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 enriching life's journey for all we serve."

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Music as Therapy

Music is a powerful force in our lives from lullabies as babies, to the latest craze as teenagers, to “golden oldies” as senior citizens. This is especially true for someone that has Alzheimer’s disease. When a person may not recognize a family member, a hymn or melody from the past can trigger not only fond memories but often have a calming affect.

Music therapy is becoming an integral part of programming for Alzheimer’s residents, says Pat Chuckalovcak, Director of Assisted Living Services at Moravian Hall Square. Residents of Galilee House regularly gather around a player piano to listen to tunes from their past. Often they will sing along and even begin to play, despite the disease that is erasing memory. An old fashioned Wurlitzer Bubble Jukebox that plays familiar tunes from the 40s and 50s can lead to toe tapping, smiles and some impromptu dancing.

Music therapy cannot reverse Alzheimer’s but can improve the quality of life and provide family and caregivers with a bridge to connect to their loved ones when nothing else seems to work. Hymns in chapel services on Sunday have the same affect, according to Chuckalovcak.

A recent article in Time Magazine offers helpful information. The article and additional information on music as therapy can be found on

Moravian Hall Square offers an Alzheimer’s Association Support Group 9:30-11 a.m., the first Wednesday of each month in Galilee House. For additional information on the support group or Galilee House, please call 610-746-1000 or on line at

Maintain Your Brain

When the conversation turns to fitness, one of the first reactions is to look down at a hopefully trim waistline. But the brain needs to be healthy as well, because it plays a critical role that can affect your very existence: thinking, feeling, remembering, working, and playing – even sleeping, according to the Alzheimer’s Association in their “Maintain Your Brain” education campaign.

Their website – – has numerous helpful dos and don’ts. For example: interacting with others by combining physical, mental and social activities may be most likely to prevent dementia. A simple conversation, volunteering, joining a club, taking a class are all positive steps to a healthier mind and body.

What is good for your heart is good for your brain as well – controlling weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar. Keeping your brain busy increases its vitality and builds reserves of brain cells and connections. Read, write, play games, learn new things, and do crossword puzzles all help, according to the website.

At a facility like Moravian Hall Square’s Galilee House Memory Care, nutrition, exercise, interaction with staff, other residents and family, are essential components of an overall plan to keep residents’ bodies and minds as fit and active as possible.

Located in the center of Nazareth, Moravian Hall Square also has a monthly Alzheimer’s Association sponsored support group for families already dealing with the disease in a loved one. Trained staff offers support, answers questions, and discusses ways to help while the loved one still is at home. Families share their personal experiences and methods of coping. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month from 9:30-11 a.m. in the lobby of Galilee House Memory Care. For additional information, please call 610-746-1000 or online at


Water is the nutrient your body needs most because it carries nutrients to organs; carries away waste; hydrates skin; moistens eyes, mouth, and nose; lubricates joints, and serves as a shock absorber inside the spinal cord.

Good hydration is additionally important for seniors who might be taking a variety of medications that require being ingested with water to distribute the medicine adequately and efficiently throughout the body.

Not getting enough water can also lead to dehydration. That can stress your heart and raise your core body temperature quickly, especially during summer outdoor activities. It can even lead to heat stroke which can be life threatening. Even mild dehydration can make you feel tired.

How much water do you need? The National Institute of Medicine recommends about 9 cups for woman and 13 cups for men every day. Certain health conditions may increase or decrease your individual needs.

You can usually get 20% of your fluid needs from food. You can drink just about any fluid to meet the rest of your needs. Juice, soft drinks, smoothies, coffee, tea, even alcoholic beverages all count. Just keep in mind that caffeine and alcohol can have a diuretic effect that makes you lose water.

How do you know if you are dehydrated? Symptoms include: dry mouth, dizziness, weakness, muscle cramps, weak or rapid pulse, confusion, sluggishness, fainting, inability to sweat, and decrease urine output

During warm months “hydration stations” are placed around the campus so residents and staff have easy access to water flavored with a variety of fresh fruits. “Plain water can lose its appeal, but the addition of watermelon, lemon and lime, or other fresh fruits makes the water more appealing to the eye and palate,“ according to the General Manager of Dining Services at Moravian Hall Square.

68 Years after Battle, a War Medal Arrives

Moravian Hall Square resident, Isabel Miller, was recently presented with a very special gift.  Mrs. Miller’s son, Barry, proudly presented her with the China War Memorial Medal.  The medal was recently awarded to her late husband, Marlen E. Miller in recognition of his service in the Pacific during World War II.  The medal was issued by the Republic of China for those who helped in the war against Japan.  Click on this link to read the Express Times article –



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