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.
Aging Research & Issues: January 3-6, 2018
- Fusing Biodiversity Metrics into Investigations of Daily Life: Illustrations and Recommendations With Emodiversity. Lizbeth Benson, Nilam Ram, David M Almeida, Alex J Zautra, Anthony D Ong. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Volume 73, Issue 1, January 2018, Pages 75–86. Published online: March 30, 2017. Functionalist emotion and ecological systems theories suggest emodiversity—the variety and relative abundance of individuals’ emotion experiences—is beneficial for psychological and physical health and may change with age.
- Evaluation of Rewind Yoga on Physical Function Outcomes in Older Adults: A Preliminary Study. Andrew I. Miller, Cheryl Der Ananian, Carrie Hensley & Heidi Ungar. Activities, Adaptation & Aging, Volume 41, 2017 – Issue 4, Pages 291-300. Published online: July 6, 2017. Few yoga programs tailored to the unique needs of older adults exist. Rewind Yoga™ was created to address this gap and a pilot study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the program on physical function parameters.
Volunteering for Haiti
In 1994, with years of social activism under his belt, Ray Torres joined a delegation from the First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG) as a volunteer to aid Fondwa, a village in southern Haiti. Led by the vision of “Father Joseph” Phillipe, a Haitian Catholic priest, Torres became a key member of the group that helped to raise seed capital to start a bank, Fonkoze. “The bank provides micro-loans to the organized poor in Fondwa,” says Torres, a retired psychiatric social worker. “Fonkoze began with one office and three employees and has grown to 46 branches nationwide and 230,000 members.”
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.
Aging Research & Issues: May 8 – 12, 2017
- Visitors and Resident Autonomy: Spoken and Unspoken Rules in Assisted Living. Colleen R. Bennett, MS, MA, Ann Christine Frankowski PhD, Robert L. Rubinstein PhD, Amanda D. Peeples PhD, Rosa Perez MEd, Mary Nemec MSW, Gretchen G. Tucker MA. The Gerontologist, April 2017, Volume 57, Issue 2, pages 252-260.
- Mobilizing Older People to Address Climate Change. Karl Pillemer PhD, David Filiberto PhD. Public Policy and Aging Report, 2017, Volume 27, Issue 1, pages 18-21.
Tending the Physic Garden
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece,” Claude Monet, a founder of French impressionist painting, reportedly said. The volunteers who tend the Physic Garden at Pennsylvania Hospital at Eighth and Spruce streets feel much as Monet did. “I’m not a botanist, but I love to garden,” says Kathleen “Kate” McGrann, 75, lead volunteer and coordinator for the garden and the hospital’s former director of social services.
Seeking senior artists
Artists age 55 and over are invited to submit artwork for exhibit as part of the 2017 “Celebrate Arts & Aging” festivities during Older Americans Month in May. Presented by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), “Celebrate Arts & Aging” highlights older adults’ artistic talents and creativity with events held throughout the city during May. Submissions are due to by Friday, March 24.
Promoting healthy lifestyles
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) funds 20 senior community centers and eight satellite meal sites in neighborhoods throughout the city. Healthy lifestyle programs and activities at centers run the gamut from nutrition and fitness to disease and stress prevention, health screenings, counseling and social support – and pure recreational fun.