Senior Living Articles

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


When the temperature drops, older adults run a higher risk of health problems and injuries related to the weather, including hypothermia, frostbite and falls in ice and snow. Here are a few precautions everyone should take this time of year, especially older adults.

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by Helenkay Smith, MS, RDN, LDN, Fitness and Wellness Center at Passavant Community

According to the American Diabetes Association, 29 million Americans have diabetes, and 86 million more are at risk.

If you have been told you have diabetes, it is in your best interest to... Continue Reading >

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is commonly known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis. According to the National Institute on Health (NIH), COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and a major contributor to long term disability. People with COPD suffer with chronic cough... Continue Reading >

The majority of dementia cases are due to Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease affecting brain cell quality and ability to communicate.

Throughout the stages of the disease, trained therapists can help maintain patient safety and quality of life as well as... Continue Reading >

Can’t find your keys? Forget what’s on your grocery list? You’re not alone. We all forget things occasionally. Although there are no guarantees when it comes to preventing memory loss, memory tricks can be helpful. Consider even simple ways from the Mayo Clinic to sharpen your memory – and know... Continue Reading >

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

As the weather heats up, seniors should try to keep cool to avoid heat stress and potential complications like heat exhaustion, heat stroke, heart failure and stroke.

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By: Raquel Oldaker, director of Clinic and Home Care Services, LIFE Lawrence County

Sunlight is actually good for your skin with studies showing that UV-B rays help convert cholesterol in skin into vitamin D, an important vitamin your body needs to help function properly.

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Parkinson’s disease is related to a loss of nerve cells in your brain that produce a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine is important for controlling movement.

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common degenerative brain disease with Alzheimer’s being the first.

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When at-home care is needed, it is important to know the people caring for you are not only expert medical providers, but also trustworthy enough to welcome into your home.

This high level of trust is what Mary and David Smolinski value most about the care they receive from VNA, Western... Continue Reading >

When they aren't planning parties, playing games or socializing with their neighbors at The Commons at Stonebrook Village, Norm and Thelma Voegler enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. 

Their desire for simpler, maintenance-free living is what lead them to The Commons... Continue Reading >

Following a family vacation to the beach in 2013, Linda Haluszczak began feeling the symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. Her doctor prescribed medication, but within days, Linda was in extreme distress - she couldn't breathe, her face was drooping and her body was rapidly shutting down... Continue Reading >

They say timing is everything.

For retired pastor John Sloat and his wife, Helen, 2013 was the right time to move into their new Manor Home apartment at Passavant Community. Just three days after moving in, however, Helen fell in their apartment and broke her hip. Several surgeries and... Continue Reading >


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