Recent Headlines: July 18, 2018
Transitioning gender to become her true self
By Constance Garcia-Barrio
After years of “gender unhappiness,” Lee Ann Etscovitz took a huge step in a long, painful journey. At the age of 65, she underwent male-to-female sexual reassignment surgery in May 2001. “I had to live as much as possible as the female I felt myself to be,” says Etscovitz, a Hatboro resident.
Moving to a continuing care retirement community
By Sally Friedman
It was my lousy back that got the first discussions going about a move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). For years, I’ve struggled with my unwelcome genetic legacy – a disc issue that was starting to make life in a two-story home downright daunting.
Recent Headlines: July 11, 2018
Home technology promotes seniors’ independence
A significant rise in the number of people 65-plus is driving technological innovations aimed at helping older adults live more independently. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the nation’s 65-and-older population is 46 million and will reach 83.7 million by 2050. With more Americans living longer, the demand for technology to help people “age in place” will only increase. The most popular home technology currently on the market comes in the form of voice-assisted devices such as Amazon Echo or Google Home, according to a report in USA Today. These devices allow users to control lighting and thermostat settings with just the sound of their voice, giving seniors greater control over energy use.
Meeting caregiving challenges
By Sally Friedman
Once past childhood dependence, most adults cherish the gift of autonomy. They want to determine their own destinies. But needs can change with satisfying – or devastating – results. The shifting of one’s role from equal to caregiver or care recipient can be painful enough to destroy even the best family relationship.
Cool off with this refreshing drink
Watermelon and cucumber, both in season this month, blend well and can keep you hydrated on hot summer days. Watermelon is high in vitamin C. Cucumbers are notable for containing nutrients including vitamin A, folate, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Both are low in sugar and calories. Produce vouchers from the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (see below) can be put to excellent use purchasing these two seasonal Pennsylvania-grown items at one of the certified farmers’ markets in Philadelphia.
PCA Heatline – 215-765-9040 – activated July 1 through 4
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) has activated its Heatline – 215-765-9040 – July 1 through 4 as a result of a Heat Health Emergency declared by the Philadelphia Public Health Department. Hours of Heatline operation are:
Sunday, July 1, noon to midnight
Monday, July 2, 8:30 a.m. to midnight
Tuesday, July 3, 8:30 a.m. to midnight
Wednesday, July 4, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Helping African and Caribbean immigrant seniors
By Marcia Z. Siegal
African-born elders, as well as those who immigrated from Caribbean nations like Haiti, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, are two of Philadelphia’s fastest growing segments of foreign-born seniors, according to the 2016 American Community Survey. Together, these groups comprise 22 percent of the city’s older immigrant population. A third of African elders and 23 percent of Caribbean elders lack proficiency in English. Nearly a third of both groups have one or more disabilities. More than a fifth are low-income.
Knowing that the African and Caribbean immigrant populations rank among the city’s most vulnerable older adults, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) is intensifying its efforts to reach out to them and to identify and address their needs.