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Philadelphia, often called Philly, is the largest city in the U.S. state and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the sixth-most populous U.S. city, with a 2017 census-estimated population of 1,580,863

The Philadelphia Corporation on Aging has a mission to to improve the quality of life for older Philadelphians and those with disabilities and to assist them in achieving the greatest possible levels of health, independence and productivity. Services Include:
  1. Protective Services: PCA’s Older Adult Protective Services’ role is to help detect, prevent, reduce or eliminate: Self-neglect, Neglect by a caregiver, Physical, sexual or psychological abuse, Misuse of the older adult’s money or personal property, Abandonment
  2. Emergency Services: Emergency programs can help seniors with food, housing and utilities; and help victims of crime.
  3. Care at Home: Home-based care can enable individuals to stay in their own homes, and remain independent.

Contacts642 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130-3424
Phone: 215-765-9000
Email: [email protected]
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It appears to be a neighborhood where everybody speaks to one another and tries to look out for each other

Philadelphia is the best spot for older people, because of its streets laid out in an easy to understand/navigate walkable grid, along with its world class (subways, buses, trollies, trains, planes) transportation system - with free local transit for those with a Senior Pass Card! There's lots to do for all ages: museums; parks; senior centers; hospitals; schools/universities; church communities; cultural events; shopping malls; street fairs; convention centers; sports complexes; highly rated ethnic restaurants; and the Mummers Parade.

Climate is temperate, with a very diverse, but mostly friendly, family-oriented population. Centrally located beween the Pocono mountains, New Jersey seashore spots, NYC, and Washington DC. Major airport just south of the city, with a direct subway line, and an overseas terminal. Also a seaport, and a Corporate hub. Like other major cities, some neighborhoods can be unsafe, and there is well-hidden age discrimination for corporate jobs. But those in self-employed service jobs can thrive, due to a growing millenium migration into older housing stock, rehabbing and driving up real estate values.

Philadelphia is a melting pot of all nationalities and ages.

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How did Pennsylvania earn the grade of B+? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Pennsylvania has a state sales tax of 6.00%. Of particular interest is that Pennsylvania does not have taxes on social security. There are no estate taxes. There are taxes imposed on inheritance. Pennsylvania has an effective property tax rate of 1.55%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Pennsylvania earned its state tax grade of B+.

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