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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Stitching artful embroidery

By Constance Garcia-Barrio

If the colors and patterns in Nancy Lisagor’s embroidered pillows came with sound effects, you might hear popping firecrackers or the wild conclusion of Ravel’s “Bolero” upon seeing them.

Lisagor, 68, creates precise needlepoint designs consisting of upright stitches laid in a mathematical pattern. This method, known as bargello, was developed in Italy and Hungary centuries ago. The name originates from a series of chairs found in the Bargello palace in Florence that have a flame stitch pattern. Other classic bargello shapes include diamonds and medallions, but patterns can vary depending on the arrangement of the vertical stitches. Lisagor often gives the shapes a twist and selects hues that almost cry aloud.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Tips to prevent heat stress

When you’re feeling the heat, this information could be a lifesaver.

Sharon Congleton, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) health promotion nurse supervisor, says that senior citizens, young children and people with chronic health conditions are at a greater risk heat-related illness, such as heat exhaustion or heat stress.

“It is important for older adults to understand the dangers and potential complications that can occur from being exposed to severe heat. Older adults also need to know what they can do to prevent heat stress from occurring,” she said.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Know how to prevent, detect elder abuse

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. Elder abuse includes physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; financial exploitation; and neglect or abandonment. In Philadelphia, all forms of elder abuse can be reported to Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) Older Adult Protective Services 24/7. Reports of suspected elder abuse can be made 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040; 888-482-9060 (toll-free outside Philadelphia); or TDD 215-765-9041.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Did Betsy Ross really sew the nation’s first flag?

By Dorothy Stanaitis

As mid-June 1943 approached, our teachers at James Rhodes School in West Philadelphia spent hours having us practice the patriotic songs we’d be singing in our annual Flag Day ceremony. We were already familiar with some of the patriotic songs we would be singing, but this year a new song had been added. We had heard the melody before. It was “Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean,” but now we had to learn new words for it.

This new song described the creation of the nation’s first flag and was called “Betsy Ross Lived on Arch Street, Near Second.”

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

LGBT seniors face higher risks for three chronic conditions

LGBT older adults are at a higher risk for three chronic health conditions: cancer, mental health issues, and cardiovascular disease, according to the National Council on Aging (NCOA).

The higher risks for the aging LGBT community can be attributed to a number of factors, including discrimination in health care. Approximately eight percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals report being denied needed health care based on their sexuality, according to researchers. That number is 27 percent for transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals. Seniors who have faced discrimination may put off doctors’ appointments or important health screenings out of anxiety or embarrassment.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Aging, gracefully

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) is the region’s leading source of support for seniors, touching more than 140,000 lives each year. We can help you with “aging, gracefully” so you can live independently for as long as possible, and age well.

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