Horitculture provides therapy
By Marcia Z. Siegal
Flowers bloom year-round at the Cathedral Village continuing care retirement community in Roxborough. And for many residents, joy blossoms with the tomatoes, herbs, cacti and other plants they help to cultivate.
Campira class helps mind, body
By Linda L. Riley
Carmen Perez has short-cropped white hair, and she had a big smile for everyone when she arrived at Norris Square Senior Community Center on a recent Monday morning wearing a red shirt with “CAMPIRA: Camina Y Respira” on the back. True to her shirt, she was there for the campira class, which she said she likes “because it makes me stronger in the morning.”
Aging Research & Issues: September 25-29, 2017
- Housing Governance and Senses of Home in Older Age: The Provider Scale. Emma R. Power. Journal of Housing For the Elderly, Volume 31, 2017 – Issue 3, Pages 193-212. Published online: September 15, 2017
- The relations between sleep, time of physical activity, and time outdoors among adult women. Kate Murray, Suneeta Godbole, Loki Natarajan, Kelsie Full, J. Aaron Hipp, Karen Glanz, Jonathan Mitchell, Francine Laden, Peter James, Mirja Quante, Jacqueline Kerr (2017). PLOS ONE 12(9). Published September 6, 2017.
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.
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.
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 Research & Issues: August 28 – September 1, 2017
- The Association Between Anxiety and Falls: A Meta-Analysis. David John Hallford, Geoff Nicholson, Kerrie Sanders, Marita P McCabe. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Volume 72, Issue 5, September 1, 2017, Pages 729–741. Published online January 20, 2016.
- Home Modifications among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Closer Look at Race and Ethnicity. Louanne Bakk, Tamara Cadet , Laura Lien & Angela Smalley. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Volume 60, 2017 – Issue 5, Pages 377-394 . Published online: June 28, 2017.
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.