Category Archives: Health

Veterans Benefits Program


Are you a Veteran wanting to learn more about your available Veteran Benefits?

Are you a surviving spouse of a Veteran?

If so, The Atrium, a Choice Community, invites you to attend a program regarding Veterans and Survivors Pension benefits and a Senior Care Workshop 101 program on:   

Monday, December 3, 2018 at 7 p.m.

 Key presenters at the program include Kimberly Dunn, President of Veterans Resources Solutions, and Eileen Graham, President of EG Associates Group. This program will outline all aspects of the Veterans Pension benefit to include eligibility, countable income and medical expense qualifications. In addition, our presenters will share some proactive planning tips, defining the differences between various levels of senior care and payment options available. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about helpful services at The Atrium and tour the community.

With limited seating, we ask that attendees RSVP by calling 814-535-5349, or email Traci Leitenberger, Personal Care Home Administrator,  at

We hope to see you there!

The Atrium, A Choice Community, Veterans Benefits Program

Senior Resource Fair


We are excited to announce we will be hosting a Senior Resource Fair and Open House on Thursday, October 11th, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Visit with multiple organizations who will provide information related to services for seniors. This event is FREE and open to the public. Register for the various Door Prizes and enjoy our light refreshments. We hope to see you there!

The Atrium, A Choice Community, Johnstown PA, Senior Resource Fair

Weighing Pain Management Options

Pain Management


Weighing your Pain Management Options

Whether from injury, disease, or medical procedure, everyone has experienced pain to a varying degree. How did you deal with the pain?  Did you see your family doctor and get a prescription?  Did you take an over the counter pain reliever or a medicinal rub?  Did you use a hot pack or an ice pack?  Did you go see a physical therapist or a chiropractor?

Our country is in the middle of an opioid epidemic, and just as medical treatment has evolved, so has our understanding of how pain works. With continual improvements in pain management techniques and technologies, it is important to have an understanding of the different treatment options available when recovering from an injury or surgical procedure.

We hope to provide with you some simple tips on becoming a smart consumer when it comes to pain, along with alternative or complimentary pain management methods to opioid medications. These tips focus on pain management in relation to surgery, but can be applied in other scenarios as well.


An important first step you can take is to educate yourself.  It is recommended that you first find a physician who you feel comfortable talking to, especially if you are considering surgery, so you know what to expect. To educate yourself on pain management, here are some topics to cover with your doctor:

Understanding pain management options

– Before deciding on surgery, consider discussing other alternative methods for treatment (i.e.: injections, therapy, or chiropractic care).

– What are the options for pain control methods that can be used before, during, and after an operation?

-If you are prescribed a prescription pain medication ask your doctor or surgeon for an over the counter alternative if your pain isn’t severe enough to warrant use of the prescription pain medicine.

-If you are anxious about an upcoming procedure, or have been anxious post procedure before, consider talking to your doctor about options to help your anxiety.  Anxiety can make you tense which can lead to an increase in pain.    

– Get a second or third opinion if you aren’t happy or comfortable with the plan your doctor is suggesting. 

These are just some tips to consider when looking into pain management options. As always, it is best to speak with a health professional to determine your next course of action.

Stay tuned for the conclusion of our pain blog and find out what distraction and relaxation techniques you can use to help manage your pain.

This article was written by Heather Mack, PT, DTP, PCS, Clinical Manager at The Atrium. If you have any questions related to this article or would like to learn about the therapy and wellness programs offered at the Atrium, please call 814-535-5347 extension 4421.


Healthy Eating – Wellness Wednesday Recap


Healthy Eating for Healthy Aging 

Today marked our second Wellness Wednesday at The Atrium, focused on Healthy Eating for Healthy Aging. Eating well leads to a healthier lifestyle and comes with a number of benefits including: ensuring nutrient intake, weight loss or weight maintenance, decrease in the risk of developing chronic diseases, and meeting individual calorie needs to maintain energy levels.

On-site Wellness Coordinator and Physical Therapist Heather Mack provided some simple tips to make healthy eating easier, which can be found in our resource section below.

For many consumers, one quick takeaway to consider is making gradual changes in your diet such as incorporating more water and vegetables, while decreasing sugar and sodium intake. As always, before making major changes to your diet, it is best to consult with your physician or a nutritionist who can help assess your specific nutritional needs.

We hope you can join us on April 25th for our next Wellness Wednesday session; stay tuned for our upcoming focus topic!



Healthy Eating Tips
61 Names for Sugar
WebMD Portion-Size Guide 


March Wellness Wednesday


Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month?

This month’s Wellness Wednesday at The Atrium will focus on “Healthy Eating for Healthy Aging”. Our On-site Wellness Coordinator and Physical Therapist, Heather Mack, will provide some Healthy Eating tips to help us all be healthy as we age.

In addition, you will also have the opportunity to receive a free blood pressure screening. 

This event is free and open to the community. Refreshments will be served. 

The Atrium is conveniently located in Johnstown on 216 Main Street. We hope to see you there!

The Atrium, Johnstown, Wellness Wednesday