As the Area Agency on Aging for Philadelphia, PCA is in a unique position to provide a broad-based perspective on the nature and needs of the city’s older population. The agency produces a variety of reports for both internal purposes and for publication. Some of the information is used by PCA in making grant applications, and may also be useful to other organizations serving the same population.
Additionally, our mission comprises planning, program development, service coordination – and advocacy. Much of the research work we do, and reports generated, aim to raise awareness of aging issues, current resources, and future needs.
The Four-Year Area Plan for Aging Services
This plan describes the demographics of Philadelphia’s older adult population, describes their service needs, and presents a plan of action to meet those needs. PCA is mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to produce a four-year plan for aging services in Philadelphia.
Aging Services and the National Prevention Strategy
The 2011 National Prevention Strategy (NPS), the nation’s roadmap to better health and wellness, was created through the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Although aging and public health organizations share many related goals, they have not traditionally worked closely together. In the context of today’s growing aging population and shrinking public resources, it is more important than ever to identify ways to leverage and align efforts across these two disciplines.
PCA used the guidelines and goals outlined by the NPS to develop “Aging and the National Prevention Strategy,” a report describing the existing and potential connections between the work of organizations in the aging network and the broader public health agenda.
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Age-friendly Philadelphia: A Progress Report
Age-friendly Philadelphia is an initiative by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) to define and develop a cross-disciplinary approach that fosters government policies that provide a high quality of life for persons of all ages; a built environment that facilitates healthy lifestyles, safety, and social connectedness; an aging network that considers the effect of the environment on the well-being of consumers; universities that partner with the community to create cutting-edge research; and emerging leaders from all fields who incorporate older adults into their work.
The ultimate goal is to enable older adults to remain healthy, active, and engaged in their communities for as long as possible. An “age-friendly” city includes accessible housing; public transportation; readily available fresh foods; safe and inviting public spaces; and a vibrant workforce that is aware of issues facing older adults.
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