DeLissio to promote independence and purpose during 95th Town Hall

PHILADELPHIA, May 15State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host her 95th Town Hall Meeting via Facebook Live at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21.

In recognition of Older Americans Month, the focus of the discussion will be on older citizens who are living active and engaged lives in local neighborhoods.

DeLissio will be joined by longtime senior advocate Teresa Osborne, the former Secretary of Aging for Pennsylvania (2015-18) who now serves as manager of Advocacy and Outreach for AARP Pennsylvania.

The conversation will include the village model: a community model of aging in place, which enhances independence, promotes purpose of life and focuses on social determinants of health. The 194th Legislative District is home to one of those models – the East Falls Village.

“As we get older, we all desire to maintain independence and purpose for as long as we possibly can,” said DeLissio, who serves as Democratic chair of the Subcommittee on Care & Services within the Aging and Older Adult Services Committee.

“The village model blends aging in place with independent living that helps make aging in the community possible for longer periods of time. It’s an innovative and commonsense model all at the same time, and it’s becoming more common among urban and suburban seniors across the United States.”

This will be DeLissio’s third consecutive town hall via Facebook Live since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and Gov. Wolf’s stay-at-home orders necessitated different means to communicate and provide information.

“I continue to welcome residents from all parts of the 194th Legislative District to join us and participate in the discussion,” she said. “This has proven to be a unique but effective way to maintain communication with my constituents.”

Those interested should visit www.facebook.com/RepDeLissio at 7 p.m. May 21. Comments or questions can be posted live in the comment stream during the town hall, or they can be emailed in advance to RepDeLissio@pahouse.net, or a message can be left at 215-482-8726.