News About Aging

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Veteran volunteer offers volunteering tips

By Barbara Sherf

Longtime volunteer Bob Rossman, who retired as a computer programmer more than 15 years ago, has some tips for those looking to take on volunteer responsibilities. Rossman, 75, who has lived in Northwest Philadelphia for 40 years, enjoys a mix of volunteer activities that includes serving on several boards, as well as working with his hands.

Leigh Munro, right, hands out a sleeping mat, which she made using plstic bags, at Trinity Church in Rittenhouse Square, (Photo by Paul Anderson)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Making mats for homeless Philadelphians

By Barbara Sherf

New York Opera and Broadway singer Leigh Munro, who teaches “Singing for Seniors” at her Chestnut Hill Voice Studio, is amazed at the volunteer ideas one can find on the internet.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Harnessing positive energy

By Barbara Sherf

If you could use a positive flow of energy in your life, the ancient Chinese practice of qi gong (pronounced “chee-gung”) might be for you. “Qi” stands for the life force energy that powers your heartbeat and gives strength. “Gong” is the practice of increasing one’s life force energy for a better quality of life. This Chinese practice of aligning breath, movement and awareness for exercise, healing and martial arts training can be traced back more than 4,000 years.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Gaining a new perspective

By Barbara Sherf

Grace Moses, 63, has had epilepsy since she was 13. “Eventually, I was able to control the seizures and for many years have had seizures irregularly,” she said. That was until five years ago, when she had five seizures in one day. Moses, who received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Philadelphia University and had been working as a hand therapist at the Upper Extremity Institute for five years, then began to experience life “on the other side” – as a patient.

Betty Ann Fellner remains active by volunteering, despite a diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia. (Courtesy of Betty Ann Fellner)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Staying engaged, with dementia

By Constance Garcia-Barrio

When Betty Ann Fellner’s surgeon okayed her to start physical therapy after a 2011 hip replacement, she felt relieved at clearing a major health hurdle. But her physical therapist uncovered a shocking new problem.

Posted By Abbey Porter

Artists invited to submit works for “Celebrate Arts & Aging” exhibits

Seniors are invited to submit works of art for PCA’s Celebrate Arts & Aging exhibition in May for Older Americans Month. The deadline for submission is March 23.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

PCA to present ‘Engage Your Body and Brain’

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) will present a senior education event, titled “Engage Your Body and Brain,” on Saturday, March 24. The event, featuring classes ranging from cyber safety to gardening, will take place from noon to 4:30 p.m. at PCA, 642 North Broad St. The cost to attend is $5 per person and includes a healthy snack. Registration is required by March 2.

Dorothy Stanaitis' childhood ice skating aspirations were inspired by famed ice skater famous ice skater. Sonja Henie. (istock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Recalling ice skating dreams

By Dorothy Stanaitis

As the next Winter Olympics are upon us this month, I recall my childhood dreams of becoming a famous ice skater. Sonja Henie started it all. That tiny Norwegian figure skating sensation whirled, twirled and twisted her way to three Olympic gold medals in ladies singles figure skating, as well as six European and 10 World Figure Skating Championships – more than any other skater.

A heart-healthy Italian cooking demo  will be one of the featured classes at PCA's "Engage Your Body and Brain" on March 24. (istock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Register now for PCA’s ‘Engage Your Body and Brain’

PCA’s senior education event, “Engage Your Body and Brain,” will be held Saturday, March 24 from noon to 4:30 p.m. at PCA, 642 N Broad St. For just $5, seniors enjoy classes of their choice and a healthy snack. Registration is required by March 2.

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