Recent Headlines: February 21, 2018
When Pennsylvania Hall burned
By Constance Garcia-Barrio
On the morning of May 14, 1838, a small group of black women from South Philadelphia, home at that time to many of the city’s African-Americans, made their way north, past Market Street’s smelly fish stalls and dye shops, to Pennsylvania Hall. The Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women would soon start in the stately new building on Sixth Street between Mulberry and Sassafras, about where WHYY stands now. Besides being excited about the convention, only the second of its kind in U.S. history, the women felt wary.
Helping people with low vision
With people in the United States living longer, eye diseases and vision loss have become major public health concerns. Low vision is a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Having low vision can make activities like reading, shopping, cooking, writing and watching TV difficult. In addition, the consequences of vision loss may leave people feeling anxious, helpless and depressed. Vision rehabilitation can help people with low vision to maximize their remaining vision and maintain their independence and quality of life.
PCA to present ‘Engage Your Body and Brain’
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) will present a senior education event, titled “Engage Your Body and Brain,” on Saturday, March 24. The event, featuring classes ranging from cyber safety to gardening, will take place from noon to 4:30 p.m. at PCA, 642 North Broad St. The cost to attend is $5 per person and includes a healthy snack. Registration is required by March 2.
Recent Headlines: February 14, 2018
- His elderly mother wandered out into the cold and died. Whose fault was it? (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- Expecting your kids to take care of you? Think again (thirdAge.com)
- Trump’s Rx for Medicare drug costs: share rebates with seniors (CBS News)
- Column: How is it that one day you wake up old? (Hartford Courant)
- Mind your brain health by focusing on berries, nuts and salads (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Knowing heart attack risks
By Marcia Z. Siegal
Every 40 seconds, someone suffers a heart attack. Many of these attacks prove fatal. In fact, heart disease — or the buildup of plaque in the heart’s arteries that can lead to a heart attack — is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many people are unaware that they are at risk – or realize the added heart risks that can occur in wintertime, warns the CDC. February, American Heart Month, is a good time to think about your heart health.
Taking care of your heart
By Alicia M. Colombo
This month, take time to love yourself by thinking about your heart health. Heart health is a broad term that is often used to describe healthy blood flow through the vessels, healthy tissue in the heart walls and a normal rhythm, said Sonela Skenderi, D.O., a board-certified cardiovascular disease specialist at Mercy Cardiology at Nazareth Hospital.
Recalling ice skating dreams
By Dorothy Stanaitis
As the next Winter Olympics are upon us this month, I recall my childhood dreams of becoming a famous ice skater. Sonja Henie started it all. That tiny Norwegian figure skating sensation whirled, twirled and twisted her way to three Olympic gold medals in ladies singles figure skating, as well as six European and 10 World Figure Skating Championships – more than any other skater.
Recent Headlines: February 7, 2018