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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.

How personal care services support seniors with activities of daily living

June 27, 2019

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Adults perform six primary activities of daily living, generally without assistance. If at some point they can no longer do them on their own, personal care services at a retirement community can make their lives, and their families’ lives, easier. What are the activities of daily living? The activities of daily living (ADLs) are officially …

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Memory care services give purpose and meaning to seniors with dementia

June 21, 2019

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Joel Kroft, Executive Director of Memory Support Services, is celebrating 15 years of service with Country Meadows, 11 of them in his current position after previously serving as a trainer for memory care staff at our campuses. After college and graduate school, where he studied developmental psychology and adult development and aging, he cared for …

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Discover summer’s bounty of local produce at our retirement home communities

June 12, 2019

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Summertime is quite possibly the favorite season for nutritious, flavorful eating. While the best retirement communities serve tasty and healthful meals all year long, we look forward to the midyear months when we can offer our residents fresh local fruits and vegetables. Just in time for this summer, we have revised the menus and introduced …

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Nurses in personal care and assisted living homes care for the whole person

June 5, 2019

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Lisa Torchia has been VP of Clinical and Support Services at Country Meadows Retirement Communities since 2017. Her 30-year nursing career includes senior leadership roles at four hospitals, most recently 11 years at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill. With RN and MSN degrees, she has clinical experience in critical, intensive and coronary care. Why …

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Jalopy, saddle shoes and other words from our youth are now just memories

May 28, 2019

Judy Wolfman / Resident Author

Why is it that when I meet someone, and learn her name, within a few minutes I’ve forgotten it and have to ask her to please repeat it. And what’s worse, I don’t recall it the next time I see her! But names aren’t the only thing I keep forgetting—words I want to use while …

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10 tips for dementia care while traveling with a loved one

May 23, 2019

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With the senior population growing each year, more and more older Americans are embarking on travel adventures with their families. Recognizing this trend, hotels and airports have begun to rethink and modify services to meet this age group’s changing mobility needs. While that’s great news for senior travelers, families of those with dementia need to …

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George Carlin hit the nail on the head; advice to stay young

May 15, 2019

Judy Wolfman / Resident Author

Do you remember George Carlin? He was quite a humorist who spoke on many subjects, including aging. The one I liked best was his thoughts on how to stay young. (This is my edited version.) First he suggests we throw out all of the nonessential numbers, like age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry …

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Honor Mom with tips for good health from the senior communities at Country Meadows

May 8, 2019

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Mothers tend to put their family’s needs ahead of their own, and that can include health issues. So, on Mother’s Day this year, show Mom how much you care about her (just as she has through the years) and help her safeguard her own health and future. The life span of U.S. women continues to …

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Patience is a virtue, especially when speaking with a person with dementia

April 30, 2019

Judy Wolfman / Resident Author

The other day I talked with a new resident and learned where she was from, what she did before her retirement and her favorite activities. I helped her recall some of memories by asking a few questions, which she readily answered. As we got deeper into our conversation, I noticed that she kept repeating herself …

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Reinventing healthy cuisine for senior living dining at Country Meadows

April 30, 2019

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Katherine (Kathy) Thomas, our new VP of Dining and Culinary Service, joined Country Meadows in November 2018. She has spent nearly all of her career managing food and nutrition services for seniors. She loves working with seniors, hearing their stories and serving them healthy, tasty meal selections. What is your vision for the dining experience …

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Beyond the retirement home: We have resources to help children deal with grief

April 23, 2019

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For some children, losing a grandparent is their first experience with grief. Understandably, the loss of someone close can leave them feeling sad, anxious, confused or upset. While adults are busy dealing with funeral preparations and other arrangements, they should be sure to attend to children’s needs, too. Their grief is often different from that …

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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 …

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Looking forward, not back

April 11, 2019

Judy Wolfman / Resident Author

We’ve had unusual seasons–a lot of rain, snow, cold and too little sun to suit me. I’ve spent many days in my apartment sorting out my files and organizing my closets. When I first moved here I merely threw things into the drawers with no thought about whether that was the best place for them. …

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Financial recordkeeping (done right) can simplify senior living

April 10, 2019

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Ben Franklin knew a bit about organization and time management—at least, his words suggest as much. He said, “a place for everything and everything in its place.” He also said, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” We think both are good advice. Many seniors could benefit from heeding these wise words …

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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 …

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Assisted living or memory care services can help seniors manage their medications

March 28, 2019

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Managing prescription drugs can be difficult and even risky for seniors with memory issues, particularly if they live alone. Their risk for drug-related problems increases further as they age or take additional medications. Survey results released by AARP have shown that 80 percent of Americans ages 65 and older take at least two prescription drugs. …

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What I’ve learned since moving to Country Meadows

March 26, 2019

Judy Wolfman / Resident Author

Perhaps you’ve read the book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum. In it he relates common sense knowledge that can apply to everyone in all walks of life. Such things as share everything, clean up your own mess, don’t take things that aren’t yours, say you’re sorry when …

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After hospitalization, Progressions offers short-term restorative senior care

March 21, 2019

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In a recent blog post on restorative senior care, we noted that many older persons aren’t physically ready to go home after hospitalization or rehab. While a temporary stay at a nursing home may be in order, increasingly, many families prefer the alternative of restorative care in a more home-like environment. Now, Country Meadows Retirement …

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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 …

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Retirement apartments in senior communities offer protection from fires

March 8, 2019

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Cold weather months are the peak season for house fires and related injuries and deaths, with cooking and heating equipment as the main causes. Americans 65 and older account for just 15 percent of the population but make up 40 percent of fire deaths. Consider these sobering statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration: In 2017 …

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