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.
Aging Research & Issues: April 24 – 28, 2017
- 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimers and Dementia, April 2017, Volume 13, Issue 4, Pages 325-373.
- Do Canes or Walkers Make Any Difference? NonUse and Fall Injuries. Clare Luz, PhD, Tamara Bush, PhD, Xiaoxi Shen, MS. The Gerontologist, April 2017, Volume 57, Issue 2, Pages 211-218.
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.
Highlighting a black war hero
Noah Lewis always had an interest in history and in learning more about his African-American heritage. But it was his late wife Mary’s example as a teacher and volunteer classroom aide that led the biomedical technician to become a professional Revolutionary War re-enactor full-time.
Helping seniors find work
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) funds and oversees two employment programs for older Philadelphians: the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and the JEVS Career Solutions for 55+ Program. Seniors can be empowered to transform their lives with the help of these employment services, which are available at no cost.
Aging Research & Issues: December 12 – 16, 2016
- Effect of a Home-Based Palliative Care Program on Healthcare Use and Costs. J. Brian Cassel PhD, Kathleen M. Kerr BA, Donna K. McClish PhD, Nevena Skoro MPH, Suzanne Johnson RN, MPH, Carol Wanke, Daniel Hoefer MD. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Volume 64, Issue 11. November 2016, Pages 2288–2295.
- Occupational Transitions at Older Ages: What Moves are People Making? (Working Paper WP 2016-352). Amanda Sonnega, Brooke Helppie McFall, and Robert J. Willis. University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research, Michigan Retirement Research Center.
Aging Research & Issues: November 21 – 23, 2016
- Online social integration is associated with reduced mortality risk. William R. Hobbsa, Moira Burked, Nicholas A. Christakise, and James H. Fowler. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, November 15, 2016 – vol. 113 no. 46.
- Do State Laws Protecting Older Workers from Discrimination Laws Reduce Age Discrimination in Hiring? Experimental (and Nonexperimental) Evidence. David Neumark, Ian Burn, Patrick Button and Nanneh Chehras. Michigan Retirement Research Center, University of Michigan.