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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Right diet can benefit brain

It’s often been said that “you are what you eat.” Increasingly, research links that adage to brain health. “A poor diet can increase the risk of developing hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes, which in turn can end up compromising an individual’s cognitive function … A good diet reduces the risk of chronic illness and is beneficial to the brain,” reported Judith Graham in Kaiser Health News. “Diets designed to boost brain health, targeted largely at older adults, are a new, noteworthy development in the field of nutrition.”

Gazpacho soup is cool and refreshing (iStock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Try these refreshing gazpachos

Gazpacho, a cold soup from the Andalusia region of Spain, is typically made with tomatoes, cucumber, garlic, vinegar, olive oil and stale bread and can be a cool and refreshing dish. Here is a classic recipe with some unique variations that incorporate fruit and other Pennsylvania-grown produce.

Farmers' markets offer just-picked produce. (iStock)
Posted By Alicia Colombo

PCA’s 2017 Produce Voucher Distribution is Winding Down

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) began distributing Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) produce vouchers on Monday, June 19, as part of an annual program to encourage seniors to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. The program serves more than 36,000 seniors each year and fewer than 2,700 sets of vouchers remain for this year. Eligible […]

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: July 24 – 29, 2017

Ralston Center Food & Company cooking project (photo courtesy of Ralston Center)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Cooking soup for seniors

It’s a Thursday morning, and water is sim­mering in two big stainless steel pots on the stove at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. Volunteers from the church and community chop cauliflower, carrots, scallions, onions, garlic and celery. Pungent scents of turmeric, nutmeg and cumin suffuse the small room. This communal soup-making venture is one of a series of intergenerational cooking ses­sions sponsored by Food & Company, a project of Ralston Center’s Age-Friendly West Philadelphia Initiative.

Receiving a produce delivery from volunteer Sarah Martínez is Lenora S. Ward, a member of the food buying club run by the Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha.
Posted By Marcia Siegal

APM’s food buying club

“Everything is fresh, and the price is right,” says Willa Mae Knight in her emphatic way. “I especially enjoy the blueberries, mangos, string beans, collards and kale, strawberries, cilantro, and lemons.” Knight is a member of the food buying club operated by the Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), a health, human services, community and economic development nonprofit primarily serving Eastern North Philadelphia.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Combating senior malnutrition

More than 10 percent of adults experience malnutrition, a condition caused by not eating enough healthy food, according to the National Council on Aging (NCOA). A key warning sign of this condition is unplanned weight loss.

Farmers' markets offer just-picked produce. (iStock)
Posted By Alicia Colombo

Enjoy farmers’ markets

If you live in an area where access to fresh, quality and affordable food is limited, some­times called a “food desert,” farmers’ markets can provide a welcome source of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and other foods. This time of year, direct access to fresh, locally grown produce is at its peak. Philadelphia boasts dozens of farmers’ markets in communities throughout the city, many of which opened for the season last month.

Posted By Abbey Porter

Advocacy alert: Opposition urged to cuts in SNAP funding

The Philadelphia-based Coalition Against Hunger is urging advocates for seniors to contact their U.S. representatives and urge their opposition to cuts in funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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