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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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Financial recordkeeping (done right) can simplify senior living

April 10, 2019

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Ben Franklin knew a bit about organization and time management—at least, his words suggest as much. He said, “a place for everything and everything in its place.” He also said, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” We think both are good advice. Many seniors could benefit from heeding these wise words … Continue reading “Financial recordkeeping (done right) can simplify senior living”

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What motivates seniors to begin choosing a retirement community?

September 5, 2018

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Personal decisions such as moving to a retirement community depend on many factors, varying from person to person and family to family. Still, we see several common situations that spark such a move. So, what are the main factors that prompt older persons and their families to start choosing a retirement community? Health changes A … Continue reading “What motivates seniors to begin choosing a retirement community?”

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What to expect when you move to a retirement community

July 24, 2018

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After seniors, along with their families, have completed the process of choosing a retirement community, they will need support to make the transition as smooth and stress-free as possible. For while the selection of a community may provide relief, the move and adjustment to a new lifestyle can be challenging for some seniors. But like … Continue reading “What to expect when you move to a retirement community”

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A relaxing retirement requires lifestyle planning, decision-making

June 1, 2018

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What could be easier than retirement? You stop working and wake up every day free to do what you want, when you want and with whomever you choose. It sounds like paradise. But actually, a fulfilling retirement doesn’t just happen. It requires strategy and planning—and not just financial, though we certainly hope that’s a vital … Continue reading “A relaxing retirement requires lifestyle planning, decision-making”

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Choosing a retirement community? If so, ask the right questions

February 23, 2018

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Moving to a retirement community is a major life decision, with many lifestyle and financial implications. So, prospective residents should ask communities a lot of questions before deciding on the one that’s right for them. Just as people are different, with individual needs, likes and dislikes, so are retirement communities, offering a range of services … Continue reading “Choosing a retirement community? If so, ask the right questions”

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What should you look for in a retirement community?

January 30, 2018

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If you have decided that retirement community living could meet your needs or those of a loved one, you have several options to consider. You may even feel a bit overwhelmed by your choices and concerned about making the right one. Seeking recommendations from friends or relatives is fine, but your priorities may be different … Continue reading “What should you look for in a retirement community?”

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Seniors downsize and wonder, “What do we do with all this stuff?”

January 4, 2018

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The headline of a New York Times article in August 2017 summarized the dilemma perfectly: “Aging parents with lots of stuff, and children who don’t want it.” As older parents retire and choose to downsize by moving into a smaller home, a senior apartment or a retirement community, they may discover that they and younger … Continue reading “Seniors downsize and wonder, “What do we do with all this stuff?””

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

August 18, 2017

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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 … Continue reading “Simplify during senior living: downsize, organize, personalize and enjoy”

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

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Boomers: today’s senior communities want you and they’re changing to fit your needs.

May 25, 2015

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If you’re a member of the Baby Boom generation, it probably won’t surprise you to know that the senior communities are readying themselves for you at a near frenetic pace. Just as boomers played a critical role in the counterculture, civil rights movement and feminism…they are having a drastic effect on the future of retirement … Continue reading “Boomers: today’s senior communities want you and they’re changing to fit your needs.”

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What are the top cities for senior living in PA?

April 15, 2015

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According to the U.S. Census, Pennsylvania has one of the highest concentrations of seniors in the country, with just over 16 percent of its population over 65 and a median age of 40.4. With so many reasons to retire here, it’s no wonder that Pennsylvania is a favorite for senior living. Pennsylvania’s tax structure is … Continue reading “What are the top cities for senior living in PA?”

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Retirement in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton: PA towns gaining in popularity among seniors.

March 11, 2015

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Retirement in Allentown, along with Bethlehem and Easton, which make up the region known as the Lehigh Valley, is gaining in popularity among seniors in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Lehigh Valley’s proximity to Philadelphia (just 60 miles north) and New York City (just 90 miles west) makes it a central location with plenty of … Continue reading “Retirement in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton: PA towns gaining in popularity among seniors.”

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Medicare Tips for Seniors: Where to Start.

February 25, 2015

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If you’re reading this, you’re probably about to become eligible for Medicare. Congratulations! You may have heard stories about how challenging it can be to enroll, how complicated the system is and how there are gaps in coverage. But, enrolling in Medicare does not have to be difficult or intimidating. With enough time to educate … Continue reading “Medicare Tips for Seniors: Where to Start.”

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Moving to a Retirement Home: A Checklist for a Successful Transition

January 21, 2015

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Moving from a lifelong home to a retirement home is a significant change. For example, our experienced team at Country Meadows of Allentown has helped many families over the years make successful transitions to their new homes. To assist your family, they’ve shared these helpful tips to make moving to a retirement home a positive … Continue reading “Moving to a Retirement Home: A Checklist for a Successful Transition”

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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, … Continue reading “Mom and Dad are considering a retirement village. What should they look for?”

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Why should you plan ahead for a retirement home?

December 1, 2014

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These days, it seems like everyone is talking about the concept of “aging in place.” The baby boom generation is approaching the age at which they will likely require retirement home or senior living services, but this generation wants to remain at home as long as possible. Aging in place can have different meanings to … Continue reading “Why should you plan ahead for a retirement home?”

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