Horseplay with a Purpose

horse yoga webFinding Comfort at a Local Farm

Would you believe that horses can help people with Alzheimer’s? Can you imagine a horse or pony decreasing anxiety and agitation? Do you know that a visit to a horse farm -- grooming, walking or even taking selfies with a pony -- can create a calming effect in a dementia sufferer that lingers long after the patient returns home? Can you imagine doing stretching exercises by leaning against a horse’s massive body?

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Summer Blonde, Summer Not

corn webI can’t tell you how long I’ve waited to use that title. Because Clairol has not produced Summer Blonde Hair Lightener since the mid-60s (It’s actually archived in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History!), I’ve waited a long time to see what reaction that wordplay would get. I won’t know unless you email me, and I probably should not hold my breath.

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Mosquitoes, Hornets and Ticks! Oh My!

photos of grandparents and grandchildren webParticipating in outdoor activities is great for one’s health and fitness but beware of creatures that lurk in the forest – biting and stinging insects. “The most treacherous insect in our area is the deer tick, which is about the size of a millet seed”, said Stephen C. Senft, MD, of St. Luke’s Dermatology. Deer ticks can cause Lyme disease, an inflammatory illness characterized at first by a rash and sometimes headache, fever, and chills, and later by possible arthritis and neurological and cardiac disorders. Last year, Pennsylvania had more than three times the number of diagnosed cases of Lyme disease than any state in the nation.

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Summer Concerts 2019

marine band 2019 webTimes and venues are subject to change.
Please check before attending a concert.

Municipal Band Allentown
Wed, Jul 3 7:30 pm Bethlehem Rose Garden
Sat, Jul 6 7:15 pm Earl Adams Memorial Park
(BREINIGSVILLE FIREWORKS!)
Sun, Jul 7 7:15 pm Rain Date
(BREINIGSVILLE FIREWORKS!)
Fri, Jul 19 7:30 pm West Park
Sun, Aug 4 7:30 pm West Park

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Walking Is an Excellent Exercise

seniors walking togetherv2 webLooking for a low-cost exercise that will strengthen your muscles, improve your balance, reduce weight gain and lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis and diabetes? Then, lace up your sneakers and start walking. “Almost anyone of any age and fitness level can benefit from walking,” said Michael Baba, DO, St. Luke’s Family Practice, Wind Gap.

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What Makes Senior Living Different?

assisted living webThere is living — and there is senior living. As we travel our life’s journey, our needs and situations change. As we advance into advanced adulthood, we need more care and attention, and often need to set aside some responsibilities. When that time comes, it could be time to enter the world of senior living, and here are some signs our family may notice.

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