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PA Health Magazine-Spring 2022

Your Guide to Health & Well-Being

Welcome to the online spring edition of PA Health magazine, where you’ll find all the great content from our print edition.

Like remarkable stories about our neighbors’ triumphs over health challenges. And ways to make the most of our region’s natural areas and recreation spots. Plus, delicious, healthy recipes.

You’ll also find bonus content, like more tasty treats to make, inspiring videos about local people who are thriving after facing health issues — and quick links to in-depth information about the conditions they’ve overcome. Because when we share resources, we make good health more accessible for everyone.

Photo illustration demonstrates the aging process.

Is living longer in your DNA?

Telomeres, often compared to the plastic tips on the ends of shoelaces, protect your chromosomes. Protecting them could be the key to a longer life.

Illustration demonstrating the stages of life from a baby to the elderly.

Ask a doc: On aging

What can we learn from doctors who see us at birth — and when we’re many decades beyond? Three doctors talk about the triumphs and challenges of treating patients through the ages.

Elderly women playing bingo at a local seniors center.

People power: How your tribe helps you thrive

We count on friends to lend a hand. Did you know they can also lengthen your life?

Photo illustration of an eye chart with hands holding a pair of glasses.

Making sense of our senses

Eyes and ears don’t work like they used to? Find out why and what to do.


Her secret to a long life?

When you’ve made it well past the average life expectancy (for an American woman, that’s 81.4 years), everyone wants to know what you think was the key. For 90-year-old Jane Selvin (pictured with granddaughter and PA Health staffer Jeanne Laktash), “red wine every day and lots of bread” didn’t hurt, and she adds:

Jane Selvin (right) with granddaughter and PA Health staffer Jeanne Laktash of Dickson City, Pa.

I worked very hard all my life and have never been one to sit still. Every day I do something, whether that’s sorting mail, doing laundry, washing dishes or making my bed. I just keep pushing, even if I don’t feel like it. It empowers you to keep going. That’s why I think I’m still here. Oh, and watching my four grandchildren and my four great-grandchildren grow up. They’re my reason for living.”

A field of beautiful flowers blooming in spring.

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