PCA service coordination helps keep frail seniors at home
The majority of older adults want to age at home, in the community. PCA’s nearly 200 service coordinators are vital to helping them do so when they become frail. Each year, the agency provides service coordination for more than 17,000 older Philadelphians.
Managing life with osteoarthritis
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the nation, affecting more than 50 million adults in the United States. It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people age. Arthritis is not a single disease, but rather a term referring to general joint pain or stiffness. There are more than 100 […]
Aging Research & Issues: December 18-22, 2017
- Professional quality of life of adult protective service workers. Angela Ghesquiere , PhD, Stacey B. Plichta , ScD, CPH, Caitlin McAfee , LMSW & Geoff Rogers , BA. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, Volume 30, 2018 – Issue 1, Pages 1-19. Published online: November 21, 2017. A sizable minority of adult protective service workers (22.7%) were at high risk for burnout, 24.6% were at risk for secondary traumatic stress, and 19.9% reported low compassion satisfaction.
- Armed and Aging: Dementia and Firearms Do Not Mix ! Gabriele Cipriani, Sabrina Danti, Cecilia Carlesi & Mario Di Fiorino. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Volume 60, 2017 – Issue 8, Pages 647-660. Published online: October 27, 2017.
Tips to help avoid cold stress
The elderly population is disproportionately affected by hypothermia (commonly known as cold stress), caused by excessive body heat loss and exposure to cold. Those who don’t dress warmly enough; live in a cold room or house; lack shelter from the snow, rain, wind, and water; eat poorly and take certain prescription medications* are at risk for cold stress. Cold stress can happen indoors, even at temperatures as mild as 60°- 70°F. People can help protect themselves by following some simple guidelines, according to Sharon Congleton, RN, BSN, health promotion nurse supervisor at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA).
PCA joins in ‘Home for the Holidays’ campaign
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) joins in “Home for the Holidays,” a national campaign led by the the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and the Eldercare Locator, in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association and Dementia Friendly America. The goal of the campaign is to ensure that older adults and their caregivers are aware of the many local resources available in communities around the country to support individuals with dementia.
Caregiving from a distance
In 2015, my mother, after whom I am named, died after nearly a decade of shuttling among hospitals, rehab facilities and her Somers Point, New Jersey home, where my younger brother, Kevin, took care of her. Over the years, I witnessed Kevin leave his job, go into depression, gain way too much weight, and isolate himself while taking care of Mom. My oldest sister, Karen, was busy caring for her son and an adult daughter who has epilepsy while overseeing the building of a handicapped-accessible home. When needed, she stepped up to help me navigate the nightmare of helping to care for ailing parents from a distance.
‘Dom Care’: Providing supportive homes
Domiciliary Care, or “Dom Care,” is a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. It was established in 1977 to provide a home-like community living arrangement for adults 18 and older who are unable to live independently and need help with activities of daily living. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) administers the program in Philadelphia. Dom Care “providers” open their homes to individuals who need supervision, support and encouragement in a family setting. Providers cannot be related to their residents.