| It’s important for all people who are aging to take steps to keep physically active and productive in their communities. This is sometimes not easy to accomplish and for people with disabilities who are aging, it can be even more of a challenge. People with disabilities sometimes show the effects of aging earlier then people without disabilities. People with disabilities also sometimes have more health problems. Likewise, it is not always easy for people with disabilities who are aging to find productive meaningful activities in which to participate.
The resources listed below can help. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and the PA Department of Aging have services for all people who are aging which are also appropriate and needed by aging individuals who have disabilities. The Health, Wellness and Aging with Disability site has information and resources specific to individuals with disabilities who are aging.
Legal Help for Seniors – The SeniorLAW Center protects the legal rights and interests of older Philadelphians in need, providing free legal services, community legal education, professional training, advice, information and referral services, and advocacy. They encourage contact from Asian, Latino, and other seniors with limited English. Call 215-988-1244.
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
Philadelphia County’s area agency on aging. PCA seeks to improve the quality of life for older Philadelphians and people with disabilities.
642 North Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130-3409
PA Department of Aging
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging is the only state agency in Pennsylvania whose single duty is serving people 60 years of age or older and their families. Area Agencies on Aging are the local representatives of the PA Department of Aging. The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging is the Area Agency on Aging for Philadelphia.
Older Women’s Support – The Supportive Older Women’s Network (SOWN), a non-profit agency, based in the Greater Philadelphia area, helps women over the age of sixty cope with the complex issues associated with aging. As a leading provider of support group services for older women, it offers communities and social service providers extensive expertise in establishing and maintaining support groups. SOWN also offers consultation services, training programs and workshops tailored to address specific concerns of older women, their families and the professionals who serve them. Currently, SOWN is offering and developing Support Groups for Seniors, both men and women, over 60 who are raising children 18 and under. Current sites are Spring Garden Senior Center, 1221 Spring Garden Street, on Mondays at 10 a.m., and South Philadelphia Senior Center, 1430 E. Passyunk Avenue, on Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. Groups will be developed in other parts of the city, as well as phone groups for seniors who find it difficult to leave their homes for meetings. Groups will provide support as well as sharing of information and resources. Contact Carolyn Schneider at SOWN, 215-477-6000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and referrals.
A list of food hotlines in Philadelphia.
Health, Wellness and Aging with Disability
Get information about health, health education and health care services including managed care, home modifications, traveling, women’s issues, exercise and more.