I recently joined the Steering Committee for Generation Appreciation Philadelphia, a network of aging professionals dedicated to creating a more age-friendly city. Through this new affiliation I am able to bring to life a program I started working on last year — connecting homeless animals and seniors in need of companionship. Join us for this special event and discussion.
GenPhilly will host a panel of experts in the fields of aging, animal welfare, & social services at PSC on February 18, 2010 to:
- Learn how adopting an animal can benefit the physical & mental health of older adults, and identify the challenges that older pet owners face
- Discuss how animal shelters & rescue groups could increase adoptions, improve “save rates,” & expand their volunteer base by engaging with older adults
- Consider how pet ownership, especially among older adults, can contribute to healthier, stronger neighborhoods for Philadelphians of all ages
- Hear best practices from “Pets and Elder Team Support (PETS),” a project of the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA) in New York City
- Alexandra Collier, MPA, Director of Special Projects, Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA)
- Allen Glicksman, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA)
- Kim Wolf, Board Member,PHILADOPTABLES (Friends of the Philadelphia Animal Control Shelter)
Thursday, February 18, 6:00pm to 8:00pm*
*Informal networking begins at 5:00pm (feel free to bring dinner at that time, as there is no eating in the theater)
Philadelphia Senior Center
509 S. Broad St.
(Near South Street; Broad & Lombard stop on the Broad Street/Orange Line)