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Published On 3/16/2021
This is a presentation given by Penn's Village at "Directions for Connection," a symposium on social isolation among older adults, that was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging in March, 2021. Our message - that the Penn's Village mission to help our members "connect, engage and thrive" with or without a pandemic - was the perfect launching point for the conference.
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In The Media

Published On 3/31/2022
ABC News (Boston) Piece on Village Movement
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Published On 3/13/2022
The Village to Village Network assists older people with the services they need to remain in their homes. A younger generation is getting involved.
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Published On 8/23/2021
“I really like to think of it as seniors helping seniors,” one member said. Services range from social hours to help setting up a computer to a ride to a doctor's office.
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Published On 10/12/2020
As the pandemic has impacted all of our lives most dramatically, our more than 100 volunteers were put into immediate action, creatively adapting to serving members in different ways: instead of face-to-face companion get-togethers, pairs met in the park, over Face Time and Zoom; when one member was unexpectedly hospitalized, his daughter across the country asked us to retrieve his eye glasses and cell phone; when in-person weekly program and committee events were no longer possible, we all dived into learning technology and zoomed our way into members’ homes. Thus far, we have provided more than 75 virtual programs, mostly free to our members, volunteers, and guests. Since March, nearly 1,000 people have participated. Penn’s Village mission is to help members in central Philadelphia connect, engage and thrive so they can remain in their own homes as they age, face health issues and deal with loneliness and social isolation exacerbated by this pandemic.
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Published On 12/17/2019
Loneliness may have the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, making it
even more dangerous to health than obesity. Recent nationwide studies highlight the close
relationship between social isolation and loneliness and serious health problems — as well as greater mortality.
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Published On 4/14/2014
An organization that helps Philly residents age in place provides an extra set of eyes and ears at medical appointments.
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Published On 3/9/2020
While older adults are not a monolith, they face
unique challenges and risks with respect to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Older adults, especially those with certain chronic health conditions, look to be more vulnerable.
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Newsletter

Published On 10/3/2022
Subject: The October Village View newsletter is here!

In this month’s edition, we

· Bust some common myths we hear and tell ourselves about aging

· Introduce a new business partner whose new Philadelphia primary-care practice is based on a unique patient-centric model

· Find out just how successful our 2022 Summer Fundraiser really was!

All this, and more, in the October Village View!
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Published On 9/6/2022
September’s Village View welcomes the fall season with an article about our summer intern plus a compelling look at why one Penn’s Village member feels that age really doesn’t matter, as well as news about upcoming programs and events plus the introduction of two new regular features:
• Welcome New Penn’s Village Members
• Business Partner Highlights, which will occasionally feature a short story about one of our Business Partners at the Mentor Level or higher.

All this, and more, in the September Village View!
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Published On 6/1/2022
· A summer full of things to do in and around Philadelphia

· Up-to-date PV COVID-19 precautions from ED Jane Eleey

· Seven stellar PV Program previews, including two in-person events!

· PV West Walkers discover a Washington Ave decluttering resource
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Published On 5/2/2022
May is Older Americans Month, celebrated each year since 1963. At Penn’s Village, we exemplify this year’s theme in every way - “Age my way!”, or as Frank Sinatra sang, “I did it my way”.

Today’s issue of The Village View demonstrates how we actively and enthusiastically celebrate this month and always, with member stories, sleep articles, program and event announcements. All this and more in this month’s Village View.
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Published On 4/5/2022
April News You Can Use

· Executive Director’s heartfelt tribute to Penn’s Village Volunteers
· Avalie Saperstein and her twin grandbabies
· Two New Interest Groups—Is one right for you?
· April’s PV Programs and Community Happenings
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Published On 3/1/2022
Get ready to welcome Spring and Daylight Saving Time though it still frequently feels like winter. Get out and about or snuggle up with hot chocolate to read this month’s The Village View.

Read about…
· One member’s unusual hobby and private collection
· I&D Committee’s focus on Women’s History Month
· The extraordinary background of playwriter Lorraine Hansberry
· Programs and events by PV and community-based arts organizations
All that and more.
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Published On 2/1/2022
February has many special events to celebrate: American Heart Month, Valentine’s Day, International Friendship Month, Black History Month, to name a few. And don’t forget the Penn’s Village Town Hall! Here’s hoping that you are doing well and finding ways to connect, engage and thrive in a constantly temporary world. Let your February newsletter, The Village View, be your constant.
Read stories on…
· Medicare and COVID testing updates
· Long-time PV member and board chair Kristin Davidson
· The 20th anniversary of the Village movement in the US
· And more…
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Published On 1/4/2022
Happy New Year!

We’d all agree that keeping safe and healthy is #1 on your list for 2022. Here at Penn’s Village, we strive to keep you connected and engaged, and this issue will provide you with feel-good stories about members, along with activities that stimulate and educate. Read all about it in this month’s Village View.

· Manage your own health with “self-contracting”, a tried-and-true strategy by our own Jay Pomerantz, MD
· How to save money on prescription drugs
· Book review on The Museum of Innocence
· Member highlights: Barry George and Ted Robb

All that and more in this issue
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Published On 10/1/2021
· Read the connection between a long-time ago burglary, a book, and a Penn’s Village member.

· Celebrate Inclusiveness and diversity in programs and holidays this month.
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Published On 9/2/2021
· Say hello to Farida Pomerantz and goodbye to our summer interns

· Learn what’s opened to explore in person and what’s still virtual

· Explore ways to improve your vision with improved lighting

· Hear from our committees and interest groups and how you can join in
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