Senior Living Articles

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

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 >

Caring for a loved one is not an easy job!

Are you aware that there is technology available to help ease the day-to-day issues that arise when caring for a family member or loved one?

Safety is a primary concern for caregivers. Today's technology offers a variety of Personal... Continue Reading >

According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost 26 million children and adults are living with diabetes. Of these, an estimated 19 million have been diagnosed, whereas seven million are unaware that they have the disease. About 79 million people have “pre-diabetes,” a condition in which... Continue Reading >

The following was written by Hilary Mincenberg, activities coordinator at RoseCrest Assisted Living at St. John Community, based on personal experiences.


A vivid memory I have from my mother’s journey with Alzheimer’s disease is this – I walked into the facility in which... Continue Reading >

There are several eye conditions that can make it difficult to complete daily tasks. These include macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Occupational therapists have special training to help people with low vision function better. They can help prevent accidents and injury by... Continue Reading >

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, diminished exercise capacity, shortness of breath, and swelling. CHF can be caused by... Continue Reading >

Why is drinking water so important in the winter?

Low humidity levels outside and heating systems in our homes and cars create a dry atmosphere. Your body and immune system work better when properly hydrated. Remember to drink water instead of sports drinks or sugary beverages. When... Continue Reading >

Skin is the outermost part of our body. It protects us from harmful external stimuli and bacterial invasion. Proper skin care is important for our physical and mental health. Skin infection in a diabetic patient can lead to the serious complication of gangrene. Itchiness, a very common problem... Continue Reading >

Stroke, also called cerebral vascular accident (CVA), is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in adults. Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or even age. More women than men have strokes each year.... Continue Reading >


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