Senior Living Articles

Below is a list of articles that you may find helpful.

It’s not unusual for seniors to feel like they are falling apart. The aging process brings with it changes that can make everyday activities, hobbies and favorite pastimes feel like a burden. There is some good news…assistive technology can help and November is National Assistive Technology... Continue Reading >

By: Jean Gartner, director of Clinic and Home Care Services, LIFE Butler County

November is National Diabetes Month, which means it is a great time to take a look at what you can do to live well with diabetes.

Diabetes occurs in people of all ages, and is more common in... Continue Reading >

Aquatic physical therapy is the use of water in physical therapy for treatment, rehabilitation, prevention, health, wellness and fitness. There are many benefits of aquatic therapy including improved pain, joint motion, strength, circulation swelling, muscle relaxation, balance and functional... Continue Reading >

By: M. Lee Johnston, RN Educator, LIFE Lawrence County

As the weather gets colder and wetter, we start to hear a lot about flu season, but it is also important to stay informed about another infection that is potentially dangerous for older loved ones – pneumonia.

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Recent studies have assessed walking speed and determined that an individual’s walking speed can be used to determine life expectancy. Walking speed has been associated with survival among older adults and is shown to reflect health and functional status. It is also an indicator that your doctor... Continue Reading >

By: Brianne Hrabosky, enrollment manager, LIFE Lawrence County

Summer is typically a time of fun and relaxation. But for older people, the heat and sun can be dangerous if the proper precautions aren’t taken.

Stay Hydrated – Seniors are more susceptible to... Continue Reading >

Falls are a serious health concern with the senior population. Each year, one in three adults aged 65 and older fall. Every 18 seconds, an adult goes to the emergency room due to a fall and falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions. Women are more likely to fall, but men are more likely... Continue Reading >

by: Karen Ostrosky, physical therapist, LIFE Butler County

Pain is a signal that your body sends to your mind, alerting you that you need to take action.

What makes existing pain worse?

There are several eye conditions that can make it difficult to complete daily tasks, including macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

Occupational therapists... Continue Reading >

Many seniors deal with a number of health problems related to aging. One in particular is not getting enough healthy sleep.

It’s not the advancing of age that keeps seniors from a good night’s rest, but various sleep disorders or sleep disturbances that often come with age. As we get... Continue Reading >

By: Christine Wissner, social services manager, LIFE Beaver County

The winter months and cold weather can increase the risk of loneliness in many of us, particularly older adults. Many folks also have increased feelings of anxiety and depression during the cold, dark days of... Continue Reading >

At any given time, about 25% of people in the United States report having low back pain within the last 3 months. In most cases, low back pain is mild and disappears on its own. However, for some people, back pain can return or linger, leading to a decrease in quality of life or even to... Continue Reading >

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