Denise and Gerald “Jerry” Francis were not planning to move, but sometimes life doesn't go as planned. In early May 2021, Jerry became critically ill, and after multiple surgeries, he was given little hope of survival. Rehabilitation at Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill gave him hope for recovery and the possibility of reuniting with his wife of more than 50 years.
To better help residents dealing with Parkinson's disease, Masonic Village at Elizabethtown's Outpatient Rehabilitation department has incorporated some new programming and technology into their treatment approach.
Andy Harrin's mother, Eli, celebrated her third anniversary at Masonic Village at Warminster in early March. Andy had explored other continuing care facilities, but when he visited Masonic Village, he knew it was the right place for his mother.
While she was initially treated in a hospital, Marjorie credits staff and her neighbors at Masonic Village, as well as her husband, for her miraculous and quick recovery following a health complication.
It can be heart wrenching to watch a loved one start to show signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, and even harder as their symptoms progress.
It’s important to remember that no one is in control of your loved one’s ability to communicate; even if they try their hardest, their brain just can’t do certain things because of their dementia.
What are you doing to try and stay healthy during the pandemic? “During times like these, it’s easy for some of the basics to get away from us,” recreation coordinator Jodi Wendl, Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill, shared during a
The aging process affects each person differently, exaggerating strengths and weaknesses. However, medical research has found that memory and attention are most affected by aging, since, according to Dr. Charles Duffy, a neurologist at Penn State Health's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, "memory requires attention and attention requires memory."
More than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diane Waple, chief dietitian at Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, has some advice for how to live with diabetes.
Approximately 1% of individuals age 65 and older, and 3% to 5% over age 85, develop Parkinson's disease, a neurogenative disorder that affects dopamine production in the brain. Learn more from Dr. Thomas Tropea, a neurologist, movement disorder specialist and assistant professor of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.