Considering acting? Give it a go
Marie Ryan’s son John gave her an unusual gift for her 75th birthday: acting lessons. That was 12 years ago, and since then, Ryan has had nearly 60 acting jobs – and counting. The ones she brags about: appearances on the TV shows “Law & Order,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “The Sopranos,” as well as a role in the movie “That Awkward Moment,” in which she played the grandmother of Zac Efron’s character. In addition to TV shows and movies, Ryan has done commercials, print ads and a music video. “Of course, I play old lady parts,” she says.
Singer-songwriter’s ‘joyful noise’
Tom Gala says his songwriting began spontaneously one day when his first son was young. “In my 30s, I was in the car with my son Jesse, and we were behind the 23 trolley,” he recalls. Instead of being annoyed at the slow pace and stop-and-go progress, he says, “we started singing, ‘Trolley, how I love ya, how I love ya.’” But it wasn’t until he began to earn his living as a tree surgeon – pruning and, when necessary, taking trees down – that he had the space in his mind where the music could take root and really grow.
Consumer Headlines: May 24, 2017
Enjoy ‘Taste of Italy’ at PCA Gala
Participants will enjoy an elegant cocktail reception with savory Italian hors d’oeuvres, Italian-inspired musical entertainment and a silent auction and “wine grab” at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) third annual “Enriching Lives, Preserving Dignity” Gala reception on Thursday, June 22. The event, which benefits PCA’s Philadelphia Fund for Seniors, features the theme “A Taste of Italy.” It will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Atrium at PCA’s historic landmark building on 642 North Broad St. Tickets, program book ads and sponsorships are available. Click here to learn more.
The event, which benefits PCA’s Philadelphia Fund for Seniors, features the theme “A Taste of Italy.” It will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Atrium at PCA’s historic landmark building on 642 North Broad St. Tickets, program book ads and sponsorships are available.
Consumer Headlines: May 17, 2017
ACCESS cultural discounts
One of the primary goals of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) “Celebrate Arts & Aging,” which takes place during May, is to connect older adults with opportunities to experience the area’s many arts and cultural offerings. To that end, we highlight the ACCESS Admission program, offered through Art-Reach. Through this program, Pennsylvania residents who have state-issued ACCESS/EBT cards that they use to manage government-funded benefits are eligible for discounted ACCESS Admission rates at dozens of museums and cultural institutions.
Celebrating African-American ‘G-Mas’
Gigi McGraw wanted to do something to honor the memory of her beloved Grandmom, who died in 2010, so she decided she would create a coffee table book celebrating African-American grandmothers like hers. The “G-Ma” book project was born. The book will feature 36 grandmothers – one for each year McGraw’s own grandmother was part of her life.
Philadelphia Senior Games set
All senior athletes, both competitive and casual, from Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey are invited to participate in the annual Philadelphia Senior Games for Adults 50+ in June. Presented by the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department, the games offer a variety of fitness activities and sporting events for competitors of varying interests and physical abilities, including exercise demonstrations, board games, swimming and a triathlon.
Consumer Headlines: May 10, 2017
- For Older Americans Month, let’s rethink policies on aging (Next Avenue)
- Senior hunger hits historic highs as Trump threatens to cut services (Huffington Post)
- Forget the stereotypes; study finds men increasingly are caregivers (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- What is in the Republican health-care bill? Questions and answers on preexisting conditions, Medicaid and more. (Washington Post)
- Many seniors who qualify for home-based care under Medicare aren’t receiving it. Why? (PBS)
- Having trouble getting a job as an older worker? This woman has some advice. (Christian Science Monitor)