Living a life in which you are steadily suffering from hearing loss can be difficult. No longer being able to hear the voice of the one you love, or the voice of your children can be heartbreaking. Part of keeping yourself healthy in your senior years is ensuring that your hearing is also in check. Many seniors deny their hearing loss and put off getting their hearing checked which in turn, can prolong the effects of hearing loss.
Embarking on an exciting journey with ample opportunity, this year, residents of PSL are actively engaging with each other and team members to design an organization-wide, resident-led, holistic wellness program— Thrive Wellness. Officially, Thrive Wellness will launch in January 2021; however, between now and then, many special and essential steps are being taken as the development process begins— as it should, with a "grass-roots," resident-led approach.
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Gay pride or LGBT pride is the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a social group. Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT rights movements. June is Pride Month and below are a few facts about why this month is celebrated.
There has been a lot of discussion recently surrounding the date of June 19. This holiday, Juneteenth, is significant to the African American community. Below are a few facts about this holiday.
Maintaining a healthy weight is not only more challenging, but even more important as we age. You can support your aging loved one's health and continued independence by supporting healthy lifestyle choices.
With summer right around the corner, and many people spending lots of time outdoors, it is important to keep your health in mind. Summer is a time for the outdoors, but it can be easy to fall victim to heat-related health issues if you’re not careful. The good news is there are a few summer safety tips you can follow to make sure that doesn’t happen.
In the midst of the ongoing pandemic, Presbyterian Senior Living, and the senior living industry as a whole, has received a large influx of questions regarding COVID-19. Here, our CEO, Jim Bernardo, answers ten frequently asked questions.
The senior living industry and nursing homes, in particular, have received an enormous amount of bad press during the COVID-19 pandemic. The picture painted does not accurately portray the reality of life within a community and the benefits afforded to those who live there.
With the current COVID-19 pandemic taking over our lives, it has becoming increasingly difficult to see friends and family, and find things to keep us occupied. This is when technology becomes your best friend! Here are some ways to use technology to help keep you occupied during the current COVID-19 regulations.
With Mother's Day right around the corner, many of us are feeling disappointed about not spending Mother's Day with the moms we love most in our lives. Although you may not be able to visit the mother in your life, there are plenty of things to do virtually to make the most out of this situation and make Mother's Day as special as any other year! Check out our list below, where we’ve compiled five fun and unique ways to spend this holiday during such unusual times.
Most likely, dementia does not increase risk for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, just like dementia does not increase risk for flu. However, dementia-related behaviors, increased age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia may increase risk.
Many of us have a furry friend at home. In times like these, it is important to know not only how to keep yourself safe, but how to keep your pets safe as well. Below are the CDC's recommendations for maintaining the health and safety of your pet.
This article is republished with permission from LifeBio. It may seem tough to communicate with a person living with Alzheimer's Disease or other related dementias by phone, especially during a global pandemic. Here are two tips for starters.
Stress and anxiety have increased for almost everyone while we are attempting to practice social distancing and self-isolation to protect ourselves from the spread of COVID-19. Stress is a feeling of physical or emotional tension while anxiety is a natural response to stress and a feeling of fear of what is about to happen. It is important for us to remember to practice emotional self-care during these stressful times. Here are 7 ideas that can help you manage stress and anxiety while you are at home.
In an email this weekend a resident remarked to me– “It is indeed unsettling how quickly and scary the world has suddenly become. And the isolation from one another increases the distress, of course.” Those words express the feelings of many as we continue to face the COVID-19 situation, with all its uncertainty, inconvenience and economic impact. We wonder: To whom do we tell our fears? In what do we place our hopes? Where do we find refuge?
In the midst of the current public health emergency, it is important to stay educated and take precautionary measures to protect both you and those around you. Early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. This may be because immune systems change with age, making it harder to fight off diseases and infection. Older adults also are more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness. Presbyterian Senior Living communities have implemented restrictions and procedures to help reduce the spread of this virus, but we realize that many seniors are living on their own. To help with your at-home preparedness and prevention, the following are precautionary guidelines for seniors published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Social isolation is a term that we talk about frequently in regards to seniors, as isolation and loneliness are threats that many seniors face every day. With the current global status, just about everyone is taking this time to practice social isolation to help control the spread of the coronavirus. During this time of staying at home, it is important to continue daily activities to keep both your brain and your body active. The following are some ideas from crafting to exercise to virtual museum tours that can help you fill your day while you're at home.
Presbyterian Senior Living (PSL) is proud to announce that Pinnacle Quality Insight has awarded 12 PSL communities with its distinguished 2020 Customer Experience Award™. Communities that have been awarded have exceeded in qualifying categories of independent living, personal care/assisted living and skilled nursing.
One of the biggest fears many seniors face is falling without the ability to get back up. According to the National Council on Aging, one in four Americans aged 65 or older falls each year. This statistic is one that should make seniors think more intentionally about their own balance. As we age, we lose muscle strength and joint flexibility, as well as reduced vision and reaction time. The combination of these losses creates a perfect recipe for a fall. Thankfully, there are many easy things you can do in your daily life to help reduce your risk of falling.
In a previous blog post about the best technology for seniors, we said a smartphone is probably the number one piece of technology a senior can own. Smartphones can give seniors the ability to stay in contact with loved ones in a huge variety of ways, but the real reason to get a smartphone or tablet instead of a regular cell phone is the apps. With the right collection of apps, smartphones and tablets can promote major life improvements.
Anyone who’s ever owned a pet knows that animals offer incomparable companionship. But they offer even more than that, particularly for the elderly. There’s no better time to highlight the value of pet ownership for seniors than with today's observation of National Love Your Pet Day Let’s take a closer look at why your aging loved one and a pet may be the perfect pair, along with tips for helping seniors find a Fido or Mittens of their own.
Dating in your senior years can be difficult. Just trying to meet new people as an adult can bring its own unique set of challenges. But not all hope is lost! Did you know that 29% of seniors have gone on a date with someone they met using a dating app? Although meeting dates through mutual friends still reigns as number one for seniors, dating apps come in a close second. Things in the dating world are rapidly changing and it can be hard to keep up. But don’t worry! With these tips you will have a better understanding of what to expect and how to get started. The most important thing to remember is that dating is supposed to be fun! Keep that in mind as you explore the tips below.
February is American Heart Month! Did you know that people who have close relationships at home, work, or in their community tend to be healthier and live longer? One reason, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is that we’re more successful at meeting our health goals when we join forces with others. NHLBI launched the #OurHearts movement to inspire us to protect and strengthen our hearts with the support of others. Here are some facts, how-to tips, and resources to inspire you to join with others to improve your heart health.
Having a day where you are itching for something to do but just can't think of anything? We've all been there. If you're around Hollidaysburg, you're in luck! Hollidaysburg's rich history, dating back to 1796, and its vibrant landscape makes it easy to find something to do. The town is full of a wide variety of activities, so there's always something new to do and try.
Are you a veteran of our armed forces, a spouse, dependent, or surviving parent of a veteran? We want to help you remain successful and thrive in this ever changing economy. According to the 2015 Veteran Economic Opportunity Report, as published by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, 1 out of 2 veterans will face unemployment. With the rising cost of health care, economical constraints, and money woes, we want to make sure those who have dedicated their lives—protecting ours—remain informed of their benefits and continue to flourish.
Perhaps we should have titled this post "Searching for Love" instead of "Searching for Senior Living." After all, you want to fall in love with your senior living community—not just like it.
It’s no secret that Americans aren’t saving enough for retirement. According to Forbes, if we do nothing in the next 12 years, 40 percent of middle-class older workers will be poor and near poor elders.
Turning 65 is an important milestone in one’s life. It is around the age where individuals begin to think about retirement. Staying healthy doesn’t need to end just because you are entering your retirement years! Turning 65 should be a celebration, so check out these 10 celebrities you won’t believe are turning 65 in 2020 and their tips on how they stay healthy during their retirement years.
In 2019, we had a lot of visitors on our blog — 62,000 to be exact! At Presbyterian Senior Living, we strive to provide reliable and resourceful information for those interested in the senior living industry. Whether you're a future resident looking to navigate a move to a senior living community, a caregiver feeling stressed, or a medical care provider looking for information to share with your patients, we're here to help. Here's a small recap of our most visited blogs in 2019!
Our bodies are constantly changing every day, and it is up to us to take care of ourselves. It is important to not give up on our bodies as we age, but rather, to take extra care of them.
Living with the same pain day in and day out can be excruciating. Suffering from carpal tunnel, arthritis, or joint pain can lead to a lifetime of frustration and difficulty. Things that were once simple day to day activities can become a difficult process that can sometimes require help.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “the first wealth is health.” Being healthy is something you have to want for your own wellbeing. If you’re reading this and thinking, “I want to get active but I don’t think I can keep up with it,” don’t fret!
Have you been scratching your head over what to get your senior loved one for Christmas? With the holiday season right around the corner, we've compiled a list of gift ideas that are sure to satisfy those with all sorts of interests!
Life can get tricky. Balancing your own life is hard enough, but add caring for your aging loved one to the mix, and you might find yourself exhausted. Having a parent, family member, or friend who is getting older and needs extra care and assistance can sometimes require more of you than you can provide. You do not have to experience your role as a caregiver alone. There are many caregiver resources available, and one great option to give yourself a much-needed rest is respite care.
Winter is quickly approaching. That means it's time to prepare for the snow, ice and an early sunset. Our senior loved ones are especially at risk of possible dangers during the winter months. If your senior loved one lives alone, there are many risks they could face during the winter months include illnesses, injuries, and fires.
Finding a senior living community that is right for you or a loved one can be intimidating and overwhelming. How do you know you’re picking the right one for you or a family member? How can you make sure you have all the information you need to make the right decision? To help, we have come up with the 12 great questions to ask when touring a senior living community.
As the leaves are falling around us and the temperatures are starting to lower, that means the promise of fall activities and pumpkin spice lattes. What else does this mean? Flu season is upon us.
DILLSBURG, Pa. – October 23, 2019 – The Board of Trustees of Presbyterian Senior Living (PSL), a leading not-for-profit provider of senior and retirement care services based in Dillsburg, PA, has elected James Bernardo to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer.
There are countless options when looking for retirement communities in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. The city of Allentown is in the center of Lehigh Valley, which means that there are numerous opportunities for fun and plenty of entertainment. The Lehigh Valley contains everything from historic arts to scenic views, making it a great place for you to retire. Let’s take a look at some of the top reasons why.
Active Aging Week (AAW) was founded by the International Council on Active Aging in 2003 and is celebrated annually from October 1 to 7. AAW's objective is to call attention to today's aging positivity and to celebrate it wholeheartedly. The main goal of this week-long campaign is to reduce the societal stigma about aging by demonstrating that seniors can live as fully as anyone else in all fields of life, regardless of age or health.
You read it in the newspapers every day – the cost of healthcare is rising, the system is harder to understand and navigate, and patients are not getting the benefit for all of the money our healthcare system costs the country. And, if you have chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, COPD or congestive heart failure, chances are you’ve experienced significant confusion and conflicting information as you navigate the system.
With more and more consumers deciding to do their shopping online, and for good reason, identity theft is at an all time high. Learn how you can protect yourself from these sneaky swindlers and safeguard your private information.
What Is Occupational Therapy? Occupational therapy is a treatment that teaches purposeful techniques you can use to overcome physical, emotional, or social problems experienced in the context of daily living. The techniques taught by occupational therapists benefit the whole person—body, mind, and spirit.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays out billions of dollars every month to retirees, disabled workers, and their family members. But what are social security benefits and how do you know if you qualify for them? By knowing and understanding how social security benefits are calculated and paid out, you may be eligible for more than you think.
It is back to school time! It is getting darker earlier, the yellow buses are zooming by and football season is upon us. Yep, school is in session. This is also a reminder that many people, like my very own daughter, are off to college for the first time. As I reflect back on her big decision of choosing the right fit for her, it reminds me of another similar big life decision: choosing a retirement community.
Heart disease is the leading killer of Americans, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. This fact is a scary reality that far too many have to face. To start, let's talk about what coronary heart disease is.
Since 1988, the United States has recognized National Senior Citizens Day on August 21. President Ronald Regan declared this day a national holiday to show senior citizens our appreciation and support and acknowledge their accomplishments. Today, senior citizens are more active than ever in their communities and the workforce. They still contribute heavily to our society, and for what they have achieved and continue to achieve, they deserve our thanks. At Presbyterian Senior Living, we are blessed to be able to serve thousands of seniors, all of whom bring their own unique set of knowledge, stories, talents, and abilities.
You may be in a situation where someone you care about, may that be a spouse, parent, relative, or friend, is struggling to care for themselves. Perhaps you realize living at home is not the ideal situation for your senior loved one, but you aren't sure how to start the conversation about seeking out a senior living community. If you feel like you can relate to the circumstance outlined above, you're in luck. In this article, we'll cover how to address this often touchy subject and give you tips on navigating the process.
If you’re a Philadelphia resident or making senior travel plans to visit Philly, you’re in luck. There are numerous options for any type of cuisine, any occasion, and any price range. Plus, Philadelphia is easy to navigate and senior-friendly, making it the perfect day trip destination for seniors living in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, or Maryland. This short train ride or drive can open up a world of possibilities for seniors who want a culinary adventure.
“I’m not ready.” I think this is the most spoken phrase in senior living sales. Followed (usually about 5 years later) by “I wish I had done this sooner.”
When my mom got diagnosed with dementia, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when her condition got worse. In the beginning things weren’t so bad, but over time it’s gotten a lot more serious. I knew she was really declining about a year ago, when she got lost for the first time.
Personal care homes provide seniors with professional assistance when needed and a way to enjoy an active lifestyle. Most personal care and assisted living communities offer meals, housekeeping and transportation services, assistance with the activities of daily living, security and 24/7 on-call assistance. Personal care homes provide the opportunity for companionship for those seniors who would rather not live alone and often host activities in a group setting to promote socialization.
As summer is in full swing and the outside temperature heats up, it's a perfect time to start talking about preventing dehydration throughout the summer months. Older adults face an increased risk of dehydration due to reduced ability to conserve water, a decrease in thirst, and a decreased daily fluid intake. Chronic illnesses and medication use increase risk as well, so seniors suffering from diabetes or dementia or taking certain medications may be at higher risk of dehydration.
We are proud to announce that twelve of our communities are recipients of the Pinnacle Quality Insight’s 2019 Customer Experience AwardTM. Qualifying in multiple categories, Presbyterian Senior Living displays a continued dedication to providing Best in Class senior healthcare services.
This Reflection on Leadership is my final message as CEO of Presbyterian Senior Living. It has been a wonderful journey, filled with unexpected twists and turns. To say that the last 47 years has exceeded my expectations is an understatement of the highest order. At the top of the list of those who have contributed to this successful journey is my wife, Rhonda. Her commitment to PSL’s mission has been equal to mine, and the impact of her unqualified support in our 48 year marriage cannot be measured. Because of her support, the next chapter of our life together is filled with great promise.
For seniors, it can be a challenge to find the right restaurant. Maybe parking isn’t easy, and you’re unable to walk far. Perhaps you’re just unfamiliar with an area and aren’t sure what options are available.
Have you reached retirement age? Perhaps you have already retired, but you're finding that it's not all it's cracked up to be. Everyone says that once you retire, you'll never look back. They say retirement improves health and well-being. They even say it's the best decision you'll ever make. Well, here's what we have to say to that, "Not true!"
One in seven middle-aged adults are part of what we’ve frequently begun to call the “Sandwich Generation.” It’s a term that was first coined in 1981 by social worker Dorothy A. Miller and originally meant to describe women in their thirties and forties caring for their young children and aging parents. Fast forward some 34 years and 71% of those sandwiched between their parents and children fall between the ages of 40 and 59—consisting of both men and women caregivers.
Are you looking for classes focused on senior wellness in the Bethlehem, PA, area? For seniors, it can be a challenge to balance staying active with having physical limitations. You may want to stay healthy, but you don’t want to choose a workout regimen that’s too demanding. Here are some senior wellness Bethlehem, PA, area classes designed specifically for you and your fitness needs.
As might be expected, I have been thinking a lot about the passage of time lately. The recollection of my 47 year career with Presbyterian Senior Living is rich with detail. When my memory fails me as I try to remember the name of someone I met last week, I can still recite the names and room numbers of the first residents of the nursing center that was my initial assignment as a nurse for Presbyterian Homes.
Many seniors are looking for a relaxing, yet active place to retire. You want to ensure that the community and the senior living option you choose still affords you the opportunity to get out and try new things. If you’re looking for a place to retire that offers enough amenities to keep you busy, the Lehigh Valley, PA area is the perfect spot.
There are many types of senior living communities, but two of the most popular are Independent Living and Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC), also known as Life Plan Communities. While neither is inherently better than the other, you may find that one will be a better fit for you and your individual needs.
Exercise has long been recognized for a wide array of health improving benefits. From lowering your risk for developing diabetes, heart disease, or cancer to improving bone density, mental performance exercise has also been proven to be one of the best preventative health treatments available.
We are all shaped by our memories. Each of us has been through something that has shaped us and made us who we are. Sights, sounds, smells, and tastes can all trigger memories and remind us of happy (or unhappy) times.
As a teenager I began working as an orderly on a medical surgical floor in a Sister’s of Mercy Hospital in Port Huron Michigan. At that time I knew nothing about the corporate structure of organizations and the difference between working in a for profit or not-for-profit environment.
Do you feel like it’s time to make a change in your living situation, but you’re not quite ready to give up your independence? You’re not alone. AARP estimates that 77% of seniors plan to stay in their own homes as they age. While this is a comfortable option, it isn’t always the safest, healthiest choice for seniors. A retirement patio home is the perfect compromise between staying in your own home and an apartment rental designed with seniors in mind. Continue reading to learn more about what a patio home is, and why this could be the perfect choice for your season of retirement.
It has been well publicized in recent years that a sedentary lifestyle can increase the likelihood of adverse medical conditions. Some of these conditions include diabetes, heart attack, certain cancers, stroke, cognitive decline, and osteoporosis.
The following is republished with permission from the Masterpiece Living Mosaic. To learn more about Masterpiece Living at Presbyterian Senior Living, click here. Written by: Danielle Palli
Seniors and children may be at opposite ends of the age spectrum, but they still have plenty in common. Recent studies have found evidence that points to the profound mutual benefits of intergenerational interactions between these two groups. There are many advantages of promoting relationships between children and seniors, and Presbyterian Senior Living is passionate about providing activities to bridge the generation gap.
In my youth it was not uncommon for me to do something a few blocks from my home (like riding my bicycle in traffic) only to discover that someone had called my mom to report my misbehavior in a matter of minutes.
Black History Month has origins dating back to 1926 when Negro History Week was observed during the second week of February. The initial reasoning for instituting a black history recognition was due to the lack of African American history in the public education system.
As I write this Reflection it is 4 degrees outside my home in Central Pennsylvania. In this frigid environment my thoughts return to my childhood in Port Huron, Michigan where these temperatures were more common. It is still cold there, but not as cold as I remember it to be as a child.
Trusting in long-distance care for your senior loved one can be tough. How do you know your loved one will be well cared for? How do you know what questions to ask the caregiver, and how will you know if they will actually carry out you and your loved one's wishes?
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, many couples are trying to come up with the perfect way to celebrate each other's love. If you are a couple who has been together for a long time, it may feel like you are running out of new and exciting things to do together. This Valentine's Day, why not try something out of the ordinary you may not have thought of doing before? We've put together 10 date ideas sure to impress your loved one!
Are you considering different senior living options for yourself or a loved one? With so many communities to choose from throughout Pennsylvania, it can be difficult to determine which one is the best fit. To make sure you’re selecting the best senior living community in PA, look for one that has the following features.
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, a time for getting the word out about this disease that is the top cause of preventable blindness. Have you had your eyes checked lately? More than 3 million Americans currently suffer from glaucoma, a disease that is alarming for its stealth and severity. Known as “the sneak thief of sight,” glaucoma often shows no symptoms until some portion of vision is permanently lost.
Moving to a new city can be an experience that’s both exciting and a little uncomfortable, especially for seniors. If you’ve recently moved to a senior living community, you may have had to leave a familiar area behind for an unfamiliar place. Finding new ways to navigate your surroundings can be a challenge, but if you have moved to an area like Allentown, PA, you can find a number of senior-friendly travel options.
“Happy New Year!” is the standard greeting that is exchanged in the first few days of January. We all wish the best for our friends and family in the months ahead – that they will experience happiness and good health.
Each year, millions of people vow to better themselves in the new year—whether it's setting new fitness goals, taming the bulge, quitting smoking, or living a stress-free life. Unfortunately, while we all mean well, 88% of all new year resolutions end in failure. If you are amongst the millions of those falling into this category, it's time to think twice, plan better, and make smarter goals for yourself. Why do 88% of all resolutions end in failure? Most people start the year with aspirations that aren't necessarily realistic. Losing weight, quitting smoking and living a stress-free life all at the same time is not a realistic goal for most. Even those goals individually can be very difficult to attain. The best way to ensure that you are able to meet the goals you set for yourself is to make them SMART.
As time goes on the face of aging is continuously evolving. A hundred years ago a 65-year-old would be considered elderly. Today, a 65-year-old may live the same vibrant life that a 40-year-old does. As technology and healthcare advance, so does the length of quality of life. As an example of this, here are 15 celebrities turning 65 in 2019 that are still living vibrant and active lifestyles! 1. Jackie Chan- April 7, 1954 Jackie Chan is a martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman and singer. Chan is most famous for his appearances in The Karate Kid, The Spy Next Door, Rush Hour, and most recently, The Foreigner.
Christmas is celebrated in various ways throughout the United States— every family has unique traditions they follow each year.
Of all of the virtues associated with leadership, humility is the most underappreciated. Books are written about courageous leaders throughout history. Great intellect is cited as essential for visionary leadership in uncertain times. Honesty and integrity, both fundamental to effective leadership, take center stage whenever there is an ethical collapse in the corporate, religious, and governmental arenas. Creativity and innovation are both exciting leadership characteristics that are highly desired. Stories of compassionate and sensitive leaders warm our hearts.
This past Sunday was the beginning of Advent, the season of the Christian calendar set aside for personal and corporate preparation for the “coming” (which is what the word “Advent” means) of the Messiah.
Earlier in the year, Lancaster, PA earned the number one spot on the top 100 places to retire in the United States list. Lancaster was rated based on categories such as housing affordability and healthcare quality. Not only is Lancaster highly ranked in the previously mentioned areas, but it is also thriving with activities suitable for everyone. Lancaster offers a balance between natural and urban spaces. From the history to the vast outdoor activities, there is always something to do.
As we welcome the return of cool, crisp days, the smell of distant campfires and the crunch of leaves under our feet, thoughts of Thanksgiving are sure to follow.
This is the time of year when we pause to reflect on the blessings of life, and thank God for what we enjoy throughout the year. It is also a time for us to take stock and reset our thought process about how we see ourselves and those around us. I have a few thoughts I would like to share about how being thankful is beneficial to us as well as others.
Like many other faith based not-for-profit senior care providers, creating a sense of community is a central feature of Presbyterian Senior Living’s mission. Our mission statement references creating “vibrant, compassionate and supportive communities” as the primary way we “promote wholeness of body, mind, and spirit.”
Having a day where you are itching for something to do but just can't think of anything? We've all been there. If you're around Philadelphia, you're in luck! Philadelphia's rich history and vibrant downtown make it great for all ages. The city is full of such a wide variety of activities it's almost impossible to run out of new things to do and try. Here are 3 neat spots that are entertaining and accessible for fairly active to adventurous seniors.
As the weather gets colder and the holidays come closer, the season of giving begins. Are you searching for a budget friendly gift for family and friends or just looking for some easy crafts to do with your senior loved one? We have compiled 5 do-it-yourself (DIY) projects that are fast, fun, and functional for everyday life. These DIY's can be made for yourself or made to be given as an affordable gift!
My mother first showed the signs of mild cognitive loss around 2008. She had retired to Mechanicsburg, PA from Westchester County, NY in 1995 and lived in a senior apartment complex.
As you might imagine, with the Presbyterian Senior Living Board announcement of my intended retirement in June of 2019, the subject of change has been on my mind.When I think of my history with Presbyterian Senior Living, I am immediately struck by how much things have changed over time.
The last week in September marks Active Aging Week (AAW), which was founded in 2003 by the International Council on Active Aging. The goal of AAW is to call attention to, and wholeheartedly celebrate, the positivity of aging today. During AAW, many senior healthcare providers participate by hosting various physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, vocational and environmental centered events. During these events, the hope is to provide seniors with the opportunity to experience wellness activities and exercise in a safe, supportive environment and promote the benefits of a healthier, more active lifestyle. The primary objective of this week-long campaign is to diminish the societal stigma around aging by showing that seniors can live just as fully as anyone else in all areas of life-- regardless of age or health conditions. Every year, Presbyterian Senior Living embraces AAW by providing engaging opportunities for residents to participate in!
Are you considering making the big move from your own home to a senior living community? For many seniors, big changes come with a lot of emotions. As long as you choose the right location for a move to a senior living community, your transition will be an exciting one! If you’re looking for living options in the Philadelphia area, you may not be sure what location is best for your lifestyle. Check out these three reasons you should consider senior living in Northwest Philadelphia.
One of the pillars of PSL’s Leadership culture is the principle of stewardship. At first glance it appears to have a mostly financial focus – The effective application of resources to achieve the mission of the organization. This is consistent with Webster’s definition of stewardship: “The conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.
Have you ever found yourself sitting at home on a Saturday morning just wishing you could think of something fun and different to do for the day? If you're a senior living in Glen Arm, Maryland there may be a plethora of things to do right in your backyard that you may not even realize! From outdoor activities to wine tastings, the opportunities are endless. Glen Arm is located only a short drive from both Baltimore and Towson, which makes this an excellent place to retire.
September 11, 2001 is a day that forever changed our nation. From the increase in security screenings nationwide to the enactment of the Patriot Act, a tragedy that brought with it fear and grief, ultimately fostered an environment for unity and strength. On the 17th anniversary of 9/11, we live in an age where many people were not even born on the day of this event. As the years continue, we must not leave the memories of this tragic day behind. The best way we can honor the 2,977 people who lost their lives that day is to remember and tell your story. Today, six Presbyterian Senior Living residents tell their stories.
What is meditation? Meditation is an extremely ambiguous term that we often hear thrown around frequently in our society. If you ask someone to define meditation, you are bound to get many different answers, but the central concept to take with you is that it's all about finding awareness and perspective through mindfulness. But, what is mindfulness? When you are practicing mindfulness (which I've found lends itself hand and hand to meditation) you are present, rested in the here and now, and fully engaged in the moment.
Outperforming State and National Benchmarks in the Minimal Use of Antipsychotics.
Reasons to move your senior loved one into a nursing home can vary from high and low. For whatever reason you have chosen to seek out a nursing home for your senior loved one, it is important to know that you are moving them into a place where they will get the best care possible.
This year our family vacation took us to the Olympic National Park, an amazingly scenic place in the extreme upper northwest corner of Washington State. In addition to being an absolutely stunning place to visit, I was curious to see the town of Sequim, near Port Angeles, the birthplace of Olympic Rower Joe Rantz, the main character in classic Daniel James Brown book The Boys in the Boat (which was also the subject of a PBS special). An inspiring true story, sometimes referred to as “Chariots of Fire with oars”, it chronicles the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic eight-oar rowing team.
You love your parents. You don't want anything to happen to them. When you see your mom getting behind the wheel, you feel scared every time she heads out to run an errand. What if she misses a red light? Or doesn't hear a siren coming up behind her?
Senior scams are something that we hear about all the time. They happen all over the world every day. Scams can happen on almost any medium, so it is important to be knowledgeable and use your intuition when someone reaches out to you in a way that seems a bit off.
In May of 2016 I wrote a reflection on Leadership and Hope, and how leaders cultivate hope in themselves and those around them in their daily work. Hope is an essential ingredient in leadership, because hopeless people generally lack the energy and purpose to inspire others to move together in a positive direction. Since that time I have been thinking a lot about optimism, which the Oxford Dictionary defines as Hopefulness and confidence about the future or the success of something.
Loneliness. It’s a feeling that just about everyone is familiar with. I’m sure we’ve all had a time where we’re just feeling lonely and wish we had someone to talk to. For some people, particularly seniors, this feeling is a way of life. According to the 2014 U.S. Census, 34 percent of people aged 65 or older live alone. There are many people in this world that do not have close family or a support system in place. In this case, living alone can become incredibly difficult when there are no friends or family to reach out to. Loneliness is a risk factor in seniors that may cause illness, depression or even death.
“Everything in an organization is about what happens next. Nothing we do is accomplished without people.” – Steve Proctor, CEO
This article from the Oxfordian is republished with permission from The Chester County Press. To learn more about Ware Presbyterian Village, click here.
Psychologists often refer to the concept of defining moments – certain events in life that shape the person you have become. These events can be positive or negative, but they play an outsized role in the narrative that a person constructs about what has meaning for them and how they see life.
Presbyterian Senior Living has been a partner of Masterpiece Living (MPL) since 2011. MPL is a group that focuses on successful aging— specifically on four components of wellness: Physical, Social, Intellectual and Spiritual. PSL has embraced multiple campaigns by MPL in the past and continues to actively participate in current campaigns.
As summer approaches, so does the most popular time for travel. Choosing where to visit during your vacation can often be overwhelming, particularly for those with reduced mobility. Throughout the United States, there are thousands of vacation destinations which accommodate guests of every ability and are jam packed with activities sure to satisfy the whole family. Check out four popular travel destinations and some must-do activities at each below.
As the weather gets warmer, people often find themselves spending more time outdoors than they did in the past months. Summer is right around the corner, which brings the promise of afternoon walks, water activities, and picnics. The opportunities are endless! With these activities also come the dangers of the sun's harmful rays. In this blog post, we look at some easy ways to protect your skin during the summer months, along with some common misconceptions about skin protection!
Like many people who have spent their lives residing in colder climates, spring has traditionally been a time for cleaning and reorganizing. I start to get up earlier in the morning to do things outside before I leave for work. Some would call it spring fever, but I seem to have a lot more energy when the weather improves. My wife, Rhonda thinks my burst of energy is “seasonal hyperactivity” (compared to my normal hyperactivity). In addition to cleaning up the yard I begin to take a serious look at the garage and basement, finding inspiration to do what my mom always called “spring cleaning”.
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. The disease affects 43 percent of people ages 75 to 84. Over 800,000 Americans are estimated to be living with Alzheimer's, and women are more likely to develop the disease than men. Dementia is a scary topic, and a growing concern for many people. The best way to avoid experiencing the effects of dementia is to take as many steps as possible to keep your brain sharp and exercise your neural connections on a daily basis. We have compiled a comprehensive list of ways to exercise your mind and keep yourself sharp below.
Each year from May 6 to 12, the American Nurses Association celebrates National Nurses Week. This week was first brought to life in the early 1950s to recognize the honest and ethical profession of nursing. The week was officially deemed National Nurses Week by the White House in 1974 when President Nixon issued a proclamation. The week ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is widely known as the founder of modern nursing.
For many people, there comes a time in life where you may transition from a family member or friend to a caregiver for a senior loved one. As this sometimes stressful transition begins to occur, it is a good idea to come up with a plan that allows you to be proactive rather than reactive in a crisis situation. The first steps to creating a caregiving plan can often be the hardest, but the best way to begin this process is to be informed. By making sure you are familiar with all that goes into caregiving and how to approach your senior loved one with the topic, you set yourself up for success.
Spring brings the promise of warmer weather, outdoor activities, chirping birds, and longer days, but with it also comes the chores you’ve been putting off all winter. Whether it’s giving your car a deep clean or reorganizing your “junk drawer,” spring is the best time to dive into your long awaited cleaning projects and get your home feeling fresh and new. In this blog we have compiled some helpful spring cleaning tips for seniors.
My favorite story of the discovery of the complexity of relationships comes from an experience I had with my grandson, Ben when he was 5 years old. After spending the morning fishing together at a local farm pond he asked if we could stop at the Dairy Queen for ice cream on the way home. Being a typical over indulgent grandparent, I decided it was a great idea, even though it was less than an hour before lunch.
Resident satisfaction is an important goal at every one of Presbyterian Senior Living’s communities. As part of our mission, we strive to provide "compassionate, vibrant and supportive communities and services to promote wholeness of body, mind and spirit." An aspect of resident satisfaction that some people may not consider right away is the dining experience. A great dining experience significantly strengthens resident satisfaction. That’s why not one, but TWO PSL communities have been working to enhance the dining experience to benefit the people they serve.
Here at Presbyterian Senior Living, we believe in being stewards to the environment, as everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.
Loneliness is not something people often think about, but it is unfortunately common among older adults. In 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 11 million, or 34 percent, of people aged 65 or older lived alone. Loneliness is a risk factors in seniors that may cause illness, depression or even death, particularly in the winter months. Although loneliness is a serious concern, there are several easy ways to prevent your senior from feeling lonely. By combining as many of the following steps as possible, you will have the best chance of fending off loneliness for your senior loved one.
Integrity is the cornerstone of all human relationships. Integrity is also the central ingredient in trust, honesty, credibility, self-control, courage, and a host of other virtues that we ascribe to great leaders. The absence of integrity is a fatal leadership weakness. But if integrity is such an essential element in human relationships and the behavior and attitudes of leaders, why does it seem to be lacking in so many situations in modern life?
Sometimes, age can surprise us. You may have noticed it in your own body; one week you’re doing fine, and the next you have some unexplained back or knee pain. Or maybe you keep forgetting where you put your keys. With seniors, these changes can come even quicker. If you don’t see your senior loved ones often, it’s possible the issues started a while ago but you didn’t notice until a recent visit. You may be wondering what you can do to help.
When you are in pain it’s safe to say you're not enjoying that part of your day and you are looking for relief. Unfortunately, preventing pain 100% of the time is not possible. The good news is that it is possible to effectively manage pain. That was the goal for staff at Presbyterian Senior Living’s Windy Hill Village in Phillipsburg, PA. This goal was established after an annual survey in which some residents at Windy Hill Village reported higher than average long-term moderate to severe pain.
When I was working my way through nursing school I had the opportunity to work as a 3-11 chauffer and personal assistant for Cecil Runyan, the CEO and Board Chair of Southeastern Michigan Gas Company. It was a great job for a person working their way through college as I could study in between my various duties. As an 18 year old college student I spent a great deal of time with this 80 year old, cigar chomping, benevolent autocrat. The unexpected blessing was that I had a front row seat to the business world and the philosophical musings of a truly colorful character.
As I was chatting with a former colleague recently, I saw the surprise on her face when I told her that my experience working in the skilled nursing and rehab center of a retirement community had made me a better nurse. From that conversation, I too was surprised to realize just how many misconceptions there were about working in senior care.
When looking at a retirement community you want to consider all aspects of that community, from the amenities, to the food options, and everything in between. One of the most important aspects of a community is its location. And while proximity to loved ones may be an important factor when choosing a location, you may also want to consider if the area is thriving.
“There is no passion to be found playing small--in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." -- Nelson Mandela We all have things we are passionate about. From hobbies and interests to family and friends, our passions are what drive us each day, and they can provide us with a sense of fulfillment and purpose. Which is why the staff at Glen Meadows Retirement Community just outside of Baltimore, MD, wanted to help Independent Living residents who were having trouble following their passions.
When you make a major move in your life, whether it’s to a new part of the country, a new job, or even a new grocery store, there’s usually an adjustment period. You don’t know where to go and you might not have any friends at first. It can be the same for the move to a senior living community. That’s why the staff at Kirkland Village in Bethlehem, PA, put together a process to help new Independent Living residents adjust, and create a better sense of community between new residents and existing ones.
At the end of the year, every business enterprise is faced with the challenge of closing its books. The normal process of getting the invoices from vendors into the accounting system is extended, and areas where expenses are incurred but not yet accounted for require accurate estimates and accruals. It is important that this process is done well, because the beginning of a new period of fiscal measurement requires a fresh start. Failure to begin with a clean slate will mean that in the next year a lot of precious time will be wasted on looking backward to explain variances caused by expenses incurred in an earlier time period when the focus and measurement of progress should be based on current activity. Holding on to leftover baggage from the past can distort the present and cripple the best intentions to move ahead.
If you've recently decided to move your loved one to a personal care community you probably didn’t make the decision lightly, and it’s possible that you're struggling with guilt about the move. Whether the move to personal care or assisted living was forced by health concerns, or if it was made slowly with multiple family members weighing in, it’s still possible for you to feel a sense of guilt or remorse. And that’s normal.
Entire books are written about leaving a legacy behind when passing the mantle of leadership to a new generation of leaders. Some of these accounts are written by the individual leader in an effort to put a positive spin on history. From my perspective, the more accurate descriptions of a leader’s legacy are written by those he or she may have worked closely with after a bit of time has elapsed. The perspective of time reveals the lasting impact of their work.
Like most people, seniors can feel happier and even younger when they’re with the people they love. Staying social, especially with family, can enrich their life and lead to a sharper mind and give a sense of belonging to combat social isolation and loneliness.
Every year when December arrives I find that I am in need of a boost – an infusion of something called “Christmas spirit”. I am not alone in this desire. A recent Wall Street Journal article chronicled the popularity of the Hallmark channel and its seemly endless stream of “feel good” Christmas movies. I have to admit that I am one of millions of Hallmark movie watchers that are referenced in the article.
This article is rebuplished with permission from The Journal on Active Aging. To learn more about Quincy Village, click here.
The following is republished with permission from the Masterpiece Living Mosaic. To learn more about Masterpiece Living at Presbyterian Senior Living, click here. "Merry Stressmas!” It should come as no surprise to learn that the holiday season (November through December) is often considered the sixth most stressful life event. Of people surveyed in a national study, 65% admitted to being anxious during the holidays, and 45% would rather skip it altogether. What can we do when the “most wonderful time of the year” is anything but? Brain expert, Dr. Rob Winningham, weighs in with some valuable tips for staying calm during the busy season and preserving memories in the process.
With Halloween now behind us, many will start thinking about decorating for Christmas. For some, it can be tempting to go “all out” and give your home a short-term holiday themed makeover. It can be a lot of fun, but if you have a loved one with a cognitive impairment, you may want to reconsider. Those decorations may be causing them unnecessary distress.
Fall is here, and it brings crisp air, colorful leaves, and pumpkin spiced everything. But it can also mean an increased risk of falls for seniors. Falls are a common issue many seniors face, and usually, a fall isn’t as simple as it seems. There can be many underlying factors that lead a senior to fall, from balance issues to unseen hazards.
The past several months have been marked by a number of events that are accurately described as tragedies. Hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, the mass shooting in Las Vegas, and the wildfires in the western states of Montana and California are combined into a string of events that is unparalleled in my memory. Some of these are called “natural disasters” while others reflect premeditated, evil intent directed toward an innocent population. Seeing each of these situations on the television screen leaves an indelible mark on each of us, especially if children or the elderly are involved.
To the PSL Family; I am saddened to report that Al Schartner, former CEO of Presbyterian Homes has died after a short illness.
Getting a call that your mom or dad is in the hospital is usually not something you want to have happen. If it’s unexpected, you can have a million thoughts flying through your mind at once. Questions about what happened, how serious it is, or what might come next will likely come to mind. With all this initial confusion, it’s possible you might forget something important in your rush to the hospital. Knowing what to bring and what calls to make ahead of time can help you stay calm and focus on what’s really important: your loved ones.
The latest rankings on the best places to retire are out from U.S. News and World Report, and six Pennsylvania cities made it on the list, with three landing in the top 20. Based on data like the happiness of local residents, housing affordability, tax rates, healthcare quality, and more, these were the PA cities that were ranked highest:
Bullying is bad. There’s no way around that. Kids today learn from a young age what bullying is and how they can handle it. But bullying isn’t confined to school hallways and playgrounds. Adults are just as prone to the behavior as children, and you can find bullying in the office, and even among friends. Sadly, it can also be common at senior living communities, and more often than not those involved aren't aware they are engaging in the harmful behavior.
Watching the hurricane disasters in Texas and Florida has been both riveting and helpful to put the important things of life in perspective. The simultaneous unfolding of a complex drama – the power of the elements, loss of property and life, and human suffering is combined with extraordinary acts of kindness and heroism.
Caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can be a long and emotional journey. According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease. But dementia and Alzheimer’s aren’t simple diseases. There are many different parts to them, and understanding those parts, or stages, can be beneficial when caring for a loved one. It can also help you decide when the best time to seek professional help will be.
Technology use among seniors is continuously on the rise. According to an updated poll by the Pew Research Center, adults over the age of 65 are more digitally connected than ever before. And some groups of seniors are even as connected as their under-65 counterparts. However, even with the growing tech-savvy senior population, it can be difficult to know what technology is most useful or beneficial for seniors. The following technologies can improve a senior’s life in many ways, from connecting with family to helping with cognitive function.
History is always on the move. The events and achievements of today and the plans and aspirations of tomorrow all become a part of a single narrative with the passage of time. Presbyterian Senior Living is a ministry that had very modest beginnings. Through the vision of its founders and the diligent work of the generations to follow, it has grown into a comprehensive network of services for seniors. It’s hard to believe that PSL is celebrating 90 years of service to seniors and their families this year. And as we look to