Older Americans Month May 2024: Powered by Connection

Older Americans Month in May 2024 is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the resilience, wisdom, and vitality of older adults in our communities. This year, the theme “Powered by Connection” highlights the transformative impact of fostering meaningful connections among seniors, their families, and their communities. With the power of connection, we can combat social... More

Finding Peace in April: Alleviating Senior Stress

As April unfolds, bringing a fresh perspective and the promise of new beginnings, it’s a great time to check in with our own mental health and stress levels. The arrival of spring offers a golden opportunity to focus on stress relief and mental well-being of ourselves and others. Let’s explore various strategies and activities that can... More

Nurturing Seniors: Spring Activities for Seniors

After a long and chilly winter, spring has finally arrived, bringing with it a burst of vibrant colors, refreshing scents, and pleasant temperatures. As the world awakens from its slumber, seniors have a wonderful opportunity to embrace the newness of this season and indulge in activities that promote both physical and mental well-being. Here are... More

Celebrating National Caregivers Day: February 17th

National Caregivers Day is a special day dedicated to appreciating and recognizing the tireless efforts and dedication of caregivers around the world. Celebrated on February 17th, this day serves as a reminder to acknowledge the invaluable support and care that caregivers provide for their loved ones. Caregiving is a challenging and selfless role that often... More

Winter Skin Care Tips for Seniors

As we enter the winter season, it’s important to pay extra attention to skin care, especially for seniors. The cold and dry weather can have a significant impact on skin care, and can lead to dryness, flakiness, and even discomfort. Here are some essential tips for senior skin care during the winter to help keep... More

Caring Around the Clock – Celebrating National Caregivers Month

National Caregivers Month is an annual celebration in the United States that takes place in the month of November. This month-long event aims to recognize and honor the important role that caregivers play in the lives of individuals who require assistance due to illness, disability, or aging. In this blog, we’ll explore the significance of... More

Aging in Place – Can you do it?

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 important to seniors and their families. Here are a few things... More

National PACE Month 2023 – Where You Belong

National PACE (Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) Month is an annual celebration in the United States that takes place in the month of September. This month-long event aims to raise awareness about the PACE program and the important role it plays in enhancing the lives of elderly individuals. Senior LIFE is a provider of... More

Boost Your Health with 500 Steps

As we age, staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle becomes increasingly important. One way to do this is by walking more. In fact, research suggests that taking just 500 extra steps per day can have a significant impact on senior health. Health Benefits of Walking Walking is a low-impact form of exercise that can... More

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

Aging in Place: How To Make Your Home Age with You

Many seniors, if not all, wish to stay in their own home for as long as possible, and avoid nursing home placement. As we age, it’s important to make changes to our homes to ensure that you remain safe, comfortable, and accommodating. Adapting your home as you age can help you maintain your independence and... More

Older Americans Month 2023: Aging Unbound

What is Older Americans Month? Older Americans Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of older Americans. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about how you can help your loved ones stay healthy, safe and independent as they age. Older Americans Month was established by Congress in 1978 as part of... More

8 Ways For Seniors Enjoy Spring

Spring is a great time for seniors to enjoy the outdoors and engage in activities that promote physical and mental health. As the weather warms up, seniors can take advantage of the longer days and sunshine to go for walks, bike rides, or participate in outdoor activities like gardening.  The season is full of opportunities... More

Spring Wardrobe Tips for Older Adults

Spring is a season of transition, and as the weather changes, so should your wardrobe. For seniors, dressing for changing spring weather can be a challenge. It’s important to find the right balance between comfort and style while still dressing appropriately for the weather. Here are some tips for seniors on how to dress for... More

Six Morning Exercises for Seniors

We all know that exercise is important for our bodies to stay healthy and happy, especially as we age. However, finding a good exercise routine that is gentle enough for seniors, but keeps your body healthy and moving, can be a real challenge. Below are six morning exercises for seniors that are easy to mix... More

Let’s Talk – Vaccines and Seniors

From crisp mornings to colorful leaves and pumpkins, the fall season is a welcome change from summer. Fall also brings some unwelcome changes, namely an increase in colds, flu and COVID cases. Seniors are especially vulnerable and should take steps to help protect themselves. Let’s talk about one of the most important considerations – vaccines... More

Meet Rosalyn – “PACE: This Is the Place…”

This September, we at Senior LIFE are celebrating National PACE Month! During National PACE month, we invite interested families, and members of our local communities to visit our LIFE Health and Wellness Center to see firsthand why LIFE/PACE programs are the ideal option for keeping seniors independent in their own homes and cared for.  The... More

6 Tips for Staying Active and Independent

We only get one body to live in, and it is important that we take care of it throughout our lives with regular exercise and healthy eating habits. As we age, it can become increasingly difficult to stick to a health routine that is safe and effective. Below are 6 tips for staying active and... More

National Senior Health & Wellness Day

May 25 is National Senior Health & Wellness Day! OK, we’ll be honest. You probably are unable to do everything you could in your youth. However, most seniors can do something to maintain their health & fitness; often, more than you might think! As a part of Senior LIFE’s missions, the program promotes safe, regular... More

Older Americans Month 2022: Age Their Way

May is Older Americans month. At Senior LIFE, we know that older adults play vital, positive roles in our communities. Seniors are family members, friends, mentors, volunteers, civic leaders, members of the workforce, and more. Our goal is to give seniors the ability to “age their way” by staying in their homes and out of... More

5 Healthy Eating Tips for Seniors

March is national nutrition month, and it is the perfect time to focus on healthy eating and do away with bad habits that were picked up over the holidays. It’s important for everyone, no matter the age, to think about nutrition and the healthy habits that they are creating. It’s especially important for seniors to... More

10 Words of Wisdom from Seniors

A porch swing – A kitchen table – A sofa. Seniors have a way of making the most mundane places become libraries of knowledge and life experience. They’re living examples of a life well lived. A living treasure trove of advice and, if we’re lucky, they share some of that knowledge with us. That wisdom... More

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 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

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

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 – 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

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

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 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

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?

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 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 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

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

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

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

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 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 – 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

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? 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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 – 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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? 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

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

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: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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