Health Info & Resources for Seniors
How to Get a Brighter Smile
Most people really don’t know why their teeth become more yellow with age and are frustrated with a smile which doesn’t have that pizzazz nymore. There are many factors that can create a dingy yellow smile, including medications early in life, tobacco and even some foods and drink. But the real culprit is Father Time because the dentin underneath the enamel of our teeth darkens as part of the aging process.
Caregiving is a true act of compassion. The rewards of caring for someone you love really are unmeasurable. However, along with this, we cannot dismiss the emotional and financial stressors which can be very overwhelming without the right support. To maintain the confidentiality of the caregiver and care receiver, we have altered the names of the participants.
With the advent of body joint replacement, it becomes only natural that dental implants are the obvious answer when it comes to teeth which are no longer able to function as they should. Dental implants are becoming the “go to” solution for many people because of their effectiveness, ease of placement and affordability.
New Medicare ID cards are coming, and people with Medicare in Pennsylvania will be among the first to receive them! The new cards will begin to be mailed in April 2018 and will have one major difference – a new Medicare ID number, which is not based on your Social Security number.
To curtail identity theft and Medicare fraud, Social Security numbers will be replaced by a random, 11-digit number that is unique to you. The new cards will be automatically sent to you in the mail by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
The holiday months of November and December offer many opportunities to gather with family and friends in celebration. But, as the dreary days of winter drag on, we often find ourselves staying home or drastically limiting outdoor activities causing feelings of seclusion. We have all heard of the “winter blues,” but how can you combat boredom and loneliness starting now?
Start a New Healthy Habit Each Month
Whether you’re looking for a new job, continuing to work in your current position or caring for grandchildren, be sure to take care of your health. By doing so you’ll be more successful and enjoy the task at hand.
Carrie Fleckenstein, St. Luke’s University Health Networks Senior Network Director, Senior Care Services, suggests that the New Year is the perfect time to resolve to make your health a higher priority. “After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, life slows down so take advantage of the lull in activity and make an annual health plan” Carrie suggests.