Rebuilding after a storm takes time – a long time. It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee pounded our region and devastated the lives and homes of our friends, loved ones and neighbors. Committed to the long-haul of recovery from these storms is Lutheran Disaster Response-Eastern PA (LDR – EPA).
If you’re among the majority of The Becoming Center members, a health and wellness center for older adults, who suffer from arthritis pain or discomfort, yoga may offer you moderate to significant relief. According to Lois A Hitt, a certified yoga teacher of almost 40 years, yoga poses, deep breathing and relaxation significantly reduces joint tenderness and swelling for people with arthritis. A study funded by the Arthritis Foundation and conducted by scientists from Johns Hopkins University found this to be true. Lois also says yoga benefits people with stiff joints due to arthritis, because the stretching exercises help improve range of motion and flexibility. Other studies have found yoga plays an important role in reducing stress and frustration resulting from pain and disability, and it is known to increase positive feelings and well being. Continue reading →
Grocery shopping can become increasingly difficult as people age. Older adults tend to be less mobile and weaker than they once were. The experience of walking the aisles, reading the fine print on packages, reaching for items on top shelves and lugging bags of food home can be hard to handle on their own.
Winter is right around the corner! With the Farmer’s Almanac predicting a “bitterly cold and snow-filled season” for much of Pennsylvania, Lutheran Disaster Response- Eastern PA, a program of Liberty Lutheran, wants to make sure you and your family are prepared for winter weather.
The West Philadelphia Senior Community Center (WPSCC) is a place where hundreds of older adults gather to socialize, stay active and support the unique needs all of its members. This includes offering programs targeting seniors’ health and well-being. Statistics show that one in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and according to the National Cancer Institute, a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer increases as she gets older. Women at the WPSCC are no exception. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the WPSCC hosted a symposium on Wednesday, October 16th, to educate members about the disease, celebrate their fellow survivors, and honor those members who have succumbed to breast cancer.
-By Joe Harrington, Liberty Lutheran PR Intern
Paul’s Run Retirement Community honors Philadelphia’s emergency responders with its Second Annual Police and Firefighter BBQ!
“For the past 20 years we have done something around Thanksgiving to show how appreciative we are for all that the departments do for us,” said Linda Curto, Director of Residential Services at Paul’s Run. “They deserve so much more, so we decided last year to also hold a BBQ to show our gratitude.”
-By Vanessa Snyder, Fitness Coordinator, The Village At Penn State
Aging is a beautiful thing. One of the most beautiful things about getting older is enjoying your life to its fullest and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. At The Village at Penn State, our residents enjoy life and love keeping their bodies healthy and active. The Village recently celebrated this with Active Aging Week, September 23 to September 27! The Village at Penn State, and Liberty Lutheran’s two other senior communities, Paul’s Run and Artman, planned an entire week of activities and events to honor older adults and encourage them to stay active, healthy and engaged in their communities.
The inaugural Liberty Way 5K Run and Family Fun Run couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather. Clear blue skies and a comfortable fall morning made for perfect conditions for running! Over 30 people participated in the Liberty Way 5K Run and Family Fun Run on Saturday, October 5. The inaugural race kicked off on the campus of Artman in Ambler, a senior community and service of Liberty Lutheran. Runners followed the 3.1 mile course through the surrounding neighborhoods.
-By Joe Harrington, Liberty Lutheran PR Intern
Liberty Lutheran and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Glenside are celebrating another successful Oktoberfest! The fifth annual event took place Saturday, September 28th at St. Paul’s in Glenside. Oktoberfest raises thousands of dollars each year to benefit Lutheran Disaster Response- Eastern PA, a service of Liberty Lutheran.
Liberty Lutheran has always cared for the well-being of its employees with promotions like the Healthy Bonus program, challenges throughout the year such as the Biggest Loser competition, as well as healthy dining seminars. Liberty is now initiating a new way to promote healthy living amongst staff with Employee Health Fairs.