Regional Affairs Council

(Entrance sign at The Quadrangle, an assisted living facility in Haverford, Pa.  Credit: Lynne Adkins)

Part 3: The Big Day

There are ways to make move-in day a lot less painful.

05/03/2012

(To assist elderly residents who no longer drive, many facilities provide transportation to and from shopping, dining, and events.  Credit: Lynne Adkins)

Part 4: The Next Phase of Life

“It’s like going to a college campus for the first time. They’re the new person on the block and they’re afraid they won’t be accepted.”

05/03/2012

(Sunoco's refinery in South Philadelphia.  Credit: David Madden)

Part 1: Where We Are Now

What has brought the region to this stage, where two major oil refineries have been shut down and a third could join them in a couple of months?

04/05/2012

(The ConocoPhillips refinery in Trainer, Pa., which is for sale.  Hundreds of workers at the facility have already been laid off.   Credit: David Madden)

Part 2: Why You Should Care

If, like most people, you’re worried about gasoline prices, you might.

04/05/2012

(Credit: David Madden)

Part 3: Multiple Blows

The tiny town of Marcus Hook, Pa. depended heavily on earned income taxes from the Sunoco plant, now closed. Its local economy is in trouble.

04/05/2012

(Sunoco CEO Brian MacDonald says he has found limited interest from other companies in a purchase of Sunoco's South Philadelphia refinery facility.  Photo by David Madden)

Part 4: What’s Ahead

So, with a half-billion-dollar potential hit to the regional economy looming in just three months, what does the future hold for the Delaware Valley’s three local refineries? Sunoco CEO Brian MacDonald isn’t sure.

04/05/2012

(Dick Blackburn.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Part 1: Senior Surfers At Risk

The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging has 18 investigators handling more than 2,000 calls per year.

03/07/2012

(Jeanette Liggons, right, takes part in an eduction seminar for senior citizens run by the Philadelphia DA's office.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Part 2: Elder Fraud, Undetected or Unreported

“The elderly are vulnerable because they’re alone, and a lot of time they’re isolated and they’re looking for some type of interaction,” notes one expert.

03/07/2012

(A can opener with hidden camera and wireless transmitter.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Part 3: Keeping A Watchful Eye On Granny

Now, thanks to technology, there are tools available to family members concerned that someone may be stealing from or hurting an elderly loved one.

03/07/2012

(Seniors get information at a free anti-crime seminar offered by the Philadelphia district attorney's office.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Part 4: Fighting Back Against Fraud

What do you do if you find out that your elderly mom or dad is the victim of a financial scam?

03/07/2012

(Protesters at "Occupy Philadelphia."  File photo by John McDevitt)

Part 1: Philadelphia’s ‘1%’

Who are the “one percent” in the Philadelphia region?

02/03/2012

(A person walking through the "Occupy Philadelphia" site, wearing a sign expressing a desire for a job.  File photo by John McDevitt)

Part 2: Finding The Right Balance

Income disparity provides an incentive to work hard. But at what point does income inequality begin to work against economic growth?

02/03/2012

(File photo by Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images)

Part 3: Killing The American Dream?

“You are beginning to see a lot of people in our society who have become disenfranchised,” says the director of corporate social responsibility for the Sisters of St. Francis, in Aston, Pa.

02/03/2012

(Donald Trump looks out the window of his limousine during a visit to New Hampshire last year.   Credit:  Matthew Cavanaugh/ Getty Images)

Part 4: Can We Fix It?

Numerous polls show that Americans, with the steepest income gap of any developed country, are concerned about the growing trend but are divided over what to do about it.

02/03/2012

(The state capitol in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Part 1: Controversy In Harrisburg

KYW’s Michelle Durham reports on the disagreement among Pennsylvania leaders on whether changing the system of liquor sales in the state is a good idea.

01/06/2012

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