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This is a destination to learn more about life at Country Meadows, tips and advice for seniors and their families, caregiving support and ideas to keep senior minds and bodies active. Our new category “Through My Own Lens,” is written by a Country Meadows resident and provides a first-hand look into what it is like to live at one of our retirement communities.

Retirement communities for baby boomers? Already?

April 18, 2016

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Baby boomers—whether among the first, born in 1946, or the last, born in 1964—have either thought about or begun their retirement journey. And, what they and their boomer friends expect in their retirement years may be quite a contrast from what their parents had in mind, “for the times they are a-changin’.” (Thanks, Bob Dylan.) … Continue reading “Retirement communities for baby boomers? Already?”

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Country Meadows will open new retirement community—Forks in Easton—in summer 2016

April 11, 2016

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Country Meadows Retirement Communities is eager to open the doors in June 2016 to its 11th senior living community and the third in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. Located less than five miles from the New Jersey border, the new campus in Forks Township of Easton is expected to meet the needs of seniors from the Garden … Continue reading “Country Meadows will open new retirement community—Forks in Easton—in summer 2016”

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51 Random Acts of Kindness Toward Seniors

April 1, 2016

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Think about the last time you experienced random acts of kindness. It probably put a smile on your face. While we may be busy in our day, there’s a very deserving group who’d appreciate a kind gesture: seniors. Need some ideas? We have some—51, in fact. Remember, it isn’t about money or even planning. It’s … Continue reading “51 Random Acts of Kindness Toward Seniors”

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When is it time for a senior to stop driving? How to have this difficult conversation

March 21, 2016

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Regardless of our age, driving a car conveys feelings of freedom and independence. So, it’s understandable that stopping driving, due to mental or physical impairment, can be a major disappointment and frustrating for senior citizens who value independent living. That’s why discussions about limiting or stopping driving have to be approached with sensitivity and understanding. … Continue reading “When is it time for a senior to stop driving? How to have this difficult conversation”

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Moving to a senior living community: allow time to adjust—it’s normal

March 16, 2016

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As difficult as choosing a retirement community may be, making the move and adjusting to a new style of senior living can be equally challenging for some new residents. However, like many of life’s transitions—getting married, having a child or starting a new job—the initial period of stress or confusion is usually replaced by a … Continue reading “Moving to a senior living community: allow time to adjust—it’s normal”

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Is a senior living community the right choice? How do we decide?

February 24, 2016

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For many seniors and their family members, choosing a retirement community lifestyle is an easy decision. They like the prospect of having less responsibility for home maintenance and feel a retirement home would actually give them more independence to engage in their favorite activities. They see the potential for socialization and a sense of community … Continue reading “Is a senior living community the right choice? How do we decide?”

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Wintertime cabin fever? Not at retirement communities!

February 19, 2016

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Wintertime can be difficult—the cold, snow and ice may cause us to retreat indoors for several months, coming out just for necessary trips to the grocery store and doctor’s office. Seniors, especially, can begin to feel trapped, with little room to roam and not enough to do. Their mental health can suffer, with “cabin fever” … Continue reading “Wintertime cabin fever? Not at retirement communities!”

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Falls prevention programs make life better in senior communities

February 8, 2016

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Seniors living with changes in vision, strength and balance can develop a greater risk of falling. Falls also result from fainting, due to cardiac or blood pressure problems, or other medical conditions. Because of severe injuries often caused by falls, Country Meadows Retirement Communities has long prioritized preventing them, while keeping seniors safely active. Perhaps … Continue reading “Falls prevention programs make life better in senior communities”

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Restorative care—an option for our seniors recovering from illness or injury

January 27, 2016

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Older adults, whether residing in independent living or in an assisted living or personal care home, may face health care situations requiring a temporary change in their senior living status. That’s when restorative care, like Pathways Restorative ServicesTM at Country Meadows Retirement Communities, becomes a valuable option for senior community residents. Short-term and long-term care … Continue reading “Restorative care—an option for our seniors recovering from illness or injury”

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Senior living communities prioritize wintertime safety

January 20, 2016

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As we get older, most of us have a love-hate relationship with winter. Though we enjoy the quiet beauty of falling snow and pristine, white fields, we frown on heavy snow and sheets of ice, which create dangerous walking and driving conditions. Retirees living in an independent living retirement community, or a personal care or … Continue reading “Senior living communities prioritize wintertime safety”

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Do a post-holidays assessment. How were Mom and Dad doing?

January 6, 2016

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The holidays, while offering families time to reunite and reminisce, also enable younger family members to see how their elders are faring. Holiday visits home can raise concerns among adult children and can prompt discussions of changes needed to protect the health and safety of aging parents. If your parents are already residing in an … Continue reading “Do a post-holidays assessment. How were Mom and Dad doing?”

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Seniors keep in shape with fitness opportunities at Country Meadows

December 30, 2015

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Many studies show that exercise is the single best action we can take during senior living to reduce our odds of developing dementia, diabetes, heart disease and obesity and avoiding falls. Regular exercise also helps us to reduce stress and elevate our mood. That’s why, for many years, each Country Meadows community has included a … Continue reading “Seniors keep in shape with fitness opportunities at Country Meadows”

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Country Meadows Retirement Communities shine with holiday cheer

December 21, 2015

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A classic Christmas song proclaims, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” and it certainly looks that way at all of the Country Meadows retirement communities in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Our halls have been decked and lights have been strung to celebrate the season of peace and goodwill. The Country Meadows staff takes great … Continue reading “Country Meadows Retirement Communities shine with holiday cheer”

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Country Meadows remains a “Best Place to Work in PA”

December 16, 2015

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Country Meadows Retirement Communities is honored to be selected as one of the “Best Places to Work in PA” for 2015. This occasion marks the 12th time that we have been awarded the designation. Country Meadows and its affiliate organization, Ecumenical Retirement Community, are the only Pennsylvania retirement communities in the commonwealth to receive the … Continue reading “Country Meadows remains a “Best Place to Work in PA””

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Family members with Alzheimer’s can enjoy the holidays too

November 30, 2015

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As we approach the holidays and begin planning festivities with family and friends, some of us must decide how best to include a family member receiving Alzheimer’s care. Holiday activities mean a departure from the daily routine and can be upsetting for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, who may feel confused, frustrated or fearful. … Continue reading “Family members with Alzheimer’s can enjoy the holidays too”

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Families play vital role in senior living communities

November 16, 2015

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The presence and participation of family can make a major difference in the lives of seniors residing in retirement communities. Though our residents enjoy and appreciate the fellowship of friends they make here, most also have strong family connections that they value and want to nurture during senior living at Country Meadows. Writer and historian … Continue reading “Families play vital role in senior living communities”

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Love to volunteer? Your retirement community can find a place for you

November 4, 2015

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People enjoy sharing their time and talent with organizations that provide services to benefit the community. We all like to make a difference. But while volunteers are giving, they’re receiving as well, and that’s evident in the large number of people who give of themselves at senior living communities. The health benefits of volunteering The … Continue reading “Love to volunteer? Your retirement community can find a place for you”

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National Family Caregivers Month: We have resources for you and your family

November 1, 2015

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One of every six American adults is a family caregiver1. More precisely, 43.5 million family members care for someone age 50 or over, and nearly 15 million provide Alzheimer’s or dementia care2. The personal cost of caregiving The impact on loved ones receiving care is positive and reassuring, but what does it mean for caregivers? … Continue reading “National Family Caregivers Month: We have resources for you and your family”

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Pursue your hobbies at your retirement community

October 20, 2015

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One key advantage to retirement and senior living is more time to devote to activities that you love or have wanted to try, if only you could fit them into your schedule. No more excuses. Now is the time. Whether you remain in your own private residence or have moved into a retirement home community, … Continue reading “Pursue your hobbies at your retirement community”

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Many senior living options offer exercise for brain and body

October 7, 2015

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As we get older, we can become more forgetful—usually with minor, everyday matters like remembering names of acquaintances and occasionally misplacing items. These are common occurrences, resulting from a decline in brain activity, and should not be alarming. Fortunately, we can laugh them off as “senior moments” that may begin to surface in our ‘50s … Continue reading “Many senior living options offer exercise for brain and body”

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