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.
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.
PCA to host free caregiver workshop on Nov. 13
In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) and Lutheran Settlement House will present a free caregiver workshop, “Caregiving Counts: How to Maximize Your Time Around the Clock,” on Monday, Nov. 13. The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PCA, 642 N. Broad St. Expert speakers will make presentations on finding your organizational style, easy meal preparation, medication management, care coordination, caregiving skill-building and self-care. Lunch is included. For more information or to register, call 215-765-9000, ext. 4391 or email Cheryl.Clark@pcaCares.org.
Aging Research & Issues: August 21 – 25, 2017
- A 2-Year Follow-Up After a 2-Year RCT with Vitamin D and Exercise: Effects on Falls, Injurious Falls and Physical Functioning Among Older Women. Kirsti Uusi-Rasi, Radhika Patil, Saija Karinkanta, Pekka Kannus, Kari Tokola, Christel Lamberg-Allardt, Harri Sievänen. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A (Medical Science), Volume 72, Issue 9, September 1, 2017, Pages 1239–1245. Published online: March 21, 2017.
Exercise-induced benefits in physical functioning partly remained 2 years after cessation of supervised training. Although there was no difference in the rate of all falls, former exercise groups continued to have lower rate of medically attended injured fallers compared with referents even 2 years after the intervention. Vitamin D without exercise was associated with less injurious falls with no difference in physical functioning.
- Types of Learning Activities and Life Satisfaction among Older Adults in Urban Community-Based Lifelong Learning Programs. Takashi Yamashita, Erick B. López , Jennifer Stevens & Jennifer R. Keene. Activities, Adaptation & Aging, Volume 41, 2017 – Issue 3, Pages 239-257. Published online: June 6, 2017. Results showed that additional participation in organized education programs was positively associated with life satisfaction among lifelong learning members.
Celebrating LGBT Pride Month
In June, we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that LGBT individuals have had on history locally, nationally and internationally.
Conference to focus on empowering older adults with intellectual disabilities
The conference “Empowering Older Adults with Intellectual Disabilities” will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at De Sales University Center, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley. Cost is $45, and space is limited.
Keeping Susan B. Anthony’s crusade for women’s rights alive
Personal passions for history, teaching and acting came together when Marjorie Goldman began portraying suffragist Susan B. Anthony more than 20 years ago. Over that time, Goldman has perfected her craft and adopted the cause of social reformer.