December 10, 2012
The Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatric Society held its annual awards dinner at the Union League’s Lincoln Hall. Managing Director Richard Negrin was the keynote speaker for the event, with the help of Deputy Managing Director for Aging Lydia Hernandez.
Negrin spoke about his 88-year old grandmother who lives on her own. “The fact the she is able to take care of herself, the fact that she is able to live alone on a very meager budget is what she calls dignity.”
“These kinds of issues surrounding seniors caught the attention of our Mayor in 2009.” Negrin went on to speak about Mayor Nutter’s Commission on Aging and the appointment of Deputy Managing Director for Aging Lydia Hernandez.
Hernandez joined Negrin at the stage to take questions from the audience, These questions ranged from concerns about transportation, meals on wheels, and the housing stock in Philadelphia.
The Commission on Aging was established in March of 2011. It aims to improve the quality of life for Philadelphia residents over the age of 55. For more information on the commission, please visit http://www.phila.gov/aging.
The MDO would like to send special congratulations to last night’s EPGS’s honorees: Dr. Thomas Lawrence of Main Line HealthCare; Dr. Peter Stein of Crozer Keystone Health System; Johanne Louis, MSN, CRNP of University of Pennsylvania Health System; and Gordon Kutler of Institute for Continuing Education and Research.
The EPGS website can be found at http://www.epgeriatricssociety.org.