Compound Caregiving

How to Manage Compound Caregiving

The number of COVID cases in nursing homes has been frightening and has pushed a lot of families to take on compound caregiving. Compound caregiving means providing care to two or more people at once. Care to multiple generations has always been a struggle for families to manage, especially when trying to juggle work at... More

Caring for Loved Ones with Dementia

Caring for Loved Ones With Dementia

Caring for loved ones with dementia is not easy. Giving appropriate care to someone with this illness can be daunting. Some common issues caregivers face include wandering around, aggressiveness, and miscommunication, among others. However, ensuring their comfort will make your work easier. Mastering some details, therefore, will make sure that you and your patient are... More

How to support the caregiver in your life

Supporting the Caregiver

Every November is National Caregivers Month, and it provides the perfect opportunity to focus on supporting the caregivers in our families and communities. Family caregivers often want to care for their loved ones all on their own. But in most cases, this just is not possible or realistic. Learn what you can do to do... More

Caring for Caregiver Nutrition

Nutrition For The Caregiver

Are you a family caregiver? You may not think of yourself that way, but if you spend time tending to the needs or concerns of a person with an ongoing illness, injury or disability you are considered a caregiver.  You might also be surprised to learn that nutrition for the caregiver is just as important... More

Senior LIFE Celebrates National PACE Month

Observance Highlights the Promise of LIFE to Help Seniors Live Independently at Home September is National PACE Month, celebrating the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Senior LIFE is a provider of the PACE program, called LIFE in Pennsylvania. The innovative model of care allows seniors with long-term care needs to remain living... More

Making Friends As a Senior

Making Friends as a Senior – How to Develop Friendships as We Age

When we were kids, making friends was easy! We would play together in the morning, and be best friends by the end of the day. As we age, making friends becomes more challenging, not to mention social distancing from the COVID Pandemic. Here are some tips to making friends as a senior. Maintaining Old Friendships... More

5 Spring Activities for Seniors to Enjoy a Safe and Healthy Season

5 Spring Activities for Seniors to Enjoy a Safe and Healthy Season

The warmer weather, the blooming flowers, and the sounds of animals scurrying around outside remind us that a new season is upon us.  With a renewed appreciation for the seniors in our lives, and a desire to reconnect safely for the purpose of making new memories, it is important you take advantage of the opportunities... More

5 Ways Seniors Can Stay Safe in a Post-Vaccine World

More than 365 days have passed since we’ve hugged our aging loved ones, without fear of them contracting a deadly virus.  Today there is hope. As senior citizens continue to get vaccinated, the conversation is shifting from surviving to living. Families are planning intimate reunions. The parks are slowly filling with laughing children. Friends are... More

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Keeping Seniors At Home; Fully Integrated Senior Healthcare Option During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The numbers are frightening. Two in five U.S. deaths from COVID-19 have occurred in nursing homes, according to tracking by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The data, while alarming, is not surprising as older people, who heavily represent the nation’s 1.3 million nursing home residents, are at higher risk for contracting COVID-19. According to AARP, “These... More

Managing the Holidays With Aging Parents

Managing the Holidays With Aging Parents During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The holidays are going to look different for each family. It may be a difficult time for our aging parents and family members given the pandemic circumstances, but there are many ideas on managing the holidays with aging parents during this quarantine that brings holiday cheer for everyone! Just because we may be far away... More

How To Entertain Elderly Parents During The Holiday Season

How To Entertain Elderly Parents During The Holiday Season

This holiday season is going to look different for each family. But just because we are in the midst of a pandemic, doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the holidays as families. Some of us may be distanced, having dinners with only our households. Some of us may live around the corner from our family... More


Safety Tips for Seniors During COVID-19

Safety Tips for Seniors During COVID-19 COVID-19 cases on the rise again in the United States and the people at highest risk of COVID-19 are people aged 65 and older and people with underlying medical conditions. This could be a family member, a neighbor, a co-worker. We all know someone in this population. And we... More

What Are the Early Signs of Alzheimer’s?

What Are the Early Signs of Alzheimer’s?

The Alzheimer’s Association reports that Alzheimer’s disease (AD) affects more than five million people in the United States, but contrary to what many think, it is not an “old person’s disease.” Around five percent of victims have what is termed “early-onset AD,” meaning they receive a formal diagnosis while in their 40s or 50s.  Alzheimer’s... More

Why Fall Prevention Is Different Outdoors

Why Fall Prevention Is Different Outdoors & Why It Matters

Falls are a leading cause of both non-fatal and fatal injuries among older Americans, particularly people aged 65 and over. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), “Each year, millions of older people—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, more than one out of four older people falls each year, but less than... More

6 ways to help the elderly at home

6 Ways to Help the Elderly at Home

More and more, elderly family members, such as aging parents, are choosing to live independently for as long as possible. Mainly, this stems from their past—remember this is mostly the Greatest Generation who overcame the Great Depression and won a World War. Why wouldn’t they consider themselves fully capable of handling the daily routine of... More

6 Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Seniors

6 Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Seniors

Breakfast is traditionally the most important meal of the day, and this can be particularly true for seniors who may have different nutritional needs or struggle after long nights without sustenance. Here are some interesting and healthy breakfast ideas for older adults that include many healthy foods. Professional caregivers and others will find these simple... More

Boost Brain Power and Memory

5 Ways to Boost Brain Power and Memory

Many years ago, scientists determined that our brains lose agility, memory, and function when we age. For decades, this theory was taught as fact and accepted as normal for older adults. There was no effort to boost brainpower. This decline in cognitive abilities was simply allowed to progress without intervention. More recent studies have demonstrated... More

Homemade Gifts for Senior Citizens

Homemade Gifts for Senior Citizens

Seniors often have feelings of loneliness, especially when they cannot get out of the house. It’s easy to brighten their day with a phone call or a little gift. Nothing says you care quite like great homemade gifts made with your own time and hands. Moreover, practical handmade gifts that will be used often by... More

Seniors Can Stay Connected Virtually

How Seniors Can Stay Connected Virtually

In the last few months, our culture has seen a dramatic cultural shift. Stay-at-home orders are in place in most regions of the country, and social distancing is a real concept in comparison to just a few months ago when it would have seemed like something out of a movie. We are all challenged to... More

Activities For Seniors

Home Activities for Seniors

We’ve all been spending more time at home and experienced the challenge of trying to entertain ourselves and our children. It can make us appreciate more the challenges faced by seniors on a regular basis to entertain themselves when mobility and travel from home become difficult.  Especially given the recent social pressures to stay home,... More

Senior LIFE Program

Senior LIFE During COVID-19

At Senior LIFE, our dedicated healthcare and support staff are working around the clock to protect our member population during this unprecedented time. We are incredibly grateful for the dedication and sacrifice that our team is making every day. To assure that our members and community stay as healthy and as functional as possible during... More

COVID-19 and You

COVID-19 & You Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus. The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. We are still learning about this disease and how to mitigate the impact it has on our communities.... More

Pet adoption for Seniors

Pet Adoption for Seniors – 5 Reasons to Consider It

Pets are wonderful companions. They have a way of melting our troubles and making us laugh. They have an innate ability to capture our hearts and our minds. Pet adoption for seniors could be a great way to enrich their lives, and provide health benefits to both the senior and the pet. Here are 5... More

Music Boost Memory

Can Music Boost Memory?

A song. A time. A place. We all of a special song that seems to have the ability to transport us to different time in our life, or flood us with emotions. What is it about music that affects our brains unlike anything else? And can music boost memory? Can Music Boost Memory? Memory is... More

A Healthy Senior Diet and What to Avoid

A Healthy Senior Diet? 5 Foods to Avoid

By February, most people have given up on their New Year Resolutions, especially those that focus on losing weight or living a healthier lifestyle. Most resolutions fail because of ambitious life overhauls when you try to change too much too fast. February offers us the opportunity at a second chance to set some more realistic... More

Hidden Costs of Senior Healthcare

The Hidden Costs of Senior Healthcare

Healthcare into retirement is a concern for many older adults. The costs involved with your choice of healthcare can be burdensome, especially when you are on the fixed income of retirement. As we age, you also don’t know how much or how little healthcare you may need. Making the choice that is right for you... More

Aging In Place At Your Current Home

3 Tips for Aging in Place

Most of us will spend our entire adult life creating and adapting a home that fits our lifestyles. Given the option, most seniors are choosing to age in place and die at home instead of in a hospital or senior living facility.Here are 3 tips for aging in place, and making your forever home just... More

Caregiver’s Guide to Understanding Dementia Behavior

Caring for patients with dementia is not easy. Giving appropriate care to someone with this illness can be daunting. Some common issues caregivers face include wandering around, aggressiveness, and miscommunication, among others. However, ensuring their comfort will make your work easier. Mastering some details, therefore, will make sure that you and your patient are both... More

Living Will, Durable Power of Attorney and Other Legal Terms

All In the Lingo – Living Will, Durable Power of Attorney and Other Legal Terms You Should Know

No one likes to talk about end-of-life decisions and wishes, it’s morbid and scary. But now is the time to talk about it with loved ones. The first step in having these discussions is understanding the legal lingo like “living will” and “durable power of attorney.” Making Your Wishes Known – A Living Will A... More

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about The Senior LIFE Program

Whether you’re a caregiver for a senior or a senior yourself, you may have questions about how Senior LIFE works and what it entails. Read on for a look at some frequently asked questions about Senior LIFE. What is the LIFE program? “LIFE” stands for “Living Independence for the Elderly,” which is a joint Medicare/Medicaid... More

Senior Care Costs

Senior Care Costs and the LIFE Health And Wellness Centers

A major selling point for many seniors on the Senior LIFE Program is the LIFE Health and Wellness Center. Here our members are able to receive physical therapy in the Senior LIFE Gym. They can have a visit with their nurse and doctor when needed in the Senior LIFE Clinic. They can spend time socializing... More

Help for Your Aging Loved One

4 Signs it’s Time to Find Help for Your Aging Loved One

When life is busy between juggling a career, family, and selfcare, the health decline of aging parents can quickly sneak up on us. Despite our efforts to help mom and dad continue to live their best lives at home with help from us, it is just not always possible to go it alone. Here are... More

Differences between Medicare and Medicaid

The Differences between Medicare and Medicaid

“Medicare” and “Medicaid” are buzzwords that fill news articles, social media posts, and our healthcare decisions. As we age, it’s important to know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. But what do they really mean these words really mean?  Here’s what you need to know. The Differences between Medicare and Medicaid Medicare and Medicaid are... More

Sleep Tips For Seniors

Sleep Tips For Seniors

Our bodies go through tremendous changes throughout our lives. Consequently, the way we catch our z’s must also change. Below are some sleep tips for seniors to find sleep faster and stay asleep longer. Sleep Tips For Seniors Are Different Picture this all-too-familiar scenario; When you were a child, you had no problems sleeping. You... More

Being A Grandparent

3 Reasons Being a Grandparent Is Awesome

Children have a way of sparking joy in our daily lives and give us hope for the future. For older adults, grandchildren have proven to be especially beneficial. Here are three reasons why being a grandparent is awesome. Being a Grandparent Means Being a Role Model Grandparents are presented with a unique opportunity to influence... More

The Senior LIFE Program

Making Senior Care at Home Easier and More Affordable – The Senior LIFE Program

Caring for an aging loved one can be stressful and frustrating, as well as emotionally and financially draining. Caregivers take on multiple roles; caring for mom and dad, their family, and maintaining their day-to-day lives, sometimes including full-time careers. Adding to the stress of caregiving for older loved ones can also include managing medications, getting... More

Brain Boosting Foods

Food for the Mind: A Look at Some Brain-boosting Foods

Research has found that many foods can help boost cognition, memory, and other aspects of brain health. Below is  information about how your diet can help your brain, and some brain-boosting foods you can incorporate into your diet. Your Brain on Food – Why Brain-boosting Foods are Important It’s long been said that food fuels... More

How Skin Changes With Age & How to Combat Those Changes

Like everything else in our lives, our skin changes as we get older. Some of those changes can be painful, and some of them can just be aesthetically displeasing. This blog will talk about some common skin changes, as well as offer some basic suggestions for how to handle those changes. How Skin Changes With... More

Women's Heart Health

Do You Know How Women’s Heart health is Different From Men’s?

Though heart disease used to be thought of as a disease affecting men, we now know that heart disease is also a leading cause of death among women. It’s also important to know that gender does matter when it comes to heart health. Here is what you need to know about women’s heart health and... More

Tackling Caregiver Stress Before it Becomes Too Much

The demands placed on family caregivers can be overwhelming and exhausting. Most caregivers are responsible for the care of family for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. On top of that, caregivers must also juggle the responsibilities of family and work. That’s a lot for one person – and it can lead to... More

Exercise For Older Adults

Exercise for Older Adults – Even Sitting Down!

It’s no secret, exercise is essential for a healthy body and mind. Exercise for older adults can be a challenge, however, when mobility is an issue. But that doesn’t mean that exercise is any less important. The key is staying active and moving the body in any way possible. Why Exercise For Older Adults is... More

Socialization for Seniors

4 Ways Senior LIFE Promotes Socialization for Seniors

Recent research has found that a lack of socialization, along with isolation and loneliness, can be just as dangerous for older adults as some chronic health conditions. Socialization is important, though it can be more difficult to stay social as we age. Here’s how Senior LIFE can help. Why Socialization For Seniors Matters Socialization is... More

Mobility Challenges In The Winter

Handling Mobility Challenges: Getting Around in Winter Weather

For older adults, mobility can be a challenge even when weather conditions are perfect. Add a little snow, ice, or rain to the mix, and getting around can be extremely difficult for seniors.  With winter’s unique challenges for seniors with mobility issues, there are a few easy measures they can take to keep themselves safe.... More

Seniors and Pets

You’ve Got a Friend in Fido, Benefits of Pets for Seniors

In the golden years, loneliness can become very real and can lead to depression which can accelerate mental and physical deterioration. There are a lot of ways for seniors to combat loneliness. Perhaps the favorite option is with a furry friend. Below are some benefits of pets for seniors and tips on finding the animal... More

Fall Hazard Monsters Lurking in Home

The Monsters Are Real: Are these fall hazards lurking in your home?

Every year, one in four seniors experience a fall. The scariest part of this statistic is that most of the falls are preventable. What can you do to prevent keep this monstrous event from happening to you or loved one? Make sure your home environment is safe. Fall Hazards and the Home Home is where... More

Winter and Flu Prevention

Tis The Season for Flu Prevention: 5 Flu Prevention Tactics

The holiday season is known as a time for giving. We give gifts, kindness, and love. What we also share with others is the flu. While getting a flu vaccine is the best way to guard against the flu, there are also other steps you can take for flu prevention. Why Flu Prevention is Important... More

3 Reasons You Should Know Your Family Health History

The holiday season is filled with fun, food, and, most importantly, family. With everyone gathered together, this could be the perfect opportunity to collect that ever-so-important family health history. Here are three reasons you’ll be glad you did. Why You Should Know Your Family Health History A Family Health History Helps with Disease Prevention Your... More


The Caregivers Guide to Diabetes Management

Diabetes among seniors is on the rise. The American Diabetes Association estimates that more than 25 percent of seniors in the United States have diabetes. The good news is that diabetes management is possible. The likelihood of success only increases for seniors when they receive support from a caregiver.If you are a caregiver of a... More

Tips For Aging at Home

Is Aging at Home an Option?

The social landscape of retirement is shifting. Baby boomers, those born between 1946 – 1964, are now reaching the age where retirement is on the horizon. Now, even more than the generation before, staying in the comfort of home instead of nursing home is of the utmost desire. Do you know if you’re ready for... More

Family Caregivers Support

When Family Caregivers Need Support

Family caregivers often want to care for their loved ones all on their own. But in most cases, this just is not possible or realistic. Learn what you can do to do support your efforts as the family caregiver. Family Caregivers at a Glance Being a family caregivers is an extremely challenging job with hours... More

Back on Your Feet – Why Physical Therapy Matters

Most people at some point in their lives have had to wrestle with an injury that required medical attention. After these injuries, most doctors will recommend physical therapy to their patients as a way to return to normal daily activities. What is less commonly known about physical therapy is the benefit that continued therapy can... More

What's in Season For Senior Nutrition

Senior Nutrition: What’s in Season This Fall

In the springtime, our bodies crave fresh fruits and veggies. As the weather begins to turn colder, we can enjoy a heartier banquet of fall-harvested fruits and healthy fats. Here are important cornerstones to senior nutrition in the fall months. Fall Favorites in Senior Nutrition It is tempting during this time of year to over-indulge... More

Bone Health and Seniors

A 4-step Guide to Protecting Bone Health in Seniors

Strong bones begin early in life as most people will gain more bone density than they lose each year.    It is not until around the age of 30 that most adults reach their “peak” bone density and begin losing more bone density than they gain each year.  That’s why, especially for seniors, bone health is... More

What Seniors Can Teach Us About Living a Simple Life

In today’s modern society, everyone moves at a break-necking pace and tried-and-true life lessons are often lost in the shuffle. When you talk to a senior, they’ll be the first to tell you about living a simple life and how the good old days were better. We often dismiss these stories as a bygone age,... More

Long Term Care

Long Term Care, What You Need to Know

Approximately 70 percent of Americans over the age of 65 will need help with their activities of daily living at some point in their golden years. The phrase “long term care” gets thrown around as a way to manage these changes in your healthcare. Most think that long-term care refers only to insurance policies that... More


Medication Management, a Fall Prevention Tactic

Falls are one of the major causes of injuries in older adults. Although a number of factors can affect fall risks, medication management is perhaps one of the easiest tactics to use for fall prevention. As seniors age, their bodies change, and because of these changes, older adults have trouble ambulating and are at an... More


Get The Most Out of Your Next Doctor’s Office Visit

Going to the doctor’s office can often be a stressful experience, especially for seniors. With a little preparedness, doctors’ visits can go a lot smoother and can result in better care. Here are some quick ways you can help yourself or a loved prepare for the next visit. At the Doctor’s Office, Communication is King... More

The LIFE Program can help you make sense of Medicaid.

Making Sense of Health Care, Medicaid & How the LIFE Program Can Help

With all the choices, programs, changes, and processes for enrollment, Medicaid, often called Medical Assistance, can be confusing. And many older adults have heard of the LIFE Program, but wonder how it connects to Medicaid. If you are one of these seniors or their caregivers, keep reading! Medicaid is a federally mandated health insurance program... More

It’s often challenging to be a dementia caregiver.

The Special Challenges of Caring for a Loved One With Dementia

Providing care for an aging loved one can be challenging, and providing care for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia can be especially difficult. Dementia is a generalized term for a mild to severe decline in mental cognition. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type, and the two terms are often confused.... More

Look inside a Senior LIFE Health and Wellness Center.

A Look Inside a Senior LIFE Health and Wellness Center

Seniors today want to live at home—not in a nursing home. In the past, the only options were to take care of yourself or go to a nursing home. But that’s not true today. For those who just need some help and supportive services to live at home, Senior LIFE can help make that happen.... More

How you can provide caregiver support for the caregiver in your life.

Caregiver Support: How to Support the Caregiver in Your Life

Maybe you aren’t the caregiver—you just love a caregiver. How can you support someone in your life who’s caring for an aging loved one? The term “caregiver,” or family caregiver, describes an unpaid family member, friend, or neighbor who provides care to an individual who has an acute or chronic condition and needs assistance. Caregivers... More

These hydration tips provide more ideas than just drinking water.

Hydration Tips—More Than Just Drinking Water

Summer brings those long-awaited months of cool drinks on the porch, picnics, and lazy afternoons. But, as temperatures climb, so does the risk of dehydration. That means it’s even more important to remember some hydration tips. Hydration isn’t just about drinking enough water. Fluids can be gained from many sources, and not getting enough can... More

Here are Some Answers to Common Questions About the LIFE Program.

Answering Common Questions about the LIFE Program

If you’re a caregiver for a senior or you are a senior who is considering enrolling in Senior LIFE, you probably have questions about the LIFE Program. The Senior LIFE Program is designed to allow seniors to live their best lives at home, as opposed to living in a nursing home. Senior LIFE services give... More

What Is Aphasia

What Is Aphasia and How Can Speech Therapy Help?

According to the National Aphasia Association, “Aphasia affects about two million Americans and is more common than Parkinson’s Disease, cerebral palsy, or muscular dystrophy. Nearly 180,000 Americans acquire the disorder each year. However, most people have never heard of it.” Aphasia, or the inability to communicate, is a common problem among older adults; often occurring... More

How to approach caregiving when you also have small kids.

It’s Complicated: Caregiving When You Have Small Kids

Caregiving is hard no matter what. But if you’re one of the millions of Americans in the Sandwich Generation providing both child and elder care, it can be especially challenging. All too often, the choice to care for aging parents or other family members is made in haste, usually in response to a recent health-related... More

If you're unhappy with your Community HealthChoices plan, you can switch to Senior LIFE.

Switching to Senior LIFE for Your Community HealthChoices Medical Assistance Plan

The state’s new health plan, Community HealthChoices (CHC), took effect on January 1 for some areas of Pennsylvania, while other areas of the state are still to follow, with implementation to begin in January 2019. The new program is mandatory for Medicaid recipients who are 21 years of age and have Medicare and Medicaid or... More

Here are six men’s health issues you should know about.

6 Men’s Health Issues You Should Know About

June is Men’s Health Month—a time for raising awareness about health conditions and older men’s health issues. Men often let their health fall by the wayside, even as they grow older. As long as they feel healthy and productive, most men don’t consider the risks behind serious men’s health issues. But just like you’d take... More

Senior LIFE promotes patient-centered care.

Centered on You: Understanding Patient-centered Care

Considering the benefits of Senior LIFE? Our individualized, patient-centered care may be what sets us apart. But what exactly do we mean by person-centered care? Basically, it’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s a way of providing care that focuses intently on the needs and wants of the individual person. This method of care perfectly... More

Dealing with senior hygiene problems.

Keeping Up Appearances—Senior Hygiene

As we age, our ability to perform the daily routine of living often decreases. In many cases, one of the first signs that something is wrong—and that help may be needed—is diminished personal hygiene. The responsibility for noticing that a loved one can no longer care for his or herself without support often falls on... More

Knowing stroke symptoms can save a life.

Would You Know the Symptoms of Stroke?

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and more than 140,000 people die from stroke each year. Immediate action is needed to prevent permanent damage to the brain, which is why it’s important to know the symptoms of stroke and react fast. Knowing the initial stroke symptoms can go a... More

Exercise for arthritis helps increase quality of life.

Exercise for Arthritis? Yes, It’s a Good Thing.

While physical activity might be the last thing on your mind when dealing with the aches and pains of arthritis, it can actually be a great help. For arthritis sufferers who are constantly coping with aches and pains, getting more physical activity isn’t always at the top of the to-do list. It’s normal to want... More

Let Senior LIFE support you in your long distance caregiving.

When You’re Caregiving From a Distance…

In a perfect world, we’d live close to our friends, family, and other loved ones. Unfortunately, our lives often take us elsewhere. Being a caregiver is a tough job and when that job is done from a distance, it’s even harder. But sometimes caregiving takes place long-distance, whether for a short time as a caregiver... More

How occupational therapy can help your loved one.

Making Sense of Occupational Therapy

April is Occupational Therapy Month. You may have heard of occupational therapy, but do you really understand what it is and how it can help? Most people don’t know the exact definition of this type of therapy and assume that it’s related to an actual occupation or workplace. But that’s not the case. According to... More

Medication management is key for avoiding drug interactions.

Medication Management: What to Know About Drug Interactions

Seniors often take large numbers of medications to manage multiple health conditions. With the increased number of medications comes an increased risk of those medications interacting—with each other, with over-the-counter meds, and even with foods. If you’re like many caregivers, you’re at least partially responsible for managing the medication regimen for your aging loved one.... More

How to spring-clean the house for senior safety.

Spring-cleaning the House for Senior Safety

Spring is nearly upon us, and if you’re like most households around the region, you’re gearing up for some spring-cleaning. Having a clean and comfortable home can make a huge difference in the quality of life your loved one experiences. Older adults often want to age in the comfort of their own home, but in... More

How to advocate for your loved one as a caregiver.

How to Advocate for Your Loved One as a Caregiver

You’re accustomed to the day-to-day routine of being a caregiver. But how can you advocate for your loved one’s health-related needs? As your loved one’s health advocate, you play a key role in his or her health. You spend time and energy making your loved one’s health care a priority in your life. But sometimes,... More

In-season fruits and veggies are a key part of senior nutrition.

A Taste of Spring for Senior Nutrition

For many people, food is a source of joy—and one that can help them live life at its fullest. One of the best ways to infuse flavor into your diet and be sure you’re getting the nutrients you need? Fresh fruits and veggies! Spring is right around the corner and that means the produce you... More

The Senior LIFE Program is an alternative option under Community HealthChoices.

4 Benefits of the LIFE Program That Might Surprise You

Are you or a loved one covered under Community HealthChoices and currently receiving care through a managed care organization? You may be finding that you’re not happy with the services and attention you’re receiving under your new plan. If that’s the case, you do have options. If you meet the eligibility guidelines, you can enroll... More

What you should know about colorectal health.

5 Facts to Know About Colorectal Health

Since 2000, March has been dedicated to an important—yet rarely talked about—topic. It’s Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and thousands of colorectal cancer survivors and advocates gather to spread the word about this potentially deadly disease. But how much do you or your aging loved one really know about colorectal health? Let’s take a look at... More

Finding the right balance between caregiving and work.

How to Find the Right Balance Between Caregiving and Work

For many Americans in the “sandwich generation,” taking care of both their parents and their children is a fact of daily life. Finding that elusive work/life balance becomes even more difficult when caregiving is involved. When you’re caring for a loved one, it can become easy to burn out—either in your work as a caregiver... More

Heart health for seniors requires a comprehensive approach.

4 Things You Should Know About Heart Health for Seniors

February is American Heart Month, offering everyone an opportunity to think about their heart health. How’s your heart? Heart disease is a leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States, but it’s also largely preventable. If you’re like most Americans, though, your heart health might not be something you think... More

The role of the caregiver in Senior LIFE.

A Piece of the Puzzle: Family Caregivers & Senior LIFE

Senior LIFE provides comprehensive medical care and support services for its members. But where does the family caregiver fit into the equation? The answer is pretty simple, actually. When a loved one enrolls as a member in Senior LIFE, family members or friends caring for them can be as involved or uninvolved as they wish.... More

Learn the ins and outs of senior eye health and vision changes to be on the lookout for.

The Eyes Have It—A Look at Senior Eye Health

January is here—and with it, Glaucoma Awareness Month. However, while it’s good to spread awareness of glaucoma and its impact on seniors, glaucoma is only one of many eye conditions that are more common as we age. With the new year here—and with this month’s focus on vision—there’s no better time to explore senior eye... More

Learn ways of staying active when the weather outside is frightful.

3 Tips for Staying Active When the Weather Outside Is Frightful

When the temperatures dip down and the weather turns wintry, it can be difficult to work up the motivation to stay physically and mentally active. However, keeping the mind and body active—even during bad weather—is important to maintaining overall well-being, especially for seniors. For aging adults in particular, there are many benefits of staying active.... More

When it comes to seniors and money, scammers are quick to take advantage—learn how to protect your aging loved one against fraud.

Seniors and Money: How to Stay Safe From Scams

While financial fraud and schemes can hit anyone, seniors are among the most vulnerable. Unfortunately, aging adults are the main target of a growing number of scams, including identity theft. And the resulting losses of these scams aren’t small. Each year, the senior population loses an estimated $36.5 billion to fraud, according to a recent... More

The benefits are many for those who enrolled in Senior LIFE through Community HealthChoices.

Community HealthChoices Has Begun. So Now What?

January has finally arrived—and with it, the roll-out of Community HealthChoices (CHC) for those living in Southwest Pennsylvania. New plans went into effect on January 1, and many seniors chose Senior LIFE as an alternative option. Other areas of the state will have their own CHC enrollment periods later, with implementation to begin in January... More

The signs of caregiver burnout aren’t always easily recognized.

“It’s Just Too Much”—What Caregiver Burnout Looks Like

When you’re caring for an aging loved one and taking care of your own responsibilities, life can seem overwhelming. Caring for a loved one requires a large amount of time, effort, and energy. It can be all too easy to forget your own needs, putting you at real risk of “caregiver burnout.” But if you... More

Music holds the power to transform quality of life for seniors.

Turn Up the Music! How Music Impacts Quality of Life for Seniors

Think back over the years—hasn’t there always been a song or two that speaks to you in every part of life? That sensation doesn’t go away as we age. In fact, it actually grows. It may come as a surprise for many to learn that both playing and listening to music have been shown to... More

There are many signs of dementia other than memory loss to keep an eye out for in a loved one.

Not Just Memory Loss: The Other Signs of Dementia

Dementia is a debilitating condition affecting more than 5 million Americans—most of whom are seniors. Sadly, dementia will affect far more people in the not-so-distant future. Experts estimate that this number could more than triple by 2050. Maybe even more alarming than the growing number of dementia cases is wondering whether your aging loved one’s... More

For seniors who were auto-enrolled in an MCO during the Community HealthChoices Enrollment period, changing plans is an option.

Community HealthChoices Enrollment: How Do I Change Plans?

This year brought big changes for Medicaid participants in Pennsylvania. A new program, called Community HealthChoices (CHC)—which will be implemented in the state gradually beginning in January—is changing the way services are delivered to Medicaid participants. If you or a loved one were affected by Community HealthChoices and live in Southwest Pennsylvania, you were required... More

Nutrition as we age plays a key role in our quality of life.

Nutrition As We Age—How Our Needs Change

Few things stay the same as we age, and our nutritional needs are no different. Nutrition as we age plays a key role in our quality of life. As we get older, certain body changes increase the risk of nutritional deficiencies that can affect all areas of health, including physical, mental, and social health. Providing... More

LIFE Is An Option To Community HealthChoices

Click here to read the PA Department of Human Services Flyer on the LIFE Program as an alternative option to Community HealthChoices. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services recently released a flyer explaining how the LIFE Program may be an option for those who are eligible. If you live in aouthwestern Pennslyvania and have been affected by... More

How to Manage Holiday Stress

How to Manage Holiday Stress in You & Your Aging Loved One

The holiday season can be stressful for anyone. Add in the responsibilities of caring for an aging loved one, and the stress is magnified. Your aging relative may also experience stress, as well as other negative emotions, like loneliness or grief, during the holidays. For many older adults, the holidays are a stark reminder of... More

Socialization plays a key role in quality of life for seniors.

When It Comes to Quality of Life for Seniors, Relationships Matter

Loneliness might not come to mind when you think of conditions that can impact health and quality of life for seniors. But in fact, research has found that loneliness may be as harmful as some medical conditions and can even lead to early death. Those findings, which were presented at the Annual Convention of the... More

Aging at home often requires making basic changes to the home environment.

Extreme Makeover: The Changes Needed for Aging at Home

As we get older, moving around safely becomes more difficult. Moving around the house is no different. While aging at home is ideal, it’s important to consider home safety. Often, changes to the home are needed to make it more friendly for senior living. What worked well for your loved one in middle age may... More

A Community HealthChoices enrollment update.

Community HealthChoices Enrollment: How to Get Started With Senior LIFE

Pennsylvania is changing the way services are delivered to Medicaid participants. The new program, called Community HealthChoices, will be implemented in the state gradually beginning in January. The program will be mandatory for Medicaid recipients who are: Adults 21 years of age or older who have Medicare and Medicaid Persons receiving long-term services and supports... More

When to seek care for an aging loved one.

How Will I Know When It’s Time to Seek Care for My Aging Loved One?

When you’re caring for an aging loved one, you may wish that you could take care of all his or her needs on your own. And you may be able to at first. But eventually, your loved one’s needs will be more significant than you can handle alone. There are options available to help family... More

Medication management for seniors can be challenging.

Medication Management for Seniors: There’s a Better Way

Seniors often take a large number of medications to help manage several different chronic medical conditions. Because more seniors are remaining in the home as they age, they and their caregivers are tasked with managing their medications. This can be challenging, for a number of reasons. Handling multiple medications that need to be taken at... More

How our sleep changes as we age.

Sleep Changes as We Age. So What Does That Mean?

As we age, most every aspect of life changes. Our sleep is no different. Our sleep patterns actually change throughout our lives, with our sleep needs gradually decreasing as we age. You probably know, for example, that newborns sleep for the majority of the day. By the time kids are toddlers, they likely only need... More

Finding Balance—What to Know About Fall Prevention Among Seniors

Millions of Americans fall each year, but the issue is more common and more serious in older adults. In fact, the American Council on Aging reports that one in four seniors falls every year. Because our muscle and bone mass decrease as we age, falls in older adults often have more serious consequences than in... More

Last updated on June 19th, 2018 at 05:59 pm