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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Writer reflects on her acupuncture odyssey

By M.L. Polak

Through a chance recommendation from a holistic friend, I started going to an acupuncturist about 25 years ago – and for me, it was love at first needle. Acupuncture is a holistic or alternative health technique from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in which trained practitioners stimulate specific points on the body by inserting filament-thin needles into the skin to galvanize the flow of qi (pronounced “chi”), or energy, along internal pathways called meridians. Don’t worry – the needles are stainless steel and sterilized. They are used just once, then discarded.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Strokes: ‘BE FAST’ to help minimize risk

By Alicia M. Colombo

Every 40 seconds, someone has a stroke. That adds up to nearly 800,000 strokes each year. According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the leading cause of disability among older adults and the fifth leading cause of death in America. These statistics are certainly cause for concern, but not for panic.

Up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented, and the chance of long-term disability after a stroke may be greatly reduced by acting quickly at the onset of symptoms.

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Posted By Michael Hanisco

Emotional intelligence can increase with age

By Michael Hanisco

Despite popular notions of seniors being stubborn or set in their ways, evidence suggests that we may actually gain in skills known as “emotional intelligence” as we age. October was designated as Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month by the nonprofit Emotional Intelligence Institute to improve emotional literacy, communication and mindfulness.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Historic cemeteries offer many autumn activities

By Constance Garcia-Barrio

If you’re looking for a dose of history and autumn beauty, try dropping by an area cemetery. Philadelphia’s cemeteries feature architectural marvels, lush gardens and often-forgotten history. In October, some cemeteries offer quirky tours, sell organic produce, share stories about personalities of the past, and host Halloween parties ablaze in autumn’s mantle of crimson and gold.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

How to navigate the annual Medicare open enrollment

By Marcia Z. Siegal

The annual open enrollment period for Medicare starts October 15 and extends through December 7. If you are already enrolled in Medicare, the country’s health insurance program for those 65-plus (and also for people younger than 65 who have certain disabilities and health conditions), you have the opportunity to change your Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for the following year. It is recommended that you review your plan every year to evaluate whether the same or another plan would best meet your upcoming needs.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Funding crisis is looming for PCA’s Emergency Fund

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) Emergency Fund for Older Philadelphians, which provides crisis assistance to help low-income seniors to purchase food, fuel, medications and other necessities, is itself in crisis and may have to shut down soon if it doesn’t receive additional donations. Its balance is less than half of what is was last year at this time, according to Chris Gallagher, director of PCA’s Helpline call center, who oversees fund distribution.

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