News About Aging

Betty Ann Fellner remains active by volunteering, despite a diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia. (Courtesy of Betty Ann Fellner)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.

A woman paints at KleinLife: Northeast (Photo by Linda L. Riley)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.

Posted By Alicia Colombo

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.

Peggy Worthington and Sheldon Berman enjoy life after 60 years apart. (Photo by Linda L. Riley)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.

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