Susan Cooper A Message from the President & CEO

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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 - Create. Relax. Enjoy.

Create. Relax. Enjoy.

CREATE. RELAX. ENJOY.

Refresh yourself to renew your stock of energy and joy!

Long on “must-do” obligations but often short of time, many of us have difficulty setting aside hours for activities defined as leisure.

What’s more, reading a novel, luxuriating in a hot bath, solving a jigsaw puzzle or pursuing some other satisfying activity or hobby may be looked on by your family or friends as selfish. More productive – and more mundane – pursuits are more likely to be met with accepting nods.

But don’t succumb to the status quo! Be sure to carve out some occasional “me” time. Here are a few tips:

  • Get creative. Write a short story. Attempt a new recipe. Plant a garden. Take a field trip to a nearby but as-yet unvisited attraction. Go dancing! If you have a dream you’ve never explored, find a way to follow through.
  • Sign up for something new. Enroll in a class or activity you think you might enjoy. Perhaps it’s a book club, photography course or exercise class. Maybe it’s a music lesson. Give yourself an opportunity to experience a variety of options.
  • Take some time out. Stretch out on a park bench and enjoy the view. Go for a walk. Schedule a massage. Put on some favorite music. Carve out 20 or 30 minutes (or more!) from your daily schedule and devote it to something you find relaxing or invigorating.

“Refreshing yourself on a regular basis is important,” says Donna L. Henshue, RN, for Morningstar Senior Living’s Life Care Community, Moravian Hall Square in Nazareth, PA. “Playfulness invites joy back into your life!”