Health Info & Resources for Seniors
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.
Should you have gained weight or you’re having difficulty losing weight, and you don’t know the reason, consult your pharmacist. Yes, weight gain caused by medications is a concern of many patients. The desire to keep off unwanted pounds is one of several reasons that patients do not take their medications as prescribed by their physicians.
Exercise is effective in stalling or even reversing the body’s natural tendency to lose muscle cells and fiber as we age, says Gary Angstadt, exercise physiologist, St. Luke’s Health and Fitness Center.
Gary will be one of the speakers at St. Luke’s Anderson Campus Senior Expo on Saturday, June 11, a free event designed for people 60 and older. Call St. Luke’s InfoLink at 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537) for more information.
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.
Angels have been around since the beginning of time. They are mentioned throughout the Bible. Some people have studied the angel realms. They believe that we each have a guardian angel and angel guides. The folks who have studied angels believe there are several levels of angels. Famous archangels include Archangel Michael (people pray to him for protection), and Archangel Raphael (people pray to him for good health or healing). In the study of angels, one learns how to be aware of messages the angels are giving you.
One of the things that frightens most boomers and seniors is the prospect of becoming sick and saddling children with their care. The loss of independence is scary, but becoming a burden to a child is petrifying. Fortunately, there is peace of mind for this worry, and it is offered by one of the Lehigh Valley’s most respected organizations – Phoebe Ministries.