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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.

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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? …

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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, …

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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 …

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Pets can thrive (and receive care) in retirement communities, too

September 25, 2015

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Caring for a beloved pet shouldn’t have to end with a move to a retirement home—and fortunately, it doesn’t have to at many retirement communities today. Country Meadows is among the senior living communities that welcome pets and encourage new residents to bring them along as part of their life in a senior living community. …

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Find retirement freedom in independent living communities

September 18, 2015

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Many people, as they get older, begin to yearn for more carefree, less stressful living. Consequently, they’re increasingly drawn to the idea of residing in a senior independent living community. For some, the attraction is leaving behind the hassles of home ownership and maintenance; for others, it’s the friendly camaraderie with peers to share similar …

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Be open and honest when helping children understand dementia

September 4, 2015

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Dealing with a loved one’s dementia is difficult for everyone involved, including children. Adults may become so consumed with the emotional and physical challenges of dementia care that they may neglect to notice that children are upset, frightened or confused. In observance of Grandparents Day, we offer to you our tip sheet, “Talking to Your …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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