Stay at Home with Home Health Care Services

hospice dying compassion webThe 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. Both services are covered by Medicare and Medicaid and most commercial insurances.

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Asthma or Allergy? Find Out and Breathe Easier

pollen dandelion weed webHaving Difficulty Breathing? You Could Have
Asthma — Often Undiagnosed in Older Adults

A disease that typically first develops in children and teens, asthma can develop at any age but is often more difficult to diagnose in older adults, says St. Luke’s pulmonologist Neal M. Fitzpatrick, MD, of St. Luke’s Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates.

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In a Pickle for Something To Do?

Grange Park Upper Macungie Pickleball webIt’s summertime, and many thoughts turn to sports: baseball, basketball, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, and Disc Golf, to name a few. But have your thoughts ever turned to Pickleball?
Perhaps you’ve never heard of Pickleball, but it has been a fast-growing sport since its creation in 1965. Although it has a funny name, Pickleball is a world-wide phenomenon — there are over 2,000,000 Pickleball enthusiasts in the United States alone. It can be played through community groups, PE classes, retirement communities, senior centers, schools — anywhere there is enough space and some simple equipment. It’s a simple game for the whole family, so don’t you think it’s time to join in the fun?

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Healthy Friendships Lead to Healthier Aging

group of diverse friends webAs a senior — or caretaker of a senior — you’re well-aware of the factors that play a role in healthy aging. From getting quality sleep and eating a balanced diet to consistent exercise and participating in meaningful ac­tivities, there are many proven approaches to improving the aging process.

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Getting Help When a Loved One Cannot Safely Drive

elderly driver webRemember your sense of freedom when you passed the driver’s test and got that coveted license? Suddenly, with keys in hand, you were no longer dependent on others to take you where you wanted to go. It is no wonder then, that taking away a license can be heartbreaking for both the driver and those forced to revoke it, says geriatrician Roopa Anmolsingh, MD.
“There’s a well-defined entry point for starting to drive, but there’s no exit point that tells you when you should stop driving,” says Anmolsingh, of St. Luke’s Senior Care Associates. “I always get asked if driving is a right or a privilege. Regardless, we know it’s very important for a person’s self-esteem and independence. It provides a sense of freedom.”

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Get Your Tail on the Trail Is Great Outdoor Exercise

trail hike walking walker webJoin Today to Track Your Progress and Earn Prizes Outdoor exercise has its own benefits. It strengthens your body, boosts your energy, promotes better sleep, and improves your mood, just to name a few. But when motivation is lacking, it never hurts to get a “atta boy" or "attagirl” for your efforts.

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