Joe and Marie Lange (003)For Immediate Release

Contact: Jean Papaj
Director of Communications & Marketing
jpapaj@ralstoncenter.org / 215-386-2984

Ralston My Way – Ralston Center Partnership with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Recognized

Philadelphia Business Journal’s Brotherly Love Sisterly Affection Award

Philadelphia, PA, April 7, 2016 – Today the Philadelphia Business Journal will recognize the partnership between Ralston Center and Ralston My Way with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation with a Brotherly Love Sisterly Affection Award.

Ralston Center is Philadelphia’s oldest nonprofit non-denominational organization focused on quality of life for older citizens. One of its flagship programs, Ralston My Way, reached out to the Independence Blue Cross Foundation for support of its efforts to more fully integrate with and support the needs of the Northwest Philadelphia seniors. The activities supported include:

• Creating a Community Engagement Council to represent the aging population in Northwest Philadelphia in meetings with Ralston My Way staff and management. The members of this council also serve as Ralston My Way ambassadors to the community and local businesses and act as an ad hoc panel for staff to consult with as we develop new programs, events and communications.

• Engaging with social workers at hospitals and other health systems and senior-serving agencies to increase the awareness of the broad mix of services Ralston My Way provides and how those services can help support aging adults in their home.

• Organizing educational events with local organizations such as Mt. Airy USA, Center in the Park, and local neighborhood associations in Northwest Philadelphia on topics about or of interest to aging adults or caregivers.

“Ralston was established 199 years ago and has thrived over time by listening to and evolving in response to the changing needs of aging Philadelphians. The support of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation for our work in supporting those aging at home is deeply appreciated and will help us continue our mission going forward,” said Joseph A. Lukach, Ralston Center’s CEO.

The Ralston Center’s mission is to improve the health and quality of life for older adults in Philadelphia. Our programs include Ralston My Way; Ralston’s Age-Friendly West Philadelphia Initiative; Wellness classes with 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. We are located in Ralston House, a historic facility and former residence for elders on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

For more information visit www.ralstoncenter.org or call 215-386-2984.

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