Country Meadows is honored to have dynamic residents and co-workers in all our communities. Frequently news stories capture these individuals as well as initiatives in our organization. Below are links to some of these stories from our media friends.
Mavis McCollam lives at our Mechanicsburg campus and remembers living through the Polio outbreak years ago. She shares her experiences then and now, living through the current pandemic.CBS 21 News WHP-TV
Country Meadows residents John Wolfe and Marge Farrell shared their memories of the Great Depression and other hard times throughout their lives with “The Burg” reporter Karen Hendricks.The Burg News, Harrisburg, Pa.
Senior Housing News spoke with Country Meadows President & CEO, Michael Leader, about the organization’s history, its future plans and how it sees the future for senior living.Senior Housing News
As part of Country Meadows’ annual Practice Random Acts of Kindness campaign in honor of senior living co-founder, Mary Jane Leader’s legacy, co-workers and residents are inspired to express kindness and gratitude to the community at-large. Residents and co-workers at Country Meadows York-West campus collected personal care and non-perishable food items to make emergency care kits for homeless veterans. Then residents, who are veterans of WWII and Korea, delivered the kits along with a homemade meal, to homeless veterans for an afternoon of fellowship. It was as if the veterans had known each other for years!York Daily Record
Country Meadows’ Executive Director of Memory Support, Joel Kroft, appeared on PCN-TV’s “Focus on Aging Adults” program. Kroft shared his expertise and insights on Alzheimer’s disease and shared helpful information for families coping with this diagnosis.PCN-TV (Pennsylvania Cable Network)
Patrick and Joyce Bedner live at Country Meadows of South Hills near Pittsburgh. The couple lives in separate buildings on campus so each can receive specialty care: Mrs. Bedner for Alzheimer’s disease and Mr. Bedner for physical therapy. These high school sweethearts have been married more than 54 years and find a way to visit each other every day. Every night before he goes to bed, Mr. Bedner calls his wife to tell her that he loves her. What a beautiful love story!Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Country Meadows of Lancaster resident, PJ McCracken, served the city of Lancaster for 37 years as a professional firefighter. He rose to the rank of captain and also trained many “probes” on firefighting techniques to graduate into the city program. He is receiving hospice care from Caring Hospice Services who contacted the Lancaster City Fire Department to bring a truck to campus to celebrate his life and service. Not only did a truck come, it was one he served on. Several dozen current and retired firefighters attended to honor him. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, including PJ.WGAL News 8
At 93, age is nothing but a number to Country Meadows of Allentown resident Major Nathan Kline. Five days a week he can be found working out at the local Planet Fitness. He remains a active member of the Lehigh Valley community serving on numerous boards of directors and swears in and signs contracts for all recruits for the Air Force Reserves in the Lehigh Valley. Click to read more about this amazing man.Lehigh Valley Style magazine
Country Meadows prepares for flu season long before the first cases begin to appear in the US. Our efforts including offering free flu shots to every co-worker, hosting on-campus flu clinics for residents to get a flu shot, educating housekeepers on how to properly clean to reduce flu germs, to name a few. Click to watch a story from Fox 43 News about efforts to keep seniors safe from flu at local communities.WPMT Fox 43 News, York, Pa.
More and more, seniors choose to bring their pets with them when moving to a retirement Community. Did you know Country Meadows is pet friendly? Click to read more about Country Meadows’ pet program which provides services to help seniors keep their animal companions as long as possbile.The Reading Eagle
Check out photos from a holiday harp music concert performed at Country Meadows of Allentown. The concert helped put residents in the mood to celebrate the holiday season.East Penn Press
Written by Country Meadows residents, this essay shares how love of animals helps a couple cope with the loss of their daughter. Click to read how “Gem” the dog helps make the holidays bright.Reading Eagle
Country Meadows resident Grace Ketner knows the challenges facing those caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Her husband, Irv, was diagnosed 11 years ago, and show wishes for a cure. Click to read her essay.Reading Eagle
Country Meadows resident Gertrude Greenawalt met her husband during his service in her native Germany. Living in America nearly 70 years, she misses some of the German traditions she enjoyed during her youth.Reading Eagle
Veterans gathered at Country Meadows of South Hills near Pittsburgh to share experiences from World War II and remember those lost at Pearl Harbor in 1941.The Almanac, Bridgeville, Pa.
Every Tuesday morning, residents at Country Meadows of South Hills near Pittsburgh gather to knit. While they enjoy the craft and getting together, the group is making blankets as part of a nationwide initiative called Project Linus. The organization provides homemade blankets to sick children.The Almanac, Bridgeville, Pa.
(Corporate office) Pennsylvania Newsmakers, Pennsylvania’s premier politics and public policy interview and commentary television show hosted by Terry Madonna, features Michelle Hamilton, Senior Vice President and Chief of Senior Living Operations of Country Meadows, and W. Russell McDaid, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association. They discuss 2017 National Assisted Living Week and how to choose a personal care home and an assisted living residence.WGAL News 8
Country Meadows of South Hills near Pittsburgh commemorates D-Day every year by inviting veterans to a luncheon event. Click to read some of the veterans’ memories and observations about their time fighting overseas more than 73 years ago.Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
(Allentown) In an interview with her daughter, a Country Meadows of Allentown resident shares her positive transition of moving in and her appreciation for the varied activities, especially the monthly Shabbat services, luncheons sponsored by Jewish Family Services and weekly Torah talks attended by residents of all faiths.
Hakol (Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley community newspaper)
(All campuses) Country Meadows’ memory support expert authors a book about an awesome, cape-wearing grandma who bakes the best chocolate cookies and has a “forgetting” disease. Check it out!WGAL News 8
(York-West campus) Residents get schooled about butterflies, enjoy an up-close experience meeting the beautiful bugs. Check out some beautiful photos from a fun afternoon.York Dispatch
(Allentown campus) Ruth Van Leer is a proud centenarian with great advice for younger people. Click to read about her exceptional life.Lehigh Valley Style magazine
(Frederick campus) Resident enjoys 100th birthday party, shares secrets to her longevity.The Frederick News Post
(York-West campus) Drill helps bloodhounds practice search and rescue skills seeking older adults.York Dispatch
(York-West campus) Click below to see York residents help train bloodhounds to seek “missing” seniors.York Daily Record
(Frederick campus) Country Meadows expert shares insight for seniors to understand Medicare.WHAG-TV
(Wyomissing campus) Do we need a reason to share a story about puppies? Check out the happy “puptials”!WFMZ-TV News
(Bethlehem campus) The first-ever Lehigh Valley Senior Bocce Ball League gets underway at Country Meadows of Bethlehem, and competition is fierce!WFMZ-TV News
(Bethlehem campus) Veterans living at Country Meadows moved by visit from organization dedicated to helping veterans. Click the link to read more about Rolling Thunder.The Morning Call
(Forks in Easton campus) Seniors entertain and inspire farmer’s market customers during surprise flash mob to celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day.The Morning Call
(All campuses) Country Meadows teams with senior illustration students to create book for children to help them understand dementia.Lancaster Newspapers
(All campuses) Videographers from a local newspaper met with Country Meadows residents to learn about love. Grab a tissue and click the link.Pennlive.com
Primary Media Contact:
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Office: 717-533-2474, ext. 10105
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