Author Archives: Alicia Colombo

Editor’s column: Celebrating a century of wisdom

Nothing was going to keep my large Italian family from celebrating Grandmom Jennie’s 100th birthday – not even a pandemic.


Health brief: Take care of your ticker this summer

As temperatures continue to reach high levels and we’re becoming more active, it’s important to remember what keeps us going: the heart.


This alto octogenarian is a one-woman orchestra

Joan Johnson is not only a musician. She is practically a one-woman orchestra, who plays the piano, guitar, obo and harp. Residing in a retirement community in the lower Northeast section of Philadelphia with her husband, Stephen, a retired minister, she says she really misses the big instruments. “But as you can see, there’s just […]


How the Spanish flu saved my grandfather’s life

Monday, April 10, 1917 started out as a bad day for the Saik family, then it became a bad day for the entire nation.


The Stroke Lady’s mission of advocacy, education

Each year, approximately 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke. And with every stroke, every second matters


Boomers vs. Millennials

Is there a generational divide?


The benefits of technology: Staying connected

The digital divide, which separates those who have internet access and those who do not, has often been separated by age. But bridging that gap has great benefits that are well-worth the effort.


Finances force grandparents to live with family

Nearly 41,000 grandparents live with their grandchildren in Philadelphia. In just 10 years, the number of cohabiting grandparents has grown significantly.


Recipe box: Corn, sweet corn

Pick up some fresh corn today, and get creative with these recipes.


Planning for your financial security in retirement

Will you outlive your bank account? Not if you plan for a financially stable retirement.