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.
At Southwest Senior Center, everyone is welcome
By Michael Hanisco
Just inside the entrance of Southwest Senior Center, 6916 Elmwood Ave., sits a large blackboard plastered with bright posters and stickers. The first poster features a picture of Earth from outer space and is captioned with a simple, provocative tagline: “I don’t see any borders. Do you?” “No one is truly free while others are oppressed,” another declares. A third plainly states, “Immigration is the American Way.” While new images have been added to the collection over time, the unifying message has remained the same: Everyone is welcome.
Having the retirement you want
By Sally Friedman
“Retirement.” The word inspires dueling emotions, and when it crops up, those emotions can run high. People’s take on retirement can be as varied as how they see themselves, their lives and their natures. Exploring the future can be daunting, but retirement is more than just an abstract concept for many who are at or near what is generally regarded as “retirement age” – which, based on American culture and tradition, seems to hover around 65.
Today’s senior community centers promote healthy living, active aging
By Marcia Z. Siegal
With sophisticated fitness centers and wellness programs, computer and Zumba classes, intergenerational collaborations, and a focus on active living, today’s senior community centers are a far cry from the centers previous generations were accustomed to.
National Senior Center Month, observed in September, provides an opportunity to celebrate the vibrant programming featured at senior centers supported by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), which is engaging members ranging from baby boomers to centenarians.
The beauties of nature can be enjoyed without sight
By Joe Garrison
I’ve been sightless since birth, and have experienced a lot of discrimination. People tend to think that because people are sightless – and this goes for all people with disabilities – that they are like children and need a babysitter. I’ve always lived my life to be independent. There are more things that a sightless person can do besides sit around and do nothing.
Treetop Quest Philly offers excitement for all
This spring, a portion of Fairmount Park transformed into Treetop Quest Philly, a unique destination for adventure seekers. The aerial adventure park features zip lines, rope ladder bridges, balance beams and other obstacles for visitors of all ages.
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.
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.
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.