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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 in Pennsylvania offer four seasons of pleasure

August 31, 2015

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Those of us who relish the varied beauty and weather of the four seasons enjoy living in the temperate climate of the northeastern United States. Among those states, Pennsylvania distinguishes itself all year long in its popular appeal to vacationers and residents alike. For more than 50 years, Country Meadows has recognized the benefits of … Continue reading “Retirement communities in Pennsylvania offer four seasons of pleasure”

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Just forgetfulness or serious memory issues? How to know if memory support services could help

August 26, 2015

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As we grow older, we shouldn’t be surprised to experience some degree of memory loss. Normal age-related memory issues include occasionally forgetting where we put something, a name of an acquaintance, an appointment and/or what we’re preparing to say. Though these occurrences may be frustrating, they’re a relatively normal part of aging. With simple adaptability, … Continue reading “Just forgetfulness or serious memory issues? How to know if memory support services could help”

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Seven Keys to Happy Senior Living

August 18, 2015

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Everyone’s idea of happiness is different. Some of us are happier at the beach, while others prefer the mountains. Some enjoy having a large circle of friends, while others opt for a few close ones. When it comes to happy senior citizen living, however, a few factors seem to be important to everyone’s happiness. Based … Continue reading “Seven Keys to Happy Senior Living”

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Seniors are taking exercise to new levels

July 28, 2015

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We can’t all be Harriette Thompson, the three-time cancer survivor who, at age 92 in May 2015, became the oldest woman to complete a marathon. You might be thinking, “Wait—isn’t a marathon 26.2 miles?” That’s right, and she set a record by running the race more than two hours faster than the previous record-holder. While … Continue reading “Seniors are taking exercise to new levels”

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Pennsylvania welcomes you, and so do we

July 22, 2015

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Though Pennsylvania is called the Keystone State for its central location among the original 13 colonies, we at Country Meadows also think of it as the Senior State for its hospitality and friendliness to the nearly 2 million retirees who call it home. What draws seniors to Pennsylvania, and what keeps its native residents here? … Continue reading “Pennsylvania welcomes you, and so do we”

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Be prepared with advance directives

July 13, 2015

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As you grow older, you tend to pay more attention to health care issues, mainly out of necessity. One area of concern for seniors is how you would be cared for if you experienced a life-threatening or terminal medical condition. Seniors living in their own home, in assisted living, in a retirement home or in … Continue reading “Be prepared with advance directives”

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Dementia can cause financial confusion early on

June 28, 2015

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Recognizing when a senior loved one might be ready for dementia care can be difficult on many levels, but a recent article in the New York Times shows that, often, financial competency is the first thing to slip. You may still be a long way from looking into dementia care or Alzheimer’s facilities for your … Continue reading “Dementia can cause financial confusion early on”

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Senior living in the Pennsylvania summers

June 18, 2015

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Just as PA winters can be brutal, our summers can be hot, hot, hot. And, no matter how active seniors are, their bodies just can’t handle the heat as well as they used to. According to AgingCare.com, about 400 Americans die from heat waves each year, and many of them are elderly. But, don’t worry, … Continue reading “Senior living in the Pennsylvania summers”

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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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Looking for a nursing home for mom? Here are five things to consider.

May 10, 2015

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This week marks the beginning of the American Health Care Association’s National Nursing Home Week. So, in the spirit of celebrating the nursing home, we bring you a list of important things to consider when researching a nursing home for your loved one: Is the nursing home conveniently located? Chances are you will want to … Continue reading “Looking for a nursing home for mom? Here are five things to consider.”

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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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What are Assisted Living Facilities? Not Personal Care, in Pennsylvania.

March 27, 2015

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The differences between assisted living housing and personal care housing are some of the things that our senior care team outlines with prospective residents and their families all the time. Up until 2011, the terms were interchangeable, but the licensing regulations in Pennsylvania have changed, causing a need for clarification between the two types of … Continue reading “What are Assisted Living Facilities? Not Personal Care, in Pennsylvania.”

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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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Long-Term Care for Seniors: Understanding the Basics

February 6, 2015

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Some of the most frequently asked questions that our Senior Care Experts receive have to do with affording senior care. When people begin their research, navigating the maze of long-term care for seniors can seem daunting. We have compiled some resources to help. What is long-term care? Technically speaking, the US Government’s Department of Health … Continue reading “Long-Term Care for Seniors: Understanding the Basics”

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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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Considering retirement homes? When is the right time to move?

December 23, 2014

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We’ve talked before about the trend today for seniors to age in place. But sometimes needs change and the time comes to begin to look at retirement homes or assisted living or personal care facilities. A conversation with your loved one’s doctor may be the catalyst that brings about the decision to begin searching, but … Continue reading “Considering retirement homes? When is the right time to move?”

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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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