Author Archives: Marcia Siegal

‘The Learning Tree’

Mount Airy resident Barbara Bloom was intrigued by the concept of neighbors teaching neighbors. When she and and a core of dedicated volunteers started the Mount Airy Learning Tree (MALT) 35 years ago to do just this, they didn’t have a clue how popular the organization’s mostly evening and weekend classes would become


Meditation’s benefits

Meditation is an ancient mind and body practice that is estimated to date back as far as 5,000 B.C. Most forms of meditation Most share the practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, the breath or movement in order to increase awareness of the present moment – a state called mindfulness – as well as to lower stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth.


Engage your body, brain

Dr. Dan Gottlieb, an internationally renowned psychologist and host of WHYY-FM’s “Voices in the Family,” will discuss “Cultivating Compassion for Our Aging Bodies” as part of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA) 6th annual Senior Education Day. The event, which includes a total of seven sessions to choose from, will be held Saturday, March 18, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at PCA, 642 N. Broad St.


Dancing for health

Held at Center on the Hill … the place for active adults, located in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, “Folk Dance on Fridays” draws an avid following. Under the direction of folk dance aficionado Bill Wadlinger, participants learn line and circle dances from the Balkans, Israel, France, Hungary, Greece, Scandinavia and other locales around the world. But enjoyment is only one of the benefits. Dancing is good for your heart – and more.


Consumer Headlines: January 25, 2017

Who Will Care for the Caregivers? (New York Times) USDA To Roll Out SNAP Pilot Program For Purchasing Groceries Online (KYW Newsradio) Report projects ACA repeal would cost 137,000 PA jobs and double state budget deficit (Philly.com) Philly health plan for seniors warned to fix physician directory (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/Philly.com) “Gigs” are becoming lifelines for seniors […]


Sweet potato recipes

There are several varieties of sweet potatoes, some of which are marketed as yams. These recipes are for the kind with a reddish skin and orange interior, as shown in the photo