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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.
  • Pictured above (from left) are Margaret Custalow, Tamara Jones, Catherine Gaines, William(Bill) Manson and Rev. Nancy Jackson help to serve a meal to people in need at Zion A.M.E. Church in South Philadelphia. (Photo by Paola Nogueras)
    Posted By Marcia Siegal

    A Thanksgiving feast for the needy

    Reverend Nancy Jackson doesn’t want anyone to go hungry. She and her staff are the driving force for the food ministry at Zion A.M.E. Church, which will host its seventh annual Thanksgiving dinner for the community Nov. 22, from noon to 3 p.m.

    Volunteer clown Esther Gushner, better known as  "DR CurlyBubbe," brings cheer to hospital patients (Photo courtesy of Esther Gushner)
    Posted By Marcia Siegal

    Volunteer clown’s mission

    Esther Gushner is not like any other 78-year-old you’re likely to find walking down a hospital hallway. She wears a lab coat, so she could be one of the doctors – but for the funny sayings written all over the coat.

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