By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging held a seminar for about a hundred caregivers who come in contact with seniors.  The goal was to get information out about assistance available this winter to those who need it.

Winter is approaching and Chris Gallagher, help line director with the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging says this tends to be the most difficult season for seniors.

Gallagher says, “A lot of people on fixed incomes have to decide between paying their utility bill, buying their prescriptions and paying for food.”

That’s why his organization presented a seminar of resources for the elderly.

“This is to educate people that come in contact with seniors; not really educating the seniors themselves,” Gallagher says. “These are 100 organizations that may come in contact with thousands of people over the winter.  We have to make sure that everybody’s on the same page.”

Topics ranged from LIHEAP and Crisis Programs to Senior Food Programs.  Gallagher says to find out more about various organizations that provide assistance, contact your nearest Senior Center or the PCA helpline at 215-765-9040.

Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio

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