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Susan Cooper

A Message from the President & CEO

My heart goes out to all who have been affected by this worldwide pandemic. During times of crisis, we often come together in ways we've never come together before. We set aside insignificant things and shift our focus to what really matters most in life...the people we love and care about. As I reflect on the past months since things began to unfold with the coronavirus (COVID-19), I am humbled by and grateful for the work of our local emergency responders, hospital professionals, and other workers who are making it possible for people to get health care services, food, supplies and medications. These "Community Heroes" lend courage, strength and sacrifice through their service to others.

Being in the retirement living business, we at Morningstar Living have a monumental responsibility to take care of and protect the people we serve..."in health and in sickness." Caring for and protecting the residents and the clients we serve is what we do. We are responsible for hundreds of residents living at our two campuses in Nazareth, and the clients we provide in-home support and care to, who are living in their homes throughout the Lehigh Valley. Our residents and our clients rely on us 24/7/365. For this reason, we've taken some very extraordinary measures to limit the risk of infection and prevent the spread of the virus in our communities:

As I think about these extraordinary changes that we've made in a short period of time, I am in awe of my team members, who come to work faithfully and work tirelessly around the clock to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Our team of Nurses, CNAs, Caregivers, Social Services, Wellness, Physical Therapy, Neighborhood and Community Life, Culinary Services, Maintenance and Security, Groundskeeping, Housekeeping, Transportation, IT and Administration...these are the Morningstar Living Heroes.

Yes, the world has certainly changed as a result of COVID-19, and so have we at Morningstar Living. Who knows how long we'll be dealing with this pandemic and its' aftermath? And while there may be more changes and uncertainty in the months that lie ahead, there is one thing of which I am absolutely certain...the mission and core purpose of Morningstar Living has never been more important.

"Making a difference...by enriching life's journey for all we serve."

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Morningstar Living - Dispelling Diabetes Myths

Dispelling Diabetes Myths

What’s true – and what’s false – regarding this disease?

 “Nearly 24 million Americans live with diabetes,” notes Donna L. Henshue, RN, Morningstar’s Coordinator of Residential Health & Wellness. “But a great many misconceptions persist about the disease. Here, we’ll distinguish between what’s rumored and what’s real.”

 

Myth: You can’t prevent Type II diabetes.

Fact: False: Even if one or more of your relative have diabetes and you may be more susceptible than most, you can indeed prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. In fact, losing just 5% to 7% of your body weight can reduce your risk. Tip: Make healthy eating choices, and resolve to exercise 30 minutes on five occasions throughout each week.

 

Myth: Eating too many sugary foods can cause diabetes.

Fact: True, sort of. While sugar is often seen as the bad guy, it’s not the only one. If other unhealthy foods such as ice cream, pastries, chips, and greasy burgers are too much of your diet, you’re increasing the risk of gaining weight – and developing diabetes. Tip: As with most things, moderation in any dietary intake is often key.

 

Myth: If you have diabetes, you should stick with diabetic or dietetic versions of foods.

Fact: False. The American Diabetes Association says that these foods offer no special benefit and may still raise blood sugar levels. What’s more, many have a laxative effect. Tip: Don’t fall into the habit of eating all-that-you-want portions or servings of fat-free or sugar-free foods; they are not calorie-free!

 

Myth: People with diabetes are more susceptible to other illnesses.

Fact: False. People with diabetes are not any more likely to get sick than others, but you should take precautions since infections interfere with blood sugar management. Tip: To help stay healthy, get an annual flu shot and wash your hands frequently.

 

Myth: If you have diabetes, you’ll eventually suffer complications such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure or lower-limb amputations.

Fact: False. By getting your blood sugar and cholesterol under control, and by maintaining a healthy blood pressure, you can reduce your risk of developing complications.

 

“A final piece of advice,” says Henshue. “Have your A1C level measured regularly to determine your average blood glucose. With this test, your physician can tell how well you’re doing over the long term to keep your blood sugar level under control.”