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Active senior living communities buzz with holiday excitement and anticipation

December 11, 2017

Whether we’re normally a pollyanna or a scrooge, and regardless of our age, the holidays really can bring out the child in all of us. Beginning around Thanksgiving, we see it in the cheerful faces of our residents, even those who are experiencing challenges in daily living. Everyone’s in the holiday spirit at Country Meadows […]

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November is Family Caregivers Month—our new guide helps caregivers with care for themselves too

November 30, 2017

More than 40 million Americans provide unpaid care for family members or friends age 65 and over. This can be difficult for anyone, but especially so for those who also work full time. The dual responsibilities often conflict, causing employed caregivers to miss an average of seven hours of work weekly. According to a 2017 […]

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Encourage multigenerational interaction at your family Thanksgiving gathering

November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving is Americans’ second-favorite holiday, following Christmas, according to a national Harris Poll of a cross section of adults in 2015. Travel statistics back that up, with Thanksgiving also coming in as the second most popular holiday for both air and land travel. The industry trade group Airlines for America predicts that a record 28.5 […]

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Veterans Day: Honoring seniors living in Pennsylvania and Maryland who served our country

November 7, 2017

More than 800,000 Pennsylvanians and 400,000 Marylanders are military veterans, and over half are age 65 and older. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs lists many of them as serving in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War or the Persian Gulf War. With countless senior veterans now living in retirement homes, it’s […]

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Dental care is a vital part of assisted living and personal care services

November 1, 2017

With Halloween just behind us and all the holiday sweets just ahead of us, now is the perfect time to discuss oral health in seniors. Oral health can change during the senior years, so with teeth, gums and other areas of the mouth at greater risk of complications, routine dental care remains as important as […]

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Maintain a sense of balance, whether at home or at a retirement community

October 26, 2017

One in seven adults regularly experiences imbalance or dizziness, which becomes more common with increased age. Good balance is necessary for good health, because it prevents us from injuries we could suffer if we fall. Following prevention strategies and seeking medical help when needed can help balance-challenged seniors stay safe, walk on their own and […]

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Seniors can breathe easier with supportive, trained staff at senior communities

October 10, 2017

About one in seven older U.S. Americans has a lung disorder such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Breathing difficulties can make everyday physical activities, such as walking up a flight of stairs, difficult for some seniors. Pulmonary challenges can arise from changes in lung tissue, the nervous […]

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Senior living communities help manage fatigue and improve quality of life

September 28, 2017

Though we may tire more easily as we get older, chronic fatigue in older persons shouldn’t be accepted as a normal part of aging. Most people over 65—many of them in their 80s or even 90s—are living active, fulfilling lives in retirement. A Columbia University study of fatigue in seniors, average age 74, showed: Fatigue […]

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10 tasty snacks to promote health and improve senior living

September 19, 2017

Many seniors, particularly those who live alone, don’t eat enough or as healthily as they once did for a number of reasons. Medications could affect their appetite. Their teeth might have difficulty chewing some foods. A chronic medical condition could limit their diet. While changes in our eating habits and appetite are to be expected […]

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Create a memorable Grandparents Day—How to interview grandparents about their lives

September 8, 2017

Grandparents Day was declared a national celebration in 1978 by then President Jimmy Carter with the intent to “…to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.” What a better way to honor them […]

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Assisted living or personal care? What’s the difference in Pennsylvania?

August 24, 2017

Assisted living residences and personal care homes offer seniors many of the same services as independent living communities, but with the addition of assistance with daily needs. These long-term care options provide senior community residents with personalized support for daily activities such as dressing; bathing; dental, skin and nail care; shaving; laundry; housekeeping and medication […]

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Simplify during senior living: downsize, organize, personalize and enjoy

August 18, 2017

Just as college freshmen pack for their new adventure, deciding what to take and how to personalize their new living space, many retirees are doing the same. And like those students, older adults moving to a retirement community may feel a similar mix of excitement and uncertainty. Downsizing and relocating can cause anxiety for even […]

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Sharing our senior living recipe for enjoyable dining

July 26, 2017

Even though seniors’ nutritional needs and appetites may change as they get older, what doesn’t change is their desire for great-tasting food. Recognizing this, the best retirement communities prepare and serve meals that surpass expectations of taste, while prioritizing residents’ dietary needs as well. In the culinary spirit, then, here is the perfect recipe for […]

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Five ways to prevent loneliness in loved ones during senior living years

July 18, 2017

Many American retirees today lead busy, socially active lives, more so than those of any previous generation. But that’s not the case for millions of American seniors. The Pew Research Center has reported that one in six Americans over 65 described their lives as lonely. Though both men and women are affected by loneliness, statistics […]

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Summer day trips are close to home for residents of Country Meadows Retirement Communities

July 6, 2017

From Pittsburgh, PA to Frederick, MD to Easton, PA, our Pennsylvania and Maryland retirement homes are located within an easy drive of historical, cultural and entertainment destinations. The close proximity of these sights is a bonus for residents of our senior communities and their out-of-town families and friends who are visiting them at Country Meadows. […]

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Reading with kids can help them understand grandparents receiving dementia care

June 28, 2017

With summer vacation season in full swing, many families will include trips to visit grandparents in their vacation plans. Whether grandparents live in their own home or at a senior living community, it’s an opportunity to spend family time with grandchildren from out of town. Sometimes, children who see grandparents infrequently observe changes that are […]

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Healthy seniors can enjoy traveling if they follow safety guidelines

June 21, 2017

Seniors are among the fastest-growing segments of the tourism industry, according to Hotel & Restaurant Insider, due to more and more retirees each year and their overall better health. Travel can benefit seniors socially, physically and intellectually, so those in good health should continue to visit favorite sites or pursue new experiences. While doing so, […]

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Give your senior dad the best Father’s Day gift ever. (It’s what he really wants!)

June 13, 2017

If you have a father in his senior years, you might have had an occasional conversation with him that goes something like this: You: “So, Dad, is there anything special you would like for Father’s Day?” Dad: “Oh, I don’t need anything. I have everything I need.” You: “Come on, Dad, there must be something […]

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Get our new guide to navigate the maze of senior living options

May 31, 2017

Retirement living offers a wide range of lifestyles and care options to seniors and families today. But understanding their differences and determining which is most suitable can be overwhelming. Families may feel like they’re in a maze with no end in sight. For some older persons, aging in place (in their own home) might be […]

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Container gardening during senior living helps people grow

May 17, 2017

Gardening in containers has been growing in popularity in the United States. That may be, in part, due to the growing number of seniors who want to continue gardening of some kind for as long as they can. Planting flowers, ornamental plants, vegetables, herbs and even shrubs and trees in containers can be the perfect […]

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