Learn about Community HealthChoices
A major shift in the way Medicaid-funded long-term services are provided in the home is coming to Philadelphia. Community HealthChoices (CHC), a new state-mandated program, will affect up to 88,000 seniors or adults with disabilities in Philadelphia. The program, which has already begun in the southwest part of the state, will start in Southeast Pennsylvania in January 2019.
Under CHC, both physical health care and “long-term services and supports” – meaning home-based or nursing-home care – will be coordinated through three state-selected managed-care organizations (MCOs): KeystoneFirst (a member of AmeriHealth Caritas), Pennsylvania Health & Wellness, and UPMC Community HealthChoices. CHC participants will have to choose one of these organizations.
PCA Heatline – 215-765-9040 – activated July 1 through 4
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) has activated its Heatline – 215-765-9040 – July 1 through 4 as a result of a Heat Health Emergency declared by the Philadelphia Public Health Department. Hours of Heatline operation are:
Sunday, July 1, noon to midnight
Monday, July 2, 8:30 a.m. to midnight
Tuesday, July 3, 8:30 a.m. to midnight
Wednesday, July 4, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Helping African and Caribbean immigrant seniors
By Marcia Z. Siegal
African-born elders, as well as those who immigrated from Caribbean nations like Haiti, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, are two of Philadelphia’s fastest growing segments of foreign-born seniors, according to the 2016 American Community Survey. Together, these groups comprise 22 percent of the city’s older immigrant population. A third of African elders and 23 percent of Caribbean elders lack proficiency in English. Nearly a third of both groups have one or more disabilities. More than a fifth are low-income.
Knowing that the African and Caribbean immigrant populations rank among the city’s most vulnerable older adults, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) is intensifying its efforts to reach out to them and to identify and address their needs.
Free produce vouchers available for eligible Philly seniors
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) has begun distributing Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) produce vouchers as part of an annual program to encourage seniors to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Eligible Philadelphia seniors can receive $20 worth of vouchers (four vouchers, each valued at $5) that can be used to purchase fresh Pennsylvania-grown produce sold at certified Farmers’ Markets throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding area.
Tips to prevent heat stress
When you’re feeling the heat, this information could be a lifesaver.
Sharon Congleton, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) health promotion nurse supervisor, says that senior citizens, young children and people with chronic health conditions are at a greater risk heat-related illness, such as heat exhaustion or heat stress.
“It is important for older adults to understand the dangers and potential complications that can occur from being exposed to severe heat. Older adults also need to know what they can do to prevent heat stress from occurring,” she said.
Know how to prevent, detect elder abuse
June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. Elder abuse includes physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; financial exploitation; and neglect or abandonment. In Philadelphia, all forms of elder abuse can be reported to Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) Older Adult Protective Services 24/7. Reports of suspected elder abuse can be made 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040; 888-482-9060 (toll-free outside Philadelphia); or TDD 215-765-9041.
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) is the region’s leading source of support for seniors, touching more than 140,000 lives each year. We can help you with “aging, gracefully” so you can live independently for as long as possible, and age well.
Older Americans Month 2018 promotes ‘Engage at Every Age’
For 55 years, Older Americans Month (OAM) has been observed to recognize older Americans and their contributions to our communities. Led by the Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging, this celebration each May offers an opportunity to hear from, support, and celebrate our nation’s elders. This year’s OAM theme, “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizes the importance of being active and involved. You are never too old (or too young) to participate in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.