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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 enriching life's journey for all we serve."

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Morningstar Living - Strokes: Think F.A.S.T.

Strokes: Think F.A.S.T.


What’s a stroke, how can you recognize one … and how should you react?

Simply put, a stroke is a blockage of blood flow to the brain. Caused by a blood clot anywhere in the body or by a ruptured artery in the brain, strokes can cause disability or even death if the blood flow is not restored. So, what are the signs of a stroke?

“The primary sign is a sudden change in how the body is working,” says, Donna L. Henshue, RN, for Morningstar Senior Living’s Life Care Community, Moravian Hall Square in Nazareth, PA. “This usually includes numbness of the face, arm or leg – most often on one side of the body. There also may be difficulty speaking, blurred vision, or a sudden severe headache, dizziness, or confusion.”

If you suspect a loved one, friend or neighbor is having a stroke, it’s important for you to think F.A.S.T.:

  • Face: Ask the person to smile. If there’s drooping or weakness on one side of the face, that’s the sign of a stroke.
  • Arm: Ask the person to raise both arms. If there’s weakness or numbness in one but not the other, that’s the sign of a stroke.
  • Speech: Ask the person to say a simple sentence. If there’s slurred or distorted speech, that’s the sign of a stroke.
  • Time: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. Also, note the time at which any of these symptoms started

Remember: Time loss is brain loss with strokes. So think F.A.S.T. and help someone get the immediate medical attention they need!