Masks: What’s the Deal and Why Should I Wear One?

By- Christine Hughes

Whether it’s the annual flu season or a pandemic like COVID-19, St. Anne’s understands the value of wearing masks and the impact they have on the health of our Residents and staff. Our campus has been closed to outside visitors since March, and since that time, masks have been required within our community. The importance of masks in reducing SARS-CoV2 infections in our communities is explained in the article below. What’s the Deal with Masks? Adapted from the article published

COVID-19 Risks: Know Them and Avoid Them

By- Christine Hughes

As counties in Pennsylvania and other states begin a phased reopening plan, many people are concerned about the continued spread of COVID-19 or another spike in cases. While health officials stress the importance of handwashing and wearing masks, we want to share highlights of an article that can guide you away from situations of high risk. COVID-19: The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them Published on May 6, 2020 by Erin S. Bromage, Ph.D. Where are people getting sick?

How to be Environmentally-Friendly During a Pandemic

By- Christine Hughes

As we exercise our individual and collective responsibility to reduce viral transmissions to preserve human health, we can still exercise our responsibility to act for environmental health. We can use this solitary time to reassess our current habits and develop new ones that are better for the planet. Here are ways to take action for the planet while social distancing — we hope they’ll stick, even after our global health crisis subsides. Go plant-based and compost: When you’re stuck in

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

By- Christine Hughes

Notice to our Residents, Staff & Visitors: If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and have recently traveled to or from anywhere within or outside the United States, please avoid visitation for 21 days. We are taking extra steps to protect our residents and staff from the coronavirus, a flu-like illness that originally developed in outside countries. Precautionary measures are being taken to prevent the spread of the virus. Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)   Coronavirus FAQs   Q. What are coronaviruses? Human

Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s: Which Is It?

By- Christine Hughes

Each January and February, senior living facilities often notice an increase in phone calls requesting information about admission requirements. Inquiries come from family members who have observed differences in a loved one’s personality, memory or daily routine during holiday visits. It’s common for family members to begin using both “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s” to describe their loved one’s changing state of mind, but the medical conditions are not the same. The article from AARP below will help caretakers begin to understand

Surviving the Holidays: Tips to Help Older Adults Savor the Season

By- Christine Hughes

We’ve all been there. While our vision for the holiday season is one of intimate gatherings, delicious meals and bliss, the reality can be much the opposite. The volume of activities, shifting of schedules, decadent food and potential for conflict can put added strain on the entire family. Especially older adults. If you’re an older adult, or if you care for someone who is, you can make the holidays more manageable by taking just a short amount of time to

Green Living Tips for Fall

By- Christine Hughes

As the brilliant colors of early fall fade in the northern U.S. states, many of us are preparing for the long winter ahead. In between dusting off our snow boots and digging out our favorite cozy sweaters, we can take some time to think about living sustainably in the cooler season. With shorter daylight hours and lower temperatures, you may find yourself turning on more lights at home or taking long, hot baths. Of course, we all know that the

How Seniors Can Maximize Their Social Security Disability, Auxiliary, Retirement, or Survivors’ Benefits

By- wpadmin

Most seniors live on a fixed income. When you are in that situation, you will want to do everything that you can to make the most of your money and to maximize your benefits. Regardless of what kind of Social Security benefits you receive – disability, retirement, auxiliary, or survivors’ benefits, you will want to choose wisely so you can maximize your benefits and get the highest amount of monthly benefits that you can receive. Here are a few things

What to Ask as You Consider Retirement Communities for Active Adults

By- Christine Hughes

While you’ll find an amazing number of retirement community types these days, it’s true that many people still have the misconception that all of them are the same—and not in a good way. Thoughts of being stuck in a hospital-like atmosphere where sad people spend most of their hours cooped up in small shared rooms (never with a roommate they like, either) or confined to bed still come to mind for a majority of folks facing retirement. Luckily, nothing could

Can Your Aging Loved One Still Live Alone?

By- Christine Hughes

Throughout the course of our life, we all need help in one way or another, but how we define it changes as we age. It might come as insight on homework as a young student, or collaboration with an office colleague as an adult, or assistance with grocery trips as a senior because as The Beatles sang it, we “get by with a little help from (my) friends.” Yet as we age, it often becomes harder to admit we need