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retirement homes in Lancaster October 17, 2016

Genealogy is a hobby well-suited to retirees in senior communities

By: Country Meadows | Uncategorized

“Family—like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.” (Anonymous)

In retirement, many people become more interested in their family backgrounds and, with more free time, begin exploring their genealogy. As they discover information to fill in gaps in their family trees, they become keepers of family information to pass on to their children and grandchildren.

Using computers in senior living

Today, a lot of genealogical research is done online, and at Country Meadows Retirement Communities, we encourage residents to use computers for such purposes. Studies have shown that computer usage during senior living can improve cognitive function in the areas of the brain associated with memory and decision-making.

Our residents have access to free WiFi, whether they live in one of our retirement apartments in a senior independent living community or in a personal care home. If they don’t have their own computers, they and their guests are free to use the computer center, a feature of each of our senior retirement homes.

Genealogy websites, like subscription-based Ancestry.com, can help seniors and other family members fill in gaps in their family histories. Some genealogy sites are free, including FamilySearch.org, MyHeritage.com and Archives.gov. In addition, some genealogy websites have services that are specific to ethnic groups, such as African-Americans and Asian-Americans.

Rewards of genealogical research

Exploring family history is rewarding, as it helps bring families together by prompting intergenerational conversations and locating distant relatives. Looking over family trees together can be a springboard to discussions about ancestors and favorite family stories. If a loved one is receiving memory support or has dementia, talks about those from earlier generations can spur reminiscences about earlier times.

If you’re considering a move to a retirement home, start planning now and visit the ones that most interest you. We welcome you and your family members to tour any of our senior living communities in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Country Meadows has 10 locations in Pennsylvania, including retirement homes in Lancaster, Hershey, Mechanicsburg and Wyomissing (Reading area), as well as one in Frederick, Maryland. Our new retirement community in Forks Township, Easton opened earlier this year and is now one of three located in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley.

Please contact us to request information about our broad range of services or to schedule a visit.

 


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