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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

PCA’s 2019 Senior Strut health event recap

We want to thank everyone that helped to make PCA’s 2019 Senior Strut a major success! More than 500 seniors turned out to the health event to celebrate a day of wellness, activity, and friendship. Thank you to Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation for their support, along with all of our sponsors: […]

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

Survivorship care: Meeting the long-term needs of cancer survivors

With an ever-increasing number of people surviving cancer, and with the majority of those survivors being older adults, survivorship care is an important topic for seniors.

Posted By Alicia Colombo

Narrative medicine focuses on the person

When it comes to staying healthy, talk can be worth a mint. Narrative medicine puts a premium on the stories patients tell their doctors about why they’re seeking treatment.

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.

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