Promoting healthy lifestyles
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) funds 20 senior community centers and eight satellite meal sites in neighborhoods throughout the city. Healthy lifestyle programs and activities at centers run the gamut from nutrition and fitness to disease and stress prevention, health screenings, counseling and social support – and pure recreational fun.
Aging Research & Issues: February 27 – March 3, 2017
- Toward a More Comprehensive Concept of Successful Aging: Disability and Care Needs . Clemens Tesch-Römer Hans-Werner Wahl. Journal of Gerontology B (Psychol Sci, Soc Sci), March 1, 2017, 72 (2): 310-318.
- Physical Exercise for Late-Life Depression: Customizing an Intervention for Primary Care. Stamatula Zanetidou MD, Martino Belvederi Murri MD, Marco Menchetti MD, PhD, Giulio Toni MD, Fabrizio Asioli MD, Luigi Bagnoli MD, Donato Zocchi MD, Matteo Siena MD, Barbara Assirelli MD, Claudia Luciano MD, Mattia Masotti MD, Carlo Spezia MD, Monica Magagnoli MD, Mirco Neri MD, PhD, Mario Amore MD, PhD, Klea D. Bertakis MD, MPH, the Safety Efficacy of Exercise for Depression in Seniors Study Group. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Volume 65, Issue 2, February 2017, Pages 348–355.
Dancing for health
Held at Center on the Hill … the place for active adults, located in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, “Folk Dance on Fridays” draws an avid following. Under the direction of folk dance aficionado Bill Wadlinger, participants learn line and circle dances from the Balkans, Israel, France, Hungary, Greece, Scandinavia and other locales around the world. But enjoyment is only one of the benefits. Dancing is good for your heart – and more.
Winter fitness strategies
Chill winds and early darkness may tempt us to stay inside nestled in an armchair, but our bodies must move – indoors or outdoors – to remain healthy. “Exercise strengthens your muscles and bones and promotes a sense of well-being,” said Joanne Fagerstrom, a licensed physical therapist.
Dancing with ‘The King’s Men’
“Kick, kick, tap, tap. 10, two, three, four. Five, six, seven, eight … Do the rest – in line, in rhythm,” Paulette Chambers instructs the 10 male line dancers arrayed before her. The weekly class takes place at the Martin Luther King Older Adult Center in North Philadelphia. Her students call themselves “The King’s Men.”
Aging Research & Issues: November 14 – 18, 2016
- Physical activity patterns in healthy middle-aged women. Monique Middlekauff, Woonghee Lee, Marlene J. Egger, Ingrid E. Nygaard & Janet M. Shaw. Journal of Women and Aging, Volume 28, Issue 6 (2016). Free access.
- Leisure-Related Predictors on a Sense of Purpose in Life among Older Adults with Cancer. Sanghee Chun, Jinmoo Heo, Sunwoo Lee & Junhyoung Kim. Activities, Adaptation and Aging, Volume 40, Issue 3 (2016). Free access.
Aging News Headlines: September 19, 2016