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Stay agile: 5 tips for easier aging in place

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hile many of us may dream of retiring and moving away to a beachside resort or cabin by the lake, the reality is that most Americans look forward to remaining in their own homes so they can continue to enjoy familiar comforts, activities and loved ones. In fact, an AARP survey recently found that 87 percent of U.S. adults 65 and older and 71 percent of those 50 to 64 wish to stay in their current houses as they get older. Fortunately, it's becoming easier for seniors to maintain their independence and stay at home longer thanks to the increasing range of services offered to this fast-growing market. This is great news, considering that by 2035, one in three American households are expected to be led by someone 65 or older. Unlike previous generations who were often forced to leave their homes due to keeping up with home maintenance, personal care and healthcare needs, businesses today offer solutions to these challenges and more. If you're an aging adult or have parents or other loved ones who are getting older, here are some important services and options that can make aging in place easier.

bon monoxide detection and other advanced features. • Transportation services: If you're nearing the point at which you're unable to drive, you may wish to research other ways of getting you where you wish to go. Depending on your budget, your options might include a service such as Uber, a private car service, a dial-a-ride service, traditional public transportation or paratransit.

• Universal design: Making your home more easily navigable will make a huge difference should mobility become an issue. Modifications such as ramped or no-step entrances, wider halls and doorways, lowered electrical controls, lever-style handles, and adapted tubs and showers can be planned over time to help with budgeting.

• Housecleaning services: Hiring a professional company to regularly take care of routine housework can take away a huge burden, freeing you up for more enjoyable activities while ensuring your home stays clean, tidy and welcoming to friends and family. Hiring a trusted service provider like Merry Maids ensures a comprehensive cleaning every time. Merry Maids can customize home

cleaning plans to accommodate any needs. • Emergency alert services: Think about signing up for a personal emergency response system that can immediately call for medical or police assistance at the push of an (often wearable) button. Many now offer GPS tracking, activity monitoring, fitness tracking, fire and car-

• Grocery delivery: Fortunately, many grocers are now competing to remain relevant in their industry by offering low-cost delivery services. That pays off for seniors who want to continue to choose their own foods but find shopping or travel physically challenging. Many services even allow you to pick out specific cuts of meat or pieces of produce online. Thanks to the buying power of baby boomers, businesses will continue to step up to the plate with new products and services to serve their needs. If you're part of that generation, don't hesitate to take advantage of the latest offerings aimed at making your at-home life easier and more comfortable.

St. Joseph’s Villa marks 50 years with gala celebration by Brendan Sample

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o commemorate 50 years of providing live-in healthcare to retired sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia and laypeople in the community, the St. Joseph Villa will hold a gala and fundraiser on Sunday, June 24 at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club. The gala, which is by invitation only, will also serve as a closing to the 50th anniversary celebrations, which began on September 17 with a special liturgy mass celebrated by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput. The gala has been in the works for quite some time, as the Villa established a Steering Committee that has been working on it for nearly two years. One of the chairs of the committee, Dr. John Scanlon of Chestnut Hill Hospital, has been involved with the Villa as a physician since 1986. After the sisters of St. Timothy Roman Catholic Church helped to raise him from the age of six, Scan-

lon has a deep personal attachment to the sisters of Philadelphia “It’s a true pillar of healthcare in the community,” said Scanlon of the Villa. “The sisters really put their heart and soul into their care, which makes it a truly unique place. They’re truly invested, which separates it from other places in the community.” The first St. Joseph Villa actually opened in 1908 in Cheltenham. It stayed there for more than 50 years, but the township’s zoning regulations restricted them from making needed expansions to the facility. As a result, plans began in the early 1960s for a new Villa in Flourtown, which officially opened in June 1968. The facility initially continued to only take in retired sisters, but ultimately opened its doors to anyone in the community needing nursing care in 1981, and has not closed them since then. Though the Villa has stayed true to its mission, it has had to adapt to changing times and demands, most

Pictured from left: Maureen Erdlen SSJ, Regina Bell SSJ, Anne Myers SSJ — Congregational President, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., D.D., Dorothy Apprich SSJ — Executive Director Saint Joseph Villa, Eileen Marnien SSJ — Congregational Vice President and Teresa Shaw SSJ.

recently with a series of major renovations that were finished in time for the September liturgy. The renovations were focused on making the feel of the facility less institutional and more like a home than it had been throughout its history. This change in atmosphere has proven to

be a major positive change for the people living there, particularly for the retired sisters. “The Villa now looks less like a hospital and more like a set of community neighborhoods,” said Cecilia Rupell, Communications Director for the Sisters of St. Joseph. “Com-

munity is very important for Catholic sisters. By improving the quality of gathering spaces, they’re gathering more than they ever have before.” The Sisters of St. Joseph have been in the city since 1847, and with a newly renovated facility and a consistent need for in-home healthcare, the upcoming gala looks to potentially mark the beginning of a new chapter in the Villa’s history. “Our biggest hope is that we’ll continue to be flexible and responsive to emergency needs,” said Sister Kathleen Pales, SSJ Director of Development, whose office is sponsoring the gala. “We recently opened a short-term rehab wing for people recovering from joint replacement, surgery, etc. We’re always looking to see what new needs are coming up on the horizon, and how we can respond and ultimately help more people.” For more information on St. Joseph Villa, visit www.stjosephvilla.org.


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West Laurel Hill Cemeter y events in June

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ust beyond the city limits of Philadelphia sits 187 beautiful acres of tranquility, home to thousands of local Philadelphians. Located beside the Schuylkill River, West Laurel Hill Cemetery has been designated a national historic landmark but also known as a beautiful landscape to host events and a destination for fundraising.

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Thursday, June 21 – Who Dunnit? A Murder Mystery Dinner 6 to 9 p.m. Back by popular demand, Without A Cue Production will be returning to West Laurel Hill’s Conservatory to entertain guests with a new interactive Murder Mystery - Murder at Mardi Gras! Join us on Thursday, June 21st to find out Who Dunnit? at this Mardi Gras themed dinner and performance. Tickets are $60 and includes a reception with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, dinner, live entertainment, and a performance from Without A Cue Productions. Costumes welcome, cocktail attire suggested. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Wayne Art Center! Saturday, June 23 – It’s A Green Thing Sustainability Fair 1 to 5 p.m. Bike, walk, or scooter your way over to the Cynwyd Trail to support local sustainable vendors, food trucks like The Tot Cart, The Spicy Belly, Smokin’ Tacos, and The Chilly Banana, plus live music from Red Means Run and a beer garden by Yards Brewing Co. Tour Nature’s Sanctuary and meet West Laurel Hill’s goats! This sustainability fair will take place just inside the gates of West Laurel Hill Cemetery, at the Barmouth Station section of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail and will showcase local artisans and businesses who are committed to making the world a greener place. This event is free and open to the public. Some of the participating vendors include: Vellum St Soap Company, Piggyback Treats Company, Fairhope Graphics, Gaia Darling, The Whitman Fox, Halpin Garden Therapy, Whiskey Hollow, MovementRx Studio, and more. Thursday, June 28 – Yappy Hour: The Laurels Ribbon Cutting & Cocktail Celebration 6 to 8 p.m. We will be celebrating the official launch of The Laurels, West Laurel Hill’s Pet Services, Cemetery and Aquamation Center. Join us for our grand opening cocktail reception at our Pet Center and learn more about our pet offerings. Conveniently located on the grounds of West Laurel Hill in a private area, The Laurels is a serene sanctuary; a perfect resting place for your special family member. Well behaved pets welcome! This event is free and open to the public. RSVP by June 25th to events@westlaurelhill.com or 610668-9900. For more details on all upcoming events and to buy tickets/RSVP, visit www.westlaurelhill.com/events or email events@westlaurelhill.com. For media inquiries, contact Joanie Sweeney at jsweeney@westlaurelhill.com or (610) 668-4258.

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Eating right and staying healthy in retirement

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mericans are now living longer than ever before. In fact, one of the fastest growing segments is people over the age of 85 who will represent 20 percent of the population by the year 2040. Because we are living longer, certain conditions specific to seniors are also on a steady rise. Dehydration, falls, fractures, cognition loss and attention deficits are now becoming more commonplace. In a recent paper titled "Salt Appetite Across Generations" presented at a medical conference in Switzerland, Israeli researchers from the University of Haifa indicated that among seniors, a reduced sense of thirst could increase the risk of serious dehydration. They also noted that the appetite for salt does not diminish with age, and suggested that this could be used to help sustain hydration and prevent the dangerous symptoms that result from dehydration. Another study published in the American Journal of Hypertension identified significant risks to cardiovascular health and longevity from consuming less than 1, or more than 3 teaspoons of salt per day. Fortunately, most Americans, including seniors, when left to

Key risk factors that can impact healthy vision

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their own choice, consume right in the middle of this range. Seniors in assisted living centers can be especially susceptible to the dangers of low-salt diets. In 2013 a task force of 12 professional med-

ical, nursing and nutritional organizations assembled by the Pioneer Network published the "New Dining Practice Standards." Their report concluded that low-salt diets were contributing to malnutrition

aving a routine eye exam at least once every two years is a vital part to maintaining healthy vision as it can help detect early signs of eye disease. However underlying medical conditions can also have a significant impact on our eyes. As a result, it’s and weight loss among a significant important to know key risk factors percentage of seniors in assisted that can impact both our visual living facilities. and overall health. Low-salt diets can also cause Blood Pressure: (Continued on page 13) Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the vessel walls. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is caused when that pressure is higher than normal. The result can lead to serious complications including the narrowing of the blood vessels in the eye and the swelling of the retina (the light sensitive portion of the eye). Cholesterol: Cholesterol is found in every cell of the body and plays an important part in digesting foods, producing hormones, and generating vitamin D. However, high levels of cholesterol can lead to serious issues including retinal vein occlusion. This occurs when cholesterol breaks off part of the blood vessel wall and causes a clot in the retina. Blood Sugar: Blood sugar, also known as glucose, is the sugar that’s found in the blood. Glucose comes from the food we eat and is the body's main source of energy. Diabetes results in abnormal blood sugar levels. Those with diabetes are at a higher risk for eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Cataracts can occur when the lens of the eye becomes progressively cloudy, resulting in blurred vision. Glaucoma refers to a group of eye diseases, which damage the optic nerve – the nerve that transmits visual information to the brain. Untreated glaucoma can damage the optic nerve so severely that permanent blindness, vision loss or visual distortion may occur. Intraocular Pressure: Intraocular pressure (IOP) is the fluid pressure in the eye. When the pressure is too high, it can have a damaging effect on the optic nerve. This nerve plays a key role in relaying visual information from the retina to the brain. A person with high IOP is at an increased risk for glaucoma and even permanent vision loss. Anyone with concerns regarding the conditions listed above should consult their primary care doctor for treatment. The Eye Institute (TEI) of Salus University also offers specialty services to help patients who suffer from these conditions maintain their visual health. To schedule an appointment at TEI, call 215.276.6111.


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Protect your aging relatives from heat exhaustion and dehydration this summer

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f the 8,000-plus heat-related deaths reported annually in the United States, 36 percent are among those age 65 and older, according to a Centers for Disease Control Heat-Related Illness Survey. Hospitalizations for heat-related symptoms increase for those over 85. Everyone wants to ensure their loved ones are comfortable and safe during the hot weather, but checking up on neighbors and non-relatives can go a long way toward stemming the tide of heat and dehydration deaths. Griswold Home Care of Chestnut Hill/Blue Bell offers the following advice: Perform an air conditioner check. Air conditioning is the top protection against heat-related illness. If the home isn’t air conditioned, buy a room unit or encourage your loved one to go to a public place during the hottest hours of the day, like a library or senior center. Avoid dehydration. Non-alcoholic beverages will replace the body’s salts and minerals released from sweating. Put a glass of water in every room, and encourage sipping from them throughout the

day. Frequently drinking small amounts is the best way to stay hydrated. Check your loved one’s urine; light yellow means they’re getting enough to drink; darker yellow means they’re not. Other symptoms include very dry skin, dizziness, rapid heartbeat or rapid breathing. Know the signs of heat exhaustion. Too much heat can cause heat exhaustion or, even worse, heat stroke. Heat exhaustion happens when you become dehydrated and your body is unable to replace the fluid and electrolytes it has lost. The signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, nausea, and feeling light-headed and faint. If body temperature continues to rise, it can result in heatstroke, a serious medical condition. Signs of heatstroke include fainting, a body temperature above 104° F, confusion, flushed skin, irritability, and acting delirious. If you’re around someone with signs of heat exhaustion, call 911. For more information, visit www.griswoldhomecare.com or call 215-261-7185.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Custom settings make smartphones easy, accessible to older users

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he digital generation gap is slowly narrowing, as older users come to more fully grasp smartphone technology and appreciate its many benefits. New technologies make it easier than ever to maintain social contacts, monitor health and preserve independence. According to Pew Research, 85 percent of adults over age 65 own cellphones today, and the number who own smartphones has risen from 18 percent to 42 percent since 2013. Generally, seniors don't even require specially designed cellphone technology. While some phones are marketed specifically as being for older users, experts say that these specialized gadgets sometimes overpromise and under-deliver. In fact, ordinary Android devices and iPhones are more popular choices, as they're economical, easy to find and customizable. Best of all, they don't have to be expensive. While flagship models like the iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S9 can be pricey, there are many good, affordable mid-range phones available from top manufacturers for $200 or less. You can also often find discounts on models from previous years. Have it your way

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seniors to suffer from mild hyponatremia, an electrolyte imbalance in the blood that may not sound bad but can lead directly to walking impairment, attention deficits and a much higher frequency of falls. Several recent medical papers found a direct relationship between hyponatremia and unsteadiness, falls, bone fractures and attention deficits. Falls are one of the most serious

problems for the elderly and about a third of people over 65 fall at least once every year. Fall-related injuries in the elderly are associated with numerous psychological and physical consequences and are a leading cause of bone breakage and hip fractures, which can lead to complications and permanent disability or death. Some seniors do need a low-salt diet but many do not, and would not benefit from such a diet.

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Accessibility. Samsung models even offer an "Easy Mode," which configures the Home screen with a simpler layout and bigger icons to provide an easier experience for first-time smartphone users. More adventurous users may even want to explore digital assistants like Google Assist, or Apple's Siri, which respond to voice commands. The average size of a smartphone screen has grown over the years, with the current average at 5.5 inches. In addition to being easier to see due to their sheer size and magnificent resolution, custom settings let users adjust factors like contrast, brightness, and the size of fonts and icons to suit their preferences. On every smartphone, there's also the option to create customized lists of contacts for convenient calling or texting. It's easy to organize specific lists to quickly and easily find numbers for close relatives, medical providers or other important local services.

There are countless amazing tasks a smartphone can perform, but the biggest advantage is that they can be fully customized to meet the unique requirements of nearly any user. By spending just a few minutes adjusting settings, a device's functionality can be made as simple or robust as you need it to be. Today's smartphones include a variety of powerful accessibility features that make them incredibly user-friendly. On an iPhone, go to Settings > General > Accessibility to find many convenient options, such as closed captioning on apps that support it, and a built-in magni- So many good choices fier that uses the phone's camera. It seems hard to believe the first Android phones have a menu of similar functions, which can be iPhone and Android smartphones found under Settings > Advanced > were only introduced a little over 10

years ago. Since those not-so-distant days of 2007 and 2008, they've become a nearly indispensable part of most people's lives. Last year, there were more than 200 million smartphone users, and 90 million iPhone users, in the U.S. alone.If you're a newcomer to smartphones, there are so many great options that it can be hard to choose. To help find what's best for you, look to a carrier like Consumer Cellular, a recognized leader in providing innovative and affordable wireless solutions to users age 50+. They offer a wide variety of phones to choose from, as well as value-priced, nocontract monthly plans. The best smartphones are designed for easy use, whether you're having trouble seeing text on the display, finding the right buttons to press, or hearing the person on the other end of the phone. With a little research and preparation, you can have the perfect device in your hands in no time.

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