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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.

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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Resident helps medical students understand challenges that come with aging

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 … Continue reading “Resident helps medical students understand challenges that come with aging”

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Fine Art Miracle program reaches residents with dementia in new ways

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 … Continue reading “Fine Art Miracle program reaches residents with dementia in new ways”

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

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 … Continue reading “Residents don costumes from eras past to raise money for Alzheimer’s research”

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