Fighting senior malnutrition
By Alicia M. Colombo
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) recently joined the Defeat Malnutrition Today Coalition, a national group of more than 65 organizations and other stakeholders working to defeat malnutrition in older adults. Specifically, the coalition seeks to garner wider recognition of malnutrition as a key indicator and vital sign of older adult health risk and to work to intervene before malnutrition becomes detrimental to seniors’ health.
Teaching vegetarian cooking
By Barbara Sherf
Vegetarian lifestyles are increasing in popularity. Studies by The Vegetarian Times show that almost 23 million Americans follow a “vegetarian-inclined diet” and more than 7 million are strict vegetarians, meaning they eat no meat. Vegetarian diets appear to be more heart healthy, since they are usually lower in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol than those that include meat. Many studies have shown vegetarians to have a lower risk of obesity, coronary heart disease (which causes heart attack), high blood pressure, diabetes and some forms of cancer.
As more Americans are turning to plant based diets, heart-healthy vegetarian cooking classes are also gaining in popularity.
Aging Research & Issues: January 10-12, 2018
- Primary Care Providers’ Perspectives on Screening Older Adult Patients for Food Insecurity. Jennifer A. Pooler MPP , Vanessa A. Hoffman , MPH & Fata J. Karva , MPP. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 2018, Volume 30, Issue 1, Pages 1-23. Published online: August 25, 2017.
- How people come to recognise a problem and seek medical help for a person showing early signs of dementia: A systematic review and meta-ethnography. Lucy Perry-Young, Gareth Owen, Susan Kelly , Christabel Owens. Dementia, 2018, Volume 17, Issue 1, Pages 34–60.
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.
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.”
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.
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 […]
Aging Research & Issues: July 24 – 29, 2017
- Transition from community dwelling to retirement village in older adults: cognitive functioning and psychological health outcomes.
Carol Holland, Alexis Boukouvalas, Stuart Wallis, Danielle Clarksmith, Richard Cooke, Leanne Liddell, Amanda Kay. Aging & Society, Open Access, Volume 37, Issue 7, August 2017, pp. 1499-1526. Published online: May 26, 2016.
- The Future of Age-Friendly: Building a More Inclusive Model Using Principles of Ecology and Social Capital. Lauren Ring, Allen Glicksman, Morton Kleban & Julie Norstrand. Journal of Housing For the Elderly, Volume 31, 2017 – Issue 2: Defining the Goals of Age-friendly Interventions. Pages 117-129. Published online: July 7, 2017.
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.