News About Aging

Posted By Michael Hanisco

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 […]

Posted By Michael Hanisco

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.

Posted By Michael Hanisco

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.

Posted By Michael Hanisco

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.

Posted By Michael Hanisco

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 […]

Posted By Alicia Colombo

What to do in an emergency – if you are alone

Unpredictable events can strike at any moment. Be prepared to handle an emergency – on your own.

Posted By Alicia Colombo

There’s no reason to deal with mental health problems alone

Mental Health Awareness Month in October is the perfect time to do a personal checkup on how you’re feeling – mentally and emotionally.

Posted By Alicia Colombo

What to know about Medicare Open Enrollment this year

While Medicare as a whole may look pretty similar to past years, APPRISE, Pennsylvania’s state health insurance assistance program, will look very different this year for Philadelphia.

Posted By Alicia Colombo

COVID-19 prevention is top priority for older adults, ahead of vaccine

While scientists continue to work on creating an effective vaccine, there is also a great deal of concern that historically these vaccines tend to be least effective for older adults.

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