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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Consumer Headlines: August 23, 2017

Could this idea help fix America’s shortage of home care workers? (Next Avenue)Joan Ditzion on aging with purpose, passion and power (Senior Planet) The age of anti-aging: Media hype and the myth of ageless baby boomers (Generations) Nursing home residents could lose their day in court (AARP) Meet the Raging Grannies, Portland’s not-so-secret warriors for civility  […]

"Yin Yang," a photograph by Klyde Breitton, is among the artwork displayed at the Asian Arts Initiative, which seeks to build cross-cultural understanding. (Photo by Paola Nogueras)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Asian Arts Initiative connects cultures

If you listen closely at the door of Asian Arts Initiative (AAI), 1219 Vine St. in Chinatown North, you can almost hear the stereotypes shatter. Begun in 1993 as a program of Painted Bride Art Center, a multicultural performing arts venue in Old City, AAI was launched as a means of promoting understanding and defusing tension between Asian-Americans and African-Americans. Over the years, AAI has grown to become an independent multidisciplinary community arts center, but its mission of building cross-cultural understanding remains. The initiative presents works that address the Asian-American experience, including by taking a frank look at Asian-American interactions with black Americans.

Reverse mortgages can pose risks. (iStock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Help available to couples with reverse mortgages

By Elizabeth P. Shay, Esq., director of homeownership rights, SeniorLAW Center

Reverse mortgages have become popular as the result of marketing and television commercials that claim this is a simple way for seniors to get cash from their home with no repayment until after they die. While this type of loan is not suitable for many borrowers, it may be useful for a senior living on a fixed income who is facing foreclosure of their conventional mortgage. But for most seniors, a reverse mortgage is expensive and may pose big risks to borrowers. If you already have a reverse mortgage, take a moment and look over the deed to your home.

Ray Torres (right) worked with Haitian leader Herault Beauvais as part of his volunteer efforts in Fondwa, Haiti. (Photo courtesy of Ray Torres)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Volunteering for Haiti

In 1994, with years of social activism under his belt, Ray Torres joined a delegation from the First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG) as a volunteer to aid Fondwa, a village in southern Haiti. Led by the vision of “Father Joseph” Phillipe, a Haitian Catholic priest, Torres became a key member of the group that helped to raise seed capital to start a bank, Fonkoze. “The bank provides micro-loans to the organized poor in Fondwa,” says Torres, a retired psychiatric social worker. “Fonkoze began with one office and three employees and has grown to 46 branches nationwide and 230,000 members.”

The red ribbon is a familiar symbol of HIV/AIDS.
Posted By Marcia Siegal

‘My mysterious brother’

My brother Marty has been gone three decades now. As time passes, I miss him more and more, especially during holidays, when I experience a tremendous emptiness that no number of festivities can allay. I yearn just to hear his voice. Marty was a gentle, kind man who liked cooking, music, science fiction and travel. He was two years younger than me. Yet as adults, we weren’t especially close, even though, for a time, we lived on the same Philadelphia street.

photo of the Ralston Center, circa 1885
Posted By Crystal Davenport

The Ralston Center: A pioneer in serving seniors, past and present

In the early 1800s, senior women who lacked money often ended up in the alms­house, the shelter system of yesteryear. Sarah Clarkson Ralston aimed to change that fate by pioneering a new role for women.

photo of Bhutanese elder
Posted By Marcia Siegal

New frontiers: PCA staff reaches out to immigrant elder populations

There are nearly 41,000 foreign-born older Philadelphians, according to the American Community Survey. Compris­ing 15 percent of Philadelphians 60-plus, they often settle in insular communities of fellow immigrants.

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