Having the retirement you want
By Sally Friedman
“Retirement.” The word inspires dueling emotions, and when it crops up, those emotions can run high. People’s take on retirement can be as varied as how they see themselves, their lives and their natures. Exploring the future can be daunting, but retirement is more than just an abstract concept for many who are at or near what is generally regarded as “retirement age” – which, based on American culture and tradition, seems to hover around 65.
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.
The beauties of nature can be enjoyed without sight
By Joe Garrison
I’ve been sightless since birth, and have experienced a lot of discrimination. People tend to think that because people are sightless – and this goes for all people with disabilities – that they are like children and need a babysitter. I’ve always lived my life to be independent. There are more things that a sightless person can do besides sit around and do nothing.
Treetop Quest Philly offers excitement for all
This spring, a portion of Fairmount Park transformed into Treetop Quest Philly, a unique destination for adventure seekers. The aerial adventure park features zip lines, rope ladder bridges, balance beams and other obstacles for visitors of all ages.
Couple helps Syrian refugees
By Lawrence H. Geller
Renata Alkurdi, 55, has a twinkle in her eye and determination in her heart as she packs donated men’s, women’s and children’s clothing in a large nylon bag. Destination: Syrian refugee camps in Turkey and Lebanon.
“When people make the decision to leave their homeland because of war, they leave with the clothes on their backs,” she says.
Exploring my city as a senior
By Frank Burd
It’s amazing how we can live in a place and never explore it with the vigor of a tourist. I grew up in New York City but never visited the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building until after I moved to Philadelphia and went back to the city with friends. After living in Philadelphia for 50 years, I did something that few locals probably do. This year, I took a group tour of Philadelphia in an open-air bus. It was wonderful.
Travel abroad at any age, but with caution
by Constance Garcia-Barrio
International travel requires more than a hop, skip and a jump down the jetway. Few things top the excitement of traveling abroad, but it means physical and psychological stress. Even winding through security lines at the airport can test us as we age.
Tired of the same old argument? Book offers advice
By Barbara Sherf
Inspired by his marriage to his wife, Elise, Max Rivers has made a successful career out of helping couples with marriage problems. Max, 67 and Elise, 52, have been together for 15 years. At the beginning of their relationship, they both studied mediation in Massachusetts. Because of the impact that learning mediation had on their own relationship, they saw the potential for using the practice in all aspects of life, especially marriage.
The President’s House commemorates unique history
By Dorothy Stanaitis
There’s a historical gem located within our midst that many Philadelphians do not know about. Just across the street from the Independence Visitor Center, located at the corner of Sixth and Market streets, you can see the footprint of the former home of the first two U.S. presidents, called the President’s House. The house was occupied by both our first president, George Washington, and his successor, John Adams, when Philadelphia was capital of the United States from 1790 to 1800.