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.
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.”
Aging Research & Issues: September 11-15, 2017
- Precipitation and Physical Activity in Older Adults: The Moderating Role of Functional Mobility and Physical Activity Intentions. Christiane A Hoppmann, Jessica Chak Man Lee, Jochen P Ziegelmann, Peter Graf, Karim M Khan, Maureen C Ashe. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Volume 72, Issue 5, September 1, 2017, Pages 792–800. Published online: December 26, 2015.
- Space, the final frontier: outdoor access for people living with dementia. Elaine Argyle, Tom Dening & Peter Bartlett. Aging & Mental Health, Volume 21, 2017 – Issue 10, Pages 1005-1006. Published online: October 19, 2016.
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.
Aging News & Research: September 5-8, 2017
- Technology Access and Use, and Their Associations With Social Engagement Among Older Adults: Do Women and Men Differ? Jeehoon Kim, Hee Yun Lee, M Candace Christensen, Joseph R Merighi. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Volume 72, Issue 5, September 1, 2017, Pages 836–845. Published online: October 9, 2016.
- To stay or to go? Postretirement housing choices of single Baby Boomer women. Foula Z. Kopanidis, Linda J. Robinson & Mike Reid. Journal of Women & Aging, Volume 29, 2017 – Issue 5, Pages 417-427. Published online: September 14, 2016.
Massage provides health benefits
By Constance Garcia-Barrio
A massage may seem like the ultimate luxury, yet its bouquet of health benefits for seniors can make it a good investment. “Massage can improve circulation, help to manage pain and promote deeper sleep,” said licensed massage therapist Lisa Kaye of Philadelphia, whose oldest client was 104. Massage can also help counter years of wear and tear by easing joint stiffness.
Aging Research & Issues: August 21 – 25, 2017
- A 2-Year Follow-Up After a 2-Year RCT with Vitamin D and Exercise: Effects on Falls, Injurious Falls and Physical Functioning Among Older Women. Kirsti Uusi-Rasi, Radhika Patil, Saija Karinkanta, Pekka Kannus, Kari Tokola, Christel Lamberg-Allardt, Harri Sievänen. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A (Medical Science), Volume 72, Issue 9, September 1, 2017, Pages 1239–1245. Published online: March 21, 2017.
Exercise-induced benefits in physical functioning partly remained 2 years after cessation of supervised training. Although there was no difference in the rate of all falls, former exercise groups continued to have lower rate of medically attended injured fallers compared with referents even 2 years after the intervention. Vitamin D without exercise was associated with less injurious falls with no difference in physical functioning.
- Types of Learning Activities and Life Satisfaction among Older Adults in Urban Community-Based Lifelong Learning Programs. Takashi Yamashita, Erick B. López , Jennifer Stevens & Jennifer R. Keene. Activities, Adaptation & Aging, Volume 41, 2017 – Issue 3, Pages 239-257. Published online: June 6, 2017. Results showed that additional participation in organized education programs was positively associated with life satisfaction among lifelong learning members.
Aging Research & Issues: August 14 -18, 2017
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