Author Archives: Alicia Colombo

PCA receives National Mature Media Awards for Milestones newspaper

PCA has won four 2018 National Mature Media Awards for outstanding writing and overall impression of its Milestones newspaper.

PCA’s Senior Strut: A Health Event in the Park presented by PA Health & Wellness, October 12

Starting at Lloyd Hall on Kelly Drive, seniors are invited to join in a one-mile walk led by Mummers, in colorful costumes playing lively music.

Health brief: Take steps to help prevent osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, which means “porous bone,” is a disease that makes bones weak and brittle. Take these steps to improve bone health and prevent osteoporosis and broken bones

Navigating without sight

South Philadelphia native John Martino, 75, lost his sight at just 24 when his retinas suddenly detached. Emergency surgery was only able to restore partial sight to his right eye. Two years later, he was completely blind. “It took me a while to get acclimated,” Martino says. “It certainly didn’t happen overnight.” To help him adjust, he underwent six months of intensive vision rehabilitation therapy. During that time, he learned how to use a guide cane to help him navigate and received career counseling.

Fighting senior malnutrition

By Alicia M. Colombo

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) recently joined the Defeat Malnutrition Today Coalition, a national group of more than 65 organizations and other stakeholders working to defeat malnutrition in older adults. Specifically, the coalition seeks to garner wider recognition of malnutrition as a key indicator and vital sign of older adult health risk and to work to intervene before malnutrition becomes detrimental to seniors’ health.