ABOVE PHOTO: Hundreds of PHA residents received health care information at PHA’s annual Senior Health Summit.
Hundreds of PHA senior residents from around the city converged at the Wilson Park development in South Philadelphia for the agency’s annual Senior Health Summit. The summit recognized the special needs of seniors and provided information on how to manage their health and address issues as they age. Seniors in attendance met with vendors and took advantage of information on nutrition, prescription drugs, health care insurance, mammograms, blood pressure, diabetes, hearing loss and more.
“The objective of the Senior Health Summit is to give seniors a better understanding of health issues,” said PHA Administrative Receiver Michael P. Kelly. “We work hard to provide material and resources so our seniors can acquire the quality health care they deserve.”
Carol White, a PHA resident, wanted to learn new ways of staying healthy while meeting other seniors with similar interests. “I think it is beautiful meeting folks,” she said. “And receiving a bag full of information on high blood pressure and other health issues shows how much PHA is dedicated to its residents.”
Her fiancée Lavern Willey Lewis attended the summit to learn what services were available to address a health issue that has been affecting him. “My future wife and I both have hearing problems. They told us about a company that gives hearing tests. The service picks you up or will give you the test in your home for free,” said Mr. Lewis. “God willing, we all become seniors and it is great to have an event like this that provides a world of information about health.”
PHA has more than 7,500 residents over the age of 50. The agency provides health and fitness programs for older residents and works with other government agencies to deliver quality service and support for seniors.