Health Info & Resources for Seniors
Many older adults find that simple cuts and bruises take much longer to heal than they did in the past. Even more problematic, some individuals have wounds that never heal completely. Compromised immune systems, decreased skin elasticity and less fat underlying the skin all contribute to increased wounds and slower healing time as we age, said Steven Bowers, DO, Network Medical Director, St. Luke’s Wound Management. Although it’s common for healing to take longer as we grow older, significantly slower-healing or non-healing wounds pose a serious threat to the health of the patient.
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.
As we age, our risk of experiencing a serious fall increases. Each year, one in three adults suffer a fall, many of which result in serious injury, hospitalization, nursing home admission, or even death. Falls can happen due to changes that occur with normal aging such as stiff joints, muscle weakness, and slower reaction times. Falls can also be caused by medical conditions and/or the use of certain medications. Additionally, a high number of falls are the result of dangers found within the home.
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.