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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.

Posted By Michael Hanisco

Taking up a musical instrument can benefit seniors

By Barbara Sherf

Ask many seniors and their musical instructors in and around Philadelphia and they will attest that you can indeed teach an old dog new tricks when it comes to playing a musical instrument—and those tricks are leading to improved memory and mental acuity, as well as a sense of accomplishment.

Posted By Michael Hanisco

Veteran enjoys participating at the Philadelphia Senior Games

By Beth Goldner

The Philadelphia Senior Games offers something for everybody—just ask Ralph N. Wyche, known to most as “Sarge,” a participant for the past five years. Over the years, Wyche has participated in a host of events at the Games. This year he took part in the softball throw, the football throw, and his favorite — billiards. Wyche plays billiards regularly at the West Oak Lane Senior Center, where he is a member of the pool team.

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