Finding the right balance between caregiving and work.

How to Find the Right Balance Between Caregiving and Work

For many Americans in the “sandwich generation,” taking care of both their parents and their children is a fact of daily life. Finding that elusive work/life balance becomes even more difficult when caregiving is involved. When you’re caring for a loved one, it can become easy to burn out—either in your work as a caregiver... More

Heart health for seniors requires a comprehensive approach.

4 Things You Should Know About Heart Health for Seniors

February is American Heart Month, offering everyone an opportunity to think about their heart health. How’s your heart? Heart disease is a leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States, but it’s also largely preventable. If you’re like most Americans, though, your heart health might not be something you think... More

When it comes to fall prevention, falls outdoors require special consideration.

Why Fall Prevention Is Different Outdoors & Why It Matters

Falls are a leading cause of both non-fatal and fatal injuries among older adults. But did you know that they’re more common outside? In fact, a study released in 2017 found that nearly 50 percent of falls among older adults occur outdoors. But why is that exactly? We know that seniors are more likely to... More

The role of the caregiver in Senior LIFE.

A Piece of the Puzzle: Family Caregivers & Senior LIFE

Senior LIFE provides comprehensive medical care and support services for its members. But where does the family caregiver fit into the equation? The answer is pretty simple, actually. When a loved one enrolls as a member in Senior LIFE, family members or friends caring for them can be as involved or uninvolved as they wish.... More

Learn the ins and outs of senior eye health and vision changes to be on the lookout for.

The Eyes Have It—A Look at Senior Eye Health

January is here—and with it, Glaucoma Awareness Month. However, while it’s good to spread awareness of glaucoma and its impact on seniors, glaucoma is only one of many eye conditions that are more common as we age. With the new year here—and with this month’s focus on vision—there’s no better time to explore senior eye... More

Learn ways of staying active when the weather outside is frightful.

3 Tips for Staying Active When the Weather Outside Is Frightful

When the temperatures dip down and the weather turns wintry, it can be difficult to work up the motivation to stay physically and mentally active. However, keeping the mind and body active—even during bad weather—is important to maintaining overall well-being, especially for seniors. For aging adults in particular, there are many benefits of staying active.... More

When it comes to seniors and money, scammers are quick to take advantage—learn how to protect your aging loved one against fraud.

Seniors and Money: How to Stay Safe From Scams

While financial fraud and schemes can hit anyone, seniors are among the most vulnerable. Unfortunately, aging adults are the main target of a growing number of scams, including identity theft. And the resulting losses of these scams aren’t small. Each year, the senior population loses an estimated $36.5 billion to fraud, according to a recent... More

The benefits are many for those who enrolled in Senior LIFE through Community HealthChoices.

Community HealthChoices Has Begun. So Now What?

January has finally arrived—and with it, the roll-out of Community HealthChoices (CHC) for those living in Southwest Pennsylvania. New plans went into effect on January 1, and many seniors chose Senior LIFE as an alternative option. Other areas of the state will have their own CHC enrollment periods later, with implementation to begin in January... More

The signs of caregiver burnout aren’t always easily recognized.

“It’s Just Too Much”—What Caregiver Burnout Looks Like

When you’re caring for an aging loved one and taking care of your own responsibilities, life can seem overwhelming. Caring for a loved one requires a large amount of time, effort, and energy. It can be all too easy to forget your own needs, putting you at real risk of “caregiver burnout.” But if you... More

Music holds the power to transform quality of life for seniors.

Turn Up the Music! How Music Impacts Quality of Life for Seniors

Think back over the years—hasn’t there always been a song or two that speaks to you in every part of life? That sensation doesn’t go away as we age. In fact, it actually grows. It may come as a surprise for many to learn that both playing and listening to music have been shown to... More

There are many signs of dementia other than memory loss to keep an eye out for in a loved one.

Not Just Memory Loss: The Other Signs of Dementia

Dementia is a debilitating condition affecting more than 5 million Americans—most of whom are seniors. Sadly, dementia will affect far more people in the not-so-distant future. Experts estimate that this number could more than triple by 2050. Maybe even more alarming than the growing number of dementia cases is wondering whether your aging loved one’s... More

For seniors who were auto-enrolled in an MCO during the Community HealthChoices Enrollment period, changing plans is an option.

Community HealthChoices Enrollment: How Do I Change Plans?

This year brought big changes for Medicaid participants in Pennsylvania. A new program, called Community HealthChoices (CHC)—which will be implemented in the state gradually beginning in January—is changing the way services are delivered to Medicaid participants. If you or a loved one were affected by Community HealthChoices and live in Southwest Pennsylvania, you were required... More

Nutrition as we age plays a key role in our quality of life.

Nutrition As We Age—How Our Needs Change

Few things stay the same as we age, and our nutritional needs are no different. Nutrition as we age plays a key role in our quality of life. As we get older, certain body changes increase the risk of nutritional deficiencies that can affect all areas of health, including physical, mental, and social health. Providing... More

LIFE Is An Option To Community HealthChoices

Click here to read the PA Department of Human Services Flyer on the LIFE Program as an alternative option to Community HealthChoices. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services recently released a flyer explaining how the LIFE Program may be an option for those who are eligible. If you live in aouthwestern Pennslyvania and have been affected by... More

The holidays can be stressful for anyone, but particularly for caregivers and their aging loved ones.

How to Manage Holiday Stress in You & Your Aging Loved One

The holiday season can be stressful for anyone. Add in the responsibilities of caring for an aging loved one, and the stress is magnified. Your aging relative may also experience stress, as well as other negative emotions, like loneliness or grief, during the holidays. For many older adults, the holidays are a stark reminder of... More

Socialization plays a key role in quality of life for seniors.

When It Comes to Quality of Life for Seniors, Relationships Matter

Loneliness might not come to mind when you think of conditions that can impact health and quality of life for seniors. But in fact, research has found that loneliness may be as harmful as some medical conditions and can even lead to early death. Those findings, which were presented at the Annual Convention of the... More

Aging at home often requires making basic changes to the home environment.

Extreme Makeover: The Changes Needed for Aging at Home

As we get older, moving around safely becomes more difficult. Moving around the house is no different. While aging at home is ideal, it’s important to consider home safety. Often, changes to the home are needed to make it more friendly for senior living. What worked well for your loved one in middle age may... More

A Community HealthChoices enrollment update.

Community HealthChoices Enrollment: How to Get Started With Senior LIFE

Pennsylvania is changing the way services are delivered to Medicaid participants. The new program, called Community HealthChoices, will be implemented in the state gradually beginning in January. The program will be mandatory for Medicaid recipients who are: Adults 21 years of age or older who have Medicare and Medicaid Persons receiving long-term services and supports... More

When to seek care for an aging loved one.

How Will I Know When It’s Time to Seek Care for My Aging Loved One?

When you’re caring for an aging loved one, you may wish that you could take care of all his or her needs on your own. And you may be able to at first. But eventually, your loved one’s needs will be more significant than you can handle alone. There are options available to help family... More

Medication management for seniors can be challenging.

Medication Management for Seniors: There’s a Better Way

Seniors often take a large number of medications to help manage several different chronic medical conditions. Because more seniors are remaining in the home as they age, they and their caregivers are tasked with managing their medications. This can be challenging, for a number of reasons. Handling multiple medications that need to be taken at... More

How our sleep changes as we age.

Sleep Changes as We Age. So What Does That Mean?

As we age, most every aspect of life changes. Our sleep is no different. Our sleep patterns actually change throughout our lives, with our sleep needs gradually decreasing as we age. You probably know, for example, that newborns sleep for the majority of the day. By the time kids are toddlers, they likely only need... More

Finding Balance—What to Know About Fall Prevention Among Seniors

Millions of Americans fall each year, but the issue is more common and more serious in older adults. In fact, the American Council on Aging reports that one in four seniors falls every year. Because our muscle and bone mass decrease as we age, falls in older adults often have more serious consequences than in... More

How Staying Active Encourages Independence in Seniors

Staying active is important at every age, but it’s particularly important as we age. During the aging process, our ability to walk, move, and balance all diminish. This can make it more challenging for seniors to tackle normal, everyday activities. As a result, quality of life and independence may suffer. That’s why it’s key to... More

3 Ways Remaining in the Home Can Improve Quality of Life for Seniors

You may have heard the quote that says, “It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” At Senior LIFE, we believe it’s both. That’s why our services help promote both longevity and quality of life for seniors in our communities. There’s certainly a difference between living a long... More

Senior LIFE offers many benefits as an option under Community HealthChoices

Making the Right Choice Under Community HealthChoices: The Benefits of Senior LIFE

If you or a loved one have Pennsylvania Medicaid (sometimes referred to as Medical Assistance) and live in Southwest Pennsylvania, you’re probably in the process of deciding on a Community HealthChoices provider for next year. Medicaid recipients in other areas of the state will make the same choice sometime next year. By now, you may... More