Lifestyles over 50 Coming to Chester and Delaware Counties
Lifestyles over 50 is excited to announce that we will be publishing a new issue serving Chester and Delaware Counties. Look for issues early in 2020 at local doctors' offices, libraries, hospitals, fitness centers, and other community locations. The Chester and Delaware County issue will follow the Lifestyles over 50 tradition of encouraging vibrant and healthy living with current articles, a calendar of events, games, puzzles, trivia, and other valuable resources.
Wellness, Comfort, and Endless Possibilities! The Lutheran Home at Topton, located within the rolling countryside of Berks County, is a community filled with activity and connections. We provide countless ways to lead a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle. Life at our community offers generous opportunities to enjoy friendships, improve your health, and nurture your passions. Our cheerful and sophisticated residents enjoy a variety of well-designed homes and a lifestyle that is truly worry-free.
Nursing homes in the Lehigh Valley cost $140,000 – $180,000 a year. Medicare and health insurance don’t pay for this. Fortunately, Medicaid does. But impoverishment is the price of admission into the Medicaid program.
The availability of home health and hospice services can help patients retain their residence of choice, which is often their own home, but it’s important to have a clear understanding of what each benefit entails. Lisa Giovanni, MSN, RN, president of St. Luke’s Visiting Association, explains that while both home health services and hospice programs provide medically necessary, intermittent home visits, their focus is quite different.
Nancy is one of more than 10 million Americans with osteoporosis, a disease marked by porous, brittle bones that can break more easily than healthy bones. Women over 50 have a 1-in-2 chance of breaking a bone due to osteoporosis.1 Osteoporosis is sometimes called a “silent disease” because it has no symptoms before a fracture occurs.2 That’s what happened to Nancy.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly challenging for older adults, says St. Luke’s clinical therapist Amie Allanson-Dundon, but there are ways you can enhance not only your own mental health, but that of your older loved ones. Even before the pandemic, older adults were already at risk for serious illness, says Allanson-Dundon, Network Director of Clinical Therapy Services. Add the fear of catching COVID with the normally higher rates of social isolation among older adults, and it’s not surprising that seniors are feeling increased stress. Moreover, the older adult population has suffered the greatest number of severe illnesses and deaths, with many seniors losing long-time friends and loved ones.