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Posted By Marcia Siegal

New Medicare cards coming

Starting this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin a year-long process of sending all Medicare beneficiaries a new Medicare card. Beneficiaries in Pennsylvania will be among the first groups of seniors to receive new cards, and will get theirs between April and June.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Empowering seniors to take charge of their health

More than 250,000 Philadelphia seniors are living with chronic conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and heart disease. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) offers free workshops at community sites to help adults 60-plus learn to manage their symptoms, maximize their independence and improve their quality of life.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Harnessing positive energy

By Barbara Sherf

If you could use a positive flow of energy in your life, the ancient Chinese practice of qi gong (pronounced “chee-gung”) might be for you. “Qi” stands for the life force energy that powers your heartbeat and gives strength. “Gong” is the practice of increasing one’s life force energy for a better quality of life. This Chinese practice of aligning breath, movement and awareness for exercise, healing and martial arts training can be traced back more than 4,000 years.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Are vitamins and supplements worth it?

Half of all American adults – including 70 percent of those 65 or older – take a vitamin or mineral supplement regularly, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Eating a variety of healthy foods is the best way to get the nutrients you need, according to the National Institute on Aging (NIA). However, some people don’t get enough vitamins and minerals from their daily diet, and their doctors may recommend a dietary supplement to provide those nutrients.

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.

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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 Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: Feb. 26-March 2, 2018

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: February 20-23, 2018

Getting an eye exam when you notice any sudden vision changes could save your sight. (iStock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Helping people with low vision

With people in the United States living longer, eye diseases and vision loss have become major public health concerns. Low vision is a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Having low vision can make activities like reading, shopping, cooking, writing and watching TV difficult. In addition, the consequences of vision loss may leave people feeling anxious, helpless and depressed. Vision rehabilitation can help people with low vision to maximize their remaining vision and maintain their independence and quality of life.

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