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By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on October 27, 2014

We’ve all experienced that moment when we’ve misplaced our keys or forgotten to pay a recurring monthly bill. While frustrating, these moments are often just lapses in our short term memory and can be attributed to the fast-paced lifestyle many of us lead. However, for seniors and aging adults, this…

By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on October 20, 2014

It can be difficult to entrust the care of an aging parent or loved one to another person. However, the right person, who is as qualified as they are compassionate, can be an invaluable resource for your loved one and your family. If your aging loved one needs assistance to…

By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on October 13, 2014

With Halloween just a few weeks away, we thought we’d share one of our favorite fall recipes – a pumpkin smoothie. Not only can the bold and rich flavors of this smoothie spice up a boring diet, the following single serve recipe is a great snack and only takes five…

By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on October 6, 2014

We’ve all heard the saying, “home is where the heart is.” A person’s home is not only filled with their belongings, but with cherished memories from years past. It is a place of comfort and familiarity, something that often stays constant as the rest of life passes by.  So it’s…

By Dian Brannen, 3:05 pm on August 11, 2014

The elderly are likely one of the last groups of people you would imagine struggle with drug and alcohol abuse. Yet, new data indicates that senior drug abuse is actually a growing epidemic. According to the Prevention Tactics report, 12 to 15% of seniors who seek medical attention show signs…

Over the past couple of years I have been feeling under the weather.  It didn’t come on all at once but little by little over the course of a couple of years.  I started complaining that my head felt foggy, my joints became stiff and achy, fluttering heart, I was tired all the time.  This winter my latest complaint was that I was sicker than usual.  Normally, I would average one cold in the winter and one in the summer.  This winter though it seemed like I had one cold after the other.  I knew all these signs and symptoms were not normal for me, something had to be wrong!  All the possibilities of what it could be wrong with me kept…

By Dian Brannen, 1:26 pm on May 13, 2014

I was racking my brain trying to decide what to blog about this week.  Vitamin D deficiency? Maybe.  Cholesterol and egg yolks? Not today.  Stress and aging? No.  None of my ideas were screaming write about me, write about me!  So, having sat in front of the computer for 20 minutes with nothing…

This post is probably a year and a half overdue!  But we just launched our new website and so what better time to begin blogging?  I figured we’d start with a picture of our office, and introduce you to myself (Dian) and our client care manager (Rachael)! So here goes!  Our office is located on S. Cedar Crest Blvd. in Allentown.  We provide home care assistance in the Lehigh Valley area, serving towns such as Allentown, Bethlehem, Whitehall, Macungie, Emaus, Easton, Nazareth, Saucon Valley and pretty much everywhere in between! As I mentioned, my name is Dian Brannen – I am the Owner and Director of Operations for Home Care Assistance Lehigh Valley, and also a mom of 5 (yes, I said 5…