News About Aging

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).

PCA will begin its annual distribution of produce vouchers to eligible older Philadelphians.
Posted By Alicia Colombo

Produce voucher distribution will begin June 19

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) will begin distributing Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) produce vouchers Monday, June 19, as part of an annual program to encourage seniors to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Eligible Philadelphia seniors can receive $20 worth of vouchers that can be used to purchase fresh Pennsylvania-grown produce sold at 55 certified farmers’ markets throughout Philadelphia.

Ladies at produce stand
Posted By Alicia Colombo

Free Farmers’ Market Produce Vouchers Now Available to Low-Income Seniors

Eligible Philadelphia seniors can receive $20 worth of vouchers to purchase fresh Pennsylvania-grown produce sold at certified Farmers’ Markets in the city.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: June 5 – 9, 2017

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