News About Aging

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: November 13-17, 2017

Quality bows can range in costs from hundreds to thousands of dollars. (Photo courtesy of Mt.Airy Violins & Bows)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

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.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: June 28 -30, 2017

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: June 5 – 9, 2017

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Eclectic potter shares art form

Ceramic artist Jimmy Clark, 64, first studied pottery as a young man at the Germantown YWCA (now the Germantown Life Enrichment Center). These days, he teaches that craft at Center in the Park, a senior community center mere steps from the old YWCA. “It’s a dynamic class where people help each other,” says Clark, who has taught at the center for the past six years. “I tell first-timers to relax and enjoy themselves.”

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: May 30 – June 2, 2017

CAPTION: Acting can be fun and rewarding for both experienced and non-experienced actors. (iStock)
Posted By Abbey Porter

Considering acting? Give it a go

Marie Ryan’s son John gave her an unusual gift for her 75th birthday: acting lessons. That was 12 years ago, and since then, Ryan has had nearly 60 acting jobs – and counting. The ones she brags about: appearances on the TV shows “Law & Order,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “The Sopranos,” as well as a role in the movie “That Awkward Moment,” in which she played the grandmother of Zac Efron’s character. In addition to TV shows and movies, Ryan has done commercials, print ads and a music video. “Of course, I play old lady parts,” she says.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: April 24 – 28, 2017

Posted By Abbey Porter

PCA request for interest: Employment services for adults 55 & older

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) is seeking to identify organizations that are interested in providing employment assistance to adults 55 and older.

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