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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Embracing the gig economy: One woman’s story

By Maggie Davenport

(Reader submission)

I decided to take a new approach to employment in mid-life. This alternate approach was fueled by a vagabond aura that has been part of me for as long as I can remember. And my new approach has a multitude of positives – particularly as I age. I have always been fairly “location independent,” meaning that I do not feel restricted to working in one area. I rent my home, so I am not bound to one place by a mortgage. The opportunities and advantages available to me are limited only by imagination and a little nerve. Location independence can be considered a lifestyle, and as such, it is easy to live your passions while pursuing goals and making a living.

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Posted By Michael Hanisco

PCA employees study abroad to expand their worldview

By Marcia Z. Siegal

In the midst of their careers, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) social workers Marquetta Bond, Edda Weber and Frederick Pence traveled abroad individually to study social work in other countries. Through their experiences, they gained new perspectives and deepened their appreciation of cultural diversity – an advantage in working with PCA’s long-term care participants, they said.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Stitching artful embroidery

By Constance Garcia-Barrio

If the colors and patterns in Nancy Lisagor’s embroidered pillows came with sound effects, you might hear popping firecrackers or the wild conclusion of Ravel’s “Bolero” upon seeing them.

Lisagor, 68, creates precise needlepoint designs consisting of upright stitches laid in a mathematical pattern. This method, known as bargello, was developed in Italy and Hungary centuries ago. The name originates from a series of chairs found in the Bargello palace in Florence that have a flame stitch pattern. Other classic bargello shapes include diamonds and medallions, but patterns can vary depending on the arrangement of the vertical stitches. Lisagor often gives the shapes a twist and selects hues that almost cry aloud.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Artist’s new outlet is making ‘malas’ for meditation

By Linda L. Riley

Tina Pritchard has felt compelled to create beauty, in one form or another, for as long as she can remember. In service of that drive, she has embarked on an eclectic variety of pursuits, from textile arts to baking to gardening, some income-producing, others not. Her most recent undertaking is making malas, strings of prayer beads used in meditation.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Talking with actor Ed Asner

By Frank Burd

Milestones writer Frank Burd interviewed Ed Asner when the renowned longtime actor performed his one-man show, “A Man and His Prostate,” at Bucks County Playhouse last month. Burd met him backstage after the performance, which he is touring with.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Cartooning around with Philadelphia’s Signe Wilkinson

By Barbara Sherf

Famed Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer cartoonist Signe Wilkinson was the first female political cartoonist to receive the Pulitzer Prize, which happened in 1992. Sometimes ideas for her political cartoons, which appear on Philly.com as well as in print, come to her while she rows on the Schuylkill River. But more often it is while she reads three newspapers and a myriad of websites each morning that ideas occur. After sketching several ideas, she runs her favorites by editors and then hits the drawing board, literally.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Singer enjoys six decades of entertaining

By Constance Garcia-Barrio

At 12, singer Freyda Thomas strutted onto a stage at a Montgomery County country club in a prom gown and belted out “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.” Her father, Eddie Shaw, whose popular band played in Philadelphia for many years, had invited her to perform. “I still remember the chills up and down my spine as the trumpets, saxes and trombones blared behind me,” says Thomas, now 74. That spring night marked the start of a career in entertainment that has blazed for more than six decades and, besides singing, includes acting gigs on “Murphy Brown” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” Thomas was also recently profiled on WHYY.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging News & Research: January 29-February 2, 2018

  • Quantity of Movement as a Measure of Engagement for Dementia: The Influence of Motivational Disorders.  Giulia Perugia, MSc, Daniel Rodríguez-Martín, PhD, Marta Díaz Boladeras, PhD, Andreu Català Mallofré, PhD, Emilia Barakova, PhD, Matthias Rauterberg, PhD.  American Journal of Alzheimers Disease and Other Dementias, Volume 33, Issue 2, Pages: 112-121. First Published November 17, 2017.  SAGE Choice Open Access.   Results highlighted significant correlations between quantity of movement and observational scales of engagement and a strong negative influence of apathy and depression on engagement. Click to download pdf.
  • Prevalence of Long-Term Opioid Use in Long-Stay Nursing Home Residents.  Jacob N Hunnicutt MPH, Stavroula A Chrysanthopoulou PhD, Christine M Ulbricht PhD, Anne L Hume PharmD, Jennifer Tjia MD, Kate L Lapane PhD.  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Volume 66, Issue 1, January 2018, Pages 48–55.  First published:  September 21, 2017.  One in seven NH residents was prescribed opioids long-term. Recent guidelines on opioid pre-scribing for pain recommend reducing long-term opioid use, but this is challenging in NHs because residents may not benefit from nonpharmacological and nonopioid interventions.
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