South Mountain Memory Care - Chef Cheryl Feist
Why do you want to work in a senior living community?
I take great pride in working with the senior population who may no longer live alone and cannot prepare homemade meals any longer so sometimes they resort to prepackaged or frozen foods. Most days you become their personal chef.
How do you modify recipes to make sure they are healthy?
There are so many different options to modify recipes to make them healthier. You can use puree or mashed fruit, pureed beans or soft tofu. I like to revise and do a taste testing with staff before we serve it to our community.
Reduce Your Risk of Colorectal Cancer
The risk of colorectal cancer increases with age. In fact, according to cancer.net, the average age at the time of diagnosis for men is 68 and for women is 72. For rectal cancer, it is age 63 for both men and women. Older patients who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer face unique challenges, specifically with regard to cancer treatment. But, fortunately, colonoscopy can help reduce your risk.
Diabetes, which is prevalent among older adults, significantly increases one’s risk of developing heart and vascular disease, including stroke. In fact, about two-thirds of people with type 2 diabetes actually die from complications of cardiovascular disease. “If you have diabetes, your risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke is the same as someone who has already had a heart attack,” says Bankim Bhatt, MD, chief of endocrinology, St. Luke’s University Heart Network. “In fact, people with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than people without diabetes.”
In addition to its religious tenor, Easter time conjures up images of brightly colored eggs, jelly beans, marshmallow chicks and pastel foil-wrapped chocolate candy in baskets, delivered by the Easter Bunny. But before you bite off the head of that chocolate bunny, let’s take a moment to consider where our Easter and Lenten traditions originated.
The first signs of spring create excitement in the Lehigh Valley and throughout the Northeast. After four months or more of staying inside because of cold, snow and rain, we can hardly wait to breathe fresh air, feel the sun on our faces and shed our heavy coats and boots. But before we can enjoy the cool grass under bare feet and sip lemonade under the oak tree, we face that centuries-old ritual that’s as sure as anything: spring cleaning.
Inactivity can lead to a number of health and personal issues, including weight gain, onset of chronic and acute illness and even low productivity in work and daily life. Constant activity can prevent and may even reverse many of these issues. Moving around – by walking, running, even fidgeting in your seat, can help boost a person’s overall health.