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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 - Identifying Signs of Depression

Identifying Signs of Depression

More than a mood, for many it’s a disease that can be successfully treated.

While many of us have stormy days now and then, other people seem to go for weeks on end without a hint of sunshine. And that’s a sure sign of depression.

Consider: Have you lost your zest and energy for life? Are you avoiding friends and perhaps letting phone calls go to voicemail? If so, you may be one of 20 million Americans who suffers from depression.

But what exactly is depression? It’s not a sign of weakness, nor is it something a person can readily snap out of. Instead, depression is a disease that can affect how someone thinks and feels. If left untreated, depression can lead to anxiety or even thoughts of suicide.

Here are some warning signs. For you or a loved one:

  • Feeling sad, empty or pessimistic?
  • Undergoing irritability and restlessness?
  • Experiencing decreased energy and motivation?
  • Sleeping too much – or too little?
  • Losing interest in things you once thought pleasurable?
  • Overeating – or losing interest in food?
  • Having difficulty concentrating and making decisions?
  • Experiencing pains, headaches or digestive distress that does not respond to treatment?
  • Contemplating suicide?

“As bad as these symptoms sound, the good news is that great strides have been made in the treatment of depression,” reports Donna L. Henshue, RN, for Morningstar Senior Living’s Life Care Community, Moravian Hall Square in Nazareth, PA. “Start by having a frank talk with your physician.”

Your doctor can rule out other possible health or medication-related causes. He or she can also prescribe an antidepressant that may break up the clouds that seem to gather daily.

With the right help, you or a loved one who is experiencing depression can find the strength to move forward and return to the relationships and activities that make you feel good again.