Health Info & Resources for Seniors
Recently, residents in the Lehigh Valley have been learning about continuing care at home, a program that helps seniors age in place by delivering health and wellness solutions to their homes. This service is relatively new in the Valley, and until now, it has only been offered by Phoebe Ministries’ Pathstones. Now, more options have arrived for residents in the Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton areas who desire to remain in their homes for as long as possible.
Many times when an individual requires care in a skilled nursing facility, the decision on where to place the patient needs to be made immediately. The decision is often triggered by a medical event, like stroke or a fall, and the patient is treated at a hospital and later discharged directly to a skilled nursing facility. It is important to know what skilled nursing is and which skilled nursing facilities are in the area.
What makes a meal more appealing to older people with decreased appetites?
Dining is a multisensory experience; the sights, sounds, and smells create an inviting atmosphere of welcoming comfort. What our residents long for is a taste of the familiar, a dining experience with new friends who become family, all enjoying pleasant conversation and a good home cooked meal.
Years ago, you hardly noticed a little scape, scratch or bruise. Within a short while, the wound healed and before long the sore was long forgotten. Today, it seems wounds appear more often and take longer to go away. It’s not your imagination. As you grow older, you become more susceptible to wounds and they take longer to heal. A number of factors contribute to this including the effects of aging, decreased movement and disease.
When you are traveling it is often difficult to eat healthy. We try to eat food on the go that is affordable and easy rather than that which is healthy. Listed below are some healthy food options to take along with you when you are traveling to avoid having to eat less healthy food that can cause you to feel tired and leave you feeling empty.
The Alzheimer’s Association says that 1 in every 10 people over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. At that rate, one could assume that there are over 14,500 people in the Lehigh Valley with dementia (the US Census Bureau estimate in 2016 put the County’s 65+ population at over 145,000).