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Ray Torres (right) worked with Haitian leader Herault Beauvais as part of his volunteer efforts in Fondwa, Haiti. (Photo courtesy of Ray Torres)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Volunteering for Haiti

In 1994, with years of social activism under his belt, Ray Torres joined a delegation from the First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG) as a volunteer to aid Fondwa, a village in southern Haiti. Led by the vision of “Father Joseph” Phillipe, a Haitian Catholic priest, Torres became a key member of the group that helped to raise seed capital to start a bank, Fonkoze. “The bank provides micro-loans to the organized poor in Fondwa,” says Torres, a retired psychiatric social worker. “Fonkoze began with one office and three employees and has grown to 46 branches nationwide and 230,000 members.”

Ralston Center Food & Company cooking project (photo courtesy of Ralston Center)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Cooking soup for seniors

It’s a Thursday morning, and water is sim­mering in two big stainless steel pots on the stove at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. Volunteers from the church and community chop cauliflower, carrots, scallions, onions, garlic and celery. Pungent scents of turmeric, nutmeg and cumin suffuse the small room. This communal soup-making venture is one of a series of intergenerational cooking ses­sions sponsored by Food & Company, a project of Ralston Center’s Age-Friendly West Philadelphia Initiative.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: May 8 – 12, 2017

Volunteer Kathleen "Kate" McGrann tends foxgloves at the Pennsylvania Hospital Physic Garden. (Photo courtesy of Penn Medicine)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Tending the Physic Garden

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece,” Claude Monet, a founder of French impressionist painting, reportedly said. The volunteers who tend the Physic Garden at Pennsylvania Hospital at Eighth and Spruce streets feel much as Monet did. “I’m not a botanist, but I love to garden,” says Kathleen “Kate” McGrann, 75, lead volunteer and coordinator for the garden and the hospital’s former director of social services.

"Autumn," by Virginia Yuk Yun Mark ,exhibited for PCA's "Celebrate Arts & Aging" 2016
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Seeking senior artists

Artists age 55 and over are invited to submit artwork for exhibit as part of the 2017 “Celebrate Arts & Aging” festivities during Older Americans Month in May. Presented by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), “Celebrate Arts & Aging” highlights older adults’ artistic talents and creativity with events held throughout the city during May. Submissions are due to by Friday, March 24.

Two men enjoy volleyball at KleinLife: Northeast Philadelphia
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Promoting healthy lifestyles

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) funds 20 senior community centers and eight satellite meal sites in neighborhoods throughout the city. Healthy lifestyle programs and activities at centers run the gamut from nutrition and fitness to disease and stress prevention, health screenings, counseling and social support – and pure recreational fun.

Posted By Abbey Porter

Emergency Fund Coalition invites nominations for community service awards

The Emergency Fund Coalition (EFC) for Older Philadelphians invites nominations for community service awards honoring those who have helped seniors.

Posted By Abbey Porter

Volunteers can earn reduced registration fee for ‘Aging in America’ conference 

Aging network members who would like to attend the Aging in America conference, which will be held March 20-24 in Chicago by the American Society on Aging, can do so for a reduced fee in exchange for volunteering at the event.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: December 5 – 9, 2016

  • Factors Associated with Transition from Community Settings to Hospital as Place of Death for Adults Aged 75 and Older: A Population-Based Mortality Follow-Back Survey. Anna E. Bone MPH, Wei Gao PhD, Barbara Gomes PhD, Katherine E. Sleeman PhD, Matthew Maddocks PhD, Juliet Wright MD, Deokhee Yi PhD, Irene J. Higginson PhD, Catherine J. Evans PhD, and on behalf of OPTCare Elderly. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Volume 64, Issue 11 – November 2016, pages 2210–2217. Open access. Published online: 9 September 2016.
  • Psychological Well-Being of Older Chinese-American Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren. Fengyan Tang, Ling Xu, Iris Chi and XinQi Dong. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Volume 64, Issue 11 – November 2016, pages 2356– 2361. Published online: 19 SEP 2016. Free access.
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