Horitculture provides therapy
By Marcia Z. Siegal
Flowers bloom year-round at the Cathedral Village continuing care retirement community in Roxborough. And for many residents, joy blossoms with the tomatoes, herbs, cacti and other plants they help to cultivate.
Know these winter resources
By Alicia M. Colombo
Winter can be harsh on your wallet, as well as your body. Don’t let high utility bills cause a crisis. Several discount and assistance programs are available to people who are older, low- income and/or living with disabilities. This article offers a roundup of tips and resources to help you weather the season safely and comfortably.
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PCA to host free caregiver workshop on Nov. 13
In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) and Lutheran Settlement House will present a free caregiver workshop, “Caregiving Counts: How to Maximize Your Time Around the Clock,” on Monday, Nov. 13. The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PCA, 642 N. Broad St. Expert speakers will make presentations on finding your organizational style, easy meal preparation, medication management, care coordination, caregiving skill-building and self-care. Lunch is included. For more information or to register, call 215-765-9000, ext. 4391 or email Cheryl.Clark@pcaCares.org.
Right diet can benefit brain
It’s often been said that “you are what you eat.” Increasingly, research links that adage to brain health. “A poor diet can increase the risk of developing hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes, which in turn can end up compromising an individual’s cognitive function … A good diet reduces the risk of chronic illness and is beneficial to the brain,” reported Judith Graham in Kaiser Health News. “Diets designed to boost brain health, targeted largely at older adults, are a new, noteworthy development in the field of nutrition.”
Opioid addiction in senior population is rising
Opioid addiction seems to have launched a stealth attack on seniors. Falls and forgetfulness, which are possible signs of addiction, may masquerade as normal issues of aging. Family and friends of an addicted person may chalk up the individual’s more negligent grooming and housekeeping to the decreased energy of advanced age. And a senior with an addiction may be seen as simply following the doctor’s orders by repeatedly refilling a prescription for pain medication.
Recent Headlines: November 1, 2017