Americans are expected to spend a record $25 billion to honor their mothers on May 12, according to the National Retail Federation. For fathers, more than $15 billion will be spent for their day on June 16. The most frequent ways to celebrate both are with cards, gift cards, and outings (dinner, concerts, sporting events), … Continue reading Mother’s Day and Father’s Day ideas from Brethren Village CCRC
When Brian and Wendy Albright got married in Brethren Village’s chapel in 1989, they didn’t foresee moving here nearly 30 years later. But that’s exactly what they did in November 2018. They relocated to Brethren Village’s independent living Village Townhouses on Brian’s 62nd birthday—the very first day they were eligible to reside here—making them among … Continue reading Brian and Wendy Albright—the new kids on the block at Brethren Village
Though wishful greetings of “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays” may be sincere and heartfelt, they might have little effect on people who are lonely, including those in their senior years. Most seniors live full, active lives, but one in six Americans over age 65—around 8 million people—describe themselves as lonely, according to the Pew Research … Continue reading Social activities at retirement communities can dispel holiday loneliness
Almost 400 years after Thanksgiving was first observed in Plymouth Colony, we still gather with family and friends for fellowship and to show gratitude for our abundant blessings. As we anticipate another Thanksgiving, the staff of Brethren Village Retirement Community has much to be grateful for, both on-campus and off. We would like to share … Continue reading Brethren Village Retirement Community is blessed and thankful
Jack and Jim Forsha now live at Brethren Village Retirement Community with their wives, Billie and Jean. Remarkably, their individual paths through life have been strikingly similar, with one rarely making a major decision without the other one. It’s who they are, it’s what they know, and neither of them would have it any other way.
Two Residents at Brethren Village Retirement Community were the key sleuths in bringing joy to a family 300 miles away whom they had never met. You might call this “The Case of the Lost Testament.” Nick agreed with Leon, who said, “I am thrilled to have a part in finding the rightful owners of this valuable New Testament. After over 73 years, the mystery has been solved.”
In the 1930s, Jessie Eckhart was the middle child in a non-traditional Lancaster family for that era. Her parents raised her and her sisters to participate in activities generally reserved for young men at the time, namely piloting airplanes and hunting. What’s even more surprising, though, is that Jessie, who moved to Brethren Village in … Continue reading Jessie Eckhart has her head in the clouds—and that’s just the way she likes it
The U.S. News & World Report list of best places to retire in the United States has ranked Lancaster, PA as—drum roll, please—#2 in its 2018 edition! In evaluating criteria that promote a high quality of life, U.S. News highlighted Lancaster’s lower tax rates for retirees, high-quality health care, happiness of local residents, housing affordability and low unemployment.
When Don Roland was a kid growing up in the city of Lancaster, he loved listening to music and longed to play the accordion. The odds were stacked against him as those were the years of the Great Depression, and family finances wouldn’t allow the luxury of a musical instrument and lessons.
The comedian George Burns practiced what he preached when he said, “You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” At the age of 96, he signed a lifetime contract to perform stand-up comedy at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. While few of us are as funny as Burns was, or would … Continue reading Retirees find joy and meaning at vibrant senior living communities