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.READ MORE: 4 People Injured In West Philadelphia Quadruple Shooting, Police Say
“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.READ MORE: Philadelphia School District Postpones Plans To Push Back School Start Times
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.MORE NEWS: Robert Atkins Charged In 1991 Cold Case Murder Of Joy Hibbs In Bucks County
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.