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Posted By Michael Hanisco

PCA senior centers create a sense of community

Most mornings, you can find Barbara Jean Morehead walking her little dog down the streets of Fishtown. By mid-morning, she’s deep in conversation with the crochet circle that meets almost daily inside Lutheran Settlement House, one of combined 28 full-service senior community centers and satellite meal sites sponsored by PCA. It’s where Morehead spends a good portion of her day with friends who also frequent the center, creating a bond that far surpasses fabric and yarn.

Posted By Michael Hanisco

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.”

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.”

Posted By Michael Hanisco

Outdoor activities provide ample recreation, fitness opportunities

By Mary Anna Rodabaugh

You know fall is right around the corner when it’s time to swap your sandals and shorts out for pants and sweaters. It is the season that delivers milder temperatures while humidity takes a vacation. The highly anticipated break from the heat makes fall the perfect time of year to get outdoors and participate in a little physical activity. With more than 60 different parks, two riverfronts, and various arts and cultural events, Philadelphia offers many different outdoor opportunities to get you moving.

Posted By Michael Hanisco

Booming in the saddle: Riding horses for activity, bonding

By Barbara Sherf

What do you get when you corral 16 women with six horses and place a 95-year-old (but young at heart) man at the helm of the group? “Exercise and a really strong community!” says Donna Antonucci, a neurodevelopmental pediatrician and baby boomer.

Posted By Michael Hanisco

A vibrant mix of friends, family gather at Northern Living Center

By Michael Hanisco

Northern Living Center is open and thriving in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. Seniors in the community are invited to come and check it out!

Luciana Boone, senior center director, and Joan Hardaway, executive director of North City Congress, the nonprofit organization behind the center and several other community outreach programs in North Philadelphia, spent nearly a year looking for a new location.

Posted By Michael Hanisco

Fun, fitness offered at senior centers

By Shannon Reyes

It’s no secret that physical activity is linked to a number of health benefits for people of all ages. When it comes to seniors, participating in regular fitness activities can mean more than just staying in good physical health. It can also mean maintaining one’s independence for as long as possible.

Posted By Michael Hanisco

Flying out of Philadelphia International Airport: What you should know

By Shannon Reyes

The bags are packed, the resort is booked and you’re ready to go. While a good bit of time can go into planning a vacation, seldom does the same consideration go into getting to your destination. There are a number of factors for seniors to consider when flying. In particular, medical concerns and physical limitations may impact one’s ability to navigate the airport and airline screening process. There’s also planning for traveling with assistive devices, medical equipment and even furry companions, which are becoming more common on trips.

Posted By Michael Hanisco

Free and fun in Philly this summer

By Barbara Sherf

The City of Brotherly Love comes alive with an exciting energy this time of year. With longer days and warmer weather come free lively outdoor events, as well as a host of indoor attractions. Donna Schorr, director of communications for visitphilly.com (and also a senior), notes that a myriad of options give those on a fixed income choices like a visit to the Liberty Bell, live concerts including student recitals at The Curtis Institute of Music and a handful of pay-what-you-wish opportunities at some of Philadelphia’s top museums.

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