Author Archives: Alicia Colombo

Highlighting a black war hero

Noah Lewis always had an interest in history and in learning more about his African-American heritage. But it was his late wife Mary’s example as a teacher and volunteer classroom aide that led the biomedical technician to become a professional Revolutionary War re-enactor full-time.


Enjoy lighter comfort food

You don’t need all the fat, sugar and carbohydrates often associated with comfort food to replicate the good feeling such dishes engender. By using a slow cooker, you can infuse dishes with flavor and enjoy the comforting aroma of home cooking wafting through your home for hours. Here are a few recipes that are packed with protein and fiber but not a lot of fat or calories.


Diabetes poses heart, stroke risks

In recent years, the American Heart Association has identified diabetes as one of the seven major, controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Adults with diabetes are about 50 percent more likely to die from a heart attack than adults without diabetes, according to a study of 700,000 people conducted over 10 years by the University of Leeds in England.


SEPTA Key senior photo ID sessions at senior centers

SEPTA representatives will be present at five Philadelphia senior community centers to take photos for new SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID cards.


Helping seniors find work

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) funds and oversees two employment programs for older Philadelphians: the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and the JEVS Career Solutions for 55+ Program. Seniors can be empowered to transform their lives with the help of these employment services, which are available at no cost.


Experts’ downsizing tips

Moving is stressful at any age. When you add a lifetime of memories and “stuff,” the thought of leaving your established comfort zone can become overwhelming. To make the transition easier, seniors and their caregivers can seek the assistance of professionals, known as “senior move managers,” who are trained to assist with the entire moving process.


Caring for an aging America

A recent study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, “Families Caring for an Aging America,” provides an overview of family caregiving of older adults, and its impact on caregivers’ health, economic security and overall well-being


Program makes seniors’ homes safer

PCA’s Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program (SHARP) was established in 1980 to improve the safety, security and energy efficiency of seniors’ homes. Through this, and other programs, PCA arranges for repairs and modifications to the homes of more than 1,000 low-income elderly Philadelphia homeowners each year


Beware of the cold

Exposure to cold can have a greater impact as you age, because the body’s ability to regulate temperature and to sense cold may lessen with age.


Help seniors with heat, food, other necessities

PCA’s Emergency Fund for Older Philadelphians, a resource of last resort for seniors in crisis, needs our donations to help seniors address overwhelming needs.