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Week of August 24, 2014
City Opens More Financial Empowerment Centers (Clarifi & the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity)


Two new Financial Empowerment Centers (FECs) have recently opened in Philadelphia at Turning Points for Children, 4329 Griscom St. in Frankford; and at District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund, 100 S. Broad St., 9th Floor in Center City. There are now 11 sites throughout Philadelphia. Since opening 16 months ago, FECs have helped more than 4,000 Philadelphians to become more financially secure. Counselors provide free professional financial help for a variety of financial matters, including debt reduction, credit repair and money management. There are no income or age requirements to receive assistance at a FEC. For a full list of locations and hours or to make an appointment, call 1-855-346-7445 or go to www.fecphilly.org.

Friday, August 29, 2014

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Quote of the Day

"It is of great use to the sailor to know the length of his line, though he cannot with it fathom all the depths of the ocean."

John Locke , philosopher, was born in Wrington, Somerset, England, on August 29, 1632.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Aging Network News

Inclusive Planning Toolkit Available for Public Health Professionals(The Association of University Centers on Disabilities - AUCD)


“Public Health is for Everyone” is an online toolkit to help public health professionals create programs that benefit entire communities, including people with disabilities. The toolkit provides resources to enhance planning efforts in key issue areas, including obesity, emergency preparedness, health care access, physical activity, tobacco and accessibility. The site contains more than 150 resources that professionals in the aging and disability networks can access to inform or improve their work. Additional resources may be submitted for addition to the toolkit. To be considered, resources must be available online and in an accessible format, use respectful/person-first language, contain content that is considered current and valid, and the topic/content must increase the capacity of public health provides who serve people with a disability. To access the toolkit, go to www.phetoolkit.org.

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Quote of the Day

"It is inconceivable that we should allow so great a possibility for service to be drowned in advertising chatter."

Herbert Hoover, then Secretary of Commerce, in response to the innovation of radio selling advertising. The first paid radio commercial was broadcast on August 28, 1922 -an ad for Hawthorne Court Apartments in Jackson Heights, Queens (Writer's Almanac).

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Aging Network News

Public Forum Seeks Input on Disability Issues (The Disability Rights Network of PA, PA Developmental Disabilities Council, & the Institute on Disabilities at Temple Univ.)


Public input is sought about issues of importance to Pennsylvanians with disabilities and their families. The following topics are of special interest: disability and social issues; ways to protect civil and human rights; training opportunities for people with disabilities and professionals; and research to guide policy and  improve services. The information gathered will be used to improve statewide supports, services, advocacy, and training; and to uphold the rights of people with disabilities. The Philadelphia-area public forum will be held Friday, September 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at PA Training & Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), 200 Anderson Rd. in King of Prussia. Written comments may be submitted no later than Wednesday, October 8. For more information, Click Here>>

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Quote of the Day

"Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes."

Theodore Dreiser , novelist, was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, on August 27, 1871.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Aging Network News

Poll of Pennsylvania Senior Voters Shows “Anxiety Index” About Retirement & Economic Security(AARP Pennsylvania)


According to a recent poll by AARP Pennsylvania, voters age 50-plus worry that a financially secure retirement could be out of reach. Voters also want candidates to focus on improving financial security, as they believe incomes have not kept up with their cost of living, especially health costs, taxes and retirement security. The survey’s “Anxiety Index” shows that across party lines, older voters, and particularly those who are not yet retired, feel anxious about their finances. More than half of those surveyed worry about costs rising faster than incomes and paying too much in taxes. Nearly half of respondents (45%) were also concerned about health expenses, not having enough money to pay for the daily care of a spouse who needs it, and not having enough financial security in retirement. “Too many older voters in Pennsylvania worry that a secure future is out of reach for themselves and their families. They’ve had enough of political jargon and spin. They want candidates to talk about common sense solutions that will help them take charge of their financial future,” said AARP Pennsylvania President Jim Palmquist. The poll also looks at voter attitudes toward the 2014 gubernatorial candidates, affordable utilities, caregiving and state lottery spending. To view the full report, Click Here>>

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Quote of the Day

"Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique, and not too much imagination."

Christopher Isherwood , novelist, playwright, screen-writer, was born near Manchester, England on August 26, 1904.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Aging Network News

Medicare Ambassador Information Session to Address Medicare & Medicaid Changes(Philadelphia Housing Authority - PHA)


PHA will host a Medicare Ambassador Session on September 8 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Greater Grays Ferry Estates, Conference Room B, 1800 32nd St. in Philadelphia. Melissa Heard of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Better Health Network will present a workshop on how the new changes in Medicare and Medicaid services will affect seniors, how the affordable care act affects Medicare, and how community representatives can assist in educating seniors. It is recommended that anyone working with seniors in the community attend, especially service coordinators, social workers, senior center directors and staff, volunteers, board/resident council members, and community leaders. The event is free and a light snack will be provided. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, September 2, and space is limited. To register, contact Kelly Williams at 215-765-6464, or by e-mail to kelly.williams@pha.phila.gov.

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Quote of the Day

"All the best sands of my life are somehow getting into the wrong end of the hourglass. If I could only reverse it! Were it in my power to do so, would I?"

~ Thomas Bailey Aldric

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