Ideas We Should Steal: Wheelchair Ramps Made From LEGOs

Nearly 500 public buildings in Philly—not to mention rowhomes—have barriers to access for people in wheelchairs. Germany’s “LEGO Granny” has a brightly colored way to help

By Michaela Haas

A Weekly Smile

An intergenerational program from Penn Memory Center and Temple University combats isolation in older adults and gives students valuable caregiving experience—and now, it’s gone virtual

By Christina Griffith

Citizens of the Week: Teens Teach Technology

The vaccine may be here, but many seniors are still feeling disconnected from loved ones. These students are helping them feel less alone.

By Sam Haut

Business for Good: OneClick.chat

The four-year-old Philly company—started by a millennial and a boomer—takes on social isolation by providing an easy platform for 50,000 older adults worldwide to connect

By Courtney DuChene

Reality Check: Beating the Heat

New York and Baltimore are handing out free air conditioners to low-income seniors most at risk of heat-related illness and Covid-19. Why, WURD's midday host wonders, isn’t Philly doing the same?

By Charles D. Ellison

Guest Commentary: Being together, apart

The founder of a community-building storytelling nonprofit on why now is the time to fight the growing scourge of loneliness in America

By Shannon Mannon

Ideas We Should Steal: Men’s Sheds

A global nonprofit making its way across the U.S. is fighting loneliness and depression in older men by bringing them together to build things. Could the next shed be here in Philly?

By Jill Harkins

Reality Check: Riding SEPTA While Elderly

WURD’s afternoon host admonishes the transit agency and City Council for their attitude to Philly’s seniors

By Charles D. Ellison