News About Aging

Sarah West, a resident of Cathedral Village continuing care retirement community, enjoys horticultural pursuits there. (Photo courtesy of Presbyterian Senior Living)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.

The campira class at Norris Square Senior Center helps mind and body. (Photo by Linda L. Riley)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.”

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: September 25-29, 2017

Senior center exercise programs offers great benefits. (iStock)
Posted By Alicia Colombo

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.

Members of exercise instructor Marvin Dismuke's class pose for a photo. (Photo courtesy of KleinLife)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: September 11-15, 2017

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.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: August 28 – September 1, 2017

Posted By Christine Hoffman

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.
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