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Free Library of Philadelphia
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Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
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Contact: Communications and Development
For Release: Immediately
Contact: Communications and Development


Program to tackle complex relationship between seniors and adult children

PHILADELPHIA, June 21, 2011 - The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Senior Services is kicking off its summer programming with a series devoted to the relationship between seniors and their adult children. The series, “You Are Always a Son or a Daughter,” brings experts to the Parkway Central Library to walk older adults through the complex and often-ignored intergenerational issues that affect them as parents.

The three-part series will feature the following programs, each of which begin at 11:00 a.m. and will be held in room 108:

June 29: Legal Issues: Senior law expert Rise P. Newman, Esq. explains how to handle wills, trusts, and other instruments to promote harmony not bitterness.

July 13: Psychological Issues: Penn clinical psychologist Cindy Baum-Baicker, Ph.D., draws on lessons from her practice to illuminate these complex relationships.

July 20: A Journalist’s Perspective: Journalist and mother Gloria Hochman edited The Age for Change: An E-Book for People 50+, which includes a chapter entitled “Who is this Stranger? Navigating New Waters with Adult Children.” She will speak on related issues.

“Central Senior Services has boasted incredible programming since it opened in 2009, and has always had a strong focus on creating and fostering intergenerational dialogue,” said Siobhan A. Reardon, Free Library President and Director. “This newest series is devoted wholly to that topic, and I’m proud that the Free Library is tackling this important and complicated issue.”

Central Senior Services offers expert computer assistance; large print books; special collections targeted to the needs and interests of older adults; a diverse offering of magazines and newspapers; and the most comfortable furniture at Parkway Central Library.

Central Senior Services is generously funded by a grant from the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation and federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

For more information on “You are Always a Son or a Daughter,” please call 215-686-5331.

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The Free Library of Philadelphia system consists of 49 branches, three regional libraries, the Parkway Central Library, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. With more than 6 million visits annually, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia.


Department of External Affairs, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710, FAX (215) 567-7850