Six events to melt away a gloomy winter in Philadelphia
By Alex Nagy It can be difficult to get out of the house once the temperatures drop, but don’t let the cold hold you back. Everyone may want to stay inside, but there are plenty of events going on throughout the city every winter to keep you moving. Warm up your grandkids’ day with some […]
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: […]
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
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.
The many benefits of dance fitness
By Mary Anna Rodabaugh
Put on your dancing shoes (or sneakers) and enjoy all the physical, social and emotional benefits dance fitness has to offer. For seniors wanting to spice up their fitness routine, dance is fun and appropriate for any activity level. Here are a couple very different styles of dance that you could try.
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.
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.
Enjoying good food, friends are prominent at Lutheran Settlement House
By Michael Hanisco
Located on a busy stretch of Frankford Avenue in the booming Fishtown section of Philadelphia, Lutheran Settlement House (LSH) has been serving food and friendship to children, adults and families in Philadelphia since 1902.The nonprofit organization houses a senior center that caters to the needs of older adults. Almost 50 older adults, many of them lifelong residents of the gentrifying neighborhood, attend the center daily.
Today’s senior community centers promote healthy living, active aging
By Marcia Z. Siegal
With sophisticated fitness centers and wellness programs, computer and Zumba classes, intergenerational collaborations, and a focus on active living, today’s senior community centers are a far cry from the centers previous generations were accustomed to.
National Senior Center Month, observed in September, provides an opportunity to celebrate the vibrant programming featured at senior centers supported by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), which is engaging members ranging from baby boomers to centenarians.