Retirees find creative opportunities at active senior living communities

By / October 5, 2018 Community, Lifestyle , ,

Have you ever been to an arts and crafts show or a county fair, seen the handiwork of skilled artisans, and thought, “I wish I could do that”? Well, if you’re in or near retirement, now is the time when you can stop wishing and start doing. Creative expression in senior living has benefits for … Continue reading Retirees find creative opportunities at active senior living communities

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Rivals, best friends, and much more: Jack and Jim, a dynamic duo for 88 years

By / June 14, 2018 Community, Family, Lifestyle, Skilled Care , , , ,

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.

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Brethren Village Residents become detectives, bringing joy to Virginia family

By / January 31, 2018 Community, Lifestyle, Residential Living , ,
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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.”

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You’re moving to a retirement home? Great! Here’s how to manage your move

By / January 17, 2018 Community, Continuing Care Retirement Community, Lifestyle, Residential Living, Senior Living , , ,
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Once you have decided to make the big move and have chosen your retirement home, what do you do next? The thought of moving may be exciting but possibly overwhelming as well. Adopting the philosophy of “short-term inconvenience, long-term improvement” might be helpful. Like many transitions in life, any current stress will give way to contentment. So, keep your goal of a more relaxed, simplified lifestyle fixed in your mind.

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Culture and education open new worlds for seniors at retirement communities

By / December 21, 2017 Community, Continuing Care Retirement Community, Lifestyle , , ,
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Over the past year, we have been working to expand and diversify the cultural and educational activities available to members of the Brethren Village community. Among our many programs for Residents and their families are musical performances, educational talks and opportunities for creative self-expression. These activities do more than simply entertain—they expand our Residents’ minds and spirits as well.

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Jessie Eckhart has her head in the clouds—and that’s just the way she likes it

By / November 30, 2017 Community, Lifestyle, Residential Living, Senior Living ,
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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

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The Extraordinary Give is Lancaster County’s way of saying “we care”

By / November 8, 2017 Community, Continuing Care Retirement Community, Residential Living, Senior Living , , ,
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Lancaster countians will come together for the sixth straight year on Nov. 17 to raise money to support vital good works accomplished by more than 400 charitable organizations throughout our community. And, as in the past, we expect that the response will be truly extraordinary.

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Autumn, an ideal time to explore the outdoors at retirement communities

By / October 9, 2017 Community, Continuing Care Retirement Community, Lifestyle , , ,
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If you stop by for a visit to Brethren Village during autumn, you likely will see our resident seniors outdoors during temperate fall days—walking, biking or sitting and chatting with neighbors. You might also find some practicing on our putting green, competing on our bocce court or doing some pre-winter gardening.

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Our top ten safety and security guidelines for seniors not living in retirement communities

By / August 4, 2017 Community, Continuing Care Retirement Community, Lifestyle, Residential Living, Senior Living , , , , ,
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Many seniors living in their private homes are at greater risk of being injured or harmed by safety and security hazards. Understandably, loved ones may be concerned about their well-being and check on them daily.

To further guarantee their safety, family members also can help by ensuring seniors follow these “top ten” safety and security guidelines:

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