News About Aging

Betty Ann Fellner remains active by volunteering, despite a diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia. (Courtesy of Betty Ann Fellner)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Staying engaged, with dementia

By Constance Garcia-Barrio

When Betty Ann Fellner’s surgeon okayed her to start physical therapy after a 2011 hip replacement, she felt relieved at clearing a major health hurdle. But her physical therapist uncovered a shocking new problem.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Navigating without sight

By Alicia M. Colombo
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.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: Feb. 26-March 2, 2018

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: February 20-23, 2018

Getting an eye exam when you notice any sudden vision changes could save your sight. (iStock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.

Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack could save your life. (iStock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.

Follow the recommendations of your doctor to manage your heart and overall health. (iStock)
Posted By Alicia Colombo

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.

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