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Aging Network News

Week of January 25, 2015
Emergency Readiness for Older Adults and People with Disabilities (Administration for Community Living – ACL)


During extreme weather conditions, such as snow and ice, it is important to ensure that older adults and people with disabilities have the resources they need. The ACL has posted tips on helping these individuals prepare for a natural disaster or extreme weather conditions. At a minimum, seniors or their caregivers should create a kit of emergency necessities. This should include medication, food, water, batteries or chargers, and any supplies that pets or service animals may need. Individuals should also talk to friends, family, and neighbors to create a support network that can help with communication, transportation, and essential care during periods of time when other community-based services and supports may not be available. If you have an elderly or disabled friend, neighbor or family member, check in or call them during bad weather. For more information on emergency preparedness plans for individuals, service providers and communities, Click Here>>.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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Quote of the Day

"One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others."

Lewis Carroll, otherwise known as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871), was born in Cheshire, England on January 27, 1832.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Aging Network News

Legislative Update: Senate Leaders Introduce Older Americans Act (OAA) Bill(National Association of Area Agencies on Aging – n4a)


The new Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has joined with Senators who led efforts to re-introduce bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the OAA. The previous OAA re-authorization attempt (S. 1562) was stalled last year over funding formula issues. Last week, HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015>> (S. 192) to re-authorize the OAA for three years. The bill includes measures from S. 1562, plus a new provision to address the funding formula agreement. n4a endorsed S. 1562 in October 2013 and has pushed for its advancement ever since. The HELP committee will consider the bill on Wednesday, January 28, and n4a hopes the full Senate will quickly follow suit to pass the bill. The House of Representatives has not yet taken up this issue, but if the Senate does pass a bipartisan OAA bill, n4a will work to encourage the House to do the same. Read n4a’s endorsement of S. 192>> To follow the progress of S. 192, Click Here>>.

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"...staying away from men. They're just more trouble than they're worth."

Jessie Gallan, 109, on her secret to a long life. See the article in the Huffington Post (Jan. 20, 2015)

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Action Items

NSCLC Webinar: SSI Basics - Jan. 27, 2 -3:30 pm EST. Register>>

Franklin Institute: The Aging Brain and Alzheimer's Disease - originally scheduled for Jan. 27 has been re-scheduled for March 11 due to inclement weather. More>>

NCOA Webinar: Benefits University: Understanding the “Terms of Art” of the Application - Jan. 28, 3 - 4 pm EST. Register>>

PA Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition Webinar: Social Security Disability and Medicare: Helping Yourself and Others Navigate the Process - Jan. 29, 1 - 2 pm EST. Register>>

Free event: Hepatitis 101 for Refugee and Immigrant Communities - Jan. 29, 1 - 3 pm, Queen Memorial Library (1201 S. 23rd St, 19146). Questions? Contact Sarah Levin-Lederer at Levin-LedererS@freelibrary.org or 215-567-2163.

Nominations Sought: EFC Community Service Awards - Will be presented on June 4, 2015, when the Emergency Fund Coalition (EFC) for Older Philadelphians will celebrate its 26th anniversary at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road in Northeast Philadelphia. Deadline for nomination submission extended to Feb. 17. Download the Nomination Form>>

Spring 2015 Trainings from PCA's Community Relations Dept.:
March 5, 11, 19, 25:  Aging System Resources, Latino Cultural Competence, Senior Homeowner & Renter Benefits, African Caribbean Cultural Competence
April 22: Asian Cultural Competence
May 20: PACE Form
Details in PCA's current Training Catalog>>

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