Bone Health and Seniors

A 4-step Guide to Protecting Bone Health in Seniors

Strong bones begin early in life as most people will gain more bone density than they lose each year.    It is not until around the age of 30 that most adults reach their “peak” bone density and begin losing more bone density than they gain each year.  That’s why, especially for seniors, bone health is... More

What Seniors Can Teach Us About Living a Simple Life

In today’s modern society, everyone moves at a break-necking pace and tried-and-true life lessons are often lost in the shuffle. When you talk to a senior, they’ll be the first to tell you about living a simple life and how the good old days were better. We often dismiss these stories as a bygone age,... More

Long Term Care

Long Term Care, What You Need to Know

Approximately 70 percent of Americans over the age of 65 will need help with their activities of daily living at some point in their golden years. The phrase “long term care” gets thrown around as a way to manage these changes in your healthcare. Most think that long-term care refers only to insurance policies that... More

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Medication Management, a Fall Prevention Tactic

Falls are one of the major causes of injuries in older adults. Although a number of factors can affect fall risks, medication management is perhaps one of the easiest tactics to use for fall prevention. As seniors age, their bodies change, and because of these changes, older adults have trouble ambulating and are at an... More

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Get The Most Out of Your Next Doctor’s Office Visit

Going to the doctor’s office can often be a stressful experience, especially for seniors. With a little preparedness, doctors’ visits can go a lot smoother and can result in better care. Here are some quick ways you can help yourself or a loved prepare for the next visit. At the Doctor’s Office, Communication is King... More

The LIFE Program can help you make sense of Medicaid.

Making Sense of Health Care, Medicaid & How the LIFE Program Can Help

With all the choices, programs, changes, and processes for enrollment, Medicaid, often called Medical Assistance, can be confusing. And many older adults have heard of the LIFE Program, but wonder how it connects to Medicaid. If you are one of these seniors or their caregivers, keep reading! Medicaid is a federally mandated health insurance program... More

It’s often challenging to be a dementia caregiver.

The Special Challenges of Caring for a Loved One With Dementia

Providing care for an aging loved one can be challenging, and providing care for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia can be especially difficult. Dementia is a generalized term for a mild to severe decline in mental cognition. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type, and the two terms are often confused.... More

Look inside a Senior LIFE Health and Wellness Center.

A Look Inside a Senior LIFE Health and Wellness Center

Seniors today want to live at home—not in a nursing home. In the past, the only options were to take care of yourself or go to a nursing home. But that’s not true today. For those who just need some help and supportive services to live at home, Senior LIFE can help make that happen.... More

How you can provide caregiver support for the caregiver in your life.

Caregiver Support: How to Support the Caregiver in Your Life

Maybe you aren’t the caregiver—you just love a caregiver. How can you support someone in your life who’s caring for an aging loved one? The term “caregiver,” or family caregiver, describes an unpaid family member, friend, or neighbor who provides care to an individual who has an acute or chronic condition and needs assistance. Caregivers... More

Use these five ways to boost brain power and memory.

5 Ways to Boost Brain Power and Memory

Many years ago, scientists determined that our brains lose agility, memory, and function when we age. For decades, this theory was taught as fact and accepted as normal for older adults. There was no effort to boost brain power. More recent studies have demonstrated that the aging brain can continue to enjoy active and effective... More

These hydration tips provide more ideas than just drinking water.

Hydration Tips—More Than Just Drinking Water

Summer brings those long-awaited months of cool drinks on the porch, picnics, and lazy afternoons. But, as temperatures climb, so does the risk of dehydration. That means it’s even more important to remember some hydration tips. Hydration isn’t just about drinking enough water. Fluids can be gained from many sources, and not getting enough can... More

Here are Some Answers to Common Questions About the LIFE Program.

Answering Common Questions about the LIFE Program

If you’re a caregiver for a senior or you are a senior who is considering enrolling in Senior LIFE, you probably have questions about the LIFE Program. The Senior LIFE Program is designed to allow seniors to live their best lives at home, as opposed to living in a nursing home. Senior LIFE services give... More

What is aphasia?

What Is Aphasia and How Can Speech Therapy Help?

Aphasia, or the inability to communicate, is a common problem among older adults, often occurring after a stroke or other acute medical condition. But what is it exactly and how can speech therapists for aphasia help overcome it? The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) defines aphasia as “an acquired neurogenic language disorder resulting from an injury... More

How to approach caregiving when you also have small kids.

It’s Complicated: Caregiving When You Have Small Kids

Caregiving is hard no matter what. But if you’re one of the millions of Americans in the Sandwich Generation providing both child and elder care, it can be especially challenging. All too often, the choice to care for aging parents or other family members is made in haste, usually in response to a recent health-related... More

If you're unhappy with your Community HealthChoices plan, you can switch to Senior LIFE.

Switching to Senior LIFE for Your Community HealthChoices Medical Assistance Plan

The state’s new health plan, Community HealthChoices (CHC), took effect on January 1 for some areas of Pennsylvania, while other areas of the state are still to follow, with implementation to begin in January 2019. The new program is mandatory for Medicaid recipients who are 21 years of age and have Medicare and Medicaid or... More

Here are six men’s health issues you should know about.

6 Men’s Health Issues You Should Know About

June is Men’s Health Month—a time for raising awareness about health conditions and older men’s health issues. Men often let their health fall by the wayside, even as they grow older. As long as they feel healthy and productive, most men don’t consider the risks behind serious men’s health issues. But just like you’d take... More

Senior LIFE promotes patient-centered care.

Centered on You: Understanding Patient-centered Care

Considering the benefits of Senior LIFE? Our individualized, patient-centered care may be what sets us apart. But what exactly do we mean by person-centered care? Basically, it’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s a way of providing care that focuses intently on the needs and wants of the individual person. This method of care perfectly... More

Dealing with senior hygiene problems.

Keeping Up Appearances—Senior Hygiene

As we age, our ability to perform daily tasks of living often decreases. In many cases, one of the first signs that something is wrong—and that help may be needed—is diminished personal hygiene. The responsibility for noticing that a loved one can no longer care for his or herself without support often falls on the... More

Knowing stroke symptoms can save a life.

Would You Know the Symptoms of Stroke?

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and more than 140,000 people die from stroke each year. Immediate action is needed to prevent permanent damage to the brain, which is why it’s important to know the symptoms of stroke and react fast. Knowing the initial stroke symptoms can go a... More

Exercise for arthritis helps increase quality of life.

Exercise for Arthritis? Yes, It’s a Good Thing.

While physical activity might be the last thing on your mind when dealing with the aches and pains of arthritis, it can actually be a great help. For arthritis sufferers who are constantly coping with aches and pains, getting more physical activity isn’t always at the top of the to-do list. It’s normal to want... More

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

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

Senior LIFE might be the right option for your loved one under changes for Pennsylvania Medicaid.

The Changes for Pennsylvania Medicaid Under Community HealthChoices (and How Senior LIFE Can Help)

If you or a loved one are covered by Pennsylvania Medicaid, you’ve likely heard that the structure of care is changing. The state is in the process of implementing changes for Pennsylvania Medicaid that affect how and where your Medical Assistance services are received. But how much do you know about the changes ahead and... More

Caring for the caregiver is essential.

Why Caring for the Caregiver Isn’t Just a Catchphrase

You may have help caring for your aging loved one’s needs, but you’re still a caregiver. And the only way to ensure you can give your loved one your best is to ensure you are at your best. That’s why caring for the caregiver is so important. Consider this: When you’re on airplane and the... More

Senior LIFE offers services designed to help keep your aging loved one at home.

5 Ways Senior LIFE Can Help You Keep Your Aging Loved One at Home

As baby boomers age, many are choosing to remain in their homes with some level of independence. But in order for that to become a reality, help is needed. In many cases, care for aging baby boomers is falling on their middle-aged children, who are also living full lives of their own—caring for their children... More

Last updated on June 19th, 2018 at 05:59 pm