News About Aging

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Healthy, tasty summer recipes

Many of the city’s farmers’ markets provide cooking demonstrations that will give you ideas of how to use the fresh, tasty produce you can buy there. Here are some recipes that will be showcased at some of The Food Trust’s 20 markets this summer.

Trudy Mione
Posted By Abbey Porter

‘Elder orphans’ should take legal steps

The population known as “elder orphans” – seniors who live alone and don’t have family members to help them – weighs heavy on the heart and mind of Debra H. Kroll, a professor at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. Kroll, who runs the school’s Elderly Law Project (which receives funding from PCA), knows many people, both personally and professionally, who struggle with aging alone.

Leigh Gresham - Elder Orphan
Posted By Abbey Porter

‘Elder orphans’ face life on their own

“Aging is not for the squeamish,” a friend in her 60s said to me recently. To be sure, growing older can bring challenges as one’s physical and mental capabilities change and, often, one’s independence diminishes. Those challenges loom especially large for “elder orphans” – seniors who live alone and do not have family members available to help them. From having someone to care for you when you’re sick to knowing who to list as an emergency contact, needs or concerns that may be easily surmounted by seniors with family members to rely on can be obstacles for those who are on their own.

Ralston Center Food & Company cooking project (photo courtesy of Ralston Center)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Cooking soup for seniors

It’s a Thursday morning, and water is sim­mering in two big stainless steel pots on the stove at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. Volunteers from the church and community chop cauliflower, carrots, scallions, onions, garlic and celery. Pungent scents of turmeric, nutmeg and cumin suffuse the small room. This communal soup-making venture is one of a series of intergenerational cooking ses­sions sponsored by Food & Company, a project of Ralston Center’s Age-Friendly West Philadelphia Initiative.

Receiving a produce delivery from volunteer Sarah Martínez is Lenora S. Ward, a member of the food buying club run by the Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha.
Posted By Marcia Siegal

APM’s food buying club

“Everything is fresh, and the price is right,” says Willa Mae Knight in her emphatic way. “I especially enjoy the blueberries, mangos, string beans, collards and kale, strawberries, cilantro, and lemons.” Knight is a member of the food buying club operated by the Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), a health, human services, community and economic development nonprofit primarily serving Eastern North Philadelphia.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Combating senior malnutrition

More than 10 percent of adults experience malnutrition, a condition caused by not eating enough healthy food, according to the National Council on Aging (NCOA). A key warning sign of this condition is unplanned weight loss.

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