The Good LIFE – March 2024

LIFE (Living Independence for the Elderly), supports older adults with the services they need to live safely and independently in their own homes. With four Centers located in Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence counties, LIFE provides participants with comprehensive medical care, prescription coverage, transportation, in-home services like light housekeeping, as well as therapy, adult daycare, and social activities

This month, LIFE Armstrong County participants indulged in a fun-filled game of Candy Trivia, testing their knowledge of confectionery delights with enthusiasm and laughter. Meanwhile, St. Patrick’s Day brought about celebrations at the LIFE Beaver and Butler county centers, with participants engaging in themed activities such as a “Leprechaun Shoot” and festive decorations throughout the centers. LIFE Lawrence County embraced the rhythm of dance with a spectacular dance party that brought staff and participants together in celebration..

LIFE Celebrates Nutrition Month and National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day

March 13th was Dietitian Nutritionist Day, and we celebrated the incredible work of our Clinical Nutrition Team here at the LIFE Programs of Armstrong, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties. The LIFE Registered Dietitians and Diet Technicians are dedicated to helping participants make healthy, delicious, and sustainable food choices.

This month’s theme, “Beyond the Table,” reminds us of the impact our nutrition choices have on both our health and the environment. Throughout March, LIFE’s Clinical Nutrition team hosted a variety of activities for the LIFE participants, including nutrition presentations, cooking demonstrations, and fun nutrition-related games and crafts.

Lutheran SeniorLife also gives a special recognition to the amazing cooks who prepare the delicious meals served at our LIFE centers and for delivery to our participant homes. Their dedication ensures that nutritious and tasty meals are always on the menu.

We are grateful to this team for their dedication and expertise in helping everyone to make healthier choices, benefiting both themselves and the planet.

LIFE Armstrong County

LIFE Armstrong County Hosts Candy Trivia Gameshow

Easter is just around the corner, so LIFE Armstrong County thought it was a perfect time to play a little game of Candy Trivia. Robin Bowser, Recreation Therapy Manager, took a break from her day job to play gameshow host, asking participants 20 questions about candy and requiring them to buzz in with buzzers on their table (or for one table whose buzzer stopped working, to say “beep beep!”). From the history of candy to fun facts like which candy bar was included in US Soldiers’ rations during WW2 (spoiler alert: it’s the Heath Bar!) and “When is National Candy Day?” (October 30th, the day before Halloween), everyone learned a lot.

Candy aficionado, Ruth, the beloved 89-year-old participant was in all her glory answering questions with a bag of candy close by. What is Ruth’s favorite, you may be wondering?

“My favorite candy is chocolate,” she proudly declared eating a piece of it. “I love it a whole lot, any kind of it.” Some even say her youthful spirit and infectious energy come from her love of chocolate!

LIFE Beaver County

LIFE Beaver County Participants Embrace St. Patrick’s Day Festivities

Participants at LIFE Beaver County had fun and unique St. Patrick’s Day celebration through a “Leprechaun Shoot” event. With a table decorated and set up with various pots of gold and leprechauns, participants took aim at with nerf guns to try and win prizes. Participants enthusiastically cheered each other on as they honed their marksmanship skills, aiming to knock down the festive targets.

Participants made sure to dress for the occasion including Gloria Jarrett, Kathy McCollim, and Catherine “Kitty” Weaver. These three met at LIFE Beaver County and have developed a deep friendship together. Kathy went the extra mile by providing t-shirts and accessories for the trio to help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style.

LIFE Butler County

Butler County Health Care Consortium Honors LIFE Butler Healthcare Professionals

The Butler County Health Care Consortium recently honored selected staff and volunteers of the VNA of Western Pennsylvania during the Consortium’s Health Care Workers of the Year annual event at The Atrium in Prospect. Lutheran SeniorLife CEO and President, David Fenoglietto, provided the keynote address. VNA Honorees included: Lillian and David Griffith, Volunteers; Cristen Krebs, Nurse Practitioner; Lori Scott, Administrative Coordinator; Megan Wilson, RN, and Kristina Delisio, Physical Therapist and Rehab Supervisor.
Congratulations to all of the staff and volunteers of VNA for your dedication and service!
To read more about these amazing individuals, read here.

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at LIFE Butler County!

The center was properly decorated while staff and participants were busy spreading the luck of the Irish far and wide. Administrative assistant, Barbara, is always there to meet participants with her decorative desk. Around the center, there were plenty decorations and fun-filled activities for the participants to be engaging in. LIFE Butler always has something for everyone to enjoy!

LIFE Lawrence County

Dance Fever Hits LIFE Lawrence County

LIFE Lawrence County recently played host to a spectacular dance party that brought staff and participants together in a celebration of music and friendship. Staff and participants embraced the rhythm of the music playing from the speakers, letting their bodies sway and hips groove to the music. Whether dancing solo or with friends, each participant showcased their unique style and individual expression through dance. Everyone is already looking forward to the next opportunity to dance the day away at LIFE Lawrence County!

For more information about the LIFE Programs, call (412) 356 -1673 or visit LIFE Viecare