Let Senior LIFE support you in your long distance caregiving.

When You’re Caregiving From a Distance…

In a perfect world, we’d live close to our friends, family, and other loved ones. Unfortunately, our lives often take us elsewhere. Being a caregiver is a tough job and when that job is done from a distance, it’s even harder. But sometimes caregiving takes place long-distance, whether for a short time as a caregiver... More

How occupational therapy can help your loved one.

Making Sense of Occupational Therapy

April is Occupational Therapy Month. You may have heard of occupational therapy, but do you really understand what it is and how it can help? Most people don’t know the exact definition of this type of therapy and assume that it’s related to an actual occupation or workplace. But that’s not the case. According to... More

Medication management is key for avoiding drug interactions.

Medication Management: What to Know About Drug Interactions

Seniors often take large numbers of medications to manage multiple health conditions. With the increased number of medications comes an increased risk of those medications interacting—with each other, with over-the-counter meds, and even with foods. If you’re like many caregivers, you’re at least partially responsible for managing the medication regimen for your aging loved one.... More

How to spring-clean the house for senior safety.

Spring-cleaning the House for Senior Safety

Spring is nearly upon us, and if you’re like most households around the region, you’re gearing up for some spring-cleaning. Having a clean and comfortable home can make a huge difference in the quality of life your loved one experiences. Older adults often want to age in the comfort of their own home, but in... More

How to advocate for your loved one as a caregiver.

How to Advocate for Your Loved One as a Caregiver

You’re accustomed to the day-to-day routine of being a caregiver. But how can you advocate for your loved one’s health-related needs? As your loved one’s health advocate, you play a key role in his or her health. You spend time and energy making your loved one’s health care a priority in your life. But sometimes,... More

In-season fruits and veggies are a key part of senior nutrition.

A Taste of Spring for Senior Nutrition

For many people, food is a source of joy—and one that can help them live life at its fullest. One of the best ways to infuse flavor into your diet and be sure you’re getting the nutrients you need? Fresh fruits and veggies! Spring is right around the corner and that means the produce you... More

The Senior LIFE Program is an alternative option under Community HealthChoices.

4 Benefits of the LIFE Program That Might Surprise You

Are you or a loved one covered under Community HealthChoices and currently receiving care through a managed care organization? You may be finding that you’re not happy with the services and attention you’re receiving under your new plan. If that’s the case, you do have options. If you meet the eligibility guidelines, you can enroll... More

What you should know about colorectal health.

5 Facts to Know About Colorectal Health

Since 2000, March has been dedicated to an important—yet rarely talked about—topic. It’s Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and thousands of colorectal cancer survivors and advocates gather to spread the word about this potentially deadly disease. But how much do you or your aging loved one really know about colorectal health? Let’s take a look at... More

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