Brain Health as You Age

smiling mother and daughter hugging webAmericans are living longer thanks to modern medicine and our understanding of disease prevention, diagnosis, and management; however, as a result we have also seen a significant increase in the number of older adults living with dementia. One of the most common questions I am asked, related to dementia, is, “how can I prevent this from happening to me?”

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Food For Thought Spring 2018

cheryl chef south mountain adjSouth 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. 

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Colonoscopy Can Save Lives

colonoscopy1Reduce 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.

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Things to Teach Grandkids Summer 2018

little girl attempts to blow dandelion webGrandchildren bond with their grandparents. So here are some things to teach them that build that bond.

Whistle
This simple skill tops the wish list for preschoolers
everywhere. If your grandchildren already know how to whistle, teach them to use their fingers to make it extra-loud.

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Pennsylvania German Easter Lore

bunny adjIn 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.

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A Clean House Means Peace of Mind: A History of Spring Cleaning

carpet cleaner1 adjThe 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.

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