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This is a destination to learn more about life at Country Meadows, tips and advice for seniors and their families, caregiving support and ideas to keep senior minds and bodies active. Our new category “Through My Own Lens,” is written by a Country Meadows resident and provides a first-hand look into what it is like to live at one of our retirement communities.

Caregiving tips for families whose loved ones have dementia from our assisted living facility experts

November 5, 2019

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November is not only the month of giving thanks and enjoying the last of fall foliage, but it’s also Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. This month, the Country Meadows assisted living team wanted to celebrate the people who selflessly give to those closest to them. More than 40 million Americans act … Continue reading “Caregiving tips for families whose loved ones have dementia from our assisted living facility experts”

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7 ways photos can stimulate memories for loved ones with dementia in assisted living facilities

October 22, 2019

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As we grow older, it is normal to experience some degree of memory loss. People naturally begin to endure a decline in brain activity after the age of 50, leading to common memory issues like the name of an acquaintance, where we left our car keys or the date or location of an important appointment. … Continue reading “7 ways photos can stimulate memories for loved ones with dementia in assisted living facilities”

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Hope for seniors with incontinence, on their own or in personal care homes

October 9, 2019

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Incontinence is a topic of embarrassment for many seniors who experience it. And that’s an awful lot of people. Between a quarter and a third of adults in the United States are challenged by incontinence. But the problem is generally controllable once adults acknowledge the issue and seek professional assistance. With medical help, and sometimes … Continue reading “Hope for seniors with incontinence, on their own or in personal care homes”

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New Dynamic Living program encourages active senior living at Country Meadows

October 1, 2019

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Active Aging Week, Oct. 1-7, was initiated by the International Council on Active Aging to promote and celebrate the positivity of aging today. It also challenges society’s diminished expectations of aging by showing that older adults can live full, rewarding lives regardless of age or health. Kim Eichinger has the new title of Executive Director … Continue reading “New Dynamic Living program encourages active senior living at Country Meadows”

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The increasing prevalence of adult-onset asthma and the related symptoms

September 26, 2019

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The changing seasons bring bright fall foliage, happy holiday celebrations and time with loved ones. As the temperatures dip, however, a myriad of health concerns can arise in older adults that must be properly managed even in an active retirement community. One ailment that’s particularly worrisome for older adults in Pennsylvania retirement communities and elsewhere … Continue reading “The increasing prevalence of adult-onset asthma and the related symptoms”

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Country Meadows observes National Assisted Living Week, Sept. 8-14

September 10, 2019

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Meredith Mills is COO and Senior Vice President of Country Meadows Retirement Communities, a role she was promoted to in mid-2018. Previously, she held the positions of VP of Strategic Planning, Executive Director of our Lancaster campus, Regional Marketing Manager and Marketing Director at our Hershey campus. Prior to her arrival at Country Meadows, she … Continue reading “Country Meadows observes National Assisted Living Week, Sept. 8-14”

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Grandparents Day—senior living homes want you to come and make memories

September 5, 2019

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Sept. 8th is National Grandparents Day, and it’s a great time to thank and pay tribute to these senior family members for all they have done. While we shouldn’t need a special day to do this, sometimes it’s helpful to be reminded to show our appreciation or to say, “We love you.” Grandparents Day was … Continue reading “Grandparents Day—senior living homes want you to come and make memories”

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10 relaxation techniques for more stress-free independent living

August 30, 2019

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We all can take steps to reduce stress in our lives, but doing so takes time and effort. At any age, and no matter how busy our schedule, we can assume some control over our stress levels by learning ways to relax. Doing so in retirement allows us to better enjoy our independent living lifestyle. … Continue reading “10 relaxation techniques for more stress-free independent living”

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At Country Meadows, we say “yes!” to active senior living

August 27, 2019

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Mary Ann Bertucio is Country Meadows’ Executive Director of Community Life. She has worked at Country Meadows for almost 10 years, initially in human resources (HR) and for the last few years in community life. Before coming here, she recruited professionals for positions in long-term care and therapy services. However, she began her career in … Continue reading “At Country Meadows, we say “yes!” to active senior living”

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Writing offers creativity and therapy for adults during retirement living

August 8, 2019

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While few of us will ever be published authors, most of us can be writers. In fact, many seniors enjoy expressing themselves with words on paper even if they rarely did prior to retirement. What motivates some people to become writers during retirement living? And how does the practice of writing benefit them—and even others … Continue reading “Writing offers creativity and therapy for adults during retirement living”

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Hiring individuals who are like family at each Country Meadows retirement community

July 25, 2019

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Tracy Newcomer, our Vice President of Human Resources, joined Country Meadows Retirement Communities in 2008. Beforehand, she worked for 20 years at UPS in several roles, covering workforce planning, employee relations management as well as health and safety management. She has a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in personnel management and … Continue reading “Hiring individuals who are like family at each Country Meadows retirement community”

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Four-legged friends offer companionship to senior independent living residents

July 18, 2019

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Retirement communities in Pennsylvania vary in their policies regarding pets, but here at Country Meadows we believe that animals provide a significant contribution to emotional therapy and welcome them. We feel that the benefits of keeping animals as companions on our senior independent living campuses in all levels of care are worth the extra costs. … Continue reading “Four-legged friends offer companionship to senior independent living residents”

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Safety on the road makes for healthier, happier senior independent living

July 12, 2019

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People who retain their vision, hearing and physical reflexes are driving today at ages beyond those of previous generations. But no matter how long you have been driving, you’re never too old to heed advice for safe driving. Follow these tips for safe driving (with input from the Mayo Clinic and HelpGuide.org): Stay physically active … Continue reading “Safety on the road makes for healthier, happier senior independent living”

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How personal care services support seniors with activities of daily living

June 27, 2019

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Adults perform six primary activities of daily living, generally without assistance. If at some point they can no longer do them on their own, personal care services at a retirement community can make their lives, and their families’ lives, easier. What are the activities of daily living? The activities of daily living (ADLs) are officially … Continue reading “How personal care services support seniors with activities of daily living”

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Memory care services give purpose and meaning to seniors with dementia

June 21, 2019

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Joel Kroft, Executive Director of Memory Support Services, is celebrating 15 years of service with Country Meadows, 11 of them in his current position after previously serving as a trainer for memory care staff at our campuses. After college and graduate school, where he studied developmental psychology and adult development and aging, he cared for … Continue reading “Memory care services give purpose and meaning to seniors with dementia”

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Discover summer’s bounty of local produce at our retirement home communities

June 12, 2019

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Summertime is quite possibly the favorite season for nutritious, flavorful eating. While the best retirement communities serve tasty and healthful meals all year long, we look forward to the midyear months when we can offer our residents fresh local fruits and vegetables. Just in time for this summer, we have revised the menus and introduced … Continue reading “Discover summer’s bounty of local produce at our retirement home communities”

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Nurses in personal care and assisted living homes care for the whole person

June 5, 2019

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Lisa Torchia has been VP of Clinical and Support Services at Country Meadows Retirement Communities since 2017. Her 30-year nursing career includes senior leadership roles at four hospitals, most recently 11 years at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill. With RN and MSN degrees, she has clinical experience in critical, intensive and coronary care. Why … Continue reading “Nurses in personal care and assisted living homes care for the whole person”

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Jalopy, saddle shoes and other words from our youth are now just memories

May 28, 2019

Judy Wolfman / Resident Author

Why is it that when I meet someone, and learn her name, within a few minutes I’ve forgotten it and have to ask her to please repeat it. And what’s worse, I don’t recall it the next time I see her! But names aren’t the only thing I keep forgetting—words I want to use while … Continue reading “Jalopy, saddle shoes and other words from our youth are now just memories”

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10 tips for dementia care while traveling with a loved one

May 23, 2019

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With the senior population growing each year, more and more older Americans are embarking on travel adventures with their families. Recognizing this trend, hotels and airports have begun to rethink and modify services to meet this age group’s changing mobility needs. While that’s great news for senior travelers, families of those with dementia need to … Continue reading “10 tips for dementia care while traveling with a loved one”

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George Carlin hit the nail on the head; advice to stay young

May 15, 2019

Judy Wolfman / Resident Author

Do you remember George Carlin? He was quite a humorist who spoke on many subjects, including aging. The one I liked best was his thoughts on how to stay young. (This is my edited version.) First he suggests we throw out all of the nonessential numbers, like age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry … Continue reading “George Carlin hit the nail on the head; advice to stay young”

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