App helps seniors get online
Generations on Line (GoL), a nonprofit dedicated to helping seniors tackle the digital divide, has launched a free application, or “app,” that’s designed to get older adults online more easily by using small, portable computer “tablets.” The app is called Easy Tablet Help for Seniors. It is available both in the Apple App Store and in Google Play. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) is collaborating with GoL on behalf of seniors citywide to expand computer tablet training through this new app.
Horitculture provides therapy
By Marcia Z. Siegal
Flowers bloom year-round at the Cathedral Village continuing care retirement community in Roxborough. And for many residents, joy blossoms with the tomatoes, herbs, cacti and other plants they help to cultivate.
Aging Research & Issues: November 13-17, 2017
- Mindfulness-based forgiveness groups for older adults. Mariko A. Foulk, Berit Ingersoll-Dayton & James Fitzgerald. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Volume 60, 2017 – Issue 8, Pages 661-675. Published online: September 1, 2017.
- Feeling younger and identifying with older adults: Testing two routes to maintaining well-being in the face of age discrimination. Bibiana M. Armenta , Katherine Stroebe, Susanne Scheibe, Tom Postmes, Nico W. Van Yperen. PLoS ONE 12(11) e0187805. Published: November 8, 2017.
Aging Research & Issues: October 2-6, 2017
- Old age expectations are related to how long people want to live. Catherine E. Bowen and Vegard Skirbekk. Aging and Society, Volume 37, Issue 9 October 2017 , pp. 1898-1923. Open Access. Published online: July 15, 2016.
- Gender inequality in self-reported health among the elderly in contemporary welfare countries: A cross-country analysis of time use activities, socioeconomic positions and family characteristics. Adjei NK, Brand T, Zeeb H. PLoS ONE (2017) , 12(9): e0184676. 6
Exploring senior centers
By Constance Garcia-Barrio
Call them reconnaissance missions. I had heard conflicting rumors about senior community centers – I could expect little more than bingo and bologna, according to one story, but truckloads of activities, according to another – so I prepared to get the scoop by visiting three local centers this summer.
Campira class helps mind, body
By Linda L. Riley
Carmen Perez has short-cropped white hair, and she had a big smile for everyone when she arrived at Norris Square Senior Community Center on a recent Monday morning wearing a red shirt with “CAMPIRA: Camina Y Respira” on the back. True to her shirt, she was there for the campira class, which she said she likes “because it makes me stronger in the morning.”
Aging Research & Issues: September 25-29, 2017
- Housing Governance and Senses of Home in Older Age: The Provider Scale. Emma R. Power. Journal of Housing For the Elderly, Volume 31, 2017 – Issue 3, Pages 193-212. Published online: September 15, 2017
- The relations between sleep, time of physical activity, and time outdoors among adult women. Kate Murray, Suneeta Godbole, Loki Natarajan, Kelsie Full, J. Aaron Hipp, Karen Glanz, Jonathan Mitchell, Francine Laden, Peter James, Mirja Quante, Jacqueline Kerr (2017). PLOS ONE 12(9). Published September 6, 2017.
Senior centers promote health
Senior centers offer a variety of health and wellness programs. Older adults can visit centers to participate in exercise and fitness activities, nutrition and cooking classes, blood pressure checks and other health screenings, and seminars on a variety of health-related topics. In addition to each center’s daily wellness programs, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) provides evidence-based health education programs developed with older adults’ specific needs in mind.
Exercise instructor inspires
One of the challenges seniors face is keeping their minds and bodies strong as they age. That can be especially true post-retirement. There are classes and workshops around the city to keep older adults stimulated and gyms to keep them limber. But the bottom line when it comes to getting underway is motivation. Such motivation can be found at KleinLife: Northeast Philadelphia, an intergenerational community center, where personal trainer and fitness instructor Marvin Dismuke teaches exercise classes for seniors.