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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Find ways to be active, involved during Older Americans Month

For 55 years, Older Americans Month (OAM) has been observed to recognize older Americans and their contributions to our communities. Led by the Administration for Community Living’s (ACL’s) Administration on Aging (AoA), this celebration each May offers an opportunity to hear from, support, and celebrate our nation’s elders. This year’s OAM theme, “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizes the importance of being active and involved. You are never too old (or too young) to participate in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Artist’s new outlet is making ‘malas’ for meditation

By Linda L. Riley

Tina Pritchard has felt compelled to create beauty, in one form or another, for as long as she can remember. In service of that drive, she has embarked on an eclectic variety of pursuits, from textile arts to baking to gardening, some income-producing, others not. Her most recent undertaking is making malas, strings of prayer beads used in meditation.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Volunteers exemplify Older Americans Month theme

By Marcia Z. Siegal

Older Americans Month, observed during May, highlights the contributions of older people. This year’s theme, “Engage at Any Age,” emphasizes that you are never too old (or too young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways older adults make a difference in our communities, according to the Administration for Community Living, which leads this national, annual observance.

Opportunities for seniors in Philadelphia to remain active abound, including volunteer programs that bring generations together.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

PCA’s Celebrate Arts & Aging highlights joys of creativity

By Marcia Z. Siegal

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) 16th annual Celebrate Arts & Aging festival takes place during May. “Our goal is to encourage older people to experience the wealth of artistic possibilities our region has to offer and to showcase the outstanding work of senior artists,” PCA President and CEO Holly Lange said. “We also know that staying active and engaged is one of the keys to healthy aging, and the arts specifically have been shown to have a broad range of physical, mental and emotional benefits.”

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Veteran volunteer offers volunteering tips

By Barbara Sherf

Longtime volunteer Bob Rossman, who retired as a computer programmer more than 15 years ago, has some tips for those looking to take on volunteer responsibilities. Rossman, 75, who has lived in Northwest Philadelphia for 40 years, enjoys a mix of volunteer activities that includes serving on several boards, as well as working with his hands.

Leigh Munro, right, hands out a sleeping mat, which she made using plstic bags, at Trinity Church in Rittenhouse Square, (Photo by Paul Anderson)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Making mats for homeless Philadelphians

By Barbara Sherf

New York Opera and Broadway singer Leigh Munro, who teaches “Singing for Seniors” at her Chestnut Hill Voice Studio, is amazed at the volunteer ideas one can find on the internet.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Harnessing positive energy

By Barbara Sherf

If you could use a positive flow of energy in your life, the ancient Chinese practice of qi gong (pronounced “chee-gung”) might be for you. “Qi” stands for the life force energy that powers your heartbeat and gives strength. “Gong” is the practice of increasing one’s life force energy for a better quality of life. This Chinese practice of aligning breath, movement and awareness for exercise, healing and martial arts training can be traced back more than 4,000 years.

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.

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