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Aging Network News

Week of April 20, 2014
Free Health Screenings Offered at Kidney Action Day on May 2 (Kidney Action Fund)

Did you know that untreated high blood pressure is the leading cause of kidney disease? Advanced kidney disease can lead to disability or dialysis treatments to sustain life. Kidney Action Day, a free community health event on May 2, will provide free kidney health screenings. Have your blood pressure, blood glucose and kidney function checked and enjoy healthy food samples. There will also be entertainment and fitness demonstrations, including kickboxing, line dance, tap, Zumba and more. The event will be held on Friday, May 2 from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. on the Municipal Services Building Plaza, across from City Hall at 1401 JFK Blvd. in Philadelphia. For more information, contact Janet Waema at 240.292.7019 or jwaema@kidneyfund.org. For more information about kidney health, go to www.KidneyFund.org.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Quote of the Day

"We may never dissuade leaders of our nation or any other nation from responding vengefully, violently, to every insult or injury. In this, the Age of Television, they will continue to find irresistible the temptation to become entertainers, to compete with movies by blowing up bridges and police stations and factories and so on… But in our personal lives, our inner lives, at least, we can learn to live without the sick excitement, without the kick of having scores to settle with this particular person, or that bunch of people, or that particular institution or race or nation. And we can then reasonably ask forgiveness for our trespasses, since we forgive those who trespass against us. And we can teach our children and then our grandchildren to do the same – so that they, too, can never be a threat to anyone."
Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007), from If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice to the Young

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Aging Network News

PCA Releases 2014 State of the Agency Report(Philadelphia Corporation for Aging – PCA)

PCA’s latest State of the Agency Report details the many programs and services provided or funded by PCA in the last year. During Fiscal Year 2013, 1.5 million meals were delivered to frail homebound seniors; 495,964 meals were served at senior centers; and 21,397 older adults received in-home services to help them remain in their homes. Information about new initiatives and the agency’s plans to supplement government funding to support vital services for older Philadelphians is also provided. To read or download the full report, Click Here>>

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Quote of the Day

We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, 
and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

William Shakespeare , from Prospero's soliloquy from The Tempest. The Bard of Stratford-upon-Avon is traditionally believed to have been born on April 23, 1564.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Aging Network News

PCA Seeks Input from Aging Network on its Website(Philadelphia Corporation for Aging – PCA)

PCA seeks input from the professionals who work with seniors on its website, www.pcaCares.org. The site includes information on PCA’s programs and services, as well as a database of more than 800 providers that offer goods, services and resources to older and disabled adults, caregivers, and professionals in the fields of aging and disability. A brief survey has been developed to gather professionals’ opinions of pcaCares.org and suggestions for improving the site’s content and/or usability. The survey is confidential and should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Take Survey>>   

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Quote of the Day

"All nature wears one universal grin."
Henry Fielding , author of The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling (1749), and other works, was born on April 22, 1707, in Somerset, England.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Aging Network News

PA to Lose $60M in Tobacco Settlement Funds; Reduction Less Severe than Predicted(National Association of Area Agencies on Aging - n4a)

Last week, a Philadelphia judge overturned the ruling of an arbitration panel which would have drastically reduced the amount of funding the Commonwealth receives from the Tobacco Settlement. The ruling means that Pennsylvania’s Tobacco Settlement payout will still be reduced by approximately $60 million, but that amount is much lower than the $180 million in decreased funding that was called for by the arbitration panel. The reduction in funding stems from findings that Pennsylvania did not meet certain terms of the settlement including poor enforcement of tobacco laws. Tobacco settlement funds are used for various public health programs, including long-term care. Read More>>

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Quote of the Day

"It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams."

Gabriel Garcia Marquez , Nobel Prize-winning novelist, died Thursday at age 87. See his obituary in the New York Times.

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Action Items

Free PCA Training for Social Workers and Volunteers Servicing Latino Older Adults: "Helping Seniors Remain Safe in Their Homes" - May 14, 9 am - 1:30 pm (Continental Breakfast and Registration, 8:30-9:00 am) - Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, 2nd Floor Classroom, 642 N Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19130. Lunch Included. Pre-Registration is required and space is limited so REGISTER TODAY! Contact Lissette Ramos, PCA Latino Outreach Coordinator at lramos@pcaphl.org or 215-282-6582 no later than Wed., May 7.

NCOA & IlluminAge Webinar: Savvy Saving Seniors® - Steps to Avoiding Scams and Fraud - Apr. 24, 1:30 - 2:30 pm ET. Register>>

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day - Apr. 26, 10 am - 2 pm. More>>

NSCLC Webinar: Understanding and Impacting Implementation of New Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Rules - Apr.29, 2 - 3 pm EDT. Register>>

PCA Seeks Input from Aging Network on its Website - Take the survey>>

Alzheimer's Association Annual Southeastern Pennsylvania Dementia Conference: Impacting Care Relationships - May 5, 8 am - 4:30 pm, Radisson Hotel & Conference Center - Info and Registration>>

NCLC Webinar: Aging into Poverty: Economic Insecurity among Older Adults of Color & LGBT Elders - May 7, 2 - 3:30 pm EDT. Register>>

NCOA & Friday Morning Collaborative Webinar: Community First Choice Option: State Consideration and Implementation - May 16, 2 -3:30 pm ET. Register>>

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