News About Aging

Learning to use the computer "tabet" are(from left Linda Gray and Linda Wilson. (Photo courtesy of Ralston Center)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.

Sarah West, a resident of Cathedral Village continuing care retirement community, enjoys horticultural pursuits there. (Photo courtesy of Presbyterian Senior Living)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: November 13-17, 2017

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: October 2-6, 2017

The Center at Journey's Way's (JW's) annual "Christmas in July" sale features items made by JW members. Proceeds benefit the center. (Photo by Frank Burd)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.

The campira class at Norris Square Senior Center helps mind and body. (Photo by Linda L. Riley)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.”

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: September 25-29, 2017

Senior center exercise programs offers great benefits. (iStock)
Posted By Alicia Colombo

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.

Members of exercise instructor Marvin Dismuke's class pose for a photo. (Photo courtesy of KleinLife)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.

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