News About Aging

Senior center exercise programs offers great benefits. (iStock)
Posted By Alicia Colombo

Senior centers promote health

Senior centers offer a variety of health and wellness programs. Older adults can visit centers to participate in exercise and fitness activities, nutrition and cooking classes, blood pressure checks and other health screenings, and seminars on a variety of health-related topics. In addition to each center’s daily wellness programs, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) provides evidence-based health education programs developed with older adults’ specific needs in mind.

Members of exercise instructor Marvin Dismuke's class pose for a photo. (Photo courtesy of KleinLife)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Exercise instructor inspires

One of the challenges seniors face is keeping their minds and bodies strong as they age. That can be especially true post-retirement. There are classes and workshops around the city to keep older adults stimulated and gyms to keep them limber. But the bottom line when it comes to getting underway is motivation. Such motivation can be found at KleinLife: Northeast Philadelphia, an intergenerational community center, where personal trainer and fitness instructor Marvin Dismuke teaches exercise classes for seniors.

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Posted By Alicia Colombo

Celebrating senior centers

September is National Senior Month, highlighting what a valuable resource senior centers are to individual seniors and to the community. That’s certainly true in Philadelphia, where adults 60 or older can find a warm welcome and stay socially connected at senior community centers and satellite meal sites. “Social engagement is so important for each of us as we grow older. Staying active and connecting with others has both cognitive benefits and physical health benefits,” said Mary Catherine Dabrowski, senior center supervisor at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), which funds 28 senior community centers and satellite meal sites in Philadelphia. “Everything you do in a senior community center keeps you active and engaged.”

Thousands of grandparents in Philadelphia are raising grandchildren in the absence of the children's biological parents. (StockPhoto Pro)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Supporting grandparent caregivers

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), a member of the Philadelphia Kinship Care Committee, administers the Caregiver Support Grandparent Program for relatives, age 55 or older, who are raising a child age 18 or younger. The committee is among the presenters for the 2017 Kinship Care Conference, “Trauma & Resilience,” which will take place on Saturday, September 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Philadelphia High School, 4901 Chestnut St.

Senior Strut with Mummers
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Join in the 2017 Senior Strut

Join an expected 500-plus older adults for “The Senior Strut: A Health Event in the Park,” on Friday, Oct. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Following a musical send-off by a Mummer’s String Band, seniors will walk for health and enjoyment in a one- mile loop down scenic Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive that day. The Senior Strut, now in its fifth year, is presented by the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

Patriarch John Groce expresses his affection for great-granddaughter Mali Groce, 2. (Photo by Paola Nogueras)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Grandfather passes on traditions

Sunday, September 10 is National Grandparents Day. Telling stories, sharing traditions, offering warmth and love – grandparents hold a unique place in the lives of their families. They are keepers of family history and ethnic heritage, are rich in life experience and often are passionate about passing on what they know.

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