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Laughter—a common sight and sound at the best retirement communities

April 16, 2019

Country Meadows

Does a laugh a day keep the doctor away? While we can’t promise that, we can confidently say that laughter is definitely good for the body, mind and spirit. That’s why it’s often referred to as “the best medicine.” “I love people who make me laugh,” said actress Audrey Hepburn. “I honestly think it’s the … Continue reading “Laughter—a common sight and sound at the best retirement communities”

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Practice kindness and be happy…you’ll like it

April 1, 2019

Judy Wolfman / Resident Author

Every April, Country Meadows observes Practice Random Acts of Kindness month in honor of its co-founder, Mary Jane Leader. As the wife of Governor George Leader, she enjoyed the duties as First Lady while living in the Governor’s Mansion in Harrisburg. Mrs. Leader was known as a kind and caring person, and received many honors … Continue reading “Practice kindness and be happy…you’ll like it”

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Paying attention to unexpected sounds and aromas at Country Meadows

March 14, 2019

Judy Wolfman / Resident Author

In my last blog post I shared observations around my campus focusing on my sense of sight. It got me thinking about my other senses, so I took time to focus on what I hear and smell at Country Meadows. As I enter the atrium where many programs are held, I hear the happy voices … Continue reading “Paying attention to unexpected sounds and aromas at Country Meadows”

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Focusing on sense of sight opened my eyes to my campus…places and people

February 25, 2019

Judy Wolfman / Resident Author

I don’t recall exactly when I learned about the five senses – sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch, but I often refer to them as I go through the day. Recently I became aware of the many beautiful sights connected to Country Meadows. As I approached the main building at the York South campus, I … Continue reading “Focusing on sense of sight opened my eyes to my campus…places and people”

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A happy, fitter new year for seniors at active retirement communities

January 28, 2019

Country Meadows

Americans want to live healthier lives—at least, that’s the message sent by their New Year’s resolutions. Exercising more is the number one resolution for 2019, chosen by 13 percent of those surveyed, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll. That’s followed closely by quitting smoking, losing weight and eating healthier. And seniors are no exception. Older … Continue reading “A happy, fitter new year for seniors at active retirement communities”

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The best senior living communities shatter the myths (check us out and see)

January 16, 2019

Country Meadows

Over the holidays, with more time spent together, some families begin discussing the idea of senior living communities. Though Mom or Dad could raise the issue, it’s more likely prompted by adult children who notice changes in their parents. (See our recent blog post on these “tough conversations.”) Older parents can be reluctant to consider … Continue reading “The best senior living communities shatter the myths (check us out and see)”

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December holidays celebrate varied traditions, gathering families and friends in glowing light

December 10, 2018

Judy Wolfman / Resident Author

Are you aware that December has three major happy holidays in our country? Namely, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Now you may wonder what they have in common, besides happening in December? The answer is that they all have glowing lights. Hanukkah is the first one of the month, and on the first night (December 2) … Continue reading “December holidays celebrate varied traditions, gathering families and friends in glowing light”

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Intergenerational activities enliven and entertain seniors at retirement communities

December 6, 2018

Country Meadows

Walking through a retirement community, the sight of children shouldn’t be as rare as a rose in winter. But that’s the reality at many places. While retirement communities are meant to be havens of comfort and security, they shouldn’t become places of isolation where residents lose contact with younger people. That’s why intergenerational programs are … Continue reading “Intergenerational activities enliven and entertain seniors at retirement communities”

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Holidays at Country Meadows are exciting, fun, beautiful and busy!

November 19, 2018

Judy Wolfman / Resident Author

As we approach the holiday season, I feel like I’m on a merry-go-round, or at least caught up in a whirlwind! I’ve already written about Thanksgiving and what we’re thankful for, but now Thanksgiving is on top of me and all I can think about is the yummy food that will be presented on that … Continue reading “Holidays at Country Meadows are exciting, fun, beautiful and busy!”

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Find your hidden memories so your legacy lives on

November 7, 2018

Judy Wolfman / Resident Author

When my son asked me to tell him about my childhood, I felt like someone had tossed me into a turbulent rolling tunnel where numerous images bombarded me. My mind went blank, but at the same time I had flashes of people, places and events, but nothing I could concentrate on and tell him about. … Continue reading “Find your hidden memories so your legacy lives on”

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Thankful for many things, especially life at Country Meadows

October 25, 2018

Judy Wolfman / Resident Author

I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is less than a month away – where does the time go? I remember when I was a child, the days didn’t pass fast enough, but now they whiz by. Thanksgiving was always a special holiday for me – the family sat down to a huge dinner of turkey, stuffing, … Continue reading “Thankful for many things, especially life at Country Meadows”

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Pursuit of lifelong learning is an asset to active senior living

August 24, 2018

Country Meadows

Though your formal education might have culminated with high school, college or graduate school, none of those marked the end of your learning. As you progressed through young adulthood and middle age, you continued to learn about people, places, current events and so much more. In your senior years, ongoing learning remains as important as … Continue reading “Pursuit of lifelong learning is an asset to active senior living”

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Finding my way around my new digs, and a new lifestyle

August 9, 2018

Judy Wolfman / Resident Author

Resident shares her experience as a new resident, learns how to make new friends Once I was all moved in and could breathe again, I toured Country Meadows so I’d know where things were and how I could get from one place to another without getting lost. I tried in vain to figure out why … Continue reading “Finding my way around my new digs, and a new lifestyle”

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Older adults find joy and companionship in pet-friendly senior apartments

August 2, 2018

Country Meadows

The company of furry friends can have therapeutic benefits for seniors living in pet-friendly senior apartments. Increasingly, it’s a pleasure that seniors consider when choosing a retirement community. We know that caring for a pet gives many seniors a sense of purpose and assists them in feeling better overall. In fact, studies show pets can … Continue reading “Older adults find joy and companionship in pet-friendly senior apartments”

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Bocce promotes active senior living at Country Meadows Retirement Communities

July 27, 2018

Country Meadows

Bocce, in one form or another, has been played as far back as the Roman Empire, and possibly earlier. Two millennia later, it is still tremendously popular with some residents at the Lehigh Valley campuses of Country Meadows Retirement Communities. And yes, it really can get intense at times. Brenda Kennedy, community life and fitness … Continue reading “Bocce promotes active senior living at Country Meadows Retirement Communities”

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Not into crafting or playing games? Try shopping, outings and happy hour, oh my!

July 10, 2018

Judy Wolfman / Resident Author

There’s always something to do for everyone at Country Meadows. In a previous post I told you about the many activities at Country Meadows that residents can participate in. Now I want to take this one step further to make you aware of other types of “fun” things. Let’s face it —not everyone likes games, … Continue reading “Not into crafting or playing games? Try shopping, outings and happy hour, oh my!”

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There is so much more to do at Country Meadows than play Bingo. MUCH, much more!

June 5, 2018

Judy Wolfman / Resident Author

Several months ago, when I first considered coming to Country Meadows, several of my friends questioned my sanity. They said such things as “Why would you want to go to a place where old people live? You’ll probably be bored and not have anything to do except watch television and sleep all day.” Boy, have … Continue reading “There is so much more to do at Country Meadows than play Bingo. MUCH, much more!”

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Retirees find computers enhance healthy, active senior living

May 25, 2018

Country Meadows

Use of the Internet, smartphones and other communication technology is increasing among retirees, and many active senior living communities are encouraging that practice. A Pew Research Center’s 2017 report, “Tech Adoption Climbs Among Older Adults,” featured these survey results: Two-thirds of seniors 65 and older use the Internet. Four in 10 own smartphones. A third … Continue reading “Retirees find computers enhance healthy, active senior living”

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Keeping the beat is therapeutic for residents of senior living communities

May 4, 2018

Country Meadows

Residents of some senior living communities are benefitting physically and mentally from a simple activity that originated thousands of years ago. And they’re having loads of fun in the process. “It’s a new activity for most people—it’s making noise,” says Jeff Kuhn, musician and drum circle instructor. Kuhn has taught residents of Country Meadows Retirement … Continue reading “Keeping the beat is therapeutic for residents of senior living communities”

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Social activities at top retirement communities offer friendly competition and fun

April 24, 2018

Country Meadows

 From the time we’re children, most of us enjoy competing with others in games, contests and sporting events. We may gravitate away from competition as we get older, but many seniors continue to enjoy golf outings or card games with friends. Most competition is physically and psychologically healthy because it motivates us to perform at … Continue reading “Social activities at top retirement communities offer friendly competition and fun”

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