Behavioral Contagion

bible reader1 325x215Picture yourself in a roomful of people, many of whom you like or at least respect. One of them yawns. Two more yawn. Another few yawn. Do you feel the urge yet?

You are sitting with some friends, watching a comedy. They start to laugh at something you didn’t think was so funny. They laugh uncontrollably, and soon you’re laughing too, but you don’t know why.

I’m not trying to hypnotize you — I’m introducing you to what social scientists call “behavioral contagion.” This means people will “catch” certain behaviors from others.

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Tips For a Better Sleep

sleep1 resized 325x215Avoid 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.

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Carrie Fleckenstein Named Senior Director for St. Luke’s Senior Care

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Carrie Fleckenstein of Coopersburg has been promoted to the position of Senior Network Director for Senior Care Services at St. Luke’s University Health Network . In her new role, she will be working to enhance and grow senior care services to serve this growing demographic Network-wide. “The elements of strategically planning for our older adult population as well as the caregivers are very complex,” says Virginia M Wagner, Network Administrator Senior Care/ Behavioral Health.

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Oxygen Therapy Effectively Cures Hard-to-Heal Wounds

hand wounds 325x215About 8 million Americans suffer from chronic wounds and the number is growing due to an aging population and the rising incidence of diabetes. Fortunately, hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) treatment therapy is a painless, highly effective method to heal wounds that are not responding to other treatments.

Everyone knows that oxygen is essential for breathing, but you might not be aware that skin tissue needs an adequate supply of oxygen to function.

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Realtor for Veterans

veteran1 resizedVeterans can use help from time to time. I am honored to work with veterans and to help them obtain financing for their homes. Of particular importance is the VA Home Loan program - a mortgage option that provides the opportunity for qualifying veterans to purchase a primary residence without putting any money down towards the sale price of the home.

While the VA Loan is designed specifically for those who served, there are a handful of requirements. In order to qualify for a VA Loan there are specific service conditions each borrower must meet. You may be eligible for a VA Home Loan if you meet one or more of the following conditions:

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Phoebe Ministries and Comforting Home Care Enter Partnership

phoebe allentown01325x215Phoebe Ministries and Comforting Home Care announced a new partnership agreement on July 7, 2016 to provide the highest quality of in-home services to independent Phoebe residents and to people in the greater Lehigh Valley community. Phoebe Ministries has been providing healthcare, housing, and support services to seniors since 1903. “At Home Care is now one more service we are able to offer to our residents and their families,” says Scott Stevenson, President and CEO of Phoebe Ministries. “It allows our independent living and personal care residents the resources to stay in their residences longer, and also streamlines care services and finances to ensure seamless care across the Phoebe continuum.”  

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