The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and assisted living communities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, has called on Congress to ensure dedicated funding and priority attention is given to long-term care residents and caregivers.

The world is perilous enough for the average senior citizen without a highly contagious, potentially deadly new virus causing a global outbreak of disease.

After four agonizing months with virtually no games to watch, a sports fan’s plate is now full with Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League all returning in late July or early August.

When it comes to women and birth control, there truly is no “one size fits all” – and there are more options these days than ever.

Dogs are known as a man’s best friend, and the right four-legged friend can provide companionship and joy for years. But there is plenty to consider before bringing home a new pet.

Summer is back, and while the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the cancellation of festivals, concerts and other large gatherings, people who enjoy being among nature are enjoying the outdoors. Given social distancing and other public health safety measures that are still in place across much of the country —particularly large, urban areas — hiking, camping and fishing can be great ways to pass the time and still be safe.

Independence Day is around the corner. Families are likely prepping to watch or set off fireworks and sparklers. However, the Fourth of July celebration might turn a fun-filled day into a painful memory if caution isn’t properly exercised. Even the most innocent-looking fire displays can lead to injuries or an actual fire. Consider these safety tips to enjoy the holiday without going to the emergency room.

Sorting through all the latest health fads, trends and research-based health information can be as stressful and overwhelming as shopping for a new car. You want to avoid getting swindled into something that isn’t right for you, and you want to ensure that what you’re investing in actually works and provides the biggest bang for your buck.

Every team needs a coach — a point person with experience,

Sustaining a twisted ankle, waking up with body aches and a fever or enduring a respiratory infection that makes it difficult to breath may all cause someone to question if they should get checked out by a doctor; and, if so, where should they go?

Diabetics spend a significant amount of time monitoring their blood sugar, watching what they eat and when they eat, and making sure they have access to health care and medicine. The nature of diabetes and the effects the disease can have on a diabetic’s life require diligence and almost constant awareness to ensure it is managed properly.

Six of every 10 Americans are living with at least one chronic condition, including diabetes and heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic diseases can significantly impact one’s ability to lead a full life and are among the leading driver of health care costs.

Dogs and cats — as well as livestock — appear to have little to fear from the coronavirus pandemic.

When people see their pets as members of their families, it’s no wonder that man’s best friend is susceptible to the same marketing tactics as humans when it comes to their food. After all, you wouldn’t feed your children anything but the best, right? And you wouldn’t give your fur babies anything less than the cat’s meow.

For those looking to get out of the house without wandering away from their property, cultivating a home garden can provide a welcome escape. As an added bonus, you can incorporate the vegetables you grow into your next home-cooked meals. There are many options for Midwest gardeners to choose from to grow at home.

Chronic, unchecked stress can sabotage your physical and mental health by contributing to numerous conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Money, it turns out, is stressing out 72 percent of Americans, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2019 Stress in America survey.

Spring is in the air, and as the sun rises higher in the sky and the landscape thaws, it is time to get back outdoors. Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, canoeing or simply going for a pleasant stroll, Armstrong and Indiana counties have great places you can spend time outside and away from the hustle and bustle of your regular everyday routine.

Bonnie Terry points out that those who spend their lives helping others sometimes don’t spend enough time looking out for themselves.

Like peanut butter and jelly, relationships and boundaries go hand in hand. Having boundaries is a key part of almost any and every kind of relationship, whether it’s with a friend, family member, co-worker or yourself.

Small business owners, sole proprietors, independent contractors and the self-employed are eligible for financial assistance through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, which will extend as much as $349 billion in forgivable loans to enable some businesses to pay employees during the coronavirus crisis.

Whether you are younger or older, all parties can benefit from a new program through which students at Apollo-Ridge middle and high schools assist seniors at the Apollo Senior Center each month.

It turns out that you can teach a dog new tricks and Terri Watkins knows a thing or two about it.

With the current coronavirus outbreak going on around the world, many employees are being forced to work from home to support “social distancing.” While this may come easy for some companies or employees, others might not be used to this new work environment.

You’ve reached the significant milestone of retirement. Although you might be out of the workforce, that doesn’t mean you can’t splurge a little and treat yourself to a vacation — and still stay active. After all, retirement is a great time to travel the world and visit certain spots you’ve always wanted to see in person.

Spring and summer are on the horizon, and that means people are going to be making their way back outside and be under the sun more frequently. Just like the skin, the eyes can be as vulnerable to damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The eyes are often overlooked when people think of UV protection. Here’s what you need to know about how to keep your sight safe the next time you’re catching some rays at the beach, out for a run-in park, or just about anywhere.

There’s no better way to kick off the school year than with a healthy helping of activities to lift the spirits and get re-acclimated. The wellness team at Marcus Whitman Central School District pulled out all the stops for this year’s opening conference day, with at least 10 different activities worth diving into. Along with that stellar opening act, the wellness committee has continued offering up a variety of opportunities throughout the year.

The 2019 documentary The Game Changers is causing a buzz in the world of nutrition, in particular for plant-based eating proponents who say the movie dispels myths that diets heavy on animal protein are the most effective ways for athletes to build muscle.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) has selected Indiana Regional Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities that deliver high-quality patient safety and better health outcomes.

It’s tax season once again, and stress levels are high. While you are plunging away those numbers and stressing about refunds and payments to the IRS, there are ways you can keep those anxieties under control.

“Every risk factor you can imagine was on this student’s Internet posting,” recalls Lisa Cull, senior program coordinator for Glenn County Behavioral Health.

Officials from Grove City Medical Center, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and Highmark Health joined community leaders and hospital employees this past August to celebrate the signing of an affiliation agreement that will strengthen and expand the services that Grove City provides to residents of Mercer County and the surrounding region.

Whether you brush your teeth once, twice or thrice per day, this daily ritual can sometimes fall to the wayside during and after the holiday seasons. Sweet treats lurk around every kitchen corner and dining room dessert table. Luckily, we’ve got you covered — but not covered in toothpaste. Check out our top five tips to take care of your teeth this winter.

Overeating during the holidays and New Year’s may now be in the rearview mirror. But that doesn’t necessarily make losing or maintaining weight easier for everyone — even if you resolved to make healthier food choices. It may be a tough work to keep a healthy weight and diet. For some people, it can be especially difficult.

The cost of health care is a significant concern for people across the U.S., particularly as many new medications approved to treat various illnesses come with a whopping list price. It’s no wonder that people turn to programs like health savings accounts as they plan for medical expenses.

With winter here, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors. If you are a fan of the mountains, skiing, snowshoeing and other snow-centric sports and activities, you might want to explore what Pocono Mountains and Montgomery and Bucks counties have to offer.

Eating healthy is not just a trend, it’s essential to your physical and mental well-being. Eating nutritious foods that provide the body with the elemental vitamins, minerals and other compounds required to function at optimal capacity and stave off sickness and disease is the way to a healthier and happier you.

Planning for the future is a necessity that can seem daunting, particularly for people who are just entering their professional lives. Retirement may seem far away for them, but as most financial experts will say, it’s never too early to start planning.

Breath is vital for life. So is digestion and your circulatory system. All of these important bodily functions are influenced by your mouth, which is why functional dentistry, the type practiced by Dr. Sam Guarnieri, DDS, at Pittsford Dental Excellence Center in Rochester, NY, can play an important role in your total body health.

Whether you recently made a New Year’s resolution to bank more cash or chose to spend wiser and invest smarter simply out of necessity, there’s no better time than the present to consider learning how to successfully manage your financial expenses.

As families come face to face with medical requirements every school year, the country is feeling the effects of a vaccine resistance movement that’s been decades in the making. In a climate of fake news and ever-growing misinformation that is spread online, it can be hard to decipher the false information from the truth. That’s why Facebook is taking a stand.

Whether you brush your teeth once, twice or thrice per day, this daily ritual can sometimes fall to the wayside during and after the holiday seasons. Sweet treats lurk around every kitchen corner and dining room dessert table. Luckily, we’ve got you covered — but not covered in toothpaste. Check out our top five tips to take care of your teeth this winter.

Overeating during the holidays and New Year’s may now be in the rearview mirror. But that doesn’t necessarily make losing or maintaining weight easier for everyone — even if you resolved to make healthier food choices. It may be a tough work to keep a healthy weight and diet. For some people, it can be especially difficult.

Vaping controversy has been front and center lately, with the recent news that the CEO of Juul, Kevin Burns, had resigned in September, as an increasing number of deaths related to vaping and threats of federal regulation are presenting a massive challenge for the e-cigarette company.

Overeating during the holidays and New Year’s may now be in the rearview mirror. But that doesn’t necessarily make losing or maintaining weight easier for everyone — even if you resolved to make healthier food choices. It may be a tough work to keep a healthy weight and diet. For some people, it can be especially difficult.

Whether you brush your teeth once, twice or thrice per day, this daily ritual can sometimes fall to the wayside during and after the holiday seasons. Sweet treats lurk around every kitchen corner and dining room dessert table. Luckily, we’ve got you covered — but not covered in toothpaste. Check out our top five tips to take care of your teeth this winter.

People familiar with harsh winters understand specific precautions must be taken to effectively contend with storms and cold temperatures. Both can be dangerous or even deadly for the unprepared or those who do not respect the power and unpredictability of nature.