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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 - Omega 3’s Can Improve your Diet

Omega 3’s Can Improve your Diet

One of the best ways to improve you diet?

Omega 3s!

Although attributed to a long list of health benefits, most of us have diets that are short on Omega 3 fatty acids. And that’s a problem, because we need them for our bodies to work properly.

“As you get older, the risk of serious health conditions grows,” says Donna L. Henshue, RN, for Morningstar Senior Living’s Life Care Community, Moravian Hall Square in Nazareth, PA. “The good news is that Omega 3s have their best benefits in seniors.”

So consider making Omega 3s a regular part of your diet. Fatty fish like salmon and trout are a good source. And other foods are now fortified with Omega 3s, such as some milk products as well as juices, breads, eggs, cooking oils and snack foods. By upping your intake of Omega 3s, you may benefit from:

  • Improved Heart Health: Omega 3s help to prevent cardiovascular problems and also cut the risk of complications and death in people with heart disease. They also seem to help keep your heart rhythm steady. What’s more, fish and fish oil seem to slow down arteriosclerosis and lower the risk of strokes.
  • Lower Triglycerides: Omega 3s can reduce triglyceride levels by 20-50%. And having high triglyceride levels may place you at risk of heart disease.
  • Reduced Osteoporosis: Studies have found people who eat high levels of fatty fish rich in Omega 3s have greater bone density in the hip.
  • Diminished Rheumatoid Arthritis: The medical evidence isn’t conclusive but a number of studies found that Omega 3s in fish oil can reduce the symptoms of morning stiffness and pain.

Here’s one word of advice before upping your dietary intake of Omega 3s: Consult your physician. He or she can provide you with the proper dosing. What’s more, anyone with blood disorders or who is taking blood thinners (e.g., Coumadin) should seek medical advice before taking Omega 3s.