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Clark K.,Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
Journal of Aging and Social Policy | Year: 2014

GenPhilly is an innovative, replicable model that was developed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to inspire and engage emerging leaders from a variety of disciplines to promote and sustain an aging-in-community agenda. Administrative support is provided by the Area Agency on Aging, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, yet it was designed by its members to be peer-led. In this way, young professionals in their 20s and 30s can capitalize on popular culture to create unique professional development opportunities and get younger generations thinking about the type of city in which they themselves want to get older. The group has benefited the field of aging by building awareness of aging services in the wider community; facilitating cross-disciplinary learning and innovation around aging issues; stressing the competitive advantage for emerging leaders from all fields to know about aging issues; strengthening the aging network workforce; breaking down stereotypes about working with older adults; and introducing expertise from outside the aging network to benefit older adults. Encouraging the development of similar groups will not only benefit the field of aging, it will assist the next generation of leaders in many fields to plan better for their communities and for themselves. © 2014 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Synder J.,Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
Generations | Year: 2012

A multi-disciplinary approach is needed to combat the pervasive problem of financial exploitation of older adults. Adult Protective Services programs and financial institutions can partner successfully to protect the wealth and health of the most vulnerable adults in our society. This article details an employee training program that started in Philadelphia (in partnership with Wachovia) that can be duplicated to achieve these goals. Copyright © 2012 American Society on Aging.

Glicksman A.,Philadelphia Corporation for Aging | Litwin H.,Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Gerontologist | Year: 2011

The State of Israel provides significant opportunities to study social processes that can enhance our understanding of the aging experience. It has high life expectancy and rapid growth of its older population. With an older cohort that is composed largely of former immigrants and includes a minority Arab population, Israel provides much diversity for gerontological study. Among the unique issues facing older Israelis are the aging of Holocaust survivors, modernization in the Arab sector, and privatization in the kibbutzim. New legislation related to pensions and universal health care is expected to affect aging processes. The development of "supportive communities" offers a new service model. The article notes 2 longitudinal studies of importance - the Israeli component of the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe and the Jerusalem Longitudinal Cohort Study. © The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Gerontological Society of America. All rights reserved.

Glicksman A.,Philadelphia Corporation for Aging | Clark K.,Philadelphia Corporation for Aging | Kleban M.H.,Polisher Research Institute | Ring L.,Philadelphia Corporation for Aging | Hoffman C.,Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
Journal of Aging and Social Policy | Year: 2014

This article describes an innovative model for integrating research into a policy and planning agenda aimed to help neighborhoods become more supportive of older adults. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) established Age-Friendly Philadelphia (AFP) to catalyze efforts to improve the physical and social environments for seniors. The Research Program at PCA became an important part of this effort by providing multiple types of supports to PCA staff and other stakeholders. Most notably, the research program worked with planners to adopt the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Aging Initiative model for Philadelphia. That model focuses on (1) staying active, connected, and engaged; (2) development and housing; (3) transportation and mobility; and (4) staying healthy. Examples of practice efforts actualized using this research are also presented. By developing a new approach to the way research can support practice initiatives, AFP has been able to increase its effectiveness, and researchers have found better ways to work collaboratively with professionals in policy, planning, and practice. The PCA model should be considered as a framework for similar efforts aimed at creating age-friendly communities. © 2014 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Glicksman A.,Philadelphia Corporation for Aging | Ring L.,Philadelphia Corporation for Aging | Kleban M.H.,Polisher Research Institute
Journal of Housing for the Elderly | Year: 2016

Although there is no generally agreed upon definition of the term age friendly, almost all definitions share the same health related goals. Menec et. al. offered a conceptual framework defining age friendly as efforts to increase connectivity. Our analysis was designed to test the hypothesis that targets of many age friendly efforts (food, housing, transportation and social capital) are associated with these health outcomes. We discovered that the two areas associated with increasing connectivity, transportation and social capital, were associated with the age-friendly health related goals. We conclude that Menec's framework provides a useful way of defining age friendly interventions. © 2016, © Taylor & Francis.

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