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Story Bank

Retirement homes are mistaken as places to grow old. These stories prove age is nothing but a number. As we age, we gain valuable life advice to share, have time to volunteer and find new adventures to enrich our experiences. Sit back, relax and read a senior resident’s story or two. And be sure to check back often as our residents have a lot to share.

Electronic bowling trims generation gap

July 15, 2017

As you round a corner at country Meadows of York, you hear happy banter and laughter. An animated bowling lane fills the large television screen as the opponents, Jim Diehl, 86, and Joe Gerzewski, 21, stand before it. With their Nintendo WiiTM video game controllers in hand, they cheer each other on, giving high fives, […]

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Veterans tribute unites old friends

July 15, 2017

It is a small world, after all. And Forks in Easton campus residents Dorothy Eck and her late husband, Paul, recently were reminded of that fact. The charming couple moved into the brand new Country Meadows of Forks in Easton when it opened last July. For Dorothy Eck, this move was a long time coming. […]

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Resident helps medical students understand challenges that come with aging

July 15, 2017

Most of us agree that one of the most important traits a good physician needs is a kind bedside manner. But how does one teach understanding and empathy? Recently 103-year-old Hershey resident Alma Bobb took on the role of “teacher” as she shared her first-hand knowledge of aging with medical students at Penn State College […]

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Fine Art Miracle program reaches residents with dementia in new ways

July 15, 2017

The “mother tone” in the resident’s voice stops co-worker Maureen Sirianni cold in her tracks. The woman, who does not speak due to advanced dementia, is having a loving discussion with three stuffed bears. As she listens, Sirianni, Connections memory support manager at Country Meadows of South Hills near Pittsburgh, realizes the resident is talking […]

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Residents don costumes from eras past to raise money for Alzheimer’s research

July 15, 2017

A group of residents at Country Meadows of Hershey can add “calendar model” to their list of accomplishments. To raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association, co-workers came up with the idea to create a calendar featuring residents sporting attire from different eras in time. June highlights residents in gangster and flapper gear from the 1920s […]

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Bloodhounds search for “missing” residents

July 15, 2017

It is a call feared by anyone who cares for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease: that person is missing. Recently that call was made for two “missing” residents during the dinner hour at Country Meadows of York. Thankfully it was just a drill. The residents volunteered to participate in a missing person simulation with […]

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Resident and co-worker bond over writing and poetry

March 29, 2017

Dorothy Jacobs, 93, a former English teacher, loves to write letters and poetry. A resident at Country Meadows of Leader Heights, Jacobs corresponds with friends, family members and former students and colleagues. But health issues have robbed her ability to hold and use a pencil. “I was specifically hired to be her corresponding secretary,” says […]

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Resident takes sky-high leap of faith

October 3, 2016

Most of us celebrate birthdays with presents, parties and cakes. Country Meadows of York resident Allen Ziegler celebrated his 90th birthday by jumping out of a plane. “I thought to myself, ‘why not? What have I got to lose?’ he says. Ziegler was inspired by Country Meadows co-worker Garrett Kistler, 25, director of Independent Living, […]

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Frantic call from son turns out to be a scam, seniors beware

August 2, 2016

Recently Bob Meckley, 89, a resident at Country Meadows of York-South, was in his apartment reading the newspaper when the telephone rang. As he answered, a voice cried out, “Dad, it’s Mike!” And just like that, Meckley was ensnared in a telephone scam. Confused by the unfamiliar voice, Meckley asked which Mike, referring to his […]

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