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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.

Keeping resident’s Parkinson’s Disease at bay

Patricia (Patti) Lightner never thought she would be living in a retirement community before the age of 60. Now she sees life at Ecumenical Retirement Community, Country Meadows’ non-profit sister community in Harrisburg, Pa., as a blessing, and is grateful for the support she receives and friends she had made, saying, “People are so supportive … Continue reading “Keeping resident’s Parkinson’s Disease at bay”

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Pets make great Valentines in senior living communities

For many of us, our pets will be our Valentine on February 14. Last year Americans spent more than $751 billion on their furry valentines. For seniors, animals can provide a special connection to help alleviate loneliness on this special day as many recall a lost spouse or loved one. Kathryn Swartz and her cat, … Continue reading “Pets make great Valentines in senior living communities”

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Residents battle local child hunger

“Friday afternoon until Monday morning is a long time not to eat.” Elementary School Counselor Suzanne Howe says this is true for many children in the Northeastern York School District. When seniors from Country Meadows of Leader Heights in south York learned about hungry children living locally, they took action. Determined to be part of … Continue reading “Residents battle local child hunger”

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Practicing kindness to remember a Leader

Throughout her life, Mary Jane Leader was a daily example of kindness to others and she inspired all who knew her to do the same for family and community members. She, along with Gov. George Leader, founded Country Meadows Retirement Communities and Ecumenical Retirement Community upon treating people with kindness. In her honor, the Leader … Continue reading “Practicing kindness to remember a Leader”

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Celebrating the life of the Leader family matriarch

Mary Jane Leader, wife of the late Pennsylvania Governor George M. Leader, passed away on March 15, 2011. Mrs. Leader and her husband founded Country Meadows Retirement Communities. She was 92. Mrs. Leader was born in Williamsport, Pa., but as a child her family moved to York, Pa. It was there that she met her … Continue reading “Celebrating the life of the Leader family matriarch”

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Celebrating an exceptional life

Country Meadows President & CEO Michael Leader reflects on his father’s achievements and goals at Gov. Leader’s 2013 funeral in Hershey, Pa. By Michael Leader During his 95 years, my father, George M. Leader—founder of Country Meadows, Providence Place and Ecumenical Retirement Community—wore many different hats: Naval officer, poultry farmer, State Senator, Governor of Pennsylvania, … Continue reading “Celebrating an exceptional life”

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Top 10 list of things I learned from my dad

David Leader recalls life lessons from his father, former Pennsylvania Governor George M. Leader By David Leader Gov. Leader’s youngest child, David Leader, president & CEO of Providence Place Retirement Communities, shared a list of 10 things he learned from his father. He read the list in 2013 at Gov. Leader’s funeral in Hershey, Pa. … Continue reading “Top 10 list of things I learned from my dad”

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Downward dog, upward goat

Set amongst fields of lavender at Mad Lavender Farm in Milford, NJ, hummingbirds feast on wild flowers, roosters greet the morning, and farm guests gather to find inner peace, breathe deeply and mingle with Dwarf Nigerian goats. Seniors from Country Meadows of Forks in Easton, joined the class to enjoy a relaxed morning participating in … Continue reading “Downward dog, upward goat”

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Electronic bowling trims generation gap

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, … Continue reading “Electronic bowling trims generation gap”

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Veterans tribute unites old friends

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. … Continue reading “Veterans tribute unites old friends”

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