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Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Benedum Center - This new Cirque show is a Broadway musical and family Christmas spectacular all in one, with 20 acts and 30 artists. Enjoy watching snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and Santa—all with soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate production numbers, imaginative costumes, illusions and more. The show celebrates the season with singers, ... Read more...
Looking for interesting holiday gift ideas? Check out our staff’s top picks - Wondering what to give your loved one this holiday season? Gift buying for someone who “doesn’t need or want anything” can be a challenge, so we thought we’d help you out with a roundup of our Senior News staff’s best picks. Lynn’s picks: Our publisher, Lynn Webster, recommends visiting FirstStreetOnline.com, where you’ll find lots of ... Read more...
Butler County resident Jean Purvis wins AARP’s prestigious Andrus Award - Butler resident Jean Purvis, 94, was recently honored with the 2016 AARP Pennsylvania Andrus Award for Community Service — the association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. Named for AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the award recognizes outstanding individuals who are making their communities better in ways that are consistent ... Read more...
Beaver County older adults share how Surprises for Shut-ins program brings holiday blessings to their doorsteps - “I was absolutely shocked . . . in a good way!” This is how Inger Niklasson of Beaver responded upon receiving her bag of goodies from the Surprises for Shut-ins program. “When I opened the bag, I couldn’t believe all the items inside,” she recalls. “Everything in the bag was something I could really use. The ... Read more...
Mrs. Claus Club North Hills brings gifts and grace into cancer patients’ lives - A local nonprofit organization called the Mrs. Claus Club is bringing both tangible and intangible gifts to men and women who’ve been diagnosed with cancer. “We are a ministry that offers hope and encouragement by gifting cancer patients with comfort baskets and personal visits,” says North Hills president Jeana Watenpool of Ross Township. “When someone is ... Read more...
Take good care of your feet, especially if you have diabetes - When it comes to caring for your feet, the focus should be on taking preventative measures—especially if you have diabetes, according to Dr. Diane Johnson, a Podiatry Specialist in private practice in Shadyside. “When it comes to foot health, there are so many problems that you can run into, so it’s a good idea to ... Read more...
Aid & Attendance benefit helps veterans afford to live at home or in assisted living - The following example is a fairly common scenario among older adults and veterans: Robert, a World War II vet and Pittsburgh native, had reached a point where he needed help with activities of daily living and wanted to move into an assisted living facility; but the cost to live there exceeded his monthly income. One ... Read more...
Some of my favorite moments in Pittsburgh sports history - Roberto Clemente I have a friend who is a big baseball fan. He likes to boast that in his younger days, he had the chance to watch Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Duke Snider play centerfield. I must admit that I am a bit jealous. I can say that I witnessed Mays play against the ... Read more...
Vaccines and Stem Cells: Secret Weapons in the Fight Against Lung Disease - Once a year around the end of October, the U.S. will enter flu season, sparking millions of parents and grandparents to pull their children kicking and screaming all the way to the doctor’s office. Although any needle is an unwelcomed one, we tolerate these injections because at our hearts, we just want to be healthy. ... Read more...
Beatlemania, COPD and the Rise of Stem Cell Therapy - In 1963, Walter Cronkite of CBS News was looking for something positive to report after the assassination of JFK. He chose to re-run a report on “Beatlemania” in the U.K. After the broadcast, a 15-year old girl named Marsha Albert immediately requested her local DJ play the band’s album. Inciting a chain reaction in what ... Read more...