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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
‘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.”