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Senior living communities help manage fatigue and improve quality of life

September 28, 2017

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

September 8, 2017

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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

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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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There are more retirement homes in Lancaster, PA than ever. But finding affordable senior housing can be a challenge.

June 8, 2015

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The population in Lancaster, PA, has been growing steadily for years. It’s also no surprise that the Central PA community is one of the most popular places to retire in Pennsylvania. According to the Lancaster County Planning Commission, the population of Lancaster County is expected to grow by 25 percent by the year 2040. Many …

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Looking for a nursing home for mom? Here are five things to consider.

May 10, 2015

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This week marks the beginning of the American Health Care Association’s National Nursing Home Week. So, in the spirit of celebrating the nursing home, we bring you a list of important things to consider when researching a nursing home for your loved one: Is the nursing home conveniently located? Chances are you will want to …

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What are Assisted Living Facilities? Not Personal Care, in Pennsylvania.

March 27, 2015

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The differences between assisted living housing and personal care housing are some of the things that our senior care team outlines with prospective residents and their families all the time. Up until 2011, the terms were interchangeable, but the licensing regulations in Pennsylvania have changed, causing a need for clarification between the two types of …

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Considering retirement homes? When is the right time to move?

December 23, 2014

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We’ve talked before about the trend today for seniors to age in place. But sometimes needs change and the time comes to begin to look at retirement homes or assisted living or personal care facilities. A conversation with your loved one’s doctor may be the catalyst that brings about the decision to begin searching, but …

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Mom and Dad are considering a retirement village. What should they look for?

December 15, 2014

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Your parents just told you that they’re considering moving to a retirement village. What does this mean? The truth is, it can mean a lot of different things, depending on the facility that they are choosing. Typically, when seniors talk about moving to a retirement village, they are talking about a Continuing Care Retirement Community, …

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What is the difference between a nursing home and a retirement community?

November 21, 2014

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“What is the difference between a nursing home and a retirement community” is one of the questions our retirement living specialists are most frequently asked. The truth is, while many people use “Nursing Home” and “Retirement Community” interchangeably, there are some big differences between the kinds of services residents receive in both places. Retirement communities …

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