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Couple helps Syrian refugees

By Lawrence H. Geller

Renata Alkurdi, 55, has a twinkle in her eye and determination in her heart as she packs donated men’s, women’s and children’s clothing in a large nylon bag. Destination: Syrian refugee camps in Turkey and Lebanon.

“When people make the decision to leave their homeland because of war, they leave with the clothes on their backs,” she says.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Exploring my city as a senior

By Frank Burd

It’s amazing how we can live in a place and never explore it with the vigor of a tourist. I grew up in New York City but never visited the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building until after I moved to Philadelphia and went back to the city with friends. After living in Philadelphia for 50 years, I did something that few locals probably do. This year, I took a group tour of Philadelphia in an open-air bus. It was wonderful.

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Learn about Community HealthChoices

A major shift in the way Medicaid-funded long-term services are provided in the home is coming to Philadelphia. Community HealthChoices (CHC), a new state-mandated program, will affect up to 88,000 seniors or adults with disabilities in Philadelphia. The program, which has already begun in the southwest part of the state, will start in Southeast Pennsylvania in January 2019.

Under CHC, both physical health care and “long-term services and supports” – meaning home-based or nursing-home care – will be coordinated through three state-selected managed-care organizations (MCOs): KeystoneFirst (a member of AmeriHealth Caritas), Pennsylvania Health & Wellness, and UPMC Community HealthChoices. CHC participants will have to choose one of these organizations.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Travel abroad at any age, but with caution

by Constance Garcia-Barrio

International travel requires more than a hop, skip and a jump down the jetway. Few things top the excitement of traveling abroad, but it means physical and psychological stress. Even winding through security lines at the airport can test us as we age.

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Tired of the same old argument? Book offers advice

By Barbara Sherf

Inspired by his marriage to his wife, Elise, Max Rivers has made a successful career out of helping couples with marriage problems. Max, 67 and Elise, 52, have been together for 15 years. At the beginning of their relationship, they both studied mediation in Massachusetts. Because of the impact that learning mediation had on their own relationship, they saw the potential for using the practice in all aspects of life, especially marriage.

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These home safety tips help prevent falls, other accidents

By Alicia M. Colombo

Lois Rosage, a licensed and registered occupational therapist for 33 years, works to evaluate the safety of seniors’ homes through Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program. “I go into a home and look at all the areas that can make seniors independent and safe in their home,” Rosage said. She offers this advice: “Be mindful of your surroundings. Keep walkways clear and use adequate lighting.”

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