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The best senior living communities shatter the myths (check us out and see)

January 16, 2019

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Over the holidays, with more time spent together, some families begin discussing the idea of senior living communities. Though Mom or Dad could raise the issue, it’s more likely prompted by adult children who notice changes in their parents. (See our recent blog post on these “tough conversations.”) Older parents can be reluctant to consider … Continue reading “The best senior living communities shatter the myths (check us out and see)”

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Tough conversations at the holidays can lead to personal care decisions

December 21, 2018

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“Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays, Cause no matter how far away you roam, If you want to be happy in a million ways, For the holidays you can’t beat home sweet home!”* Most of us would agree with this sentiment so warmly expressed by Pennsylvania native son and crooner Perry Como. … Continue reading “Tough conversations at the holidays can lead to personal care decisions”

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Living alone is perfectly fine. Being lonely is not.

October 4, 2018

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Living alone doesn’t have to mean being lonely. A study of 3,000 Americans from age 57 to 85 showed that those who lived alone were more likely to socialize with friends and neighbors than those who were married. We all need social interactions and others on whom we can depend, but we can have that … Continue reading “Living alone is perfectly fine. Being lonely is not.”

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What motivates seniors to begin choosing a retirement community?

September 5, 2018

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Personal decisions such as moving to a retirement community depend on many factors, varying from person to person and family to family. Still, we see several common situations that spark such a move. So, what are the main factors that prompt older persons and their families to start choosing a retirement community? Health changes A … Continue reading “What motivates seniors to begin choosing a retirement community?”

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What to expect when you move to a retirement community

July 24, 2018

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After seniors, along with their families, have completed the process of choosing a retirement community, they will need support to make the transition as smooth and stress-free as possible. For while the selection of a community may provide relief, the move and adjustment to a new lifestyle can be challenging for some seniors. But like … Continue reading “What to expect when you move to a retirement community”

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Thank you, Dad.

June 13, 2018

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This year my father, former Pennsylvania Governor George M. Leader, would have turned 100 years old. I wish he had lived to reach this milestone as yet one more accomplishment. He had contributed so much during his life as a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, naval officer, poultry farmer, state senator, governor, health care entrepreneur and … Continue reading “Thank you, Dad.”

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A relaxing retirement requires lifestyle planning, decision-making

June 1, 2018

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What could be easier than retirement? You stop working and wake up every day free to do what you want, when you want and with whomever you choose. It sounds like paradise. But actually, a fulfilling retirement doesn’t just happen. It requires strategy and planning—and not just financial, though we certainly hope that’s a vital … Continue reading “A relaxing retirement requires lifestyle planning, decision-making”

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Co-workers at the best retirement communities are driven by making a difference

April 30, 2018

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Q: What is the key factor in the happiness and comfort of seniors residing at the best retirement communities? A: The quality of the staff. Words from families about staff members at our senior communities From co-workers in health care and therapy services to those in food services and maintenance, they arrive each day with … Continue reading “Co-workers at the best retirement communities are driven by making a difference”

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Social activities at top retirement communities offer friendly competition and fun

April 24, 2018

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 From the time we’re children, most of us enjoy competing with others in games, contests and sporting events. We may gravitate away from competition as we get older, but many seniors continue to enjoy golf outings or card games with friends. Most competition is physically and psychologically healthy because it motivates us to perform at … Continue reading “Social activities at top retirement communities offer friendly competition and fun”

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Creative arts benefit body, mind and spirit at retirement communities

March 23, 2018

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The typical retiree today isn’t content to simply live longer—he or she wants to age well. Many seniors are doing exactly that by remaining involved in favorite activities for as long as they can. Some enhance the quality of senior living by embracing creative arts. These might be activities they have enjoyed for years or … Continue reading “Creative arts benefit body, mind and spirit at retirement communities”

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Sleep apnea in the senior living years should be diagnosed and treated

March 6, 2018

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Despite common belief to the contrary, retirees need as much sleep as younger adults. Research shows that our sleep needs remain constant throughout adulthood, according to the National Sleep Foundation, which has established March 11-17, 2018 as National Sleep Awareness Week.  However, it’s true that older persons often get less sleep or experience insomnia. Anxiety, … Continue reading “Sleep apnea in the senior living years should be diagnosed and treated”

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Choosing a retirement community? If so, ask the right questions

February 23, 2018

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Moving to a retirement community is a major life decision, with many lifestyle and financial implications. So, prospective residents should ask communities a lot of questions before deciding on the one that’s right for them. Just as people are different, with individual needs, likes and dislikes, so are retirement communities, offering a range of services … Continue reading “Choosing a retirement community? If so, ask the right questions”

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