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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 - The ABC’s of Vitamin D

The ABC’s of Vitamin D

Is your diet deficient in this essential nutrient?

There’s something you can easily do to protect yourself against ailments leading from cancer to depression, and that’s get sufficient Vitamin D. But, as many as one in two people aren’t taking the cure!

Doctors know that Vitamin D helps build strong bones by promoting the absorption of calcium, and research indicates it’s important to almost all body tissues. In fact, low levels of Vitamin D have been linked to increased risk of breast and prostate cancer, colon polyps, Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and depression.

How can you tell if you are low on Vitamin D? Because there are often no symptoms, most people learn they are deficient after a blood test during a routine physical.

Cautious sun exposure is one of the easiest – and most effective ways – for you to get enough Vitamin D. The National Institute of Health says 10-15 minutes of exposure to the sun twice weekly with your arms, hands, face or back – without sunscreen – is usually enough. And the good news is that Vitamin D is stored in the body so you can build up reserves to draw on later.

So what to do if a blood test indicates you need more Vitamin D, and exposure to sunlight isn’t practical? “Ask your physician for advice,” suggests Donna L. Henshue, RN, for Morningstar Senior Living’s Life Care Community, Moravian Hall Square in Nazareth, PA. “Usually recommended in doses from 800 IUs up to 2,000 IUs, Vitamin D is readily available at your drug store or supermarket in over-the-counter supplements.”