Today’s senior community centers promote healthy living, active aging
By Marcia Z. Siegal
With sophisticated fitness centers and wellness programs, computer and Zumba classes, intergenerational collaborations, and a focus on active living, today’s senior community centers are a far cry from the centers previous generations were accustomed to.
National Senior Center Month, observed in September, provides an opportunity to celebrate the vibrant programming featured at senior centers supported by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), which is engaging members ranging from baby boomers to centenarians.
Cool off with this refreshing drink
Watermelon and cucumber, both in season this month, blend well and can keep you hydrated on hot summer days. Watermelon is high in vitamin C. Cucumbers are notable for containing nutrients including vitamin A, folate, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Both are low in sugar and calories. Produce vouchers from the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (see below) can be put to excellent use purchasing these two seasonal Pennsylvania-grown items at one of the certified farmers’ markets in Philadelphia.
Free produce vouchers available for eligible Philly seniors
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) has begun distributing Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) produce vouchers 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 (four vouchers, each valued at $5) that can be used to purchase fresh Pennsylvania-grown produce sold at certified Farmers’ Markets throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding area.
Free farmers’ market vouchers available for income-eligible Philadelphia seniors
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) will begin distributing Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) produce vouchers Monday, June 25, 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 (four vouchers, each valued at $5) that can be used to purchase fresh Pennsylvania-grown produce sold at certified Farmers’ Markets throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding area.
Support Team PCA in the April 21 Walk Against Hunger
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) will sponsor a team at the Walk Against Hunger on Saturday, April 21. An annual Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger fundraising event, the walk will take place at Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way in South Philadelphia, beginning at 10 a.m. It benefits area organizations, soup kitchens and food pantries fighting hunger. Funds raised by Team PCA will be donated to the food portion of the PCA Emergency Fund for Older Philadelphians.
Fighting senior malnutrition
By Alicia M. Colombo
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) recently joined the Defeat Malnutrition Today Coalition, a national group of more than 65 organizations and other stakeholders working to defeat malnutrition in older adults. Specifically, the coalition seeks to garner wider recognition of malnutrition as a key indicator and vital sign of older adult health risk and to work to intervene before malnutrition becomes detrimental to seniors’ health.
Teaching vegetarian cooking
By Barbara Sherf
Vegetarian lifestyles are increasing in popularity. Studies by The Vegetarian Times show that almost 23 million Americans follow a “vegetarian-inclined diet” and more than 7 million are strict vegetarians, meaning they eat no meat. Vegetarian diets appear to be more heart healthy, since they are usually lower in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol than those that include meat. Many studies have shown vegetarians to have a lower risk of obesity, coronary heart disease (which causes heart attack), high blood pressure, diabetes and some forms of cancer.
As more Americans are turning to plant based diets, heart-healthy vegetarian cooking classes are also gaining in popularity.
Aging Research & Issues: January 10-12, 2018
- Primary Care Providers’ Perspectives on Screening Older Adult Patients for Food Insecurity. Jennifer A. Pooler MPP , Vanessa A. Hoffman , MPH & Fata J. Karva , MPP. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 2018, Volume 30, Issue 1, Pages 1-23. Published online: August 25, 2017.
- How people come to recognise a problem and seek medical help for a person showing early signs of dementia: A systematic review and meta-ethnography. Lucy Perry-Young, Gareth Owen, Susan Kelly , Christabel Owens. Dementia, 2018, Volume 17, Issue 1, Pages 34–60.