Medicaid, to evaluate whether it is a joint employer under the FLSA. Joint employers will be responsible for compliance with the requirements of the FLSA. Read More>>

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"Old age, especially an honoured old age, has so great authority, that this is of more value than all the pleasures of youth," ~ Cicero

This newsletter is maintained by the PCA Library.
Please note that access to some sites may require free registration. Click here to visit pcaCares.org

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Aging Network News

New Philadelphia Furniture Bank to Provide Furniture to People in Great Need(Pathways to Housing PA)

No child should sleep on a floor, and no family should go without a table at which to eat. In response to the city’s great need, the Philadelphia Furniture Bank (PFB) was created to offer no-cost furniture to people moving out of homelessness, or suffering another life crisis or natural disaster that presents a need. Despite its success in providing shelter for families and individuals in crisis, the City of Philadelphia and nonprofit social service agencies continually struggle to meet the need for basic household necessities for families and individuals transitioning from homelessness. PFB will serve only people referred through member agencies.  To learn more about becoming a member agency, donating gently used furniture or receiving assistance from PFB, go to www.PhillyFurnitureBank.org or e-mail Furniture@PathwaystoHousingPA.org.

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"Older people sit down and ask, 'What is it?' but the boy asks, 'What can I do with it?'" ~ Steve Jobs

This newsletter is maintained by the PCA Library.
Please note that access to some sites may require free registration. Click here to visit pcaCares.org

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Aging Network News

Real Estate Taxes & Seniors: Community Outreach(Philadelphia Dept. of Revenue)


Real estate tax season is upon us. During this time, Philadelphia homeowners often have questions about their real estate tax bill or need payment assistance. The Department of Revenue has several programs that can assist senior citizens, low-income households and people who have delinquent taxes. Community organizations and the aging network can help get the word out to seniors about these tax relief programs. Philadelphia agencies and groups that are planning a community meeting or event may request to have a representative from the Taxpayer Services Unit attend. Representatives are available for evening and weekend meetings to distribute printed information and applications about tax programs and to answer seniors’ questions. To schedule a taxpayer services representative to attend your community meeting event, please contact Vicki Riley at 215-686-6831 or vicki.riley@phila.gov with the date, time and location of the event.

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of."

Jane Austen, novelist, was born on December 16, 1775, in the village of Steventon, Hampshire, England.

This newsletter is maintained by the PCA Library.
Please note that access to some sites may require free registration. Click here to visit pcaCares.org

Monday, December 15, 2014

Aging Network News

Report: Mobility is Most Common Disability Among Older Adults(Census Bureau)


Nearly 40% of people age 65-plus had at least one disability and two-thirds had difficulty in walking or climbing, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. Difficulty with independent living, such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping, was the second-most cited disability, followed by serious difficulty in hearing or sight, cognitive difficulty, and difficulty bathing or dressing. “Older Americans With a Disability: 2008-2012” is based on data collected during the American Community Survey that examines disability status by age, gender and socio-economic characteristics, such as marital status, living arrangement, educational attainment and poverty status. The report also found that older adults who didn’t graduate from high school had twice the rate of disability than those with a bachelor’s degree. The older population with a disability was disproportionately concentrated among those 85-plus. This group represented 13% of the total older population,  but accounted for 25% of the older population with a disability. More than 1/3 of people age 85-plus with a disability lied alone, compared to a quarter of those ages 65-74. “The statistics provided in this report can help anticipate future disability prevalence in the older population,” said Wan He, a demographer from the Census Bureau. “The figures can be used to help the older population with a disability, their families, and society at-large plan strategies and prepare for daily life tasks and old-age care.” Read More>> Full Report>>

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

“Where do mosquitoes go, for God’s sake?”

Laura Hobgood-Oster, professor of religion and environmental studies at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, quoted in "Dogs in Heaven? Pope Francis Leaves Pearly Gate Open" (New York Times, Dec. 11, 2014)

This newsletter is maintained by the PCA Library.
Please note that access to some sites may require free registration. Click here to visit pcaCares.org

Register Now

Sign up to have the latest senior related news sent straight to your inbox Monday thru Friday.

Make This Site Your Home Page

Upcoming Events
Action Items

Jobs in the Aging Network: PA Assn. of Area Agencies on Aging (p4a) - Executive Director. Apply by Dec. 31. Details>> | North City Congress - Senior Center Director of North Broad St. Senior Center. Details>> 
 
Call for Proposals: Aging and Society - 5th Interdisciplinary Conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 5-6, 2015. Deadline: Jan. 13. More>>

Current Research & Issues

Managing the Impact of Long-Term Care Needs and Expense on Retirement Security Monograph (Dec. 2014, Society of Actuaries)

Past News Bulletins
PCAcares.org

Resources for older Philadelphians and those who care for them.

PCA Library Online

Books, articles, research papers, web resources, and newsletters, at your fingertips. Search our online library or AskScott.

PCA Helpline Online

Find agencies, programs, services and activities.

Milestones

Newspaper

Check out features, news and information for seniors.

PCAcareers.org

Interested in careers that serve the needs of the elderly in Philadelphia? We hope you will consider PCA.