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Aging Network News

Week of August 30, 2015
Clean Power, Climate Change & Older Americans (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – EPA)

Climate change poses serious threats to the health of America’s growing population of older adults, according to the EPA. Many aging Americans are battling chronic illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, lung disease and high blood pressure, which can be made worse under the added stresses of climate change. Air pollution is expected to increase in densely-populated areas, contributing to asthma attacks and other respiratory issues. Extreme heat events are a major source of climate-related risk for older adults, with seniors experiencing disproportionate risks of heat-related mortality. People with certain diseases, such as cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses, are especially vulnerable to excessive heat exposure, as are the economically disadvantaged and elders in urban areas. Click Here>> to read the EPA’s Clean Power Plan to maintain an affordable, reliable energy system, while cutting pollution and protecting public health and the environment.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

The sprinkler twirls.
The summer wanes.
The pavement wears
Popsicle stains.

The playground grass
Is worn to dust.
The weary swings
Creak, creak with rust.

The trees are bored
With being green.
Some people leave
The local scene

And go to seaside
And take off nearly
All their clothes.

John Updike, "August," from A Child's Calendar (2002)

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Action Items

Weekday distribution of produce vouchers has ended. Produce vouchers will be available Fridays only from 10-2 while supplies last. Call the Helpline: 215-765-9040 for details.

Job in the Aging Network: PCA Planner for Policy and Program Development works both externally and internally on assigned policy, planning, and program development; agency and community capacity building and grant writing; advocacy; and relationship building activities in support of PCA's efforts to respond to the needs of the elderly in Philadelphia. See PCAcareers.org for more information.

Mayor’s Commission on Aging and AARP Pennsylvania: Take the "Age-Friendly Philadelphia Survey" online>> or at Free Library locations across the city. Surveys will be collected through Sept.

CMS Webinar: Development of HCBS Quality Measures - Sept. 9, 12 noon - 1:30 pm EDT. Register>>

PCA Community Relations Department Hosts Fall Information and Referral (I and R) Council Meeting - Sept. 10, 12:30 - 2:30 pm at PCA, 642 N. Broad St. The I and R Council is open to all aging system workers and provides important updates about social service programs affecting the aging and networking opportunities for attendees. To register, call 215-765-9000, ext. 4470 or e mail: KLawrence@pcaphl.org.

Ideas grant program is open to all innovative, exciting proposals that support Philadelphia’s startup ecosystem, with a particular focus on ideas focusing on young people and that address the issue of poverty in the city. Applications are due by 11:59 pm on September 11. Apply>>

GenPhilly: Working with Older Adults & The Graying of HIV - Sept. 15, 12 - 2 pm EDT. Register>> and find out about other events included as part of "National HIV/AIDS & Awareness Week."

Current Research & Issues

Aligning FDA and CMS Review (Health Affairs - Health Policy Briefs, Aug. 27, 2015)

Future Science OA, Vol. 1, No. 2: Special Issue on protein-misfolding diseases

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