A behind-the-scenes look at Penn’s Frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) research and care

Frontotemporal degeneration, or FTD, is a neurodegenerative disease that manifests clinically as a change in behavior — affecting one’s personality — or a disorder of language, sometimes accompanied by motor weakness or involuntary movements. These symptoms are associated with the accumulation of a specific kind of pathologic protein in the brain, including tau or TDP-43.

Through the University of Pennsylvania’s Frontotemporal degeneration Program Project Grant (PPG), led by Virginia M.-Y. Lee, PhD, MBA, and Frontotemporal Degeneration Center, led by Murray Grossman, MD, EdD, a collaborative team of Penn Medicine researchers and clinicians strive to improve the lives of those affected by FTD.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at their work through our Virtual Tour:

To learn more about the Penn FTD Center, visit: ftd.med.upenn.edu

To learn more about the FTD PPG and related research, visit: http://www.med.upenn.edu/cndr


May is Older Americans Month!

Penn’s Institute on Aging (IOA) is celebrating Older Americans Month by sharing healthy aging tips to help older adults in their quest for happier, healthier, and longer lives! Watch the video below for some ways to help improve your physical, mental, and cognitive health!

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging and Administration for Community Living have coined this year’s campaign theme “Blaze a Trail.” The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness about important issues faced by older adults throughout the country.

This is a way for older American’s to advocate for themselves, their peers, and their communities.



Older Americans Month in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) will celebrate Older Americans Month in a couple of different ways.

Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 2.51.28 PMOn Friday, May 13,, 2016, PCA will host their Older Americans Month Health Fair from 8:30am – 1:30pm at the St. Charles Senior Community Center (1941 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA 19141.) This free event will include health screenings and information, raffles, music, and refreshments. Guests will learn about services to improve physical, emotional & financial health from local organizations, health care agencies & doctors as well as Medicare & Social Security eligibility and safety and legal services for older adults. Screenings will include: depression, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, blood pressure & arthritis. Learn more here.

PCA is also gearing up for their 14th Annual “Celebrate Arts and Aging” series of events which coincide with Older Americans Month. Events include art exhibits, performances and workshops. Special discounts will also be available to seniors for a number of institutions and performances for Celebrate Arts and Aging this year, among them: the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Orchestra. For more information and a full list of Celebrate Arts and Aging exhibits, locations, and discounts, click here.