Senior Living Articles

Below is a list of articles that you may find helpful.

By: Jean Gartner, RN, director of Clinic & Home Care Services, LIFE Butler County

As the weather heats up, seniors should try to keep cool to avoid heat stress and potential complications like heat exhaustion, heat stroke, heart failure and stroke.

Heat and high... Continue Reading >

By: Raquel Oldaker, director of Clinic and Home Care Services, LIFE Lawrence County

Sunlight is actually good for your skin with studies showing that UV-B rays help convert cholesterol in skin into vitamin D, an important vitamin your body needs to help function properly.

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Parkinson’s disease is related to a loss of nerve cells in your brain that produce a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine is important for controlling movement.

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common degenerative brain disease with Alzheimer’s being the first.

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When at-home care is needed, it is important to know the people caring for you are not only expert medical providers, but also trustworthy enough to welcome into your home.

This high level of trust is what Mary and David Smolinski value most about the care they receive from VNA, Western... Continue Reading >

When they aren't planning parties, playing games or socializing with their neighbors at The Commons at Stonebrook Village, Norm and Thelma Voegler enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. 

Their desire for simpler, maintenance-free living is what lead them to The Commons... Continue Reading >

Following a family vacation to the beach in 2013, Linda Haluszczak began feeling the symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. Her doctor prescribed medication, but within days, Linda was in extreme distress - she couldn't breathe, her face was drooping and her body was rapidly shutting down... Continue Reading >

They say timing is everything.

For retired pastor John Sloat and his wife, Helen, 2013 was the right time to move into their new Manor Home apartment at Passavant Community. Just three days after moving in, however, Helen fell in their apartment and broke her hip. Several surgeries and... Continue Reading >

by: Christine Namey, MPT, Lutheran SeniorLife Rehabilitation Services

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition in which the heart becomes too weak to pump enough blood through your arteries. This affects the amount of oxygen-rich blood in your body. Symptoms include fatigue... Continue Reading >

by: Kathy Welsh, diet technician, LIFE Beaver County

February is deemed National Heart Month and has been since 1963, when Congress required the President to proclaim it as such to raise public awareness about heart disease.

Although February is dedicated to the heart, a... Continue Reading >

by: Dr. Frederick Doerfler, Jr., medical director, LIFE Lawrence County and LIFE Armstrong County

Medications are on everyone's mind these days. We have pills to treat most every ailment a person could have. And as we get older, and have more health problems, we have to take... Continue Reading >

By: Christine Namey, MPT, Lutheran SeniorLife Rehabilitation Services

The footwear, including shoes, slippers, or lack thereof, that seniors choose can affect their fall risk.

In one study, almost 52% of those that fell said that at the time of the fall they were either... Continue Reading >

by: Wendy Olean, Social Services Manager, LIFE Butler County

The holiday season offers many opportunities to spend quality time with family and friends. You may observe a change in your mood or behavior during the holidays. You may notice unusual signs of fatigue or sadness or... Continue Reading >

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