Recent Headlines: March 21, 2018
Staying engaged, with dementia
By Constance Garcia-Barrio
When Betty Ann Fellner’s surgeon okayed her to start physical therapy after a 2011 hip replacement, she felt relieved at clearing a major health hurdle. But her physical therapist uncovered a shocking new problem.
Recent Headlines: March 14, 2018
Seeking senior artists
Each year in honor of Older Americans Month in May, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s “Celebrate Arts & Aging” showcases the achievements and creativity of older artists. Artists are invited to submit works for the celebration. The deadline for submission is Friday, March 23. Work must have been created in the past three years by an individual age 55 or older. Each person may submit one work for consideration.
Navigating without sight
By Alicia M. Colombo
South Philadelphia native John Martino, 75, lost his sight at just 24 when his retinas suddenly detached. Emergency surgery was only able to restore partial sight to his right eye. Two years later, he was completely blind. “It took me a while to get acclimated,” Martino says. “It certainly didn’t happen overnight.” To help him adjust, he underwent six months of intensive vision rehabilitation therapy. During that time, he learned how to use a guide cane to help him navigate and received career counseling.
Fighting senior malnutrition
By Alicia M. Colombo
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) recently joined the Defeat Malnutrition Today Coalition, a national group of more than 65 organizations and other stakeholders working to defeat malnutrition in older adults. Specifically, the coalition seeks to garner wider recognition of malnutrition as a key indicator and vital sign of older adult health risk and to work to intervene before malnutrition becomes detrimental to seniors’ health.
Recent Headlines: March 7, 2018
Reconnecting after 60 years apart
By Linda L. Riley
One day a few years ago, Peggy Worthington’s 3-year-old granddaughter, Sara, was sad because her friend was going to move away and she feared they would forget each other. But Peggy reassured her, saying that she’d had a friend named Sheldon who had moved away when he was 6 and Peggy was 5, and she still remembered him.
She couldn’t have foreseen that she would soon see Sheldon again for the first time in six decades – and that they would be married just two years later.
Recent Headlines: February 28, 2018