News About Aging

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: January 10-12, 2018

Robust chicken soup is a winner in the cold season. (iStock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Enjoy this robust chicken soup

Flavorful chicken soup makes an easy one-dish meal. Packed with protein, vitamins and minerals, it’s guaranteed to fortify you during the cold-weather season. Scientific evidence is accumulating that chicken soup may actually help you fight colds, too. According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, research suggests that chicken soup slows white blood cells from gathering in the lungs, therefore slowing the progress of the irritating side effects of a cold, like coughing, sneezing, and having a stuffy, runny nose. Chicken soup also helps you stay hydrated, which is important anytime but crucial when you’re feeling under the weather. The recipe that follows features items known to be good for brain health like olive oil, vegetables, beans and poultry.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Right diet can benefit brain

It’s often been said that “you are what you eat.” Increasingly, research links that adage to brain health. “A poor diet can increase the risk of developing hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes, which in turn can end up compromising an individual’s cognitive function … A good diet reduces the risk of chronic illness and is beneficial to the brain,” reported Judith Graham in Kaiser Health News. “Diets designed to boost brain health, targeted largely at older adults, are a new, noteworthy development in the field of nutrition.”

Gazpacho soup is cool and refreshing (iStock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Try these refreshing gazpachos

Gazpacho, a cold soup from the Andalusia region of Spain, is typically made with tomatoes, cucumber, garlic, vinegar, olive oil and stale bread and can be a cool and refreshing dish. Here is a classic recipe with some unique variations that incorporate fruit and other Pennsylvania-grown produce.

Farmers' markets offer just-picked produce. (iStock)
Posted By Alicia Colombo

PCA’s 2017 Produce Voucher Distribution is Winding Down

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) began distributing Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) produce vouchers on Monday, June 19, as part of an annual program to encourage seniors to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. The program serves more than 36,000 seniors each year and fewer than 2,700 sets of vouchers remain for this year. Eligible […]

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: July 24 – 29, 2017

Ralston Center Food & Company cooking project (photo courtesy of Ralston Center)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Cooking soup for seniors

It’s a Thursday morning, and water is sim­mering in two big stainless steel pots on the stove at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. Volunteers from the church and community chop cauliflower, carrots, scallions, onions, garlic and celery. Pungent scents of turmeric, nutmeg and cumin suffuse the small room. This communal soup-making venture is one of a series of intergenerational cooking ses­sions sponsored by Food & Company, a project of Ralston Center’s Age-Friendly West Philadelphia Initiative.

Receiving a produce delivery from volunteer Sarah Martínez is Lenora S. Ward, a member of the food buying club run by the Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha.
Posted By Marcia Siegal

APM’s food buying club

“Everything is fresh, and the price is right,” says Willa Mae Knight in her emphatic way. “I especially enjoy the blueberries, mangos, string beans, collards and kale, strawberries, cilantro, and lemons.” Knight is a member of the food buying club operated by the Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), a health, human services, community and economic development nonprofit primarily serving Eastern North Philadelphia.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Combating senior malnutrition

More than 10 percent of adults experience malnutrition, a condition caused by not eating enough healthy food, according to the National Council on Aging (NCOA). A key warning sign of this condition is unplanned weight loss.

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