Getting older doesn’t have to mean losing your teeth!
By Alicia M. Colombo New oral challenges often develop as you grow older. Common dental problems that seniors experience include dry mouth, tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer. Your oral health affects nutrition, digestion, speech, self-esteem, quality of life and social interactions. If left untreated, these dental conditions can lead to tooth loss and […]
Ask the Expert: Self-care is essential for caregivers
This month, we sat down with Cheryl Clark-Woods, MSW, who serves as director of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA) Caregiver Support Program. Available to both caregivers of older adults and grandparents caring for grandchildren, the program provides resources and financial assistance to hundreds of qualified caregivers in Philadelphia each year. Clark-Woods is a strong advocate for the importance of self-care among those actively caring for older adults and family members. Here, she shares her thoughts on why self-care needs to be a vital part of a caregiver’s regimen.
PCA encourages donors to support older Philadelphians this #GivingTuesday
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) will once again take part in the annual #GivingTuesday campaign, observed this year on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Each year, #GivingTuesday raises billions of dollars for critical causes around the world. Donations are crucial to an agency like PCA, which provides a variety of programs and services to improve the quality of life for approximately 140,000 older adults and those with disabilities, each year.
Recipe Box: Hearty meals can be healthy meals
For those caring for loved ones during a pandemic, cooking can seem like just an extra chore that requires even more time many of us can’t afford. Fortunately, as we move into cooler temperatures, hearty dishes, such as soups, casseroles and slow-cooker meals are ideal and require minimal prep and supervision. These meals are generally packed with nutrition, provided by your favorite seasonable vegetables. Try those listed below or add your own favorite produce to any of these fall classics.
Our golden years: Advice from one grandmother to others
A Reader Submission
Some of us look forward to retirement and freedom from work. Some look forward to no longer waking up early, rushing to get to work on time, producing for a rating and coming home tired.
Others do not retire. We prefer to let our work keep us mentally and physically alert, while we earn extra money.
As the matriarchs and patriarchs of our families, we give our grandchildren and great-grandchildren – who we adore – something to look up to. As we have achieved many things in life, we encourage them to achieve also.
Caregiving during a pandemic
By Shannon Reyes
As the nation moves into its eighth month since the widespread effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were first felt, many are wondering when life will return to the way it was before the virus arrived in the United States.
The unique challenges of LGBT caregiving
Mary Anna Rodabaugh Caregiving for seniors is a journey filled with rewards, as well as setbacks. LGBT caregivers often face additional, unique challenges. According to the LGBT Elder Initiative, older adults who identify as LGBT are twice as likely to live alone, half as likely to have close relatives to care for them, and four […]