Former executive recreates self as ‘dumpster diver’
At 55, longtime Mount Airy resident Ellen Benson took a one-year sabbatical from her career in the banking industry, started taking art classes and got married for the first time. “I was tired of the pressure as VP of human resources and thought I’d just find a ‘normal’ job and pursue other interests,” says Benson, now 70. During that year, the bank where she worked was sold and she exercised her stock options, deciding to pursue her love of art as a mixed-media and found-object artist.
PCA President/CEO Holly Lange receives Patriot Award
The U.S. Department of Defense recently recognized Holly Lange, president/CEO of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), with a Patriot Award. Lange was recognized for PCA policies that support agency employees in the National Guard and Armed Forces Reserve when they require special work schedule allowances because of military duty. The award presentation was made at PCA.
Aging Research & Issues: November 13-17, 2017
- Mindfulness-based forgiveness groups for older adults. Mariko A. Foulk, Berit Ingersoll-Dayton & James Fitzgerald. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Volume 60, 2017 – Issue 8, Pages 661-675. Published online: September 1, 2017.
- Feeling younger and identifying with older adults: Testing two routes to maintaining well-being in the face of age discrimination. Bibiana M. Armenta , Katherine Stroebe, Susanne Scheibe, Tom Postmes, Nico W. Van Yperen. PLoS ONE 12(11) e0187805. Published: November 8, 2017.
Mt. Airy shop showcases bowmaker’s art
“The hills are alive with the sound of music,” the famous song says, and more Philadelphia homes will be, too, if Elizabeth Vander Veer Shaak has her way. “Music can add such joy to life,” says Shaak, 62, a Mount Airy resident who makes bows for violins, violas and cellos and owns Mount Airy Violins & Bows. “It can make an enormous difference.”
The thread that binds all bowmakers together “is attention to detail. There are some 240 steps in making a bow, and it takes about 70 hours.” The careful work suits Shaak, who says she likes working with her hands.
Aging Research & Issues: June 28 -30, 2017
- Community-Based Services and Depression from Person-Environment Fit Perspective: Focusing on Functional Impairments and Living Alone. BoRin Kim, Sojung Park, Jennifer Bishop-Saucier & Carrie Amorim. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Volume 60, 2017 – Issue 4, Pages 270 – 285. Published online: March 24, 2017.
- Severe hearing impairment and risk of depression: A national cohort study. So Young Kim, Hyung-Jong Kim, Eun-Kyu Park, Jiwon Joe, Songyong Sim, Hyo Geun Choi . PLoS ONE 12(6): e0179857 (Public Library of Science). Published: June 22, 2017.
Severe hearing impairment increased the risk of depression independently of age, sex, region, past medical histories, and income (in low and high income persons but not in middle income persons).
Aging Research & Issues: June 5 – 9, 2017
- Community Elder Mistreatment Intervention With Capable Older Adults: Toward a Conceptual Practice Model. David Burnes, PhD. The Gerontologist, June 2017, Volume 57, Issue 3, Pages 409-416.
Published online: February 12, 2016.
- Nutrition Across the Lifespan for Healthy Aging: Proceedings of a Workshop (2017). National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Free pdf download of the report is available. Participants discussed the role of nutrition in the aging process at various stages in life, changes in organ systems over the lifespan and changes that occur with age related to cognitive, brain, and mental health, and explored opportunities to move forward in promoting healthy aging in the United States.