Health Info & Resources for Seniors
You may be aware that low cost meals are available at senior centers operated by your county’s Area Agency on Aging, but did you know that some hospitals offer low-cost meal programs too?
For example, St. Luke’s University Health Network offers the Older Adults Meal Program at its Anderson, Monroe and Warren campuses. Adults 65 and over can purchase a daily dinner meal for the special price of $3.99. Meals are prepared fresh daily and provide diners with healthy food choices. Each meal comes with an entrée, salad, side, vegetable, dessert and 12 oz. drink.
Symbolized by a light blue ribbon, Prostate Cancer Awareness Month raises awareness about the importance of talking to your doctor about screening. Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men in the U.S.
“The St. Luke’s Center for Urology encourages prostate cancer screening for most men after age 50,” says urologist Paul M. Berger, MD. “Sadly, each year more than 29,000 men die of prostate cancer. Fortunately, however, when diagnosed and treated early, the survival rate is nearly 100 percent at five years and 98 percent at 10 years.”
Those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia have specific lifestyle considerations. In early stage dementia one may be able to live with round the clock supervision at home or in a personal care home. As the disease progresses so does the level of care and attention of the individual. In middle or late stage dementia, one’s life, activities, environment and programs must be intentionally designed to mitigate the effects of the disease.
Friday, July 13th was a very lucky day for Steven Labadie of Stroudsburg. On that day, he received a revolutionary treatment called Urolift that would allow him to fully empty his bladder and end years of discomfort, inconvenience and embarrassment.
Steven’s discomfort had been caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, a condition in which the prostate enlarges as men age. For many men, BPH restricts or even blocks urine flow from the urethra. To restore the flow, Steven’s urologist Zachariah Goldsmith, MD, PhD, of St. Luke’s Center for Urology, installed small implants that lift and hold the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way to restore urine flow.
Among autumn’s palette of golds, russets and browns, you’re likely to see a couple of colors that seem more appropriate for a baby shower: pink and blue.
Pink is the color associated with Breast Cancer Awareness Month observed each October and blue is associated with Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, each September.
In the past, men over the age of 55, especially those with elevated PSAs, a blood marker for prostate cancer, would have to rely on a combination of blood tests and biopsies to monitor for early or recurrent signs of prostate cancer.