Author Archives: Michael Hanisco

Honor Dr. King’s legacy through the MLK Day of Service

PCA will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As we honor the life and legacy of this civil rights icon, let’s renew his call to serve one another. This MLK Day, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities for older adults looking to carry on Dr. King’s legacy.


Writing a family love letter

By Barbara Sherf

There is a website for just about everything. One particular site sparked me to offer a class to seniors on writing a love letter to their families (and friends) that talks about their legacy through the stories, hopes and desires for their family and sharing their legacy lessons.

According to the familyloveletter.com site, “the family love letter is an indispensable planning tool allowing you to enhance the legal planning and legacy documents you may have prepared bringing clarity, reducing stress, and minimizing the conflicts, which often follow an incapacity or death.”


Know someone making a difference in the lives of older Philadelphians? Nominate them for a community service award!

Do you know someone who is making a difference in the lives of older Philadelphians? Show them how much they are appreciated by nominating them for a 2020 Community Service Award from the Emergency Fund Coalition (EFC) for Older Philadelphians!


Listen: PCA Nutrition Manager Amy Goldstein speaks about food insecurity among older adults

PCA Nutrition Manager Amy Goldstein recently spoke with WURD Radio’s “Reality Check” about food insecurity among older adults in Philadelphia. In the interview with host Charles Ellison, Goldstein touched on several programs that PCA offers to those in need, including congregate meals at PCA-funded senior centers and home-delivered meals.


Use these tips to secure your mental health

If you are 60 or older, know that according to the World Health Organization, you are among a group of aging adults that will double in proportion over the next 30 years. In fact, this amazing evolution of the world’s senior population has already started and continues to climb. In 2015, seniors accounted for only […]


PCA’s 12th Annual Winter Resource Fair

PCA will host its 12th annual Winter Resource Fair on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the St. John Neumann Center. The deadline to register is Thursday, Oct. 31.


Art thou a witch?

By Dorothy Stanaitis

Pennsylvania’s only witchcraft trial was held in Philadelphia in 1683 with William Penn as judge.

In 1683, Margaret and Nils Mattson, Swedish-Finnish settlers, ran a fine farm called New Sweden, near Ridley Creek in Eddystone, Pennsylvania (the spot that would later be home to the Baldwin Locomotive Plant). Among other things, Margaret grew herbs there that she used in her work as a traditional Finnish healer.


PCA’s 2019 Senior Strut health event recap

We want to thank everyone that helped to make PCA’s 2019 Senior Strut a major success! More than 500 seniors turned out to the health event to celebrate a day of wellness, activity, and friendship. Thank you to Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation for their support, along with all of our sponsors: […]


Reducing your risk for diabetes

By Carol Meerschaert

Type 2 diabetes, a disease in which your body doesn’t use insulin properly, is common among older adults. However, there are many things you can do to lower your risk. While some risk factors for the disease cannot be changed, such as a family history of diabetes or your age, you can do something to control the most common risk factors for diabetes, which include being overweight, having high blood pressure and being physically inactive.


PCA’s letter to the USDA regarding the proposed changes to SNAP’s broad-based categorical eligibility rule

The following is a letter submitted to the USDA by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging President and CEO Holly Lange regarding the proposed changes to SNAP’s broad-based categorical eligibility rule on Monday, Sept. 23:  Dear Secretary Perdue: On behalf of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), I am writing in opposition to the proposed changes to broad-based […]