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New Advances in Treatment for Cataracts

Cataracts are the clouding of the eye’s lens. In order for our vision to be clear, the lens, through which light travels to the retina, must also be clear. Initially, as cataracts begin to develop, you may not notice any change in your vision. But as it progresses, your vision will become blurry or cloudy, as though looking through a dirty window, and colors won’t be as bright as they once were.

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Ready to Grow? How Seniors Can Prepare for Gardening Season

The Centers for Disease Control recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week to reduce the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, high blood pressure, and colon cancer. Even better, the CDC cites gardening as a moderate-intensity activity, which means that an avid gardener can catch two birds with one net and enjoy good health and a beautiful green space.

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Effects of Exercise on Alzheimer’s

More than five million Americans currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and while a number of breakthroughs have occurred over the past few years, there is currently no cure for this devastating disease.

It’s well known that regular exercise can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but two recent studies have found that regular vigorous physical activity can also positively impact the symptoms of the disease and improve the quality of life of those who suffer from it.

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Living With Diabetes as a Senior

Diabetes disproportionately affects older adults, and it can lead to poor overall health and a number of serious complications if it’s not kept under control. Small lifestyle changes can have a major impact on diabetes, and the most important of these involve diet and exercise.
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Saucon Valley & Whitehall Manors Announce Dual State & Local Certification For Assisted Living Facilities

Saucon Valley Manor (Hellertown, PA) and Whitehall Manor (Allentown, PA) recently became the only locally and state approved Assisted Living Facilities (ALRs) in Pennsylvania. Assisted Living Facilities allow a resident to “age in place” for a longer period of time and receive patient centered care, giving them control of their care. Assisted Living Facility certification recognizes that a community offers extra levels of care. Personal Care Facilities that seek certification as an ALR undergo a strict accreditation process that takes into account concept, construction, and levels of care offered.

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Protecting Yourself From Heat Stroke

Heat stress is a potentially dangerous condition that occurs when your body overheats. Older adults are more susceptible to heat stress than younger people due to the inability of an aging body to optimally adjust to sudden changes in temperature. Additionally, a number of medical conditions and medications can impair the body’s ability to respond to heat and regulate its temperature.

Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is a very serious form of heat stress that occurs when the body is subjected to heat but is unable to control its temperature. As a result, body temperature rises quickly and can reach 106 degrees Fahrenheit or higher within 15 minutes. Heat stroke is a major medical emergency. If not treated right away, it can result in death or disability.

Signs and Symptoms of Heat Stroke

Signs and symptoms of heat stroke include a body temperature above 103 degrees Fahrenheit; dry, hot, and red skin; a strong, rapid pulse; dizziness; a throbbing headache; and nausea. If you or someone you love exhibits these symptoms, call 911 immediately. While you’re waiting for medical personnel to arrive, move to a cool place and do what you can to cool down, including taking a cool shower or sponge bath or wrapping up in a cold, wet sheet. Take small, frequent sips of cold–but not icy cold–water.

Prevent Heat Stroke

The best way to avoid heat stroke is to stay indoors during the hottest part of the day. If you need to be outdoors, wear lightweight clothing and seek out shade. Stay well-hydrated with non-alcoholic beverages, and don’t overexert yourself. If you’re feeling even slightly overheated, head indoors to cool off. A cool shower or sponge bath can help you cool down quickly.
Taking good care of yourself and staying mindful of how you feel in hot weather can help prevent both mild and severe forms of heat stress, and remaining mindful of how you’re feeling can help you recognize early signs of heat stroke before it takes its toll.

The Power of Pen Pals

Saucon Valley Manor resident Clayton Fritz was recently featured in an article in the Allentown Morning Call.  He is passionate about the dwindling art of written correspondence.  Through his ongoing efforts, Mr. Fritz has maintained Pen Pal relationships with hundreds of people around the country.  To read more, please click here.

Putting His Stamp On The World

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The Dangers of Dehydration for Seniors and How to Prevent It

Dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluids than it takes in. Initially, dehydration can lead to headaches, constipation, and lethargy. Prolonged or severe dehydration can cause serious health problems and can even lead to death. Staying adequately hydrated, especially in hot weather, is absolutely essential for seniors.
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