News About Aging

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addresses an estimated crowd of 250,000 at the 1963 March on Washington.
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

‘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.”

Posted By Qurana Moody

Submit your nominations for 2018’s Emergency Fund Coalition Community Service Awards

Nominate a community member you think deserves to be recognized for his or her effort and support of the elderly.

Ellen Benson left her career in banking behind in favor of creating mixed-media and found-object art. (Photo by Barbara Sherf)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.

Learning to use the computer "tabet" are(from left Linda Gray and Linda Wilson. (Photo courtesy of Ralston Center)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.

Sarah West, a resident of Cathedral Village continuing care retirement community, enjoys horticultural pursuits there. (Photo courtesy of Presbyterian Senior Living)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: November 13-17, 2017

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: October 2-6, 2017

The Center at Journey's Way's (JW's) annual "Christmas in July" sale features items made by JW members. Proceeds benefit the center. (Photo by Frank Burd)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.

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