Senior centers feature MLK commemorations, celebrations
The upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 15 celebrates the life and legacy of this civil rights icon and encourages people to do acts of services as he had called for during his lifetime. Many local senior community centers are honoring the spirit of Dr. King in advance with special activities. Here are highlights for some celebrations taking place on Friday, Jan. 12 at several of the senior centers which receive funding support from Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.
‘The New Senior Man’ book offers men stories, advice
“Today’s senior men have a gift of time – more than any generations before them,” said Thelma Reese, coauthor of “The New Senior Man: Exploring New Horizons, New Opportunities” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). “It’s a time that is rife with opportunity to learn, to explore, and to discover the universe and themselves.”
Former executive recreates self as ‘dumpster diver’
At 55, longtime Mount Airy resident Ellen Benson took a one-year sabbatical from her career in the banking industry, started taking art classes and got married for the first time. “I was tired of the pressure as VP of human resources and thought I’d just find a ‘normal’ job and pursue other interests,” says Benson, now 70. During that year, the bank where she worked was sold and she exercised her stock options, deciding to pursue her love of art as a mixed-media and found-object artist.
App helps seniors get online
Generations on Line (GoL), a nonprofit dedicated to helping seniors tackle the digital divide, has launched a free application, or “app,” that’s designed to get older adults online more easily by using small, portable computer “tablets.” The app is called Easy Tablet Help for Seniors. It is available both in the Apple App Store and in Google Play. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) is collaborating with GoL on behalf of seniors citywide to expand computer tablet training through this new app.
Horitculture provides therapy
By Marcia Z. Siegal
Flowers bloom year-round at the Cathedral Village continuing care retirement community in Roxborough. And for many residents, joy blossoms with the tomatoes, herbs, cacti and other plants they help to cultivate.
Aging Research & Issues: November 13-17, 2017
- Mindfulness-based forgiveness groups for older adults. Mariko A. Foulk, Berit Ingersoll-Dayton & James Fitzgerald. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Volume 60, 2017 – Issue 8, Pages 661-675. Published online: September 1, 2017.
- Feeling younger and identifying with older adults: Testing two routes to maintaining well-being in the face of age discrimination. Bibiana M. Armenta , Katherine Stroebe, Susanne Scheibe, Tom Postmes, Nico W. Van Yperen. PLoS ONE 12(11) e0187805. Published: November 8, 2017.
Aging Research & Issues: October 2-6, 2017
- Old age expectations are related to how long people want to live. Catherine E. Bowen and Vegard Skirbekk. Aging and Society, Volume 37, Issue 9 October 2017 , pp. 1898-1923. Open Access. Published online: July 15, 2016.
- Gender inequality in self-reported health among the elderly in contemporary welfare countries: A cross-country analysis of time use activities, socioeconomic positions and family characteristics. Adjei NK, Brand T, Zeeb H. PLoS ONE (2017) , 12(9): e0184676. 6
Exploring senior centers
By Constance Garcia-Barrio
Call them reconnaissance missions. I had heard conflicting rumors about senior community centers – I could expect little more than bingo and bologna, according to one story, but truckloads of activities, according to another – so I prepared to get the scoop by visiting three local centers this summer.