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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.

In war's aftermath, she learned lessons on kindness and love.(iStock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

She learned lessons on kindness

Reader submission from Tania D. O’Neill

When I arrived in New York City from Europe on a U.S. steamship after World War II, I’d already learned fear and terror, but I’d also learned kindness and love. These things come in many forms and, of course, being a child of 5 1/2, I was very lucky to have had both my parents throughout the travails of the many close calls and escapes from injury, separation or death we had experienced while fleeing from both the Soviet-Russian murdering invasion and the Nazi invaders as we scrambled to retreat from my homeland in Eastern Europe.

Gazpacho soup is cool and refreshing (iStock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Try these refreshing gazpachos

Gazpacho, a cold soup from the Andalusia region of Spain, is typically made with tomatoes, cucumber, garlic, vinegar, olive oil and stale bread and can be a cool and refreshing dish. Here is a classic recipe with some unique variations that incorporate fruit and other Pennsylvania-grown produce.

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