By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s National Senior Center Month and there is a large array of options for our growing older population. The Philadelphia Corporation on Aging is a good local source.

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“Talking about our Lives” groups that meet citywide weekly, just listening, no commitments, is a good start. Billiards for men, an emergency fund for heat, utility bill assistance, dance classes, technology help, Bible study, LGBT groups and pottery classes are some of the listings. Fall-proofing your home has simple suggestions, since a third of seniors fall each year.

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About 65 million Americans are affected by hypertension and, according to new research at Carnegie Mellon University, older adults who volunteer for at least 200 hours a year decrease their risk of high blood pressure by 40%. The specific type of activity was not a factor.

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Check out the September issue of Milestones, a free monthly newsletter published by PCA, that makes it clear that later years can be meaningful and fun.