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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.

How to talk to children about the Coronavirus pandemic: A guest blog by Executive Director of Spiritual Life at Country Meadows, Rev. Howard West

March 25, 2020

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America is in the midst of a pervasive disruption of life as the country battles an unprecedented health crisis, the likes of which few of us have ever seen before. COVID-19, or coronavirus as it’s commonly called, has become a global pandemic and Americans are bracing for the trauma a health crisis of this scale … Continue reading “How to talk to children about the Coronavirus pandemic: A guest blog by Executive Director of Spiritual Life at Country Meadows, Rev. Howard West”

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A Flavor of Home

March 12, 2020

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People use many words when describing what makes a place feel like “home.” Many cite home-cooked meals and delicious desserts as a big reason! Mealtime is at the heart of good company, good conversation and good food. At Country Meadows, we couldn’t agree more! We include resident input and regional favorites in our dining program. … Continue reading “A Flavor of Home”

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What are Advance Directives and Health Care POAs?

March 2, 2020

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Medical emergencies can happen to anyone. From paying unexpected costs to making quick decisions, they can also bring a mountain of stress. For seniors and their loved ones, life-threatening emergencies can bring challenges that go beyond medical bills. To bring peace of mind to you and your family, you want to be sure you know … Continue reading “What are Advance Directives and Health Care POAs?”

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Fulfilling Country Meadows’ promise of Home Sweet Home

February 28, 2020

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Our promise of Home Sweet Home begins long before a resident moves to Country Meadows. In a blog earlier this month we spoke about how important it is, not only to our residents but also to our co-workers. Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Tom Baker, has been with our company for 17 years and … Continue reading “Fulfilling Country Meadows’ promise of Home Sweet Home”

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To move or not to move? The cost of senior living communities

February 21, 2020

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In a recent blog post, we looked at factors involved in deciding to move to a senior living community, namely health, home maintenance, transportation, meals and social life. Now, we’ll address another major consideration for seniors and their families—finances. Understandably, many families are concerned about the cost of senior living communities. Some can’t imagine they … Continue reading “To move or not to move? The cost of senior living communities”

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To move or not to move to a retirement home community?

February 13, 2020

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As a retirement home community, one of our main responsibilities is to work with families contemplating this choice and to help guide them to the decision that is best for them. We help families consider their options to make their best decision We know some seniors aren’t ready to move to a retirement home community. … Continue reading “To move or not to move to a retirement home community?”

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We offer a “Home Sweet Home Promise” at all of our retirement communities

February 8, 2020

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What do you visualize when you think of “home”? Take a few seconds—maybe close your eyes. Perhaps several images come to mind. Your idea of home may be a bit different from someone else’s, though we anticipate similarities as well. After countless conversations with residents over nearly four decades of senior living experience, we at … Continue reading “We offer a “Home Sweet Home Promise” at all of our retirement communities”

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Gov. Leader’s legacy is key to Country Meadows’ ongoing commitment to senior care services

January 30, 2020

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This month we celebrate the birth of Country Meadows Retirement Communities Founder George M. Leader. He and his wife Mary Jane began their work in senior care services in 1962 and established Country Meadows in 1983. George M. Leader was also Governor of Pennsylvania from 1955 to 1959. He is credited with creating the state’s … Continue reading “Gov. Leader’s legacy is key to Country Meadows’ ongoing commitment to senior care services”

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The solution to senior cabin fever? Retirement community activities

January 28, 2020

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Wintertime can be difficult for seniors, especially if they are no longer comfortable driving in snow and ice. But wintry weather doesn’t interfere with the activities of seniors at retirement communities, where schedules remain full all year long. Older adults can begin to feel trapped inside during the winter, often venturing out only for trips … Continue reading “The solution to senior cabin fever? Retirement community activities”

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Enhancing independent senior living with spiritual life services: An Interview with Rev. Howard West

January 22, 2020

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Spirituality is defined and practiced differently from generation to generation. As a group, the baby boomer generation is one of the most significant segments of the population and growing. As this group grows older, so do the ongoing problems like depression, grief and loneliness. As we age, a spiritual connection may become stronger. It’s a … Continue reading “Enhancing independent senior living with spiritual life services: An Interview with Rev. Howard West”

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Senior living residents share their fondest memories of wintertime

December 24, 2019

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The holiday season is in full swing and our residents are enjoying the season. Each year, residents and co-workers come together to decorate our campuses throughout our retirement living and assisted living communities, for the excitement and enjoyment of all.   Recently, we sat down with a number of our residents across our various Country … Continue reading “Senior living residents share their fondest memories of wintertime”

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The joy of conversation and socialization and their importance for seniors

December 12, 2019

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Mom and Dad haven’t been the same for some time. As their kids grew older and moved hours away, and they sold their family business, many of the joys of conversation and socialization were lost. They now watch hours upon hours of television—Mom occasionally works on some of her favorite pastimes, like crafting and sewing. … Continue reading “The joy of conversation and socialization and their importance for seniors”

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Validation—the key to compassion and communication in memory care

November 20, 2019

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Steve Klotz, Executive Director of Validation Education, joined Country Meadows in 1995. He was looking for a career change when a friend told him Country Meadows in York had an opening for a chaplain. He wasn’t sure he was the right fit, but he took a chance and soon fell in love with the residents. … Continue reading “Validation—the key to compassion and communication in memory care”

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For American Diabetes Month, learn about potential warning signs and treatment for seniors with type 2 diabetes

November 19, 2019

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It’s inevitable—as we get older, our health begins to change. We often spend our lives focused on caring for those around us, but it’s equally important to care for ourselves, too. Luckily, older Americans are remaining more active and fit longer, engaging in a wider variety of exercises than generations before them. Increased activity and … Continue reading “For American Diabetes Month, learn about potential warning signs and treatment for seniors with type 2 diabetes”

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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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