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Forty+ Organizations Unite to Move Ralston Age-friendly West Philadelphia Initiative Forward

Ralston Center brings organizations together to champion change in aging services and resources

Philadelphia, PA – (November 9, 2015) Philadelphia, PA, November 9, 2015 – Ralston Center, Pennsylvania’s oldest nonprofit nondenominational organization focused on quality of life in aging, hosted the leaders of forty-one organizations on October 28th for a lively conversation on how to move Age-friendly projects from discussion to action.

“The Ralston Center’s initiative in support of an Age-friendly West Philadelphia is exciting. By bringing residents, caregivers and organizations together to support the overwhelming desire of seniors to remain in their home, we are all making Philadelphia a better place for everyone,” said Lydia Hernandez Velez, Philadelphia’s Deputy Managing Director for Aging.

Shaped by focus groups, community listening sessions and contributions from many organizations and stakeholders, the 2016 pilot projects for this initiative, are Age-friendly Resource Network, Age-friendly Public Spaces and Age-friendly Market Rides.

“I am impressed with the passion and commitment of the organizational representatives who have joined us for these discussions,” said Joseph A. Lukach, CEO of Ralston Center. “It is clear that we all want a good quality of life for those aging in the community and are willing to put our joined energy behind doing things that will have positive and measurable impact.”

Next steps include identifying leadership teams for each project and developing strategic plans and timelines.

The Ralston Center will celebrate 200 years of serving the elderly in 2017 and includes Ralston My Way, a Pennsylvania licensed homecare agency; Ralston Wellness providing fitness, social and other programming; Joseph J. Hill Ralston Mercy-Douglass House, a 55-unit independent living apartment building for seniors developed in partnership with the HUD 202 Supportive Housing Program; Ralston Awards for Caregivers and Gerontology Student Nursing Excellence; Ralston House, its historic facility and former residence for elders on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the Ralston Age-friendly West Philadelphia Initiative.