By Desiree Dunleavy | Shenandoah Heights
For individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, care planning is essential to learning about medical and non-medical treatments, clinical trials, and support services available in their community.
Accessing these services results in a higher quality of life. Endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association and its advocacy arm, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act will provide resources to better help their patients and families living with dementia.
By Kaylee Lindenmuth | firstname.lastname@example.org
It's being touted as Schuylkill County's first new hospital in almost a century -- the Geisinger/St. Luke's combination hospital along Route 61 in West Brunswick Township opened today.
Additionally, the front page of yesterday's Lehighton Times News shows that the Lehigh Valley Health Network has received zoning approval to build a hospital in Mahoning Township between Tamaqua and Lehighton.
As new hospitals are being built elsewhere, the question has been posed numerous times by our readers: why not here? In the early 1970s, northern Schuylkill was home to two of Schuylkill County's then-five hospitals. We had Locust Mountain State Hospital right here in the Greater Shenandoah area in Shenandoah Heights, and Ashland State General Hospital in Fountain Springs. Coaldale had the Miners Memorial Medical Center, while Pottsville had Good Samaritan Medical Center and the Pottsville Hospital and Warne Clinic.
By Candi Haas-Simmons | Pottstown, Montgomery County
Editor's Note: While the writer primarily focuses on the Pottstown School District in Montgomery County, the issues she writes about have local impacts, including in the Shenandoah Valley School District, which now only has one dedicated art teacher and one dedicated music teacher for the district's two schools. In 2010, the district had two high school art teachers, an elementary school art teacher, high school music teacher/band director, an elementary school music teacher, and elementary school band director.
As an art educator and parent in Pottstown School District, I too often find myself fighting to insure that the arts remain a vital part of our schools. Too often seen as less important, the arts are the first things threatened when the funding squeeze renews.