News About Aging

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: February 20-23, 2018

Built by the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society to serve as a meeting place for abolitionists, Pennsylvania Hall ws burned to the ground by "anti-black" rioters , four days after it opened. (Photo courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

When Pennsylvania Hall burned

By Constance Garcia-Barrio

On the morning of May 14, 1838, a small group of black women from South Philadelphia, home at that time to many of the city’s African-Americans, made their way north, past Market Street’s smelly fish stalls and dye shops, to Pennsylvania Hall. The Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women would soon start in the stately new building on Sixth Street between Mulberry and Sassafras, about where WHYY stands now. Besides being excited about the convention, only the second of its kind in U.S. history, the women felt wary.

Getting an eye exam when you notice any sudden vision changes could save your sight. (iStock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Helping people with low vision

With people in the United States living longer, eye diseases and vision loss have become major public health concerns. Low vision is a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Having low vision can make activities like reading, shopping, cooking, writing and watching TV difficult. In addition, the consequences of vision loss may leave people feeling anxious, helpless and depressed. Vision rehabilitation can help people with low vision to maximize their remaining vision and maintain their independence and quality of life.

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