Author Archives: Alicia Colombo

Health brief: Take steps to help prevent osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, which means “porous bone,” is a disease that makes bones weak and brittle. Take these steps to improve bone health and prevent osteoporosis and broken bones

Navigating without sight

South Philadelphia native John Martino, 75, lost his sight at just 24 when his retinas suddenly detached. Emergency surgery was only able to restore partial sight to his right eye. Two years later, he was completely blind. “It took me a while to get acclimated,” Martino says. “It certainly didn’t happen overnight.” To help him adjust, he underwent six months of intensive vision rehabilitation therapy. During that time, he learned how to use a guide cane to help him navigate and received career counseling.

Fighting senior malnutrition

By Alicia M. Colombo

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) recently joined the Defeat Malnutrition Today Coalition, a national group of more than 65 organizations and other stakeholders working to defeat malnutrition in older adults. Specifically, the coalition seeks to garner wider recognition of malnutrition as a key indicator and vital sign of older adult health risk and to work to intervene before malnutrition becomes detrimental to seniors’ health.

Pennsylvania attorney general warns seniors of IRS scams

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro warns consumers about fraudulent calls and scams from individuals impersonating IRS agents.

Aging News Headlines: February 8-9, 2018

Robots to care for 80 percent of Japan’s elderly by 2020 (Asian Correspondent) Health care and community-based organizations have finally begun partnering to integrate health and long-term care (Health Affairs Blog) Socially active older women benefit from flu vaccine (Reuters Health) Study finds brain network weakening in many older adults after knee replacement surgery ( […]

Taking care of your heart

By Alicia M. Colombo

This month, take time to love yourself by thinking about your heart health. Heart health is a broad term that is often used to describe healthy blood flow through the vessels, healthy tissue in the heart walls and a normal rhythm, said Sonela Skenderi, D.O., a board-certified cardiovascular disease specialist at Mercy Cardiology at Nazareth Hospital.

Author, professor deciphers dreams in search of real meaning

Author, teacher, dream interpreter and founder of David Low, 63, is a big believer in listening to one’s dreams.