Health Info & Resources for Seniors
These four words characterize the Leader family’s role in the senior living profession for more than 55 years. This summer, the third generation of our family in the person of Meredith Janeczek Mills, granddaughter of Country Meadows founders George M. and Mary Jane Leader, has taken on a senior leadership position in the company—chief operating officer. Meredith has a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Penn State and has served as a campus executive director, regional marketing director and, prior to her promotion, vice president of Strategic Planning.
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month
Would you exchange a day or two of discomfort for the chance to extend your life? If yes, schedule your colorectal screening today. Colonoscopy, and other tests that screen for colorectal cancer – the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths – have been widely credited for saving lives of people over 50. And yet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 33 percent of adults aged 50 to 75 have either never been screened, or are not up to date in screening. Of those, 85 percent are insured.
- Laughing is good for the heart and can increase blood flow by 20 percent.
- Your skin works hard. Not only is it the largest organ in the body, but it defends against disease and infection, regulates your temperature and aids in vitamin production.
- Always look on the bright side: being an optimist can help you live longer.
- Exercise will give you more energy, even when you’re tired.
Lehigh Valley had a very wet spring and summer this past year and this can cause a lot of mold problems. I speak from experience because my basement developed a serious mold problem. We had a musty smell in the basement area and realized we had to do something.
I contacted NextStep Environmental in Macungie who offered a free estimate. The owner, Matt Winslow, arrived with two associates and walked me through their extensive inspection. He pointed out the areas of active mold and showed where I was providing food for the mold spores.
Few families in America have been unscathed by Alzheimer’s disease or another forms of dementia. It is a disease that begins subtly and slowly robs the individual of cognition and memory, all while preserving physical function and outward appearance. Losing one’s intellect is terrible, but the real travesty is the personality transformation and inability to sustain the loving relationships that makes life so precious. Dementia makes one physically close and mentally distant.
Your health, especially as you grow older, is a combination of your genes, your lifestyle and luck, says Alaa Mira, MD, Chief of Geriatrics, St. Luke’s University Health Network. “Even in your golden years, you can slow, and in many cases actually reverse, the progression of many diseases,” he said. “For example, although lung disease runs in your family, you can reduce your risk of developing lung disease by no longer smoking. Even after decades, your lungs will begin to heal. You also reduce your risk of heart diseases and many other health conditions.”