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.”
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.
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 […]
Aging Research & Issues: July 24 – 29, 2017
- Transition from community dwelling to retirement village in older adults: cognitive functioning and psychological health outcomes.
Carol Holland, Alexis Boukouvalas, Stuart Wallis, Danielle Clarksmith, Richard Cooke, Leanne Liddell, Amanda Kay. Aging & Society, Open Access, Volume 37, Issue 7, August 2017, pp. 1499-1526. Published online: May 26, 2016.
- The Future of Age-Friendly: Building a More Inclusive Model Using Principles of Ecology and Social Capital. Lauren Ring, Allen Glicksman, Morton Kleban & Julie Norstrand. Journal of Housing For the Elderly, Volume 31, 2017 – Issue 2: Defining the Goals of Age-friendly Interventions. Pages 117-129. Published online: July 7, 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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).