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.
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.”
Aging Research & Issues: May 30 – June 2, 2017
- Honoring the Everyday Preferences of Nursing Home Residents: Perceived Choice and Satisfaction With Care. Lauren R. Bangerter MA, Allison R. Heid PhD, Katherine Abbott PhD, Kimberly Van Haitsma, PhD. The Gerontologist, June 2017, Volume 57, Issue 3, Pages 479-486. Published online: February 13, 2016.
- Oral health-related quality of life and loneliness among older adults. Patrick Rouxel, Anja Heilmann, Panayotes Demakakos, Jun Aida, Georgios Tsakos, Richard G. Watt. European Journal of Ageing, Volume 14, Issue 2 (2017), Pages 101–109. Published online: 18 July 2016.
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.