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

April 16, 2019

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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

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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

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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

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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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