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Ralston Center and Mayor Jim Kenney Kickoff Ralston’s Age-Friendly West Philadelphia Initiative 

The Initiative’s first three projects will help underserved, older adults thrive independently

Philadelphia, Pa., May 31, 2016 – Earlier today, Mayor Jim Kenney joined Ralston Center’s Board of Managers President Neville Strumpf, CEO Joseph A. Lukach, stakeholder organizations and members of the community to kick off the Ralston Center’s Age-Friendly West Philadelphia Initiative.

“Together we’ve identified the most pressing needs of older West Philadelphians, and we are focused on implementing solutions to address those needs,” said Ralston Center Board President Dr. Neville Strumpf. “We are dedicated to making this community more conducive for older adults’ health, well-being and ability to age in place.”

Committed to improving the physical and social environments in its community, the Ralston Age-Friendly West Philadelphia Initiative addresses many challenges older adults face. Three initial projects were launched today under this initiative:

• Age-Friendly Resource Network Navigation connecting older adults to buddies who can help navigate complex systems with underlying support.
• Food & Company addressing food access needs and social connection.
• Age-Friendly Places piloting ways in which public parks and spaces can be safer and more inviting to people of all ages.

“This is a great day for senior citizens in West Philadelphia,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “Through active public engagement, the Ralston Center has developed programs that will provide them comfort and access to much-needed services.”

Ralston Center’s Age-Friendly West Philadelphia Initiative is a collaborative partnership of over 50 local and citywide stakeholders, including AARP, the Mantua Civic Association and the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, to bring age-friendly changes to the area.

“We care about the health and well-being of our city’s older adults,” said Ralston Center CEO Joseph A. Lukach. “Ralston’s Age-Friendly West Philadelphia Initiative marks an important step in providing much-needed services for our aging population.”
Inspired by the World Health Organization’s internationally-focused age-friendly initiative, and building on its long-standing history of senior care in West Philadelphia, Ralston Center’s Age-Friendly West Philadelphia Initiative is a community-based, collaborative system offering older residents enhanced opportunities for well-being and greater access to much-needed resources. As a result of this initiative, older adults will live actively engaged lives maximizing their well-being and independence.

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