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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Gaining a new perspective

By Barbara Sherf

Grace Moses, 63, has had epilepsy since she was 13. “Eventually, I was able to control the seizures and for many years have had seizures irregularly,” she said. That was until five years ago, when she had five seizures in one day. Moses, who received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Philadelphia University and had been working as a hand therapist at the Upper Extremity Institute for five years, then began to experience life “on the other side” – as a patient.

Betty Ann Fellner remains active by volunteering, despite a diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia. (Courtesy of Betty Ann Fellner)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Staying engaged, with dementia

By Constance Garcia-Barrio

When Betty Ann Fellner’s surgeon okayed her to start physical therapy after a 2011 hip replacement, she felt relieved at clearing a major health hurdle. But her physical therapist uncovered a shocking new problem.

Posted By Abbey Porter

Artists invited to submit works for “Celebrate Arts & Aging” exhibits

Seniors are invited to submit works of art for PCA’s Celebrate Arts & Aging exhibition in May for Older Americans Month. The deadline for submission is March 23.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

PCA to present ‘Engage Your Body and Brain’

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) will present a senior education event, titled “Engage Your Body and Brain,” on Saturday, March 24. The event, featuring classes ranging from cyber safety to gardening, will take place from noon to 4:30 p.m. at PCA, 642 North Broad St. The cost to attend is $5 per person and includes a healthy snack. Registration is required by March 2.

Dorothy Stanaitis' childhood ice skating aspirations were inspired by famed ice skater famous ice skater. Sonja Henie. (istock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Recalling ice skating dreams

By Dorothy Stanaitis

As the next Winter Olympics are upon us this month, I recall my childhood dreams of becoming a famous ice skater. Sonja Henie started it all. That tiny Norwegian figure skating sensation whirled, twirled and twisted her way to three Olympic gold medals in ladies singles figure skating, as well as six European and 10 World Figure Skating Championships – more than any other skater.

A heart-healthy Italian cooking demo  will be one of the featured classes at PCA's "Engage Your Body and Brain" on March 24. (istock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Register now for PCA’s ‘Engage Your Body and Brain’

PCA’s senior education event, “Engage Your Body and Brain,” will be held Saturday, March 24 from noon to 4:30 p.m. at PCA, 642 N Broad St. For just $5, seniors enjoy classes of their choice and a healthy snack. Registration is required by March 2.

Hosting 'Labor Justice Radio' on WPPM 105.FM are Jim Moran (left) and Charles Clarke. (Photo by Paola Nogueras)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

‘Labor Justice Radio’ is a labor of love

By Linda L. Riley

Altogether, Charles B. Clarke and Jim Moran have dedicated more than a century to advocating for and supporting labor unions and workers’ rights, and retirement hasn’t slowed them down a bit. These days, they use a combination of old and new media to spread their message of solidarity and share news that impacts working people. The two host “Labor Justice Radio,” a weekly show that airs on WPPM 106.5 FM. They have a Facebook page by the same name where they post news about labor issues and unions gathered from various publications and organizations to keep their 1,200 followers informed.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addresses an estimated crowd of 250,000 at the 1963 March on Washington.
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Senior centers feature MLK commemorations, celebrations

The upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 15 celebrates the life and legacy of this civil rights icon and encourages people to do acts of services as he had called for during his lifetime. Many local senior community centers are honoring the spirit of Dr. King in advance with special activities. Here are highlights for some celebrations taking place on Friday, Jan. 12 at several of the senior centers which receive funding support from Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

‘The New Senior Man’ book offers men stories, advice

“Today’s senior men have a gift of time – more than any generations before them,” said Thelma Reese, coauthor of “The New Senior Man: Exploring New Horizons, New Opportunities” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). “It’s a time that is rife with opportunity to learn, to explore, and to discover the universe and themselves.”

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