Health Info & Resources for Seniors
Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine
Avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate, cola) for four to six hours before bedtime. Alcohol acts as a stimulant, and will decrease your sleep quality. If you still smoke you should avoid smoking as you near you bedtime.
Make Your Bedroom Comfortable
Keep the bedroom quiet and dark to get a better sleep. Block light, keep the temperature comfortably cool -between 60 and 75°F- and the room well ventilated. Make sure you have a comfortable mattress and pillows. Keep computers, TVs, and work materials out of the room.
John Brolsma of Hellertown, 74, Enjoys Raising Teenaged Son
John Brolsma and his wife, Irene, were just a few years from retirement when they were presented with an unusual opportunity for a couple in their early sixties: the adoption of a preschooler. “We were getting ready to travel and do all the things you do when you’re near retirement when it became apparent that this beautiful little boy needed us,” John says. In 2004, John, at age 62, suddenly was the father of four-year-old Nathaniel, (Nate).
Five questions to ask when selecting a home care agency
When Allentown resident Marisa Leaser decided to start a home care agency, she wanted to enable seniors to receive care as if they were being cared for by their own family. This means starting from a place of empathy and compassion, and having faith in the kind of care only a family can provide. Home Sweet Home Care caregivers value the one-on-one relationships they have with clients and families because it helps ensure the highest quality care possible.
There are more and more farmers and growers markets in our area. We would do well to take advantage of our locally grown foods. While it is obvious that it helps to eat well and to help our local economy, there are other reasons for eating local foods.
Some of those reasons are listed below:
Locally grown food is more flavorful. When grown locally crops are picked at their peak of ripeness rather than harvested early so that they can be shipped and distributed to retail outlets. Often the produce at local markets has been picked within 24 hours of purchase.
Chances are that you are not getting any younger. Your energy, desire or ability may be diminishing for certain household tasks that you once enjoyed (or at least tolerated) in your youth. Whether these changes are apparent or subtle, many adults face a time where they need to bring help to them or move in with the help. Specifically, when faced with the decision of moving to assisted living or staying home, most prefer staying home. It’s comfortable, familiar and much more affordable.
Incontinence is a silent thief that robs its victims of their ability to live life to the fullest: bowel incontinence. Also known as fecal incontinence (FI), it prevents people from participating in enjoyed activities, causes social isolation and can even lead to loss of employment. It is believed to be the leading cause of nursing home admission, especially for women. Often, people who suffer from FI believe it is a normal part of aging, but they are wrong. St. Luke’s University Health Network offers many treatments that help people regain control.