News About Aging

Posted By Michael Hanisco

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.

Posted By Michael Hanisco

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.

Posted By Alicia Colombo

Philadelphia seniors: Make your voice heard

Residents have an opportunity to help shape the course of city government by participating in a survey, by Nov. 3.

Posted By Alicia Colombo

Column: Mental health care is necessary, underutilized health care service

We all struggle from time to time – no matter our age, financial status, ethnic background or religion. Why isn’t our usual approach to treating mental wellness the same as it is for physical wellness?

Posted By Alicia Colombo

New to Medicare? Here’s an introduction.

Medicare is health insurance for people 65 or older, people under 65 with certain disabilities, and people of any age with end-stage renal disease.

Posted By Alicia Colombo

Medicare upgrades online resources

For the first time in a decade, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a modernized and redesigned Medicare Plan Finder to meet the needs of a growing number of tech-savvy beneficiaries.

Posted By Alicia Colombo

Free health insurance counseling from APPRISE

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA) APPRISE program offers free health insurance counseling to all Medicare beneficiaries, regardless of income.

Posted By Michael Hanisco

Physical activity is important for healthy aging, but use caution

We’re taught from a young age about the importance of exercise and proper nutrition, yet levels of physical activity often decease with age.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 28% to 34% of adults 65 to 74 are physically active. The rate for those 75 and older is 35% to 44%. The good news is that health experts say we’re never too old to reap the benefits of physical
activity.

Posted By Michael Hanisco

Artist shares gift with nursing home residents

By Barbara Sherf

When Anthe Capitan-Valais was a little girl, she used to wait for the deliveries of her father’s laundered shirts so she could draw pictures on the cardboard forms included with each fresh batch.

Her father wore a button-down shirt and tie every day for his job as a high school principal. Capitan-Valais looked forward to recovering and using the blank slates of cardboard. “I was given paint-by-numbers kits, but I really didn’t like staying in the lines,” says the Flourtown artist, now 65. “I liked to draw free-form and still do.”

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